Scavenged a few more posts…
So today I learned the cyber-squatting fuckwits still holding my old vanity domain have switched their system up and it no longer produces a robots.txt denying everything. This means that archive.org are free to serve up the archived versions of my site.
Tragically, they didn’t appear to grab much more than the index page for a few years between 1999 and 2002, and to make things worse for a time there I committed the cardinal sin of using frames. I did manage to pilfer a couple posts, which I mirrored here for posterity, from around 2002, up until right before I lost it.
I went to take a look at the “this domain is for sale” page again, to make my usual low-ball offer to them (I’m maybe willing to part with a hundred bucks or two to get my old domain back) and they cleverly modified the form to indicate that they weren’t interested in anything less than $5k for it.
While I’m sure it’s age is appreciable (it was re-registered in 2002 but prior to that the domain existed clear back until about 1997 or so, back when domains cost something like $70 a year and you had to edit text files and email them to the registrar), and my old mate DigitalAvatar probably thought he was doing me a huge favour forwarding his substantial array of backlinks my way until CJB networks folded up a few years ago, it’s still a bit flattering the idea that an old vanity domain from a no-name hacker in the 90s is worth four figures.
I’m not that vain to pass over that much cash for a domain.