We officially own myApertureLabs.com – and all the content

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.

80 thoughts on “We officially own myApertureLabs.com – and all the content

  1. Awesome! I’ll help with content labelling. Does the old database still have the data somewhere, though? Or how do we know who to credit as the author for each mod?

    (Also, who’s Nick? The sysadmin?)

  2. vanSulli wrote:Nick was the administrator and also as far as I’m aware the founder of myApertureLABS.

    Yep

    FelixGriffin wrote:Awesome! I’ll help with content labelling. Does the old database still have the data somewhere, though? Or how do we know who to credit as the author for each mod?

    (Also, who’s Nick? The sysadmin?)

    I’m honestly hoping that at the end of the file stream is some kind of database backup or something with all the metadata for the files, but in the event that is not the case then people will have to come up with new ones.

  3. Pilchard123 wrote:Can you get at the site files on the server? What server is it running on?

    What do you mean? myApertureLabs is pointing to the same server that mAI is on. If you’re asking about the old mAL files, Nick is uploading them in fits and starts, and he’s told me since our original exchanges that he does have a database backup (though he says it’s huge, and he’ll have to filter out the useful information).

  4. p0rtalplayer wrote:
    Pilchard123 wrote:Can you get at the site files on the server? What server is it running on?

    What do you mean? myApertureLabs is pointing to the same server that mAI is on. If you’re asking about the old mAL files, Nick is uploading them in fits and starts, and he’s told me since our original exchanges that he does have a database backup (though he says it’s huge, and he’ll have to filter out the useful information).

    What I mean is: Are you using an Apache webserver? If so, can you access and modify the site source files on the server? If so, is there a .htaccess file in the root (you may need to view hidden/system files)?

  5. Pilchard123 wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:
    Pilchard123 wrote:Can you get at the site files on the server? What server is it running on?

    What do you mean? myApertureLabs is pointing to the same server that mAI is on. If you’re asking about the old mAL files, Nick is uploading them in fits and starts, and he’s told me since our original exchanges that he does have a database backup (though he says it’s huge, and he’ll have to filter out the useful information).

    What I mean is: Are you using an Apache webserver? If so, can you access and modify the site source files on the server? If so, is there a .htaccess file in the root (you may need to view hidden/system files)?

    I…actually don’t know. I’ve been rather "protected" from the more complex bits of owning a website by having goDaddy as a middleman, so I probably know a lot less than I ought. I don’t see a .htaccess in the root, though I wouldn’t know how to go about showing hidden files. I know the web server is on linux, if that helps. The site is on a larger webserver that presumably also hosts several other sites, so what I see as the "root" is not actually the root of the server. I don’t believe I have access to anything above my "root" though.

  6. If we change to mAL, we’ll have to change every picture and video with a landmark on it. But, mAL might sound more…attractive? it’s a shorter name so it’s easier to remember.

  7. After the heartfelt goodbye we had to mAL, I suggest we leave it in the past where it belongs. We’ve moved on from it in the same way that Nick moved on from us. I’m not looking back.

  8. Well, I just discovered myApertureLabs when it was already dead. I’ve seen a lot of maps/stuff of myApertureLabs, but then you guys decided to start again in myApertureInnovations, with new stuff, new logo, new environment. Actually, it looks very good, and it’s good to have a "refresh" of myApertureLabs. So, I vote for keep myApertureInnovations ;)

  9. I also agree with Sven. mAL died, and we built from it’s ashes a new site to handle all of our portally needs. To go back to it is to make this entire venture pointless. While I am happy (read: ESTATIC) that we have all the old files, and we shouldn’t forget our origins, mAL needs to stay in the past. We’ve moved on.

  10. FelixGriffin wrote:Which brings up the question: what actually happened to mAL? One day I tried to view the site and it just…wasn’t there.

    The data based crashed for some reason around July 2011 and Nick didn’t try to fix it (if I remember correctly), then after a while the forums were unstable and finally crashed too. For a while mAL’s community was only alive on Steam. One day in April 2011, some people brought up the subject of reviving mAL and here we are.

  11. FelixGriffin wrote:Which brings up the question: what actually happened to mAL? One day I tried to view the site and it just…wasn’t there.

    If you mean the message "It’s been fun, don’t come back" that replaced the forums, I took the liberty of taking the forum itself offline until P2P acquired it.

    I didn’t want to see the old place fill up with spam. I hate spam.

  12. Well, I left the poll open for 7 days but the result seems clear.

    I personally voted for going back, for the sole reason that I don’t want to be paying for 2 domains every year :P

    I get the logic of and otherwise agree with keeping the new name, however. Nick told me today that the files are all uploaded (hooray!) and he’ll work on getting the relevant info from his database backup soon. In the meantime, I’ll make a temporary way to browse the files so that we can still benefit from the content.

  13. p0rtalplayer wrote:I personally voted for going back, for the sole reason that I don’t want to be paying for 2 domains every year :P

    When it’s about to expire I’ll be happy to buy it off of you.

  14. msleeper wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:I personally voted for going back, for the sole reason that I don’t want to be paying for 2 domains every year :P

    When it’s about to expire I’ll be happy to buy it off of you.

    I’m sure you would.

  15. FelixGriffin wrote:Wait, Msleeper, why? You already own ThinkingWithPortals.

    So he can use that domain to link to TWP so he can get more traffic. There is a lot of old mAL links left on the internet.

  16. reepblue wrote:
    FelixGriffin wrote:Wait, Msleeper, why? You already own ThinkingWithPortals.

    So he can use that domain to link to TWP so he can get more traffic. There is a lot of old mAL links left on the internet.

    Which is why I vote for using mAL

  17. Keklolzor wrote:
    reepblue wrote:
    FelixGriffin wrote:Wait, Msleeper, why? You already own ThinkingWithPortals.

    So he can use that domain to link to TWP so he can get more traffic. There is a lot of old mAL links left on the internet.

    Which is why I vote for using mAL

    exactly my thoughts too. the last thing I want here is for mAL’s popularity – which is a lot bigger than mAI, to be made into a redirection page.

    I need not state other, more obvious reasons as to why I personally would dislike it to be a TWP redirect.

  18. I’m going to be switching web hosts some time this weekend (hopefully), and I’d like to be able to only have to set up one domain when I do so…if we stay mAI there’s no question of whether we keep mAL (was hard to get that!), but myApertureInnovations has not really got that well known.

    The poll is a lot closer now than it was, does anyone else want to swing their vote?

  19. p0rtalplayer wrote:I’m going to be switching web hosts some time this weekend (hopefully), and I’d like to be able to only have to set up one domain when I do so…if we stay mAI there’s no question of whether we keep mAL (was hard to get that!), but myApertureInnovations has not really got that well known.

    The poll is a lot closer now than it was, does anyone else want to swing their vote?

    I thought the poll was closed. :/

    I honestly really don’t care. What I do care about is the logo crap I spent hours on. It is really nice to have a site use your logo when your trying to get into a job of Art.

  20. reepblue wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:I’m going to be switching web hosts some time this weekend (hopefully), and I’d like to be able to only have to set up one domain when I do so…if we stay mAI there’s no question of whether we keep mAL (was hard to get that!), but myApertureInnovations has not really got that well known.

    The poll is a lot closer now than it was, does anyone else want to swing their vote?

    I thought the poll was closed. :/

    I honestly really don’t care. What I do care about is the logo crap I spent hours on. It is really nice to have a site use your logo when your trying to get into a job of Art.

    Well you could still do a mAL’s logo and trademark stuff make over.

  21. reepblue wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:I’m going to be switching web hosts some time this weekend (hopefully), and I’d like to be able to only have to set up one domain when I do so…if we stay mAI there’s no question of whether we keep mAL (was hard to get that!), but myApertureInnovations has not really got that well known.

    The poll is a lot closer now than it was, does anyone else want to swing their vote?

    I thought the poll was closed. :/

    I honestly really don’t care. What I do care about is the logo crap I spent hours on. It is really nice to have a site use your logo when your trying to get into a job of Art.

    I completely understand, I put a lot of work into mAI paraphernalia also. We’ll see when the poll closes.

  22. Kopeke wrote:Well you could still do a mAL’s logo and trademark stuff make over.

    Slapping "LABS" in replacement of innovations will not work. The entire logo and site would need to be thought over. Also it does not help that I burned CDs and uploaded it to my portfolio and now it is at risk of being obsolete.

    p0rtalplayer wrote:If you weren’t around in chat earlier, I got a quick interface for browsing the mAL files until nick gets me the database info. Here: http://www.myapertureinnovations.com/filedb/olddb.php

    Neat news, 2009 version of Blue Portals is still there! :D

  23. p0rtalplayer wrote:I’m going to be switching web hosts some time this weekend (hopefully), and I’d like to be able to only have to set up one domain when I do so…if we stay mAI there’s no question of whether we keep mAL (was hard to get that!), but myApertureInnovations has not really got that well known.

    The poll is a lot closer now than it was, does anyone else want to swing their vote?

    I thought the fact that we weren’t "well known" was because the website still hadn’t "gone gold" just yet.

    p0rtalplayer wrote:If you weren’t around in chat earlier, I got a quick interface for browsing the mAL files until nick gets me the database info. Here: http://www.myapertureinnovations.com/filedb/olddb.php

    Fantastic.

  24. Sven wrote:
    I thought the fact that we weren’t "well known" was because the website still hadn’t "gone gold" just yet.

    We went as gold as I know how to go with the contest

    It’s not like I have a degree in advertising or anything.

    Kopeke wrote:
    p0rtalplayer wrote:If you weren’t around in chat earlier, I got a quick interface for browsing the mAL files until nick gets me the database info. Here: http://www.myapertureinnovations.com/filedb/olddb.php

    That’s sweet! Do you plan on putting them in mAI’s database when everything’s sort out?

    Yep, just waiting for nick to get me the relevant database files. He seems pretty busy and it’s a lot of maps, so it’ll probably take some time.

  25. All right, seems we have a majority vote then (not over yet but just about)

    Today I’ll be switching over to Lithium Web Hosting from Godaddy, so the site might be down a bit. Probably not, as the only thing that has to change is nameservers. Note: a few posts may be missing, as the forums ar ebeing restored from a backup made earlier today. Anyway, it’ll be cheaper and hopefully more reliable in terms of file downloads.

  26. Yay, We are back up. Now I can upload my TF2 map!

    Speaking of which, hopefully we can all work on more Portal/ Portal theme stuff rather then us sitting here debating what to call our self’s.

  27. reepblue wrote:Yay, We are back up. Now I can upload my TF2 map!

    Speaking of which, hopefully we can all work on more Portal/ Portal theme stuff rather then us sitting here debating what to call our self’s.

    Amen to this.

  28. Kizzycocoa wrote:I vote we use a non-intrusive google ad so we are able to own mAL indefinitely, as per my conversation with PP.

    anyone’s thoughts on this? :U
    I think it’s something, as a community, we should consider.

  29. Pilchard123 wrote:I wouldn’t mind there being ads here, unless they were huge great things. However with the amount of traffic this site (doesn’t) get, would it be enough?

    I doubt it would do anything, unless we have official clicking day, where everyone clicks on all the ads all day… But that’s illegal so forget it :P

  30. Pilchard123 wrote:I wouldn’t mind there being ads here, unless they were huge great things. However with the amount of traffic this site (doesn’t) get, would it be enough?

    1 year of slow traffic should make us able to keep the domain, surely?

  31. Kizzycocoa wrote:
    Pilchard123 wrote:I wouldn’t mind there being ads here, unless they were huge great things. However with the amount of traffic this site (doesn’t) get, would it be enough?

    1 year of slow traffic should make us able to keep the domain, surely?

    The domain, yeah. Wouldn’t pay all the site bills but it should be enough for at least one of the domains.

    Next time I’m working on the site (happens in fits and starts, as anyone whose paid attention is probably aware) I’ll look into it.

  32. Cadeη wrote:I’m going to have to go with myApertureInnovations. Also, the initials "mAI" has "AI" in it which delivered a neat, Portal, effect to it.

    I just like it because you can say the initials like "my."

  33. iKermitKiller wrote:All I can see is maps on there.

    Seems that the entire database was quickly labeled under maps. You can still find skin packs, models and more if you look under the correct author’s name. For Example, you can find Colossal’s skin packs and Hunter’s Portals just looking under their names.

  34. the old DB is organized exactly how nick gave it to me, which means the map/mod distinction was probably entirely in the SQL (which he hasn’t given me yet).

    Like reep said, it’s all organized by author. Also it would seem you did not have to be registered on the old site to post maps, as there are several under "Anonymous." That’s a detail I kind of forgot about.

  35. LithiumHosting thought the /old content/ subdirectory was being used as filehosting for some reason, so I’ve taken it down momentarily to prevent the whole site from being taken down due to TOS violation. It should be back up, potentially with proper DB integration, sometime in the next week or so.

  36. vanSulli wrote:It WAS being used as filehosting. We just also happened to want to use the files in a database.

    They way the email was phrased I think they meant like personal filehosting (dropbox, puush etc)

    But I see what you mean.

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