I caught a conversation on the Yahoo Portable Typewriter forum where a few members noted that the old Typewriter Database site appears to have gone down a couple of days ago. It prompted me to do a little digging to find out what I could about the status of the site, and I’m copying my reply here for the benefit of curious Typospherians:
Hmmn, looks like it got pointed to a new hosting company, still in germany. It was hosted at 1&1 before. There could be a couple reasons for this:
1) The site owner moved the domain to a new hosting company, and just hasn’t set up the site again yet. (if this is the case, it might mean Mr. Schumann might be active again – so maybe Yay?)
2) someone might have snagged the domain and parked it at a blank webservice. I think this is probably not the case, as it’s still registered at 1&1:
Registrar: 1 & 1 INTERNET AG
Whois Server: whois.schlund.info
Creation Date: 04-JAN-2002
Updated Date: 07-MAR-2014
Expiration Date: 04-JAN-2015
and it isn’t expired yet. I’ve been checking on the domain registration every year, and it has been auto-renewing at the very last second on Jan 4 every year. Thus it’s unlikely that Mr. Schumann has lost control of it. For the record, I’ve got a standing order in to snag the domain if it ever does expire, so if it does expire, it’ll most likely go to me, and I’ll point it to the new Database. In any case, it appears that *someone* edited the DNS server records for the domain on March 7, and the site has been down since then.
I guess we might have managed to save that data from disappearing forever, if the TW-DB.com site doesn’t come back up again. Of course, all this could just mean that Mr Schumann is paying attention to his website again. We won’t know unless he gets in contact with the collecting community what the ultimate fate of TW-DB.com will be, but I’m awfully glad that the new Typewriter Database Project got started when it did. :D
PS: the new Yahoo groups interface sucks sweaty dingo balls, and every update seems to break more stuff and make it even more unintuitive and annoying to use. Now they have ads that show up in the middle of the page obscuring the messages, which cannot be closed or scrolled away. I don’t visit the Yahoo typewriter groups very much since those updates, so you can assume from now on that I’m not keeping track of what happens in those forums anymore.