Argonet shut down delayedBy Chris Williams. Published: 1st Jul 2005, 09:52:19 | Permalink | Printable
Going once, going twiceThe day on which Argonet will be switched off has been postponed to July 15th, we've learnt this morning. The Internet service provider for RISC OS users was due to close on June 30th however this has been pushed back, says Argonet support guru Paul Vigay, to ensure that all existing customers have sufficient time to find a new ISP.
Freedom2, which owns the Argonet ISP business and supplies IT equipment to schools, broke the news of the Argonet closure in letters to its customers in February. Paul has since formed his own ISP start up, Orpheus Internet, and secured the rights to use the argonet.co.uk domain name for the purpose of preserving users' email addresses.
Founded in 1995 and billed as a RISC OS friendly ISP, Argonet became an online home for a significant number of users over the years.
Update at 16:44 1/7/2005
We gather that Paul is also "endeavouring" to set up the forwarding of existing users.argonet.co.uk web addresses to whichever website hosting ex-Argonet customers eventually arrange for themselves. Although Argonet had extended the June 30th deadline by a fortnight, a company providing an Argonet server reportedly pulled the plug on the machine, plunging the ISP into mild chaos briefly. Unware of the new July 15th date, at least one Argonet user contacted us late last night, asking "Will this be the last email sent from Argonet?"
We're assured that the downed Argonet server, which performed DNS duties, incident was "unrelated" to the approaching ISP shut down.
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