Way back in 2005, at about three in the afternoon on the 6th of January, I registered a domain.
That domain was not-so-rapid.com, and I was going to use it for blogging. (I picked the name because I wasn't sure I'd be able to have a rapid rate of updates.)
I already had a website here on philipstorry.net, but it was a small and fairly static website. It was easier, for technical reasons, to host a blog on another system. It also gave me some separation of content - my blog, which was going to be about work stuff, could be an island of work-related content.
Over the years, that changed. I used my main website for more and more, and stopped blogging about work. Now I use this site for everything. (I think not-so-rapid.com was probably only active for less than half its decade's use.)
not-so-rapid.com redirects to here by default. Anyone looking for content from it gets automatically redirected to a page where they can ask for it. Nobody ever has. Probably because the name was a self-fulfilling prophecy, and there was never a huge volume of content. And probably also because when I look through my own archives for that content, most of it is related to software that's now so old nobody runs it any more.
Because I see no real demand for it, I've decided to simply throw away the old domain. It's a cost and a hassle that I don't need, and will allow me to simplify the configuration of this website's systems.
However, there is a technical fly in the ointment. There are evidently some old RSS readers that are not correctly configured - the HTTP 301 that gets returned isn't being honoured, and they keep hitting that domain.
Hence this post. Everything else has moved on. No decent search engines trawl that domain, or return decent results for it. Only web archives still acknowledge it as ever having existed. Today, not-so-rapid.com is effectively defunct.
Nobody would notice the death of not-so-rapid.com if it weren't for those RSS readers, and I'm hoping that the redirects I see will mean that this note will pop up in those few RSS feeds.
This post is basically a courtesy to let a few people know that it's all over, and they can delete that feed. It'll start failing tomorrow anyway.
It was a good run, for the few years it was active. It saw things you people wouldn't believe. Attack comments on fire off the shoulder of controversy. It watched articles glitter in the dark near new software releases. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears... in rain. Time to die.