What is fatreg.com?
Err, it's a festival web-site. It started as a way of showing the mates I go to Reading with just how pissed they got each year, and recording what everyone got up to. Then I used it to keep them informed as to who was playing. It just grew from there as more people became aware of it and it got registered on search engines and web directories. Some people even seem to like it... It takes all sorts, I guess.

This site was created using the following hardware:
Apple Macintosh G4/933 with:
• 512Mb RAM
• 80Gb hard drive
• 17" Apple LCD studio display
• UMAX Powerlook II scanner
Apple Macintosh G3/300 with:
256Mb RAM
• 6Gb Hard drive
• 19" Hitachi monitor
• UMAX Astra 2200SU scanner with tranny adaptor
• Pace 56k modem
• Iomega Zip650 CD-RW (for back-up)

Most of the pics were taken with various disposable cameras, which give surprisingly good results. They are also idiot-proof, which is just as well, really. Recent pics have been shot with a Canon Ixus V2 digital camera.

This is the software used:
• Apple OS 8.1 (cool operating system)
• Apple OS 9.04 (cooler operating system)
• Apple OS 9.2 (even cooler operating system)
• Apple OS 10.3 (Panther) (coolest ever OS)
• Apple OS 10.4 (Tiger) (OSX just gets better!)
• Adobe Photoshop 5.01 (image editing)
• Adobe Photoshop 6 (more image editing)
• Adobe Photoshop 7 (even more image editing)
• Adobe Photoshop CS (yet more image editing)
• Extensis PhotoFrame 2 (plug-in for image borders)
• GoLive CyberStudio 3.0 (site creation)
• Adobe GoLive 4.01 (site creation)
• Adobe GoLive 5 (site creation)
• Adobe GoLive CS (site creation)
• Macromedia Freehand 9 (maps)
• Photovista (QTVR panoramas)
• GifBuilder 0.5 (animated gifs)
• Netscape Communicator 4.7 (browser - for
previews)

Guestbook and counter provided free by
the excellent people at Bravenet

Forum provided and hosted by ProBoards.

The site is hosted by Easyspace.

The body font is Arial/Arial Black.
The headline font is Frazzle, and is available for Macs from FONTASTIC! along with loads of other cool fonts. All at low, low prices, folks. Some are even free...

For what it's worth, all images and words within this site are copyright Fat Reg, unless otherwise stated. Probably. Dan came up with the "Jazz, Blues, Rock and Sad Indie Shite" slogan years ago, but without me it would have stayed festering in some forgotten corner of his brain, so I took it and set it free. Sometimes it's better that way...

Curious facts and stuff
fatreg.com used to be a Lycos "recommended" site, but seems to have lost that status. Perhaps it was something I said. It is, however, still Netscape's top-rated Reading Festival site, as chosen by their team of editors. Thanks, Netscape guys!

Visitor tracking stats show that while a lot of people have found fatreg.com by using the obvious "Reading Festival" as a search term, a worrying number have found it through entering "fat pictures" into search engines. Hope they weren't disappointed...

Thanks to everyone who's signed the guestbook - your comments are much appreciated. Especially all of you offering to buy me beer - at this rate, I won't have to go to the bar myself all weekend at Reading.

Saturdays generally see fewer visitors to fatreg.com than any other day of the week. Guess everyone has far better things to do at the weekend. Or perhaps everyone browses when they're meant to be working?

Monday April 23, 2001 - the day the first official announcement was made about Reading 2001 - saw a staggering 484 visitors to fatreg.com. Thanks, guys!

Even that was bettered on Thursday May 24, 2001 when 502 of you checked out the site!

But even that was eclipsed on Tuesday May 29, 2001 when the site saw an amazing 575 visitors.

Wednesday August 22, 2001 - the day before the festival - saw 638 visitors. That's about one person in every 80 that went to the festival... some of you probably tripped over me in the arena.

Monday April 29, 2002, however, saw an incredible 915 of you checking out the first details of the line-up.

Site history:
August 22, 2005 Bootlegs page added
August 22, 2005 Reading 2004 review added
July 7, 2005 Festival prices updated on Timeline
June 9, 2004 CSS implemented on home page
April 30,2004 Who's who page updated - it works now...
April 28,2004 Reading 1990 review added
April 27,2004 Reading 1991 review added
April 20,2004 New ProBoards forum added
February 8,2004 fatreg.com records visitor number 150,000
August 26,2003 Reading 2003 review added
August 5,2003 Willow 2003 review added
July 29, 2003 Reading 2002 review finally makes an appearance
July 15, 2003 fatreg.com moves to its own dedicated server
June 10, 2003 Links page updated
June 6-9, 2003 Downloads updated
May 15, 2003 Reading 1986 page updated
Oct 22, 2002 Site re-designed with frame-based navigation
July 23, 2002 fatreg.com records visitor number 100,000. Thank you!
July 15, 2002 Ozzfest 2002 page added
July 8, 2002 Reading and Leeds 2002 desktop pictures added
June 25, 2002 Festival A to Z page added
April 20, 2002 fatreg.com records 75,000th visitor
April 19, 2002 fatreg.com records 915 visitors in one day
January 20, 2002 fatreg.com records 60,000th visitor
November 8, 2001 Reviews page added
September 30, 2001 fatreg.com records 55,000th visitor
September 24, 2001 Crystal Palace 1985 Anti-heroin page added.
September 16, 2001 Reading 2001 review added. Front page simplified. Survival page re-organised
August 22, 2001 fatreg.com records 50,000th visitor - 638 visitors that day alone. Well, it was the day before the festival
July 15, 2001 fatreg.com records 40,000th visitor - by a strange quirk of fate, that visitor was Fat Reg...
July 2, 2001 Arena map added to Directions page
June 26, 2001 Five new sites added to the Links page
Timeline page added
June 25, 2001 AC/DC at Milton Keynes page added.
Reading Festival directions page added
June 25, 2001 fatreg.com records 35,000th visitor
June 21, 2001 Downloads page added
June 21, 2001 Ozzfest 2001 page added
June 9, 2001 fatreg.com records 30,000th visitor
May 29, 2001 fatreg.com records 25,000th visitor
May 16, 2001 fatreg.com records 20,000th visitor
May 13, 2001 fatreg.com records 19,000th visitor
May 10, 2001 fatreg.com records 18,000th visitor
May 6, 2001 fatreg.com records 17,000th visitor
May 3, 2001 fatreg.com records 16,000th visitor. I can hardly keep up!
May 1, 2001 Reading line-up poll added
April 30, 2001 fatreg.com records 15,000th visitor
April 26, 2001 fatreg.com records 14,000th visitor
April 23, 2001 fatreg.com records 13,000th visitor
April 22, 2001 Links page updated
April 20, 2001 fatreg.com records 12,000th visitor
April 12, 2001 fatreg.com records 11,000th visitor
April 1, 2001 fatreg.com records 10,000th visitor
March 29, 2001 Ozzfest 1998 page added
March 27, 2001 Tribal Gathering 1996 pages added
March 22, 2001 fatreg.com records 9000th visitor
March 13, 2001 "Tell your mates about fatreg.com" service added
March 12, 2001 fatreg.com records 8000th visitor
February 28, 2001 fatreg.com records 7000th visitor
February 14, 2001 News archive added. Crap pics page added
February 11, 2001 fatreg.com records 6000th visitor
January 11, 2001 Festivals 2001 page added and home page updated.
January 4, 2001 Links page updated
December 12, 2000 Reading 1983 page added
October 18, 2000 29 new links added
October 9, 2000 Reading 1982 page updated
October 3, 2000 Reading 2000 review completed
September 27, 2000 Reading 2000 micro-site, with QTVR panoramas
August 21, 2000 Forum added, weather report added
August 8, 2000 13 new links added. Reading line-ups revised
July 27, 2000 Comedy stage for Reading 2000 and nine links added
July 26,2000 Six new links added to Links page. Recent site history added to index page
July 18,2000 Survival guide added
July 14,2000 Links updated. Traditions page added
July 12, 2000 Links page updated. Site history added
July 11, 2000 V96 page added
July 10, 2000 Big Day Out 1999 page added
July 6, 2000 Reading 1992 pages added
June 29, 2000 Countdown to Reading applet added
June 28, 2000 Guestbook added
June 27, 2000 Reading 1982 page added. Update to links page
June 19, 2000 Who's who page sorted out so the DHTML works properly. Still slow to load, though. Sorry... I'll re-make it as a frames-based page one day. Maybe
April-June 2000 Various pages added. That's useful information...
April 12, 2000 Domain www.fatreg.com purchased
March 2000 First pages designed and uploaded to web