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Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 4:02 p.m. PST

So recently, without comment I've seen, both the N-Series forum has been removed from the net; and 'some others'…

-napoleon-online.cxxxx/ was just a con marketing site.

While there were mass debates about everything, like here, there were core segments of actual information being clarified/ identified/ exonerated/ accused.

I'd captured a range of snippets over the last couple of years on selective subjects, and a few illustrations, but sadly, the ability to trawl the endless diatribe has reduced such to nothing any more. So many TMP links headed that way too.

The net-archive is next to useless as internal linking isn't achieved at all.

And hesitating to do so, this very forum may one day also fall, and the loss of innumerable data and illustrations will seriously set back the engaged and future hobbyists for a long time as well.

Anyway….
cheers d

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 9:51 p.m. PST

The Internet is ephemeral. Save everything you might want to reexamine someday to your own hard drives and learn to do backups.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2021 9:52 p.m. PST

PS: No, storing it "in the Cloud" doesn't count. That's still just storing data on someone else's computers. The minute they stop paying to maintain it, that too will evaporate.

Prince of Essling02 Apr 2021 1:56 a.m. PST

Our colleagues at the Napoleonic Wars Forum have been archiving the Napoleon Series Forum at nsfarchives.altervista.org
but searching is not yet possible, they hope eventually to have this function.

Basha Felika02 Apr 2021 2:07 a.m. PST

Magweb springs to mind as a great, lost, resource.

Major Mike02 Apr 2021 10:51 a.m. PST

I'll second Magweb.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 4:47 p.m. PST

Bizarrely answered I'm afraid- I do know how to use/ abuse the 'net' having been on it/ BBS since 1990, so count 31 years using a Mac.

My point was lack of concern over a massive missing resource, and others who've escaped my mind now.

POE thanks- I had a solitary link to that archive but it was 404ing for some time. Prior to the takedown I'd been meticulously following threads and tails year by year since the beginning of it.
If they need a hand getting more done, let me know- I've little actual serious work to do than stay alive. No jobs for old farts here, no matter how much 'experience' we have,
regards d

altfritz03 Apr 2021 7:31 a.m. PST

Try the wayback machine:

archive.org/web

Camcleod04 Apr 2021 7:53 a.m. PST

On a related theme. What has happened with the Armchair General Forum?
forums.armchairgeneral.com

von Winterfeldt04 Apr 2021 8:34 a.m. PST

Well in case you find anything of interest – best would be paste and copy and then put it on your hard drive, nothing is more fleeting than fora or any other web sites

Prince of Essling04 Apr 2021 1:37 p.m. PST

I wholeheartedly agree with vW – that is the approach I adopt ensuring I have back up copies following a hard drive failure some years ago!

As to the wayback machine, while useful it doesn't necessarily take a snap shot of a whole site. Found this out the hard way when looking for historical details of Dutch regiments. The original website had useful tables which I didn't download. The website was taken down and although I could access the top 2 levels via the wayback machine, I couldn't find the tables I wanted (they had been at level 4)! I did try every snap shot of the old website but to no avail.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2021 5:35 p.m. PST

>>What has happened with the Armchair General Forum?

Yes again, that was the one that slipped my mind.
Hadbeen 'channelling' info for some time- as in far too many links from TMP end there…

dibble12 Apr 2021 12:24 p.m. PST

I posted enormous amounts of information and Napoleonic pictures on the ACG site.

I also posted a thread Re: Michael Wittmann and his demise, debunking Reid's 'No Holding Back' book/diatribe and Norm Christie's misleading and 'to be blunt' untruthful take of what happened, in his Youtube, fairytale video. All that info must be somewhere? if it isn't then it would be a terrible, criminal waste.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2021 6:43 p.m. PST

>>All that info must be somewhere? if it isn't then it would be a terrible, criminal waste.

Therein Paul lies my point- not a word was said and how callous businesses are that don't even 'attempt' to find a repalcement owner…

I'm sad to say, it's probably gone…

dibble13 Apr 2021 11:43 a.m. PST

Yup! But then perhaps, it's on a server somewhere gathering dust on a warehouse shelf.

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