I woke up this morning to a fine, beautiful rainbow supplied by Nick B:
Speaking of the Typewriter Database, I mentioned before that I had an effort going to obtain the old expired “tw-db.com” domain in order to point it to the new Database, thus re-validating hundred of hard-coded links that people have put on web pages all over the Internet to Dirk S.’s old site over the past decade. Well, it turns out I lost that battle, and someone bought the domain from the auction squatter that had it most of this year.
Checking today, I found that the person who now owns the domain has set up a WordPress site there and has replicated the Welcome and “english index” pages from Dirk’s old site. Apparently someone is trying to rebuild the old Database verbatim. For what purpose, I dunno. They haven’t loaded it up with ads or viruses, (yet) so it’s not someone maliciously trying to leverage the domain’s now crippled Pagerank to make money or spread nastiness, and as of yet, they haven’t actually replicated any of the serial number pages from Dirk’s site (the index page has no links). I have no idea who it is or what their objective is, but I guess if they’re just rebuilding Dirk’s old site, that would be handy for historical reference, although pointless if they don’t plan on updating the serial numbers. Not sure what it means other than it’s unlikely I’ll be able to get that domain anytime soon. ):