The domain transfer hasn’t finished processing yet because it apparently takes a while, and I may be jumping the gun here, but I’m tentatively announcing that we now own the myApertureLabs.com domain! That’s right, I talked to Nick the other day on a whim and it turns out that not only was he on, he was willing to give us the domain – and all the old site’s content. He apparently had a backup of the old database, which he’s uploading to our web server so that we preserve the efforts of 4 years of portal mappers.
So what does this mean? Well, for one thing, it means we no long have to be myApertureInnovations. Do we want to switch back? Put a little “Formerly mAL” in the site header? Discuss in the comments thread.
Secondly, it will take a little while to get all the old maps in the new system, but once I do our content will explode. None of it seems to have any associated data (title, description, publishing date) as of yet (it’s not finished uploading, nick might have a metadata file at the end of it – I don’t know). So, if it doesn’t, I may need to put together a team of content-sifters to go through it all and put in the relevant information for all the files. If you’re interested, post so in the thread.
Finally, I discovered recently that my well of pocket change does run dry, especially in the winter. Once again, any site donations are welcomed and will be put to use. We currently own 2 domains, so unless that changes the average yearly cost is going to be higher than before. I really don’t want to have to put advertising on the site but it might come down to that, if this kind of thing happens again.
Anyway, happy new year and happy testing.