Archive notes & explanation

Note: This web page did not exist on the original Tweakguides website. It was created entirely by myself to give an explanation of this archive of that website.

Everything that you see in this section of my website was formerly hosted on the website, owned by Koroush Ghazi. Between late October and early November 2019, he decided to shut down the website. He also made an archive of the entire website available for download before doing so. I am a great fan of Koroush's work and recognised the value in the material he published. For example, I still reference his Piracy article anytime I see people try to preach piracy as perfectly okay, and parrot the usual misinformation in support of this. Due to this, I decided to make the archive available from my own website.

At this point, you may be wondering: What makes this archive any different from all the others that have been made available? It's true that if you search for "TweakGuides", you will likely find a number of other websites that have their own archive of the site, including the PC Gaming Wiki.

The difference is that I didn't want to just take the archive everyone has access to and slap it onto my site as-is. I wanted to make my archive the best one available. As a result, I have gone through the entire archive and made a number of changes to it that can be summarised as follows:

  • Restored the original FAQ which was not in the final website archive. Other archives don't have this page.
  • Created the Far Cry 3 tweak guide using the text document and images that Koroush made available shortly before he shut down his website. No one else has made an effort to do this.
  • Koroush posted a few extra news items to the home page and Site Updates after he created the final site archive. These changes were preserved in my copy of the archive. Other archives only have these pages as they were in the archive.
  • Some of the articles have suffered from Link Rot over the years. I have gone through each hyperlink and attempted to restore any that had rotted by either finding their new location on the host website, changing it to the Wayback Machine's copy of the page, or even created my own archive of these referenced articles. In cases where I wasn't able to restore them, I added a note to the article stating that it is a dead link.
  • Corrected any serious typos I spotted.
  • For example, the 2nd page of the Hardware Confusion 2019 article was titled "Title". I corrected it to "The Old & The New", in line with the 2 previous articles.
  • Another example is a missing bullet point in his Hardware Confusion 2009 article.
  • The PC Gaming Wiki's archive of this website decided to cut the header of every web page in half to place a banner ad in between the two halves. Mine does not do this.
  • Cleaned up the HTML code. As much as I respect and appreciate Koroush's work, the original webpage code had some problems.
  • The code's organisation was very messy. Indentation was extremely incosistent and code that should have been spread out over multiple lines was all squashed into a single line. For an example of both, you can look at the Head for any of the pages in the original.
  • The second and more serious problem was that there were a lot of validation errors in every single page. These varied from not closing tags properly or at all, closing tags that weren't opened to begin with, and writing markup that didn't follow established standards. To make matters worse, every webpage declared itself as following the XHTML 1.0 Strict standard, which is probably the strictest standard you can get for websites in terms of what qualifies as correct code. I ran each page through a validator and all of them gave me over 90 errors. In a few cases, these validation errors visibly affected the webpage.
  • In all cases, I cleaned up each article's markup to the point where they passed validation, and their arrangements looked a lot better. In short, I made the markup behind each webpage worthy of the information and research they generally conveyed.
  • Upgraded the character encoding of all webpages from iso-8859-1 to utf-8.
  • Every web page was placed in the web server's root directory, which severely cluttered it IMO. I fixed this by placing every page in an appropriate subfolder.
  • I added a badge at the bottom of every page stating that it's content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Most other archives don't do this, with the PC Gaming Wiki being an exception.
  • I added a notice to the top of every relevant page stating that it's an archive of the original, to prevent confusion and comply with the Creative Commons license's Attribution clause. Most other archives don't do this, with the PC Gaming Wiki being an exception.
  • The Hardware Confusion 2009 article - page 8 for some reason contained what looked like code that inserts a casino advert (between the two pictures of his HDD & Optical drive and the first paragraph). I removed all the markup and scripting for it even though it doesn't appear to do anything.
  • In some cases, I added some of my own commentary either where I felt that it would supplement the content already there, or to correct outdated, inaccurate or not recommended information. Any such commentary is clearly marked in lightly bolded purple text and orange hyperlinks. You can see an example of this formatting at the top of this very page.

I hope you enjoy reading through these articles as much as I do.

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