So back when my webcomic was all the rage, my little website here wasn’t really able to handle the load. I was using a small plan on a small webhost and the traffic was crushing me. A friend-of-an-internet-friend offered me some space on their sever. I took it, put the webcomic on it, and everything was awesome.
It’s been eight years. Apparently everyone forgot about this little arrangement. Last week someone finally took the hosted images down and my webcomic vanished. Of course, I can handle the traffic now. It’s no problem. But…
I don’t have the images.
I’ve looked around, and I can’t find the DVD backup. It might be hidden someplace obscure in the attic after the move last year. I don’t know. I probably have the source images on a DVD somewhere in the attic. But even if I found it, those would be the raw images with random names. It would take hours to re-size them all and sort out all the file names.
Before I tear the house apart and begin a massive project like that, I’m wondering if anyone out there has a backup of the images. Yes, I realize how absurd it is to be asking THE INTERNET for my own webcomic. But that seems to be the most expedient way to get the thing back. Ideally, I’d love it if someone could just put all the files in a zip where I could download them. Hopefully still with their original filenames.
EDIT: Nevermind. Looks like I found them. Can’t find my 2007 backups, but I found my 2008 backup, which had the goods. It’ll take me a little time to get all of these pulled from DVD, uploaded, and then update every. dang. post. But I’ll get it done. DMotR should return soon.
EDIT II – Son of Edit: Okay. I half-assed it and modified the script I use for embedding images. Instead of altering all 144 posts, I just had it strip out references to the old host. Images are uploaded and everything should be working again.
EDIT III – Revenge of Edit: Also, I restored the category browser (look in the sidebar to the right) which I managed to delete last time I messed with the site. So you can now browse by category again. Also, this is a great reminder that it’s been ages since I did a detailed backup. I rely on source control and google drive for small stuff, but the really bulky stuff hasn’t been backed up in years.
EDIT IV – Edit Harder: Man, these archive DVDs are a goldmine. Photos I forgot about. Pictures of dice I no longer own. Maybe I’ll freshen up some of the dice images around here.
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