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VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-13 @ 23:05

Thought I'd create a new dedicated thread for the site, rather than keep hijacking Malik's drivers thread.

http://www.vogonsdrivers.com

What you can do:

- Driver keyword search
- Browse drivers by category
- Update the title, description, and category for existing drivers
- Attach images to drivers (up to ~1MB, 800x800px max)
- Remove attached images
- Upload your own driver files up to ~30MB by using a web form.
- Upload your own driver files over 30MB by FTP
- Flag files for scheduled deletion
- $allowed_driver_extensions = array("zip","rar","7z","iso","bin","arj","lha","lzh","pdf");

What's coming soon:

- Adding and changing categories

What you can't do:

- Change the name of the uploader directly (but if you edit a file, the "Updated by" field updates)
- Upload a new driver with the same file name as an existing driver

This is the thread to request features, report bugs, or just let me know what you think.

I'm taking a break from coding for the site till this coming weekend. It's consumed my after-work-time for the last few weeks, and the other half isn't such a fan of that! ;)

UPDATE 7 June 2016: The sites are not connected. Your forum login will not work on Vogonsdrivers. If you want access to the drivers site, hit me up and I'll create an account.

I WILL NOT CREATE ACCOUNTS FOR PEOPLE WITH ZERO OR JUST A COUPLE OF POSTS. PLEASE DON'T ASK. HAVING TO SAY "NO" DOESN'T FEEL VERY NICE. :depressed:

If you have a file or two to contribute, put it somewhere public (mega.co.nz, Dropbox, Google Drive, whatever) and post the link in this thread along with some details and a photo/image if you have one. Either myself or one of the rad people here will gladly upload the file if it's suitable.

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Change log:

2016-06-20
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- Added minimalist HTML 2.0 version for low-powered/ancient devices and browsers: http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/lofi/

2014-05-15
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- JavaScript menu is now live. If JS is disabled, or a JS-unfriendly browser is used, the classic menu will still appear.
- Added SCSI/Storage and Networking categories.

2014-05-13
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- Fixed "Added" date and time from word-wrapping to three lines in some instances.
- Fixed (removed) bounding boxes on JavaScript folding category menu pilot ( http://www.vogonsdrivers.com/index2.php ).
- Increased font size of category menu by 2px.

2014-05-07
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- Added a checkbox to the file edit form to flag files for deletion.
- Flagged files will be cleaned up by a monthly cron job.

2013-04-14
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- Fixed a bug that enabled an SQL injection attack
- Added PDF to allowed file types
- Global password resets

2012-07-25
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- Enabled the [img]and[/img] tags in file descriptions
- Now require users to be logged in to edit file information
- Captcha is no longer used to edit file information
- For images to display, file info must be edited by the same person that uploaded it (Trial feature, as per elianda's suggestion, if it gets to annoying I can turn it off in a few minutes)
- The person that last edited the file is now shown in the file info.

What's coming:
- Automatic thumbnailing of large images

2012-06-27
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- Fixed a bug that was causing the FTP login feature to not work.

2012-03-29
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- Added a rudimentary keyword search feature
-- Searches file title, filename, and description fields
-- Supports some boolean features:

apple bee carrot - Will find entries that contain all of these words"

apple bee -carrot - Will find entries that contain 'apple' and 'bee', but exclude results that contain 'carrot'.

apple bee <carrot - Will find entries that contain 'apple' and 'bee', and optionally 'carrot', ranking those results lower

apple bee >carrot - Will find entries that contain 'apple' and 'bee', and optionally 'carrot', ranking those results higher.

apple bee* - Will find entries that contain 'apple' and words beginning with 'bee*' For example 'bees' 'beet' 'beef' etc

apple "beef pie" - Will find entries that contain 'apple' and also the exact phrase "beef pie"

-- To get the maximum benefit from this feature, it would be good for anybody who's uploaded stuff to go through and make sure there are some details in the "description" field. Model numbers and that kind of details would be just awesome, if you happen to own those devices.

2012-02-09
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- Added a reminder on the upload form about the permitted extensions. (This wasn't actually mentioned on the site anywhere, only in this thread!)
- Driver entries will now show if they've been updated since the file was uploaded. Entries that haven't been edited will show NA in this field.
- Just for information, the dates and times shown on the site are United States central time, GMT-6 (or -5 during daylight saving)

2012-02-09
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- FTP uploads are now unticked by default on the "Process FTP Uploads" screen. It's a good idea to verify each one has the correct size before hitting "Submit"
- FTP uploads that remain unticked when you click "Submit" will now be deleted. This will also apply to files showing the "FILE ALREADY EXISTS" or "INVALID EXTENSION" errors. If you want to rename a file before having it processed, you can do so through your FTP client.
- Fixed a bug causing image uploads through the "edit" interface to be named incorrectly. Image uploading should now work correctly.
- Added some diagnostic information to the HTTP 403 error screen.

2012-01-12
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- Added a statement on "fair use".
- Added some measures to prevent HTTPS links from appearing in search engines.

2012-01-10
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- FTP Upload Processing now has the same BBCode editor available as the single file upload and file editing interfaces.

2012-01-07
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- Home page now shows 20 most recently uploaded files, instead of a flat list of every file. This should make it load faster as we add more drivers!

- Beta FTP functionality is available. I'm looking for testers!

- Removed the category links from the "You are now logged in" page, as clicking them would cause you to have to log in again, and left a stale login token in the database.

2011-12-22
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- Set post_max_size to 32M in php.ini. This should stop the "Invalid file extension" error for files over 8MB.

- Added a JavaScript check for file size to the upload form (doesn't stop you uploading, it just gives you a red warning if the file you chose is too big) Supported on Chrome and Firefox. Doesn't seem to work on Safari or Internet Explorer. I'm looking for an alternative that's more accommodating.

- Usernames and Passwords have been sent to everybody that has uploaded or contributed a file. If these accounts don't work, PM me. If you want to change your password, hang tight, that facility is on the way.

2011-12-19
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- You are now required to log in to upload files, and reCAPTCHA has been removed.
-- I have created accounts for anybody who has uploaded files so far, PM me for the passwords.
-- There is currently no interface to create accounts, I'd like to discuss further how to moderate the system before I implement that.
-- If you have a driver to contribute but don't have an account, leave a note in this thread, and I or one of the people with accounts should be able to help.
-- Your username and password are transmitted by SSL. However, since this is shared hosting and not dedicated, the URL appears differently for the HTTPS portion of the exchange. The HTTPS URL will begin with https://secure6.mylha.com/~ybkxdrnm It is the same site, no viruses or anything, just that having a dedicated IP doubles the price of the hosting!
-- You will need cookies enabled to make use of this function.
-- As always, let me know if there are issues.

- Fixed a bug where the file size wasn't being detected in some instances.

Initial Release
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What you can do:

- Browse drivers by category
- Update the title, description, and category for existing drivers
- Attach images to drivers (up to ~1MB, 800x800px max)
- Remove attached images
- Upload your own driver files (up to ~30MB)

What's coming soon:

- Uploading your own driver files over 30MB. - DONE
- Driver keyword search - DONE
- Adding and changing categories - Changing DONE

What you can't do:

- Delete drivers - Can request deletion now.
- Change the name of the uploader directly - Uploader is fixed, updater is handled automatically now
- Upload a new driver with the same file name as an existing driver
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby luckybob » 2011-12-14 @ 02:42

I have bookmarked this page for future reference.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby GL1zdA » 2011-12-14 @ 12:25

Great idea! Will there be further categories added (I'm looking for Windows 1.x/2.x and NT 3.1 drivers)?
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-14 @ 20:55

Sure, if people upload them! :)
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby Jorpho » 2011-12-14 @ 21:26

I guess you're aiming for something with better focus/organization than DriverGuide? (Makes sense; that place is a mess.)
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby swaaye » 2011-12-14 @ 21:51

Stickied.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-15 @ 00:14

Jorpho wrote:I guess you're aiming for something with better focus/organization than DriverGuide? (Makes sense; that place is a mess.)


That's the idea. We don't need a million worthless drivers for no-name internal modems, webcams, and scanners. Driverguide exists for that.

Thanks for the sticky! :)
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby swaaye » 2011-12-15 @ 02:23

I put up some Rendition drivers. It seems to work well. The only bug I saw was, when editing, the description is filled with line break tags.

I think you should definitely limit who can upload/edit because otherwise I think it's inevitable that there will be vandalism, etc.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-15 @ 02:30

Ah good pick up swaaye, I have a library to convert BBcode to HTML, but not back the other way.

I'll probably change it to store BBcode in the database, and just change it to HTML on the fly.

Something for me to fix tonight.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-15 @ 05:58

Seems I'm a bit more keen than I thought! :D

2011-12-15 Bugs fixed:
- Database now stores BBCode rather than HTML. You should no longer see <br /> tags in the editing screen.
- Tweaked code that strips HTML from inputs, should be a little more secure now than it was yesterday.
- Added code to replace spaces with underscores in file name, so we don't end up with urls%20that%20look%20like%20this.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby elianda » 2011-12-15 @ 13:08

I tried to upload a larger file (20 MB) with a larger description text and it always complained now that the Captcha entered was wrong. I tried about 15 times.
I couldn't get the upload working.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby chinny22 » 2011-12-15 @ 16:56

I agree that not everyone should be able to upload, more to avoid 100 drivers for the same device, 50 of those being the same version anyway.

Just thinking out loud but could we use a thread say "new driver finds" post a short description with a tempory link on rapidshare or similar.

Once 1 or 2 people with the same device confirm it is what its sposed to be & works then it can be uploaded to vogandrivers.com.

Its more complicated but we seem to be a good group here with dedicated people with a real interest in keeping old hardware alive. I sadly dont have much old hardware to test drivers but happy to help in anyway I can either this idea or others. in the end its SquallStrife & other more long term members call
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby WolverineDK » 2011-12-15 @ 19:27

Okay, it looks like I need a PM from the headmaster, about the FTP stuff, and then I will need to upload the iso files one after the other (bollocks what a drag). But then again my high speed connection will do wonders to the FTP uploading part of things.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby Jorpho » 2011-12-15 @ 21:50

chinny22 wrote:I agree that not everyone should be able to upload, more to avoid 100 drivers for the same device, 50 of those being the same version anyway.
If there's some way to calculate checksums of uploaded files (or maybe extract the CRC32's from ZIP uploads), it might help filter those out.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby F2bnp » 2011-12-15 @ 22:15

Excellent idea! Great job!
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-15 @ 22:37

elianda wrote:I tried to upload a larger file (20 MB) with a larger description text and it always complained now that the Captcha entered was wrong. I tried about 15 times.
I couldn't get the upload working.


If you get the captcha wrong, and then hit the back button in your browser, you need to hit the little "refresh" button within the captcha box. It won't work if you try to re-enter the same one.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby elianda » 2011-12-16 @ 10:11

SquallStrife wrote:
elianda wrote:I tried to upload a larger file (20 MB) with a larger description text and it always complained now that the Captcha entered was wrong. I tried about 15 times.
I couldn't get the upload working.


If you get the captcha wrong, and then hit the back button in your browser, you need to hit the little "refresh" button within the captcha box. It won't work if you try to re-enter the same one.


Squallstrife: If you hit the back button the captcha refreshes automatically - but that does not seem to be the problem. I think the problem is not a wrong captcha. I also tried from home yesterday and had the same problem and I am quite sure that I entered the captcha correctly and it also worked for smaller files reliably.
If you like to test it yourself try to upload the SPEA Media Gallery 05/95 complete drivers as it is found in the I2P Retro Archive.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-16 @ 10:45

Yes, today I found out that captcha's expire! Certainly not helpful for our utility here.

We'll need to come up with something else, I suppose.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby ProfessorProfessorson » 2011-12-16 @ 13:19

elianda wrote:
SquallStrife wrote:
elianda wrote:I tried to upload a larger file (20 MB) with a larger description text and it always complained now that the Captcha entered was wrong. I tried about 15 times.
I couldn't get the upload working.


If you get the captcha wrong, and then hit the back button in your browser, you need to hit the little "refresh" button within the captcha box. It won't work if you try to re-enter the same one.


Squallstrife: If you hit the back button the captcha refreshes automatically - but that does not seem to be the problem. I think the problem is not a wrong captcha. I also tried from home yesterday and had the same problem and I am quite sure that I entered the captcha correctly and it also worked for smaller files reliably.
If you like to test it yourself try to upload the SPEA Media Gallery 05/95 complete drivers as it is found in the I2P Retro Archive.


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No matter what the file size was, I got the "The reCAPTCHA wasn't entered correctly. Go back and try it again.(reCAPTCHA said: incorrect-captcha-sol)" error every time. Too bad too, I have about 4gb worth of drivers archived I would be more then willing to share, but cant. Oh well.
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Re: The Unofficial VOGONS Driver Library

Postby SquallStrife » 2011-12-16 @ 20:45

Prof, chill, I'm trying to think of an alternative! Festive season is keeping me pretty busy. I'm just slotting in dev time where possible at the moment.

I'll hopefully have an alternative anti-spam solution by the end of the weekend.
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