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    Newest upload [12/07/2018] - https://archive.org/details/XboxNationMay2004 Previous Files Flux 1 - September 1994: https://archive.org/details/Flux1Sept1994 Flux 5 - September 1995: https://archive.org/details/Flux5 Game Player's Nintendo Guide - May 1992: https://archive.org/details/GamePlayersNintendoGuideMay1992 Mega Sega 16 - August 1994: https://archive.org/details/MegaSega161994 Mortal Kombat II Magazine #1 - November 1994: https://archive.org/details/MortalKombatIIMagazine11993 Mortal Kombat II Magazine #4 - February 1995: https://archive.org/details/MortalKombatIIMagazine4 Pasocom Paradise Soshuhen Vol. 6 - February 1995: https://archive.org/details/PasocomParadiseSoshuhenVol.6 PC Gamer Vol. 3 Issue 6 - June 1992: https://archive.org/details/PCGamerJune1996 PC Gamer Malaysia - December 2007: https://archive.org/details/PCGamerMalaysiaDecember2007/ PC Gamer Malaysia - August 2008: https://archive.org/details/PCGamerMalaysiaAugust2008 Play Magazine - February 2006: https://archive.org/details/PlayMagazineFebruary2006 Play Magazine - September 2006: https://archive.org/details/PlayMagazineSeptember2006 Play Magazine - December 2006: https://archive.org/details/PlayMagazineDecember2006 Official Xbox Magazine - June 2002: https://archive.org/details/OfficialXboxMagazineJune2002 Super Juegos - August 1994: https://archive.org/details/VideoJuegosAugust1994 Super Mario Coloring Book - 1989: https://archive.org/details/SuperMarioBrosColoringBook1989 Tech Gian - July 2004: https://archive.org/details/TechGianJuly2004 Tech Gian - August 2004: https://archive.org/details/TechGian-August2004 Tips & Tricks 1 - Spring 1994: https://archive.org/details/TipsAndTricks1 Xbox Nation 8 - June 2003: https://archive.org/details/XboxNation082004 Xbox Nation 10 - Nov 2003: https://archive.org/details/XboxNationNov2003/ Xbox Nation 11 - Dec/Jan 2004: https://archive.org/details/XboxNation11Jan2004 Xbox Nation 12 - March 2004: https://archive.org/details/XboxNation12March2004 Xbox Nation 13 - April 2004: https://archive.org/details/XboxNation13April2004 Xbox Nation 16 - July 2004: https://archive.org/details/XboxNationJuly2004/
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    2017 into 2018 Oh where to begin, lets rewind back to September 2017 to get a full appreciation of what has happened over the past 12 months. It all started about September 30th 2017 if I remember correctly. On that day which was a Saturday, I was enjoying a nice breakfast with my wife and daughter. I came home and opened my mailbox and had a letter from my bank. I open that letter and inside is a picture of my paycheck and a notice that it was declined due to insufficient funds. I immediately text the owner of the company I work for (there were only 6 employees), and he says he will look into it. Well without getting too deep into this story, He took forever to get me a replacement check, that replacement also bounced, and by October 17 I was behind about 3 paychecks or 6 weeks worth of work. So I issued an ultimatum to the owner, get current with my pay or I am not doing any further work. Well he paid up, but told me that it was obvious that I did not have faith in his company any longer, and that I had 4 weeks to find a new job. I turned in my immediate resignation that night, I was not about to work any longer and deal with this bullshit. So that meant I had to run around from October 17th to October 31st to get any doctor/dentist appointments completed before my coverage expired at the end of October. November I took it easy, as this had stressed me out more than anything, I went as far as canceling out any fluff bills that I could find. This meant stuff like my cell phone, Netflix, Usenet and even the newspaper were canceled. I went on job interviews here and there in the months of November and December, but those are really tough months to get hired in. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, no one wants to hire employees and then give them all those days off, plus many of the people that will train you are taking off full weeks in these months. Well the crap show didn't stop with me losing my job, on December 26th 2017 the dedicated server that Retromags sits on had a RAID failure, and over the weeks of being unemployed, the backups had not been working correctly. Luckily LiquidWeb was able to restore what felt like everything, but then we started to notice missing images in the Gallery. We deleted these as we found them and started to get back on our feet. It was also on December 26th that I accepted a new job, same title, but with more pay. My first day was going to be January 2nd 2018. I am a Systems Engineer by day, which is a fancy level Helpdesk person. I basically support around 25 different companies IT needs in the Northern Virginia area. I have support a wide array of clients, pizza shops, restaurants, law offices, fertility clinics, non profits, accountants, etc. Well when you are dealing with such different clients and 25+ of them, you really need to rely on documentation. The unfortunate part of this is that my predecessors in my position, really didn't document down how things were configured, or why they were set up a certain way. So from January until now I have been untangling the mess that the previous guys left me. Also I have been trying to untangle the mess at Retromags. When this website was restored, something felt off.....I could not place my finger on exactly what was wrong, but some things that had previously worked just fine, now started giving us issues. One of these issues was the ability to upload multi page spreads to the Gallery, which was pointed out by @kitsunebi77 LiquidWeb was charging me $150 per month to host Retromags and their support started playing the blame game. LiquidWeb would tell me the server was working just fine...and that the problem was with the Invision Power Board software. So I made a copy of Retromags and put it over on a different server at DreamHost....guess what? The problems didn't happen! So now I had to start looking for a new host to move us to. I didnt want to go to a $20 a month host like DreamHost as we are sharing resources with other websites. I also didnt want to go back to a dedicated host, because donations had stop coming in to offset this cost, and now we had moved our downloads off to a seedbox server. With the 200GB worth of downloads on a seedbox, we could scale back to running Retromags off of a VPS, which is a step above a shared host, but a step below a dedicated server. Anyhow, while I was getting up to speed on my job that helps me afford keeping Retromags running, I was also trying to get all of our releases onto the seedbox, provide torrents of all our releases and migrate us to a new server.I found a new hosting provider named KnownHost and I have migrated Retromags over to this new VPS server. When we did this some of the Gallery images were not showing up again. Long story short, the RAID crash from 2017 was causing issues again, I had to export all the records from the gallery and write a script to compare these to files that exist. Out of 20,000 Gallery records, 20 files were missing the original images, which is needed for the rebuild tool to not freak out. Well that was just fixed a few days ago, and it seems as though all is right in the world again. I have had Retromags running since 2005 and I thought I knew best about backups. I got my ass handed to me and the lesson has been learned. So now the following happens.... Everyday @ 7AM - The Retromags website syncs to the Retromags QNAP at my home Everyday @ 7PM - The daily sync on the Retromags QNAP, does a versioning backup to an external drive Everyday @ 7AM - Our Seedbox backs up to my Microsoft OneDrive, which then also syncs to my QNAP Everynight @ Midnight - The overall Database for Retromags backs up and syncs down to the QNAP and my OneDrive Every 6 hours - The Magazine Database backs up and syncs to my One Drive and QNAP With the disaster plan above, we should never lose more than 24 hours worth of work on this site. EDIT: Forgot that in January or February, my medical coverage was crap and I ended up in the hospital for 12 hours violently ill and that resulted in a $5500 bill that I am still paying off
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    I disagree, but then I'm of the opinion that readable is just fine. And an unedited or roughly edited mag is still much more readable than a mag that hasn't been scanned at all. So that's where I choose to put my efforts. I can see the want for completion, but we're tens of thousands of scans away from ever getting there - it ain't gonna happen. So I'd rather scan something for the first time rather than make sure every magazine hosting site has an exclusive copy of the same magazine. Don't worry, I don't expect everyone to agree with me. Just stating my own philosophy on the matter.
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    Understood, just saying it would be silly for Retromags to NOT scan something because its available elsewhere. I see some Nintendo Powers that have been scanned elsewhere, but to leave those holes in our collection.....well that will just lead to questions about why we are not scanning them, and i am not for directing people to 6 other websites when we can just scan those mags ourselves. Maybe they are not a huge priority, but I would like to strive for complete collections here.....like we did for Sega Visions and a few others.
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    Should show as 'Acquired', since I just set that flag. *huggles* Areala
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    The world is my oyster. I may only upload here, but I download from EVERYWHERE.
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    Shows as Missing at Retromags Magazines may already be available at other websites, but since I have no control over those websites, and since we don't host other sites files.....
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    @Ethereal Dragonz already scanned it. It's up at archive. https://archive.org/details/TipsAndTricks1 Granted, Philly's copy looks to be in far better condition, and will look much nicer in the end (assuming he finds someone to edit it).
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    I have you to thank for this one, all your T&T posts made me go on eBay and do a search, this was a BuyItNow auction
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    Tips & Tricks Issue 1 has been acquired!
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    As Galadriel once said to Frodo.... Galadriel: “This task was appointed to you. And if you do not find a way, no one will.” —The Fellowship of the Ring
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    Update 9/18 - Added Xbox Nation 8 June 2003 Nothing special this time, just needed to make some room on my shelf. I have a few Xbox Nation magazines to upload. I have a few interesting items coming in. Two Tech-Gian issues and The Super Famicom #1. I'll take my time scanning the Super Famicom issue.
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    Thanks Phillyman! I have a ton more I want to send - need to arrange for it.
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    Not actually an auction won, but huge thanks to @Hudson187 for sending the following today (pics coming later).
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