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Hi there, visitor! Glad you have found our blog! In this blog, the people behind Pinside.com post their personal thoughts, ideas, rants and raves. The latest pinball gossip or new features on the site? You'll hear it here first!

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Where can you still play pinball?

If you are having trouble finding good machine to play "in the wild", know that you're not alone. The first thing I always like to do when I'm on holiday is find out where to obtain silver ball fun.

And that's not easy at all! As places to play become more and more scarce, the challenge of finding a good pinball parlour grows.   Click here to read more...


Pinball on your iPad and iPhone

It's no big secret that I have become kind of an "Apple head" lately! I  develop on a Mac and have an iPhone.

Well needless to say that I'm very enthusiastic about Apple's newest creation: the iPad! The only problem is that this magical device is not yet fro sale in Europe, let alone in Holland.   Click here to read more...


Fun facts!

As our pinball forum is getting busier each day, some people step forward with excellent ideas. One of these plans found its way to both the Pinside homepage and the archive page today!

I'm talking about drbond's idea to show fun facts containing little trivia and cool stuff that you probably didn't know about a game.    Click here to read more...


Machines now need 8 ratings to e...

I did a bit of poking around in our ratings database tonight, and concluded that I can increase the number of ratings required for a machine to appear in the top 100 to a minimum of 8 ratings. This means that a game will now need 8 approved ratings before it is eligible for our Top 100.   Click here to read more...


10,000 machine ratings and the T...

After last months milestone of going over 10,000 approved rating, today we have reached another milestone. We now have 200 machines that have passed the 6 votes treshold!

  Click here to read more...


Rating comments!

Just a quick blog to let you know that I have introduced a new feature on the site: Rating Comments!

From now on, anyone rating a machine can leave a comment along with their rating. Tell people why you rated the machine like you have and climb on the soapbox to tell anyone why a particular machine is great - or not so great - and why they should or should not consider buying one!   Click here to read more...


Big change weekend for Internet ...

Ah, this weekend finally gave me some time for mayor bug-shooting operations on the Pinside! Bug shooting? Well, yeah, you know... Computer bugs. Errors in the code. Even a great site like the Pinside has some of these microscopic creatures (ahem, quite a lot of 'em to be honest).

You see, ever since the launch of our new site, back in May of this year, we have added a little contact button in the header of each page. We didn't expect to get much people to actually use it, but boy, we were wrong. Quite a lot of you take the time and trouble to report a bug to us. Which (although it being bad news to receive a bug) we really, really appreciate. How else can we make the site stay working properly? So please keep the bug reports coming in using the contact form!   Click here to read more...


Pinside.com

After weeks of moving pixels around, we are proud to present our new logo!

The new logo needed to have some ties to the old one: we wanted to have a fat typeface, like the old logo and which is quite common in pinball design. We wanted to keep our blue-and-yellow ball as it is already so recognisable and it has served us so well these past eight years.  We wanted flippers. Huh? Yeah, haven't you spotted them yet?   Click here to read more...


Small design changes

If you're the watchful type, you'll probably have gathered that something has changed about the site. Something feels different? What is it?

Well for starters, let's just say that I got a bit tired of the background image. It was a bit to busy the way it was, and so I decided to replace it with a very subtle striped gradient.   Click here to read more...


Bang for your Buck

After a whole lotta work we introduce a new feature in the site's Top 100 section. The "Bang for your Buck" list! Go on, take a look!

So what is this list all about?  How does it come to be? Read on!   Click here to read more...


More tweaks and tuning

Wow! After launching last thursday, a lot has already happened to the site. As visitors old and new came in (I keep trying to picture their faces as they come in and discover the new look) and search spiders crawled to index the new pages, the long and tedious (and very technical) process of optimalization set in.

I won't bore you with all the technicalities, but launching a site redesign like we did with the Pinside is a huge challenge. And after the launch you inevitably discover stuff that isn't supposed to happen. On a test system, where it's just you on the site, these bugs won't always surface, but as soon as the crowds come in, you'll notice bad performing pages all over the place! Databases squeeking, webservers grinding... Aaargh!   Click here to read more...


User ratings galore!

Ah, a new feature! Always good to hear, right? This time it's a new tab in the pinsiders section. This tab, called ratings, shows the users personal top X (where X is the amount of pinball machines that the user has rated).

So, for instance, to check out my ratings, go here:   Click here to read more...


Kicking off!

Knock, knock... Hello there! You're still with us?

If you're a regular visitor to the Pinside your first reaction might have been 'Yikes! What's that?' when you visited your favorite pinball hangout this morning. Well, I can't blame you, as actually quite a bit has changed. We administrators figured that after almost 8 years the Pinside could do with some freshing up. So we decided to clean out the attic, to repaint the walls and to expand the living room a bit. Giving the Pinside a fresh, new look and some interesting new features.   Click here to read more...


Getting ready to launch

Phew... Pff... Oh, hey there! Welcome to the first blog post by Robin. Why am I making these strange sounds you ask? Well, after nearly four months of hard work on the new website and I'm finally seeing some light at the end of a long tunnel.

Lemme introduce myself for a bit: I live in the Northwest of Holland with my beatiful girlfriend Adeline, two crazy cats and only one pinball machine in the garage (but luckily some more nearby). I have been playing the silverball game for as long as I can remember (you can read more about that on my profile page) and  started building Pinside.com in early 2001 just to learn something. Running this site for the last 7 years indeed thaught me a heck of a lot about programming, webdesign and stuff like that and thanks to all the positive feedback I always remained enthousiastic about the -sometimes time consuming- job of maintaining this site.   Click here to read more...





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