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YTMND is back, a year after shutting down

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YTMND has returned. Almost a 12 months after being introduced down by a server failure, YTMND is again on-line and considerably modernized, eradicating the necessity for Flash to view its archive of looping GIFs and synchronized music.

“Everyone seems to be caught inside proper now, so I figured it could be an excellent time to let folks play with the location once more,” YTMND founder Max Goldberg advised The Verge over Discord.

Goldberg has been working to revive the location because it went offline final Might. The location’s database was being stored on eight-year-old hardware and was by some means deleted. After happening, Goldberg stated he obtained an “outpouring of assist from folks throughout.” He launched a Patreon, and “folks clearly wished to assist the location sticking round,” so he began work on fixing it up.

The brand new YTMND seems principally just like the previous YTMND that went down final 12 months. But it surely’s had some main under-the-hood upgrades: the entire website is served over HTTPS, encrypting your connection, and audio is now performed in HTML5 as an alternative of Flash, so the location works correctly on trendy browsers (which now not assist Flash) and on cell. Goldberg has additionally eliminated adverts from the location since Patreon supporters are masking his server prices.

YTMND was began in 2004 and performed a significant position in on-line tradition within the following years. Its eclectic and expansive assortment of looping photographs and audio grew to become the house of quite a lot of early memes, like the Picard song. The location additionally had its more problematic sides and hosted loads of shock-out loops, too. However its recognition waned as extra formal creation platforms took off, and the location had been successfully dormant for years earlier than going offline in 2019.

Goldberg stated YTMND has largely been run has a solo undertaking this complete time, as a facet undertaking to his day-to-day freelance work as a programmer and system administrator. The cash coming in via Patreon isn’t sufficient to fund his work on the location, nor the {hardware} he’s bought, however Goldberg was compelled to maintain engaged on it by “simply the quantity and the positivity, how folks had such fond recollections of it.”

It’s doable, and even probably, that YTMND will stay within the state it’s been for years — an archive of previous recollections we don’t wish to see vanish. “I’m not in opposition to it being an archive,” Goldberg stated. However with everybody caught indoors and on-line proper now, searching for issues to maintain them occupied, possibly that’ll change. “We’ll see the place it goes within the subsequent couple weeks,” he stated.

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