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#1 Hugewally

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Posted 26 February 2007 - 22:20

Anyone know if Malcolm Mitchell's site, The Programme Covers Project is still around?

The link isn't working for me and his email bounced back...

http://www.progcovers.com/

:confused:

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#2 Gary Davies

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:34

Yes, a worthwhile project and an interesting website. I can't get the link you've posted either. For some reason the url I bookmarked - ages ago - was different - http://www.btinterne...hell/index.html - but it, too, doesn't seem to work; takes me to a wretched Yahoo site.

If the project has evaporated - surely not! - what a shame.

#3 Hugewally

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:09

He did change servers a couple of years ago...

#4 tonyb

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 16:08

Originally posted by Hugewally
Anyone know if Malcolm Mitchell's site, The Programme Covers Project is still around?

The link isn't working for me and his email bounced back...

http://www.progcovers.com/

:confused:


Looks like the site is down and no longer maintained, at least under any of the URLs mentioned here. There are other 'Program(me) Covers' sites but none I could see look relevant to the one you need.

You can however find the site via the Wayback Machine (Internet Archive). That has mirrors of this site stored between Nov 2002 and Dec 2005:

http://web.archive.o...rogcovers.com./

(Note: automatic Atlas F1 board parsing of the above URL when editing fails due to there being two http:/ entries in it and you have to manually fix it!)

Be patient as retrieval is often quite slow.

Since the Wayback machine usually stores all material older than 6 months since posted, one could guess that the site went down back in Dec 2005 or a little bit later.

The site itself shows "Latest update: June 16, 2005" from the Dec 2005 Wayback archive.

Google has a lousy partial cached copy somehow picked up in January this year (this is probably not a true date).

Of course, given the time and copyright permissions, someone could probably resurrect the site via the archive but it would take a loooooooooong time. I say that since I did this for someone but with a much smaller site than the one discussed here.

The Internet Archive is a great place to find old sites or previous versions of any site once you know about it!

#5 Hugewally

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 17:38

Was going to use the archive.org, but figured I'd ask if anyone knew anything first.

Shame, Malcolm had a good idea going...

#6 Allen Brown

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 23:43

If anyone is able to get in touch with Malcolm, I'd be happy to provide hosting for the project even if it then remains static.

Allen

#7 Vitesse2

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 23:53

There's a lot of TNFers in the contributors list: I counted at least 25. Someone must still be in touch with him ....

#8 FLB

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 00:10

The last time I received an e-mail from him was September 2006.

EDIT: I've just sent him an e-mail linking this thread.
SECOND EDIT: That e-mail has just bounced back.

#9 HistoricMustang

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 00:14

I sure hope this one survives.

Maintaining an accurate site is very, very time consuming if only a single non-paid individual is involved and there are no sponsors. :

Henry

#10 Allen Brown

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:10

Don't I know it!

But preserving a site as part of another site is not much more effort. That's why I'd be happy to 'babysit' this site until it's parent is able to take over again.

I've done it before (a FSV site) and it ensured valuable content wasn't lost forever.

Allen