DISKERY NEWS

News is updated periodically, when we have news and is also available on our Facebook page.



WELCOME ONE AND ALL!

August 1, 2014: Welcome to the new Diskery... "Diskery 2.0"! A LOT of time and effort went into the new design. Now using updated versions of HTML & CSS, not to mention new database software/programming with several new articles/entries.

Feel free to browse around. Please remember, we have not finished the site yet. What you see is the main/base components and more is to come so forgive us if features are not running or complete... YET! We have also spent a considerable amount of time updating the entries in the database but since (currently) there are over 1500 of them, it will take much more time! We still have a lot of work to do! During the conversion of the old database to the new, errors arose in editing and text, add to that the fact that the site was down for an entire year means that many entries are out of date or to-be added. We also plan to expand/improve the Links, Genres and Help databases and pages as well. Please be patient as we cure these growing pains. As a point of reference you can check out: Iron Maiden, Dimmu Borgir, Deathstars, Dragonforce, Penetrator, AC/DC, Enslaved, Slayer, Metallica, Teratism, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Rush, Anvil, Infernal Majesty, Dark Funeral, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne (as well as many others) to see what the completed page looks like thus far.

The database is very Heavy Metal genre centric today, and although we plan to maintain this love of that genre and it will be prominantly represented, we are expanding into other genres of rock music as well, so please be patient and do not be afraid to suggest new bands in all genres of rock music.

Access to this site is 100% free to you the visitor. It is impossible to see everything in one sitting so please visit as often as you like.

This is one of the oldest music sites on the internet, to learn about our history see the Diskery History section in our Help FAQ section.

Our new Diskery design is responsive to adapt to the size of your device screen (mobile devices), is faster, has a larger database, new sleek modern look emphasizing the simplicity - much in the style of Google.

A whole new help system is available, please consult this if you need help.
New e-mail addresses.
Now you can search automatically on GEMM, YouTube and Ticketmaster for your favorite artist's CDs, videos and concert tickets respectively.

Nonetheless,sit back, relax and enjoy the new diskery. If you find errors or can think of features and improvements, please do not hesitate to contact us.


The "official" press release:

AN OLD ACT REFORMS: THE RETURN OF DISKERY!

For over 15 years Diskery.com under the leadership first of the RRCA (Rock Record Collectors Association) and then as a division of Emperor Multimedia Corp., and under the stewardship (both times) of Oakville, Ontario's Derek McDonald promoted, sold and archived big name and indie rock bands alike until its demise in December of 2012. But one of the oldest music related websites on the internet is poised to return to a computer near you!

McDonald gathered up the remaining resources, updated them with new looks, new features and new technologies to start fresh, and this August 1st, 2014 the general public will once again have the opportunity to enjoy the vast archives of Diskery. No longer selling music, Diskery remains as a "Museum and Archive" free of charge to artists and the public alike, the revenues strictly coming from advertising, side projects (both music and non-music related) and promotion. The term "Museum and Archives" McDonald explains, "it represents the past and future combined. On the site you will see biographies of artists from the past, but we are progressive in 'archiving' the up-and-coming acts of today; a continuous and unbroken line."

The new Diskery (dubbed "Diskery v2.0") is a compilation of articles, photos and biographies explaining the careers of more than 1,500 acts (at present count) and growing at exponential speed. Unlike other encyclopedic or archive sites, Diskery is dedicated to just music; rock music specifically. Traditionally dealing with hard rock and metal acts (which constitute most of the present database) but the mandate has expanded and in the near future a visitor can expect to see more acts archived from the 50's & 60's right up to modern pop music staples, although heavy metal and hard rock will always be a front and center feature.

A bonus feature is the new Diskery system is mobile, using new technologies that make the site work better on mobile devices than the old ever did. Have the latest browser, though. CSS3 & HTML5 are fully implemented.

The new Diskery site offers the visitor an all-in-one music experience. The database automatically links to an artist biography with connections that allow you to view the membership (past and present), link to buy tickets, see band photos, links to Youtube (and other video sites) to watch videos and hear audio all in a simple, user friendly interface based on simplicity and efficiency. A note to folks re-visiting from the past, the "Special Projects" section looks exactly the way the old system did a year and a half ago as they chose (for the present) to leave it as-is. Not all articles have been updated, nor are all features on-line yet, but they are coming and the public, as well as artists, are welcome to donate material to the project. But do not fear, currently there is enough to keep even the savvy rock fan interested.

Check out Diskery at: http://www.diskery.com after Aug. 1!


DISKERY IN THE NEWS
August 7, 2014

Diskery had one of the feature headlines at Mi2n! Check it out: AN OLD ACT REFORMS


TWO NEW BANDS ADDED
October, 14, 2014

Yggdrasil and Primordial now added to Diskery.


DISKERY MOVES
March 26, 2014
  • A real effort now underway to update the discographies.
  • Diskery's address is moving to Burlington, ON. This May.

LOADS OF UPDATES
October 7, 2015

Loads of new artists have been added... take a look at catalog numbers 1500+ (new catalog numbers as opposed to old RRCA ID's). We are in the process of adding a load of new artists found from a crate of CDs sent back in the RRCA days that never got cataloged. We will resume the updating of existing entries once this is completed later this year. Also note: The 'help' menu has been updated. There are new entries but also a completely new design, same with the 'Genres' directory. You can also now directly get a list of all the genres with one clock. The general search request directory has also been updated (this occurs when you just select the 'GO' button on the main search screen). Many artists now have pictures and updated discographies as well. The help question mark symbols are bigger and the text screen is slightly wider.

Probably the biggest single upgrade was getting Google's approval as a mobile friendly site. We have worked hard to update the software. There is still more work to do, but Diskery now meets the minimum criteria!


FIXED URLS
January 26, 2016

Corrected entries in the database where the artist name contains special characters incompatible with browser's URL resolving mechanism causing exception errors or incomplete links.


TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES
March 24, 2016

Some techno news... As you know Diskery has been undergoing a major technological upgrade over the past long while and now the effects are starting to be seen. Reality is upon us, folks and it is getting very difficult to continue compatibility with legacy (a.k.a. "old") technologies while using the new.

SUPPORT FOR IE ENDING IN JUNE:
Internet Explorer is no longer made by Microsoft, there is some new version for Win10. At Diskery we have not moved onto Win10 yet, but IE has so many exceptions to standard web programming that extra time is spent in ensuring those using it can see Diskery the way others do. As of June 1, 2016, we will no longer be testing to see if Diskery renders properly on the screens of IE users. If you are using IE we ask you change to a new browser. Diskery is thoroughly tested for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Both are free applications. The last versions of IE (9-11) will continue to work correctly -- for now -- but we no longer will test for them.

SUPPORT FOR DIAL UP ENDING:
It's sad but true. I remember starting in computers when dial up at 300bps to a private computer (no internet) over a telephone was the norm. Today high speed wireless at megabytes per second is the minimum. Dial up is still used as backup entry by providers to internet users when the main lines fail. It is also used in private computer-to-computer communications as well as in remote areas where high speed fiber-optics have not yet been installed - but for the vast majority of users it is obsolete - dial up modems are not even installed into computers anymore (although the connections on the circuit boards still exist). Part of Diskery's mandate is to be accessable to as many people as possible but support for slow systems is becoming problematic. If you need to use dial up to access Diskery, you are already finding it takes a long time to download the picture content; this will be getting worse as we will no longer be testing for download time. Images will now be downsized, not with transmission time in mind, but for efficient storage on the server as well as for wireless users (such as Smart Phones) where the amount of data transferred is more of an issue than the speed it is sent. If you cannot switch over to high speed connections - the text on Diskery as well as the Java, PHP and database programming will still run for you but the pictures will increasingly delay the time it takes for the site to execute on your computer - the fix: set your Browser's preferneces to NOT display picture content. This takes effect June 1, 2016.


TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES PART 2
April 11, 2016

Two new features have been added to the site: A button to allow you to print the artist biography you are looking at, as well as a button to allow you to make a link to an artist page.

Due to a database IDE malfunction I have been forced to update the IDE sooner than planned and had to rig up a system to get the IDE to work... it now works. In unrelated event the Computer BIOS chip was updated today in preparation for the expected total system OS upgrade later this summer. This total system upgrade will, if working, replace several old computers and amalgamate their work into one centralized larger one.

More tech news... Loads of upgraded software has been installed into the system, including a new mail management program, new word processing and accounting software and soon I will upgrade the SQL database development system. In the near future, Disk units C,D & E as well as as the RAID software and RAID disk unit will need to be replaced as the units currently installed are now 8 years old - well past their 'best by' date!! If the main system is to keep running for another several years (this is the plan as the upgrades are cheaper than getting a whole new system) we need to replace these before they fail. Also, some of these need to be upgraded because we simply need more storage space and newer software for an eventual operating system update as well. Add to this, a Virtual Machine (a type of emulation software) will be installed so that future upgrades can be done quicker - allowing us to test the systems in an environment that will isolate changes from the main computer in the event they do not work - right now I am systematically upgrading on a LIVE and working system so I need to go with caution. The next phase is planned to begin in approx. 2 months, the website will continue to function but database updates may be slower than expected.


TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES PART 3
May 5, 2016

The replacement of the disk units will be conducted this weekend. Diskery database will be operating in "read only" mode from approximately 7:30PM Friday May 6, 2016 until 5PM Monday May 9, 2016 for this process. No requests for updates will be honored during this time. Also, no e-mail will be replied to during this time.

A new feature has been added to allow you to move down one record or up one record when reading an artist biography. This feature makes it easier for causal viewers to move between articles instead of having to return to the search page each time.


TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES COMPLETE
July 29, 2016

The operating system on the central computer has been updated and all needed applications have been installed/re-installed. The work on the systems are now complete. Work on the backups will begin soon but this will not be an issue to the website operations. Starting on Sunday (July 31) we will resume full operations on the website, including database updates and we expect that by Monday it will be business as usual except for a backlog of work that needs to be done.

As a further update: Diskery has been tested on Microsoft's new 'Edge' browser and it worked well within specifications and we will now be testing the website on tate web browser, along with Chrome and Firefox. Also, the Oracle Virtual Machine/Virtual Box has been installed allowing us to centralize multiple operating systems testing and development onto a single computer.


INTERFACE UPDATE
August 18, 2016

I will be looking at reprogramming the search box interface (where you type the name or ID# of the band you want to see on the site) so that you no longer have to use the advanced search options if you don't want to... (More natural - like Google's works); a more intelligent search mechanism by default.


SCRAMBLED TEXT
September 30, 2016

For some time there has been an issue with text characters not rendering themselves correctly on screens of viewers of this website. The problem has been found and corrected. This problem resulted from an incompatibility error between the default text excoding scheme used by the SQL database and that of the web server. The problem has been resolved by the insertion of a translation function in the script that runs the website.


THE PICTURE DIET
November 1, 2016

To speed up the website and reduce data-use (expecially for mobile users) the long project of converting of the band images to smaller sizes and less data-sizes has been completed, although individual cases still may need some attention.


UPDATED SEARCH BOX
November 27, 2016

Finally! How you search the articles on Diskery has been updated. No more clicking on radio buttons or searching charts. It works much like Google's system. Just type and let it figure it out for you. To see all the details, please see the updated help files on the subject.


NO MORE STUBBYS
December 4, 2016

A whole bunch of modifications has been done to the system. For starts: NO MORE STUBBY RECORDS. The system will now redirect you instead of dropping you on a blank record. Some cosmetic changes have been made as well as some cleaning up of the database including removing bad links, specifically in the 'See Also' section! This will conclude the engineering work on the website for 2016, other than the on-going page updates we will see you in the new year. Early in the new year we will begin work on how the 'active dates' are displayed.


ACTIVE DATES RE-PROGRAMMED
January 18, 2017

The active dates have been re-programmed so they are now on a less confusing single line... much more traditional display method. You can still search on individual dates, however. Add to that, two new columns have been added to the database for album discographies. You do not see them yet as they need to be added but they include chart listings for both UK and US.


GOOOOOGGGGGLLLLEEE
March 11, 2017

We are experimenting with Google's Custom Search feature (see it on the control pane to the right). This box will search the entire website for any content you type in it. Where-as Diskery's own search box can look for bands, dates, locations and genres and can even take you direct, Google's will search the actual content of each page to render a result; perfect for more obscure searches. Be advised, it will lead you to a result list for you to look through to click on the actual item you want (not as exact - but more thorough than our own).

Also, on the topic of Google, we have submitted a complete sitemap to them and they have archived over 1,000 of our pages - so when you search Google you are more likely to find Diskery items. This is still far less than we used to have listed with them in the old RRCA days. Please help us by making links to Diskery and your favorite listings. The more links there are to the site, the more Google sees us and the higher rankings we get in searches.


WHat Type of Recording is It?
April 18, 2017

The feature that tells you the type of recording is now active... 'Single/album/EP...' etc. Before, it was part of the album title (to distinguish it) but now it is a separate table entry the way it was originally intended.