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Back in Business

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That was a really, really long week.

Last night, just before midnight, we finally got everything back to normal. Our archives are back, along with full comment functionality, the membership pages, and everything else. The site is now in its new home, which we hopehopehope will be less troublesome than its old one.

I don’t mind telling you that the past week has been a major stressgasm for me, kinda like watching your kid being really sick and not knowing when the medicine would finally kick in. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent kind and encouraging remarks about the situation — it helped get me through the rough parts.

Big thanks also to all membership program enrollees — your membership dollars helped make the upgrade possible.

And biggest thanks of all to webmaster Johnny Ek, who engineered that upgrade (and who dealt with a near-endless stream of semi-panicked phone calls and e-mails from me over the past week).

Here’s a quick FAQ:

What happened to the comments from Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, and the open threads from the weekend?
Unfortunately, the placeholder site we were using since Friday is now gone, and so are the comments that were posted to it. My posts from those days are all here, though — scroll down, or look in the archives, and you’ll see them.

Speaking of which: One of my biggest regrets about the recent snafu is that Friday’s interview with pocket schedule collector Claude Jacques was largely lost in the shuffle. It was posted for about an hour on Friday morning, and then we were dark for most of the rest of that day. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend going back to check it out — Claude’s a really interesting guy, and his site rocks. That entry is here.

Some things from old posts look funny — what’s up with that?
Unusual typographic characters (bullets, some apostrophes, the ellipsis that run in between Ticker items, the little symbol at the end of “Get It™,” etc.) appear to have been come through the server changeover in a rather garbled state. I’d like to go back through the archives and fix all of these, but it’ll take time. It’ll take less time, however, if I have a team of helpers. So if you’re interested in, um, some really boring data-entry tedium, contact me and I’ll show you how you can help out.

Please remind me — what’s the name of the crummy web-hosting company that caused all these problems, so I know never to use them myself?
GoDaddy. They earn Uni Watch’s lowest rating.

Anything else we ought to know?
Probably, but I can’t think of anything else right now. I’ll let you know if anything else occurs to me, and definitely let me know if you spot any site-related abnormalities.

Thanks again for bearing with us. It’s good to be back.

 

22 comments to Back in Business

  • Patrick | September 12, 2007 at 12:15 am |

    NO! I posted a comment that took me literally 25 minutes to write…maybe 5 minutes before they all got deleted. Oh well.

    In yesterday’s USWNT v. North Korea game, did anyone notice that NK’s field jerseys and goalkeeper jerseys had a different font for names and numbers? (PS, good thing [for them] NK tied. Maybe they won’t all get turned to soap when they get home.)

  • Greg | September 12, 2007 at 12:17 am |

    The Orem Owlz are running a “design a hat” promotion. Winner gets a dozen hats of their design, tickets to a game, and, best of all…they’ll sell the hat in the stadium at the stores.
    Design form

  • Talon Lardner | September 12, 2007 at 12:50 am |

    Take a whiff of that new server smell!

    And just since I’m bored and want a side project to distract myself from gaming, if anyone does the Second Life thing, IM Talon Lardner on SL with your request, and I’ll whip up a uniform of your choice absolutely free!

    A sample of my work: Front, and Back. It’s of an original design I got scammedcommissioned to do for a SLHockey team, but RL teams will be much more accurate without resorting to photo-copying.

  • Brandon | September 12, 2007 at 1:45 am |

    Thank ye Gods… things have been out of whack and big withdrawls since the start of the football seasons… seems like the start of everything is lost… more Stella goodnight folks

  • Ken Hemphill | September 12, 2007 at 1:47 am |

    I’m sure everyone has seen the stupid “C”‘s put on the captains jerseys in the nfl this year…what the hell is with that anyway? I also noticed that they were placed on different heights on the jersey, noticeably much lower on eli mannings jersey than drew brees’ uni.

    Just wondering.

  • Ken Hemphill | September 12, 2007 at 1:48 am |

    Nevermind…just saw the previous post.
    I’m dumb.

  • MC | September 12, 2007 at 1:55 am |

    Maybe GoDaddy should spend less time/money on shitty Super Bowl ads and more time on reliable web hosting.

    In uni-related news, I actually wrote an email to the 49ers front office today urging them to keep the throwback unis full-time. If that wasn’t possible, I implored them to at least switch back to the striped socks. I just wanted to let Paul know that I support his striped sock support.

  • Brendan | September 12, 2007 at 2:22 am |

    [quote comment=”141198″]In yesterday’s USWNT v. North Korea game, did anyone notice that NK’s field jerseys and goalkeeper jerseys had a different font for names and numbers? (PS, good thing [for them] NK tied. Maybe they won’t all get turned to soap when they get home.)[/quote]

    I noticed that! I would have posted something, but as I was watching online (Shh! Don’t tell anyone!) I had no bandwidth left for any website browsing.

  • Johnny X | September 12, 2007 at 3:05 am |

    I know this has been asked before, but does anyone have an answer or idea what the NFL is going to do with the stars on the captain’s patch after 4 years?

    Assuming that this idea actually lasts that long.

  • BurghFan | September 12, 2007 at 3:17 am |

    GoDaddy. They earn Uni Watch’s lowest rating.

    Vikings?

    Congratulations and thanks to Paul and John for getting things back up.

  • Brendan | September 12, 2007 at 3:41 am |

    [quote comment=”141229″]I know this has been asked before, but does anyone have an answer or idea what the NFL is going to do with the stars on the captain’s patch after 4 years?

    Assuming that this idea actually lasts that long.[/quote]

    Maybe change the color of the stars to signify at least 5 years of captaincy?

  • lemonverbena | September 12, 2007 at 5:07 am |

    welcome back to Terra Firma. not stop hating on our beloved, long-lived Washington Huskies’ traditional gear.

    Thanks.

  • lemonverbena | September 12, 2007 at 5:08 am |

    [quote comment=”141249″]welcome back to Terra Firma. not stop hating on our beloved, long-lived Washington Huskies’ traditional gear.

    Thanks.[/quote]

    not? now. keeerist.

  • Dane | September 12, 2007 at 8:17 am |

    [quote comment=”141229″]I know this has been asked before, but does anyone have an answer or idea what the NFL is going to do with the stars on the captain’s patch after 4 years?

    Assuming that this idea actually lasts that long.[/quote]

    I don’t know, but here are my guesses:

    1. Just keep it at 4 stars as the captaincy goes 5+ years.
    2. Award those captains a $25 gift card to Applebee’s.
    3. Not worry about it, because half of the careers of pro football players only last about 4 years.

  • sedition | September 12, 2007 at 8:17 am |

    Thanks for the hard work. I didn’t realize how much of a uniwatch junkie I am until it was compromised. I’ll become a card carying memember as soon as pay day hits on Friday. Again, thanks for the great site.

  • Dane | September 12, 2007 at 8:18 am |

    (Repost from yesterday, sorry if I missed the answer…)

    Does anyone know when the NHL/RBk store on 5th Ave., NYC will be opening?

  • Jim | September 12, 2007 at 8:47 am |

    Is there going to be a regular article today or just an annoucement about being back………

  • Vince Grzegorek | September 12, 2007 at 8:50 am |

    There will be a new post today, very shortly I imagine. This was put up last night.

  • Ian | September 12, 2007 at 9:11 am |

    [quote comment=”141216″]Maybe GoDaddy should spend less time/money on shitty Super Bowl ads and more time on reliable web hosting.

    In uni-related news, I actually wrote an email to the 49ers front office today urging them to keep the throwback unis full-time. If that wasn’t possible, I implored them to at least switch back to the striped socks. I just wanted to let Paul know that I support his striped sock support.[/quote]

    I doubt that Paul actually uses GoDaddy to host this site’s webspace. Did you at any point? I’ve used direcNIC to register my domains for years, and even though there are now cheaper options, I will continue to use them, since they are located in New Orleans, and feel good about indirectly supporting that great city’s economy.

  • S Switaj | September 12, 2007 at 9:42 am |

    Congrats with the site being back online. Keep up the good work!

  • Jay W | September 12, 2007 at 8:13 pm |

    I’m guessing that GoDaddy.com should have a logo redesign and the main color should be purple.

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