Monday, May 22, 2017

Dropbox Screwup - Destroyed Every Link On Site

Sorry Guys....

I have been advised by several readers that none of the links to map assets work any more on the entire site. I eventually found out that it is due to Dropbox. The company decided that it would change the way they do business without prior notification and alter every single URL link to every map I've created.

They claim it had to do with "security" but they've also decided that us little guys are just not worth their effort to create any workarounds or even talk to us about doing it ourselves. What that means is that I must now go back over ten years worth of blog posts and edit every single page and every single link on those pages.

I just don't know if I have either the time or heart to go backwards and do it all over again.... or, if I did, that I would choose to continue with Dropbox who has now shown its true colors and attitude.

You will notice that there are a few files that do link to the correct file - which were those that I was experimenting with while trying to troubleshoot the problem. For now, I'm just trying to work through this in the midst of everything else that I've got to do. If I can figure it out and work through it I'll be back up. Until then... sorry.


Unknown said...

either fix or remove site! waste of resources and people's time coming to a useless site!

D J said...

Interesting comment Mr. John Claiborne II (hiding behind the "unknown" heading above) - fortunately, the nearly thousand or so visitors a day to the blog don't act like such a pretentious ass as you and still find a great amount of use in the thousands of hours worth of work. Many have communicated like they had even a sliver of common decency and I've made special effort to accommodate them. If I had the wherewithal to readily fix it, it would have been done long ago (and then I'd go merrily on my way without even knowing the world had such self-centered trolls such as you in it). Have a nice day.

trialnerror said...

Love it, thanks for all you do!

Unknown said...

I also appreciate all the hard work you have put into this, and I am saddened about what happened.
I can't see how to 'Comment as me' in the dropdown box. I am Brent Christensen from Salem, Utah.
I frequent the St George area, and have been wanting to explore your area. Without your guidance, I'm not sure it's worth going blind.
Your hard work would have given me specific destinations, without just roaming around!

Arch Stanton said...


I was trying to reload your Nevada mines overlay when I found the files were down. Lost my Google Earth and when I reloaded it as Google Earth Pro your map was gone as were probably 150 pins I'd dropped over the years from my own research and work..really frustrated with that, and then saw this information...and sorry for what you have gone through.
I cruise through every now and then, and will continue to do so.
Now that my grandchildren are interested in getting out and exploring I really want to recreate my database to use to show them our history, and teach them to appreciate it, while I am still able healthwise to get out and do it.
Hope things improve for you, and thank you for the work you did, while it lasted it was very helpful.


D J said...

Here's an update, such as it is.

This "blogspot" site run by Google (who has apparently abandoned it's upkeep as it has done Google Earth) requires that you be registered with Google in order to comment.

I appreciate the kind words. I'm happy (so far) to keep this site alive and field comments even though family circumstances (caring for 90 + year old parents) prevents me from doing any riding any more and the rigs are simply gathering dust and taking up space in the garage. There is a massive amount of information in these maps - I hope Google gets its head out of its **** and decides to keep supporting Google Earth. There is more to being an internationally renowned and respected company than making a killing on every transaction. There is such a thing as being a good neighbor and a part of society that produces and not just leeches money.

At the time dropbox pulled its crap I had a backlog of hundreds of maps in production from all around the country and a few from Australia and new zeland (a favorite life-list place of mine). I know that there are other CMSs out there besides dropbox. I tried with fervor to get dropbox to assist with information in the transfer to no avail. They just are NOT interested. (If any of you have an inside track to them it might help). And, I just don't have enough time in the day to finish all the 'caregiving' needed in the day along with other things to fuss much with this site. (I can't even figure out how to re-order these comments so the latest is at top)

It's not completely dead, the maps are still there just not with the URL that I've painstakingly coded into the post - The information (lots of it) is still good on the post. Thanks for your kinds sentiments.

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