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January 16, 2021 at 19:51:29
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trvlr & T-R-A:

I did not want to take Justin's very important thread off track, so I deleted the arc related to the Wayback Machine. Probably my last official act as a computing.net moderator.

To finish the thought, the original Wayback Machine comes from long before the 2014 movie that T-R-A linked to. In fact, in comes from long before the internet that Justin wanted to "learn about" was even around.

Mr. Peabody and his young protégé, Sherman, were recurring characters on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, one of my favorite shows from the early 60's.

They imparted "history lessons" to thousands of kids by traveling back in time to significant periods in history. e.g.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E8...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_A...

I'll miss you guys.


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#1
January 16, 2021 at 21:37:24
Yep...knew that. Rocky and Bullwinkle was one of my favorite shows as a kid as well (I just turned 61).

"I'll miss you guys."

Same here. Wish there was some way to keep PMs still working. I'd invite everyone to join the group at Uncreative Labs, but it still wouldn't be the same. I understand Justin's point of view, but I wish we'd been given a little more time to "bid each other farewell" properly.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
January 17, 2021 at 08:45:03
And, FWIW...

I sensed that things weren't going too well a few years ago (during this):

https://www.computing.net/answers/m...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#3
January 17, 2021 at 09:03:11
ummm... T.R.A. - clicked on your link and doesn't seem to work; goes to current page of posts?

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#4
January 17, 2021 at 09:08:22
@DD03 - tak for the explanation; long before I ever viewed a US/Canadian tv show; apart from the westerns 'n cops 'n robbers "series films imported onto BBC/ITV in those far off days.

Oh - and not forgetting Peyton Place - the town with a thousand suns at noon... All the street junctions had innumerable shadows from the same street "furniture" (as sometimes called); and it never seemed to rain or snow there either.


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#5
January 17, 2021 at 09:15:20
"...clicked on your link and doesn't seem to work; goes to current page of posts?"

It's restricted to moderators

Basically, it's just a (July 2015) statement from a manager at Purch (which owned or may still own computing.net) discussing how the site needed to "change" or "revitalize" to attract more members/users (to quote: "moving forward, we want to do what we can to revitalize the site a bit") Not sure whether or not his intention was meant as a foreboding of what was to come, but I took it to be such. Seems after quite some time, I (sadly) was right....

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#6
January 17, 2021 at 09:44:36
Hi T.R.A. - understand - and I suspect your misgivings then have come to pass. Sadly many "owners" of website portal/domain etc. want to make money first. Attracting advertisers seems to be the first order of the day; service, help etc. in whatever area seems increasingly secondary.

I'm wondering if one of the Mods could compile an email contact list - holding the contact/email address - of those here who are happy to remain in occasional contact with the known safe/genuine folks here? There are several regulars here who would be a useful resource on those (fortunately) rare occasions when I need that extra bit of know how. Or having complied the list of those happy to be on it make it available as restricted download - before the site disappears? For me personally there are about 6 - maybe 8 such folks I'd like to have as backup resource. And maybe even say hi to in person - when the world opens up again and we can all travel about safely; be they in the UK, Canada, the US, or Australia (the latter less likely - as it's a bit far for a weekend break; but one never knows).


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#7
January 17, 2021 at 09:53:15
FWIW...a 2015 foreboding of a 2021 shutdown seems to be a bit of a stretch. Just my opinion.

From my experience in the corporate (and military) world, management doesn't usually wait 6 years to pull the trigger on something that they are not satisfied with. Even if it was the same management in place after all that time, I would suspect that changes like this are due to current events, not a 6 year old "We're going to be making some changes" announcement. Generally speaking, that's a long time to wait to see if the "changes" helped.

It's also interesting that Titillating's thread just seemed to die after Curt R pointed out a numbers of items about the regulars in this forum. Curt was on point and may have convinced Titillating that his revamping ideas, other than some "consolidating clean-up", weren't going to revitalize the site.

Maybe Justin knows what happens at that point. Still, since Titillating started the conversation and then just disappeared, his claim that he was "actually a super nice guy and not a total asshat" may have been a bit of an exaggeration.


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#8
January 17, 2021 at 10:41:06
trvlr:

"...wondering if one of the Mods could compile an email contact list - holding the contact/email address - of those here who are happy to remain in occasional contact with the known safe/genuine folks here?"

A good idea, if Mods had that kind of access. We only can move/alter/delete posts (i.e.---weed out spam and such), and don't have any knowledge of any e-mail addy's. I'm going to post something to see if members are keen to posting there addy's on something secure online (though I don't know for the life of me how to do such). Any suggestions would be welcome.

DD03:

"...his claim that he was "actually a super nice guy and not a total asshat" may have been a bit of an exaggeration."

Agreed.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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