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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #25 on: July 25, 2003, 21:01:00 »
Hello Mike:

The changes/new look of the Army.ca site look great(the old site was great too, though  :D  ).
This site has alot of information for anyone who wants to join or learn about, the Canadian Army.

Again, thank you for starting this great site, Mike!

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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2003, 08:36:00 »
Great site Mike and all the best for the next ten years.I hope my cartoons has added bit of humour to your site.Look forward to seeing you at the anniversary.

 :gunner:  

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Robert Mullan

My cartoons:
 http://www.rcaca.org/Mullan-Humour.htm
 http://regimentalrogue.tripod.com/mullan/cartoons.htm
 http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/theater/7041/humour.html
 http://www.canadaka.net/cka/modules.php?name=News&new_topic=30
 http://www.cdnarmy.ca/
 http://www.militarymags.com/cartoon1.htm

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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2003, 08:58:00 »
Thanks guys, I apprecaite it! It‘s been fun and very informative over the years, I sure have learned a lot!  :)

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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2003, 10:54:00 »
Let me add my congratulations to those who‘ve been thanking your for this service, Mike.  I‘ve been able to learn and link to many things on the Net thanks to your site.  All the work you and everyone else has poured into this place is certainly more than appreciated by this retired Adm Clk now teaching English in the Land of the Morning Calm.   :salute:  

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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2003, 11:43:00 »
Congratulations on ten years of excellent work Mike. Your site has been an inspiration for many CF websites, or, at the least, mine lol.

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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2003, 17:38:00 »
Hats-off to you, Mike... and also to every member that helps make this site worthwhile.

Cheers!

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« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2003, 20:44:00 »
I haven‘t posted much around here, but I‘ve been lurking for a while and would like to give you my kudos on your site, it‘s great work.

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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #32 on: July 28, 2003, 08:20:00 »
Keep up the great work Mike, and care to provide
some details on the potential DND buyout and
the army.ca dating scheme?  :D   I‘m curious to
know more!

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« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2003, 08:49:00 »
Well, 3-4 years ago there were a lot of unofficial army sites, of varying quality and accuracy. DND put together a project to clean them up, by getting rid of most.

In some cases, such as this site, DND made an offer to host the site. A system would be provided, all the traffic would be free, and even a small stipend would be paid out. The catch however is that the site would then be under the official umbrella and would have to confirm to DND‘s content guidelines. I declined the offer.

Things have come a long way since then, and while DND may not condone this site, they do tolerate it. I don‘t know how DND/NDHQ feels about this site officially, but I do know that there are some good heads there who don‘t want us to go away.

As for the dating scheme, the when the .ca domain opened up a couple of years ago, I tried to get Army.ca, but was beaten out by someone else. (I ended up getting CdnArmy.ca, my second choice instead.) Turns out that the guy who got it runs an online dating service, and was looking to break into the military market. I talked to him several times, trying to persuade him to sell me the domain.

Honestly, I imagine an army centric dating system would go over like a lead balloon. At any rate, I finally offered him the right amount of money, and he sold Army.ca to me a few months ago.

The rest, as they say, is history...

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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #34 on: July 29, 2003, 23:32:00 »
Mike,
Excellent new look.  I especially like the new navigation bar at the top of the page.  You‘ve come a long way since you first opened the site. I remember seeing the original, but it was about two years before I began to visit regularly.  

You don‘t seem to peak.  I can‘t imagine what the future has in store for these pages.

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« Reply #35 on: July 30, 2003, 07:02:00 »
Things sure have evolved over the years.  In the beginning on the dragon server the "War Diary" was really nothing more than a guest book.  Now it seems as it has made itself the main attraction of the Canadian Army Homepage.  So much so that most usually only refer to the site as the "War Diary".  Not a bad thing, I‘ve been here for the ten years in its entirety and its been interesting...
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Re: Army.ca Hits 10 Years
« Reply #36 on: July 30, 2003, 14:23:00 »
Yeah, it‘s definitely come a long way. Thought it would be worth a chuckle to see it in it‘s previous incarnations, so that‘s what prompted me to dig up the flashback section. Couldn‘t find anything older than 1996, but still, finding a 6 year old backup isn‘t bad...

Doug, you‘re probably one of the very vew who have followed the site right from the beginning. If I‘d known then how much time, effort and money it would take, I‘m not sure I would have had the stomach for it, but overall it‘s been a good go.

Definitely couldn‘t do it without the help I get from you guys though, so I really appreciate it. Thanks!