“Buy this set” / “Join” link on Anita Beatnik set

Hi All,

Just a quickie to explain why the recent Anita Beatnik set has strange “buy this set” / “join” links on the members’ What’s New? page.

I’m switching to the newer cart system and trying to get up to date with sets added to the shopping cart on the day they go up on the site, rather than 1-2 years afterwards as at present! In order to do this, I need stuff added to our content management database, and the easiest way to show Ian (my programmer friend who coded the CMS for us) is to have a live set with an example.

Once the requisite field is added to the database I can just show the “Buy Now”/”Join” links on the free preview area, and not have it appear on the members’ area so you kind folks who have already joined will not see the nagging links 🙂 At the moment I’ve had to hand-code it in the set description so for now it shows up in both places.



Windows Media Player sometimes plays black screen

Hi Everyone,

A couple of people have reported issues playing some of the videos with Windows Media Player. The sound plays fine, but the video shows a black screen.

I’m afraid I have NO idea what’s causing that.

I’ve not been able to replicate it myself, and I compress all the videos in exactly the same way using the same program on one of the same two Macs each time; it doesn’t seem to correlate with which Mac I prepared the final video on… which was the only thing I could think of that might be different. So I’m at a loss.

I will investigate more, but without being able to identify anything different my end it’s really hard to know where to start.

VLC media player, an open-source player which you can download for free here http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.en-GB.html plays the rogue files just fine (as do our Macs and iPhones etc of course).

So I don’t think there’s anything fundamentally wrong with the files, and I have no idea why WMP sometimes throws a fit. If anyone has any ideas please let me know, it’s very perplexing.

In the meantime, if you experience the problem, please let me know and let me know which videos it happens on… and please download VLC media player so you can still watch the films. Apologies.

Cheers, Hywel

Restrained Elegance server move coming over next few days

Hi everyone!

It’s time for Restrained Elegance to move to a new server again- better, stronger, faster and all of that. I’ve done as much testing as I can on the new machine before it goes live, all looks fine to me but there might be a hiccup or two over the next few days while we move.

If you experience problems, first quit your browser and reload the page- a lot of problems in the changeover come from stale DNS entries and that should help reset those. If the problem remains, please email me webmaster@restrainedelegance.com.

Hopefully it will go smoothly!