October 17, 2013

Cleared Up a Number of Errors in RinkAtlas Ajax Search Word Completion and Mobile

We had a number of nagging errors in the RinkAtlas Web UI and iOS UI resulting from PHP warnings that weren't handled correctly. All of those errors have been fixed.

If you see any errors that result in page display problems, please comment and let us know.

August 29, 2013

Partial Service Interruption on August 28, 2013

Map and directions display on RinkAtlas.com was interrupted from about 10:00pm Eastern Time on August 28, 2013 through to the morning of August 29. The problem was that we attempted to adopt a portion of our web framework that calls version 3 of the Google Maps API, and the functionality was not an exact match to the services that we use.

We reverted the framework changes, and will redeploy those changes once features such as map labels and directions are refactored.

May 22, 2013

Getting Directions to Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex

Please note that searches for Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex in Rochester, NY are not working correctly through the search box at the top of the RinkAtlas home page. We are aware of the problem.

You can find this arena by visiting the following URL:

http://www.rinkatlas.com/?guid=149&source=linkto

We're sorry for the error and we will work to correct the problem soon.

May 11, 2013

Cleland Ice Rink Remaining Open Year-Round After Public Outcry Results in New Financial Plan

Congratulations to the US Army Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Fort Bragg, NC. The Cleland Ice Rink, which was scheduled for closure on May 24, will remain open through the summer as a result of a new financial plan that allows the facility to operate without a budgetary subsidy.

Cleland Ice Rink is one of the only ice rinks on a military installation in the Continental United States. The nearest indoor rink is 70 miles away, and its seasonal closure in the past resulted in disruption of youth hockey programs of the Cape Fear Youth FireAntz Hockey Association. [ Hat tip to Defending the Blueline for covering the story. ]

February 18, 2011

RinkAtlas Database Corrections for FMC-Managed Rinks Throughout Massachusetts

We updated the RinkAtlas database this morning to reflect changes to the home pages for 22 rinks in Massachusetts that are managed by FMC Ice Sports.  If you are a RinkAtlas user in Massachusetts, then this may help you to get more information about the rinks that FMC manages for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation from Plymouth to Greenfield.

RinkAtlas Is Now Part of After6 Services

It's my pleasure to note that RinkAtlas is now officially part of After6 Services, a new company that I started in January.  We just pushed a few minor changes to the RinkAtlas website that can be seen by our customers, one of which is the inclusion of "After6 Services LLC" in the Copyright notices.


We don't expect there to be any significant changes to the way that RinkAtlas operates, except that we hope that rink database additions and corrections get made faster.


If you notice that a rink in North America is missing from RinkAtlas, or that the information we provide about a rink is incorrect or out of date, please let me know by sending an email to daiello [at] rinkatlas.com.


Thanks,


Dave Aiello
Founder
RinkAtlas.com

CEO
After6 Services LLC

November 25, 2008

RinkAtlas Adds Three Community Rinks in Philadelphia to Our Database

Once in a while, RinkAtlas discovers new rinks that never made it into our database of U.S. ice facilities. Today we discovered three rinks nearby in Philadelphia that don't appear in most rink directories:

We found these rinks because of an announcement by The Philadelphia Flyers and The City of Philadelphia that The Ed Snyder Hockey Foundation will take over hockey programs at these rinks originally slated for closure due to anticipated city budget cuts.

The Ed Snyder Hockey Foundation is one of the things that makes The City of Philadelphia a great city. It helps underserved youth in this area learn how to play hockey while instilling life-enhancing values such as teamwork, positive self-esteem, the importance of hard work, and respect for themselves and their teammates.

We're glad that The ESHF and The City of Philadelphia made this deal. It's a win-win situation. We're also glad to put three more Philadelphia area rinks on the map.

October 29, 2008

RinkAtlas Restored After Another Server Crash

It's hard to believe that RinkAtlas was down again on October 28 and 29, 2008. The server we run on, which is conservatively managed and sits in a Tier I hosting facility had it's second major hardware problem in less than four months.

It takes a bit of time to restore RinkAtlas because some of its functions depend upon PHP modules which are in a public code repository, but are not part of the default installation of PHP. We are documenting the restoration process more completely in case we ever need to use it again.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

July 7, 2008

Server Crash Took Down RinkAtlas on July 6 and 7, 2008

The server where RinkAtlas is hosted experienced a pretty serious hardware problem early on Sunday, July 6, 2008. The server was restored late last night, but some additional tweaking had to be done to the LAMP stack on the restored server.

Everything seems to be running well now. If you notice any issues that you'd like to report, please email me at daiello [at] rinkatlas.com.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

May 2, 2008

RinkAtlas Supports Social Bookmarking Through "Bookmark & Share" Toolbar Button

RinkAtlas now supports social bookmarking through our "Bookmark & Share" button on the toolbar. This feature allows you to bookmark rink locations in Digg, Del.icio.us, Facebook, MySpace, and about 30 other sites.

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This feature is made possible through AddThis, a company that specializes in social network integration tools. AddThis is a local company in my area, and I've met with two of the company's executives in recent weeks. I like what they're doing, and I think it provides real value to RinkAtlas users.

If you think the Bookmark & Share button is helpful, drop me an email at daiello [at] rinkatlas.com and let me know how you are using it.