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Argonet shut down delayed

By Chris Williams. Published: 1st Jul 2005, 09:52:19 | Permalink | Printable

Going once, going twice

Argonet logoThe 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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Argonet was great! I remember the Acorn World stand (97 was it?) when they gave away so much red wine... those were the days! Their software was also fabulous and worked right out of the tin. Good luck to Paul.

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 1/7/05 11:58AM
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I remember a demo pack from argonet in acorn user.... after double clicking on the icon, it routed to the SA RPC Server (over the school's network) and used it's modem to dial out. Pretty nifty I thought!

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 1/7/05 1:03PM
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Evidently, drobe haven't actually read the letter that was sent out to Argonet customers a few weeks ago...

People who have read the letter will be able to spot the obvious mistakes in the above article...

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 1/7/05 3:56PM
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Evidently, drobe haven't actually read the letter that was sent to Argonet's customers a few weeks ago. People who have read the letter will be able to spot the obvious mistake in the article.

www.riscos.org seems to have a more reliable version of the story up.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 1/7/05 4:11PM
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The article's still wrong. It wasn't an upstream provider that pulled the plug. You really should research things before making them public.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 1/7/05 4:37PM
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Perhaps if drobe spent more time getting their articles right instead of deleting my comments, they might have got the details in this article vaguely right. They don't appear to be interested in getting it right either.. Never mind.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 1/7/05 4:45PM
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This is a test comment, do NOT approve it.

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 8/7/05 10:12AM
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