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From 'oh dear' to 'I'm glad they've gone'
mini me + poo

The electronics firm I mentioned a couple of days ago have now closed.

They've done this by, amongst other things, closing down their wirelessthings.net website.

The one that had the technical details of the stuff they were selling: important information necessary to use it.

They previously had two other sites on ciseco.co.uk and openmicros.org – the former had the shop, the latter had things like the documentation, source code and discussion forum.

Archive.org has a good selection of pages from all three sites, except that it won't show them. Both the older domains redirect to the newer one. Partly because it was built using a completely different content management system (CMS), it has a robots.txt file that says to any vaguely responsible search engine 'don't look here' at exactly the place the CMS on the older sites used to display everything. So archive.org, being vaguely responsible, looks at the page you want (say openmicros.org/index.php/importantstuff), checks openmicros.org/robots.txt, gets redirected to wirelessthings.net/robots.txt, sees that it's not to show anything from /index.php/ and says 'won't'. Google has copies of many pages too and won't show it for the same reason.

I emailed the firm last week saying this was a problem and needed fixing, but it's still happening.

I have copies of the stuff I need, and one critical library is on github, but the irresponsibility of unnecessarily taking your documentation off the web is appalling. I'm glad they've gone.

Mirrored from my website's blog, The deranged mad of a brain man.

This entry was originally posted at http://lovingboth.dreamwidth.org/565687.html, because despite having a permanent account, I have had enough of LJ's current owners trying to be evil. Please comment there using OpenID - comment count unavailable have and if you have an LJ account, you can use it for your OpenID account. Or just join Dreamwidth! It only took a couple of minutes to copy all my entries here to there.

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Aah, that's a pain! Frustrating that they don't seem to've responded yet. Sounds rather like they're wanting to wash their hands of it all, but hopefully they can be persuaded to at least help out with some kind of temporary support site, or simply the old one with all ordering removed; contact too, if they really want.

When they finally lose wirelessthings.net, the problem will be resolved (unless the new owners have a similar robots.txt, but yes, this is not a happy disappearance.

In the year they were taken over, they went from making about £20k to losing about £100k per year, despite getting tens of thousand more in grants. Someone was clearly being paid too much: they went from 5 to 8 staff, but the salary cost went from about £5.5k a month to £14k.

What raises an eyebrow is that the most recent accounts were signed off in July, contain a statement that continued operation is dependent on their new owner's support, but say that will continue 'for the foreseeable future'. Hmm.

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