And you won't be able to do that because it won't recognise your user profile ;)
Actually it wasn't...............certainly not "active" towards the end.........it was just a repository for odds and ends and archived stuff like the obsolete text files (most of which seem to be .zips) and the archived downloads.
This isn't true. A great deal of the "professionals" left when it went to jup media. Secondly, the "reputation" you are citing had always been flagrant - antioffline, etc.
Actually they turned it into a respectable, professional IT Security and Support site, rather than the skiddiewink site that it had gained a reputation as.
amateur? care to qualify?
Well they certainly had more expertise that the amateur who sold it for a pittance?
yeah apparently the "skiddiewinks" had garnered a reputation for the capacity for "purchasing power" or "influence" as it was bought for a large sum.
Unfortunately, skiddiewink sites don't generate advertising revenue as skiddiewinks have no purchasing power or influence. Jupitermedia knew what they were doing.
No, I am sure that anticode.antionline.com material went quite a bit earlier, as I have said. If you look at the current (discussion forum) domain of the period you will see that those links just aren't there?
well that's another bold unqualified statement. vranesevich did, he just didn't really care.
JPV's problem was that he had no knowledge of the realities of senior IT management, procurement, development, design or architecture. He broke one of the fundamental rules by purchasing a closed source proprietary product and bastardising its inner workings.
These are also Nihil's opinions, as he says. Granted, his opinions have not only diverged greatly as years have went on, but his personal relationship with JP/Brad etc. was lax and unrelative to this conversation. Albeit he may be correct about some or a lot of what he says, the direct references to JP are largely unreliable.
If you decide to take this route then you must make sure of one of two things:
1. The modifications are made by the vendor and you have a support contract for YOUR version.
2. You maintain the staff to support the modifications yourself. In which case make sure that you have the source and systems documentation, and keep it up to date.
The preferred approach would be to ringfence the core application and build add-ons, plug-ins, and interfaces; knowing that you would be responsible for systems integration each time the product was upgraded. You could then upgrade the core product, but would need to keep a close eye on the integration issues.
However, JPV and his little elves went their own way :eek:
The net result was that we ended up with a system that couldn't be updated using the vendor's software as it would crash. And the trouble with little elves is that they discover beer, wimmin (or blokes) and purchasing power (or retail therapy) and clear off:D
So, there was no way we could use any updating tools...........we had to do it all by hand.........a very daunting task................
No, that was deliberate...........stuff that didn't work (IP Locator) was just wrong (site statistics), or just did not fit on the front page of a professional site, were removed. Basically, the front page was far too crowded with links that were just irrelevant or obsolete (AO in the news, archived downloads, etc.). As for "Tools & Toys"...............errr............... a link to two poxy DOS games belongs on the front page?:rolleyes:
The main problem or loss from the upgrade was that because the later version used a quite different mapping convention from our bastardised version, we lost internal links to posts/threads, and correct mapping of polls to threads.
I am not entirely sure, but I think that we lost attachments for the same reason. I know the current size limits are smaller but I cannot imagine the system retrospectively deleting them, and I haven't found a single one that is still there.
Just my perspective on things :)
p.s., it's cute really...
4-8 years ago, it used to be "40 members* online, and 100 guests*, now its 1 member online, 60 guests.." - The triumph of IT over the skiddies rules.