I wanted to take a moment to update you all on the possible impact of hurricane Sandy on PortableApps.com. Firstly, our servers for our website and downloads are located outside of the affected areas, so we've got nothing to worry about there. One of our US mirrors for downloads of open source software hosted by SourceForge may be affected, but the system will automatically fail over to the other dozen plus mirrors, so users will likely not even notice. You can continue downloading the platform and apps and using the website.
That said, our shared office space and lead developer (Hi, that's me) are located in New York City right in the middle of the mess. We've lost primary internet and we may lose power. NYC is on lock-down at the moment with power loss in large parts of Manhattan and other boroughs; all subways, bridges and tunnels closed with some flooded; all trains shut down; wide-spread flooding in low-lying areas; 911 system overloaded; etc. (NY Times: Tracking Sandy: Live Updates)
We're not sure when things will be getting back to normal but will know more in the next 24 hours or so. Subways will likely be out for a few days. Internet could be as well considering the damage nearby. While this is going on, we'll be making a best-effort to keep releases flowing. That said, there may be a delay of a few days with updating some apps, so we may not be able to stick to our usual schedule of promptly updating all our apps and same-day releases for internet-connected apps.
We wanted to be sure you were aware of the situation so if an app takes an extra day or two to be updated in the ever-growing PortableApps.com ecosystem, you'd know exactly what was going on and why. We'll be providing more information as soon as we have it. And we're still doing updates and new releases right now on our backup internet connections, so hopefully we won't be impacted much at all.
Our best wishes to everyone in the affected areas. Stay safe.
Update (Nov 1, 2012): Internet and phones out, power out in Manhattan. Read more
Update (Nov 5, 2012): Heat, internet, phone and mobile issues. Read more
Update (Nov 10, 2012): Primary and secondary mobile/wireless working, primary internet still down but progressing, heat to ESB restored. Read more
Update (Nov 11, 2012): Primary internet access restored. Read more
Update (Nov 13, 2012): All apps up to date, new releases continuing, full status update coming
Thursday (Friday). Read more