And we’re back, Part IV

Posted on Feb 27 2014 - 2:19am by Leon
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GotApex - Throwback 2000

GotApex – Throwback 2000

I found the oldest archived copy of Got Apex? on Wayback Machine. The internet as a whole as certainly come a long way, especially in usability and design, although I sometimes miss the no-nonsense straightforwardness of Web 1.0. The old Got Apex? site you see above is actually not the first rendition. The very first site we had was made by yours truly and it was pretty awful. I made the original logo using some random font and added a lens flare effect on Photoshop. I’m secretly relieved that the original site was not archived anywhere.

Update on the new site:

  • USERNAMES:  We will definitely be migrating your old usernames to the new site.  We’re not exactly sure how much of your information will get transferred in the migration (like signatures, post count, etc.).  You’ll also most likely be prompted to change your password.  Also, we will only be migrating somewhat active users.  Users who have not logged in for years will not be ported over and their usernames will be up for grabs.
  • FORUMS:  This one is a toughie.  Forums have always been a part of the Got Apex? culture and we want to move over as much of our history as possible.  We have had an active forum for over 10 years and that means we have to deal with millions of lines of data.  This will be a good test on the robustness of bbpress.
  • DESIGN:  We’re working on this.  Keep in mind that both Apex and I are not programmers and coding is still a little foreign to us.  I completed the CSS module on Codecademy (and promptly forgot most of the lesson) and will try to apply what little knowledge I’ve retained.

Just to reiterate why we decided to drastically change the Got Apex? site:

  • OVERHEAD:  The old site took up a lot of resources to keep running.  By switching platforms and our web host, we have reduced our server costs by nearly 85%.
  • TIME:  Simply put, we felt we were spending too much time updating the site and with old age, our priorities have shifted.  The new format make it much easier to post and maintain.
  • COMPROMISE:  Before we agreed to change the site, Apex and I were in discussion to shut down the site altogether.  In the end we thought that shutting it down would a shame because it still retains decent web traffic and we knew we had to keep something up for our most loyal readers.  We believe this is a good compromise to shutting down completely.

The updates and improvements should slowly pop up every now and then.  Hang in there and thanks for reading!

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  1. attgig February 27, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    This post really makes me want to see the original design again… I know I’ve seen it being an “old timer” but I can’t for the life of me remember it.

    SOMEBODY has to have it!

  2. Timefortimer February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Maybe switching back to the 2000 format would be better – couldn’t be worse than this ‘new and improved’ format. The old versions were easier to follow and were logically laid out in a list. I hardly ever check gotapex.com anymore with this new format.

  3. Christine Manson March 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    I am so glad the site is continuing. I was introduced to this site a long time ago by my now-deceased husband. I got some great deals on it! My husband was a big fan of the site.

    • Leon March 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry for your loss. We were blessed with many faithful readers over these years and your husband was one of them. I’m glad we were able to provide a site both you and your husband enjoyed!

  4. Mark March 7, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    So, what is behind the name “Got Apex”?

    • Apex March 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      Many many many moons ago, we used to go to track days (automotive). That’s where the apex came from. The Got Apex? was a spoof on the Got Milk? commercials.

      Totally random. :)

  5. cheapie March 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    good to see it’s coming back. i’d hate to think of how much time i spent posting and arguing

  6. AMRivlin March 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Wow. I can’t believe I started on Got|Apex over 15 years ago. I sure hope the forums come back, along with my userid. AMRivlin!

  7. bud April 6, 2014 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Yes, it is a spoof of the old “Got Milk” commercial, but you left out the explanation of the second half of it.

    Apex was a manufacturer of easily hackable DVD players that could be hacked to be regionfree so you could play the copies you made of non-US DVDs.

    Lots of other high end and other functionality was the norm with Apex DVD players

  8. eSDeeLoco April 22, 2014 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Thanks for keeping the site alive Leon and Apex!

  9. Rick May 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Great site renewal!!
    I am slow…now who is the person “Apex”??
    It’s a secret right?

  10. sourdough June 2, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

    So guys, any status on G|A forums? Or is it all gone still?

  11. LegendKiller June 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Wonder if I can join the new forums?

  12. nickel July 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Please do LK! :)

  13. Bud July 31, 2014 at 5:15 am - Reply

    I know it was a spoof of the got milk commercials, but I thought it was a reference to the Apex brand of DVD players that were able to play discs from all regions.

  14. TofuNinja August 21, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Wow… love that G:A is still around. My first forum. This makes me happy.

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