From 2008 to 2013, I was responsible for administering the internet forum of the South African “PCFormat” magazine, which — to put it politely — consisted of a whole bunch of mostly friendly and well-meaning nerds who developed a rather tight knit community. I ceased this role due to losing the time and inclination to do so; shortly afterwards, the magazine ceased publishing, and the forum died a slow death before having the plug pulled on it in late 2016.
It may be gone, but it is not forgotten by those who used to frequent the place. For those people, I’ve managed to put something together…
I managed to obtain a copy of the forum database at the time of its closure, and have decided to put up a read-only copy of the data as an historical archive. There’s no user registration, no posting, no private messaging or anything like that: just a read-only version of all public posts, including all of Tribble’s posts (especially all of Tribble’s posts). There’s nothing stopping people logging back in if they can remember their credentials (if you can’t, you’re on your own!), but it would be a rather pointless exercise (except for the old moderator team, who can access the old private moderator sub-forum if they can log back in).
The archive can be accessed over here.
I intend on maintaining this indefinitely (which will simply involve applying security patches when necessary) as a service to the forum’s membership: giving them a way to go back in time to relive both the forum’s heyday and its slow decline into oblivion.
This little site of mine has gone though several reincarnations on the software side (to say nothing of the hardware it’s hopped between over the years). The current incarnation, using WordPress as my CMS, dates from mid-2011. Before then, I had some static content coded in PHP which I put up in November 2006 (the little forum that still exists somewhere around this site dates from the same time) and then largely left untouched until the 2011 WordPress makeover (that site has been preserved for posterity at old.ron2k.za.net)… but, on the side, I also had a blog that predates the “Ramblings” section over here. I started it in May 2006 on the Blogger site, and moved it over to my own hosting in 2007. It got largely forgotten about and abandoned in 2009/10.
However, while I was doing a server audit and cleanup in preparation for the launch of a new personal project (of which I’m keeping under wraps for the time being, but you can bet that there’ll be a blog entry about it when it launches!), I came across working backups I made of the blog content from when I did the 2011 WordPress makeover. There was a fair bit of content there, so I’ve managed to take all of that content and import it all into here.
Hence, you may notice a whole lot of content on the site dated 2006-2009. That’s all of those old, early posts I made, available again. Some of the content is poorly written, and a lot of the early stuff is rather immature and actually downright embarrassing when I look back on it now. Still, it’s an interesting window into what I was up to then, and how my circumstances have changed (and indeed, how I have (hopefully!) matured) in the years since.