Today I launched a new Torch reviews site "feature" - Bite Sized Reviews. Smaller than average but still filled with all the info you want to know.
The reason behind these is directly related to my chronic lack of time. I like to be thorough in my writeups but that means each one takes so long to finish. Bite Sized reviews don`t take nearly as long - the first one took just a couple of hours plus some photography and the usual proof-read for spellong misteaks and obvious errors. I hope to be able to cover some of my back-log this way - on a good day I could get through 3 or 4 though I think even 2 a day will be good im comparison.
The way I see it, although I`d love to go into detail with everything, it`s just not practical to do so in my current situation, and in all honesty not all lights need the in depth critique either - some of the more basic ones can be covered in just a few paragraphs which is exactly what a Bite sized review comprises of (asides the photos, beamshot and normal Vital Statistics). And some have been hanging round here so long that if I want much longer they`ll be grossly out of date or discontinued, some already are.
Bite sized reviews share the same category index pages as normal ones, but with one difference - a "bite" taken out of the corner of the thumnail image [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] . Someone`s also been gnawing on the corner of the brown graphic on their individual pages. The blue/purple colours of the text on each review page are transposed too.
I like these "Bite Sized Reviews" a lot.
Your main page though, still has a "bitten" graphic on the upper left (right above the Info button).
Did you do this on purpose, or just screw something up? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
<font color="800080">Did you do this on purpose, or just screw something up? </font>
I did it on purpose! "Regular" visitors will see the bite taken out of the graphic and wonder what it`s for, then hopefully look down and see the message in the Update Log which will answer their question. I`l leave it like that for a couple weeks then it`ll go back to normal.
Glad you like`em. Another one should be published later on today.
If anyone knows where you can buy these, I`d be interested to know. This one was sent direct from the manufacturer and I have no idea where the general public can buy them, or what they sell for. Their little 3AAA brothers can be gotten from Lifestyle Fascination but as far as I know they don`t sell these bigger 3C ones. I think one similar turned up on Ebay recently (same size but knurled, black colour) but I forget what it sold for.
I think we all got them at around the same time - Mr Chang of ISP Korea gave me a choice of which one I`d like - and I`d not long ordered the 3AAA from LF (it was in transit) so I went for the biggun.
Craig must`ve gotten them both cos he`s got a bigger web site than we have [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I think I`m about to grind to a bit of a halt with the reviews cos I`ve reached the Arc LSH-P and I want to do that one in detail. I figure that`ll take 3 or 4 days at best, given the other household tasks I`ve got to catch up on this week. When will they hurry up and invent self-trimming hedges and self-tidying storerooms? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
Very nice "bite sized" review of the AT2000L you've got.
I did get an email from Mr. Chang not long after mine went up to remove the Aitec.com address and put up http://isp.koreasme.com in its place. You may get the same email too...or you may not...or maybe it was a ploy to get somebody to buy a whole s**tload of them from ISP. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I see yours too has that awful "rotten cat urine green" crescent in the beam like mine has, but I think it's really a nice flashlight for light-duty use, like looking in unlighted closets and boxes. That green crescent really isn't that bothersome & obnoxious unless you just shoot white walls and white targets with the light like most of us flashaholics do. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
ISP Korea had better put details of the AT series flashlights on their web site if they want me to link to them! As far as I know, Aitec is just a brand name or maybe a distributor and ISP are the genuine manufacturers, but only the Aitec site has any details so that`s where my Manufacturer`s Site link points at for now. I do link to ISP Korea at the bottom of the page under Acknowledgements, and they`re in my Links section too (Aitec`s page is not) so they can`t complain really!
...assuming it`s accessible that is. Today and yesterday too, there have been periods of a half hour or more around this time of day when the site has dissapeared from the internet as if it were never there. I don`t know why, and I don`t know how long this has been going on cos I`m usually not here during this time. I`d be interested to know if anyone else has tried accessing the site and failled, or if the images on this page/my banner and avatar have not showed up - just in case I need to start kicking some butts at Tripod to get it fixed.
<edit>.....or maybe not. When I just wrote that, all the images and my banner were dead, but then the page comes back after entering the post and they`re all back. I`ll just offer Tripod a swift kick in the pants instead, and see just what the forgoodnesssake is going on.....
Been trying to complete the Arc LSHP and set up for a burn-time test today, for the first time in ages. Set it going, came back 2 hours later to a box with a hot LSHP inside, and a light meter with a dead battery [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ohgeez.gif[/img] . Burned up a SF123 for nothing [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img] . Guess the burntest will have to wait, like all the others. As it is, I wrote the Solitaire one instead. Hope to finish the LSHP tomorrow.
Regarding the outages, well I fired off a message to the generic Lycos Support address since it`s nigh on impossible to find a direct line to Tripod. But it`s all part of the same organization so we`ll see if it gets to where it`s going, and they repsond.
I noticed some long gaps in the visits (from the Nedstat page - blue icon at the lower left of the index "enter here" page) but don`t know if those were further outages or just gaps when no-one wanted to visit. It seems OK to me for now though.