2/10/13

Technical Difficulties


Some of you may have noticed that a ton of images on Retrospace are displaying an error message.  Evidently Flickr experienced some serious problems on a global scale (via a hack/virus).  I'll spare you the details except to say that Retrospace was seriously affected.  Of our 20,000+ images, nearly 5,000 were screwed.

Fortunately, I still have the images, but the links to Flickr are all busted.  Thus, I will have to go in and manually fix them. This will be exceedingly time consuming and a pain in the ass.  I actually contemplated taking this as a sign that maybe Retrospace needed to be retired.

Needless to say, I am going to keep at it, but I am going to retire Flickr.  The initial problem wasn't their fault, but their response sucked, and honestly I should have ditched Flickr years ago for a number of reasons.

Many of you may also remember my recent struggles with Rapidshare.  Basically, all my hard work making downloads of catalogs, comics, mix tapes, etc. available to the Retrospace audience went bye-bye overnight.  Between the Rapidshare fiasco and now Flickr, you maybe can understand my frustration.  Retrospace has been a source of relaxation for me since 2008- an enjoyable little hobby.  Sadly, of late it's become a headache.

I'll spare you any further sob story.  Perhaps, Retrospace will end up better in the long run. Certain images will be forever "dead links", but I can hopefully get things presentable.  And if you're wondering why I should even bother with old posts, know that a ton of folks land on Retrospace via Google searches.  Plus, a lot of hard work went into creating them - it'd be a shame to let them die.

So, stay tuned and be patient.  Things may look ugly on this site for a bit.  I'll be making changes, but things should be back to normal soon.  I've got a six pack of Blue Moon beer and some nachos to ease the pain - it's going to be a long day!


19 comments:

  1. That bites. Take your time and do it all at your own pace, no need to get stressed over it. And thank you for not retiring the site! It is loved by many!

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  2. Bummer!!!!! Glad you are not going away. I always make it a point to check you blog every. It gives me my daily smile. At least we can still check out your posts on Facebook. Nick

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  3. When Picasa reduced the defult setting for images to 512 pixels, I had to go into every RetroBlog (all nine of them) and reset the image coding by hand to eliminate the "512" and replace it with "0" to restore images to (at least) 750 pixels.
    Be careful.
    It's not always wise to drink and code... ;-)

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  4. Thanks for sticking with it! Retrospace has been my favorite blog for a long time now. Best of luck.

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  5. Sorry to hear of the problems but thank you for making the decision to continue the blog - it's my fun retro happy place to visit :)

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  6. Don't disappear!! I just discovered you!!

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  7. Take your time...we'll wait. Retrospace is just that good! It wouldn't be the same if I wasn't able to get my daily fix...having some dead links around and maybe some "ugly" sights around here is far better than having it retired!

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  8. Holy crap! I just switched to Flickr because Webshots went under and I lost 5 years of photos! I too thought about quitting, but decided to stick with it and start replacing the code for the pics on the most popular posts, the rest will have to wait. I put a note at the top of my sidebar that if anyone wants a particular post corrected to contact me. So far, I've only had one person request pictures on a post. But I can tell by my stats that a lot of people aren't getting what they came for, however I don't have the time to fix almost 900 posts.

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  9. I dig the new layout and would be totally sad if you were gone.

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  10. We appreciate your efforts. Love your blog! Thanks for caring enough to do the work -- again.

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  11. Thank you so much for your work on this blog. This blog brings a smile to me every time it is refreshed. Just know your work is appreciated .

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  12. We can't do without the pancakes.

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  13. Thanks for the show of support. I'm still working on it. I'm thinking this will be back on track by the end of this week.

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  14. Hooray! Flickr support actually helped me fix it. We're back in business folks!

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  15. I have been reading Retrospace for a long time, and I have found it one of the most wonderful places on the internet. I have truly loved all of the heart and effort you have put in so many great posts.

    Thank you!

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  16. Whatever you can do will be much appreciated!

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  17. Thanks again for the show of support. Looks like the problem has been fixed. let me know if you notice any images that fell through the cracks.

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  18. Just wanted to share my appreciation as well for all your efforts! I'm a gal who's fallen in love with the fashion, movies n' music of the 1960s. You post so many things here that I haven't spotted anywhere else. And really, Miniskirt Mondays alone are cause for this site to stay outta retirement! ;)

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