In Loving Memory of Our Deceased Tech Products...

Clive "James" Python, Bytemoth, and cavernscalledhome, 2019-12-02
This page is dedicated to remembering the tech products that were taken offline before their time. Many still had a lot of users and people who loved them. We can only hope that they are smiling upon us from Silicon Heaven.

AOL Instant Messenger (1997 — 2017)
AOL Instant Messenger - or just AIM as regular users called it - was an icon of its time. Many people enjoyed using the service made possible through America Online, where they were able to live chat with their cyberfriends in a time before SMS.

AIM was turned off in the cold, cold winter days of 2017. All that still remains of the service is the AIM protocol, that looks like this; aim:goim?screenname=username

Classic versions of AIM have been revived in a reverse-engineering project known as Phoenix, but it will never again boast the same number of users as in its heyday.

MSN/Windows Live Messenger (1999 — 2013)
Loved by many Microsoft users, this message service ran on Windows, Xbox 360, BlackBerry OS, iOS, Java ME and more.

Following the acquisition of Skype Technologies in May 2011, Microsoft added interoperability between Skype and Microsoft accounts, allowing Skype (which had features unique to its platform and a wider user base) to communicate with Messenger contacts. In 2013, Windows Live Messenger was discontinued and Microsoft began ceasing service to existing clients. The service in China remained active for another 18 months, and ceased operations on Halloween 2014.

WLM's servers now have an open-source replacement in the Escargot project. However, as it's now something people must go out of their way to make use of, the number of people to chat with is lower than on more mainstream options.

Xfire (2003 — 2015)
Before Discord became the platform of choice for many gamers, there was Xfire. At a time when such features felt futuristic, it offered users the ability to chat while playing a game, browse detailed server lists, organize and share screenshots, download patches and demos, and even record and livestream video. But, more than all this, it was a community of people passionate about the games they enjoyed.

Club Penguin (2005 — 2017)
For any child born in the late 90's or early 2000's, Club Penguin served as a way to connect to the outer world of 250 million+ people. Club Penguin was more than a MMO, it was a way of life - a life that is sadly, no more.

Since the death of the official game, many unofficial servers have been made, known as Club Penguin Private Servers (commonly abbreviated as CPPS). This includes Club Penguin Rewritten, launched in February 2017. These servers have reached a million players as of October 2017, despite their legal status being in question.

Waddle on, Club Penguin.

Vid.me (2014 — 2017)
Vid.me was a regrettably short-lived video sharing site, that sought to tackle some of the problems faced by smaller creators on YouTube. While it was around, it did make quite an impact on those users. Sadly, because of drastic changes in the advertising industry, Vid.me was forced to shut down in December 2017.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1982 — 1992)
With a CPU speed of 3.5 MHz and a memory size of 16 to 128 KB, the ZX Spectrum was a child of the 80's. All it wanted to do was to entertain people with fun little games made by enthusiasts, not for the money, but for the joy of it. The ZX stopped being made in 1992, five years before Sinclair Research went tits up, as the number of employees fell from 140 in the 1980s, to 3 in 1990, to only 1 in 1997.

GeoCities (1994 — 2009)
In the 90's, GeoCities opened the flood gates for people to learn HTML and express themselves on the Web. Sadly, in 1999, GeoCities was acquired by Yahoo!, who decided to shut it down ten years later. GeoCities will never be forgotten by its former residents. Thanks to the efforts of Archive Team, it did not go quietly - we are still able to walk its evicted halls via Oocities, Geocities.ws, and the Wayback Machine.

Rotten Dot Com (1997 — 2017)
Our beloved shock website, Rotten, sadly lost their server in September of 2017. To quote Jason Scott who worked on and off for the site...
Clive Python: You worked for Rotten right? So do you know what the fate of the site is?
Jason Scott: Lightning strike affected a system, no time set aside for maintenance
Clive Python: So does this mean the site will be offline from now on?
Jason Scott: I seriously doubt that.

Rotten was a vile thing that shaped the Web for the better, being the starting point for freedom on the WWW.

Vine (2012 — 2017)
Vine was a mobile-based short-form video hosting service that allows its users to create, upload and share looping video clips spanning up to six seconds in duration - and that's all it could do. Despite Vine only having a short life, it sure had an infamous one; raising terrible memes such as Deez Nuts, 21, What Are Those? and many, many more.

Originally developed by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012, the New York City-based startup was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 and introduced to the public in January 2013.

Vine will only be missed by people who failed at school.

Tay (March 2016)
Tay was a chatterbot made by Microsoft and released on Twitter, the idea of the bot being to mimic a teenage girl. Tay caused subsequent controversy when the bot began to post inflammatory and offensive tweets through its Twitter account, forcing Microsoft to shut down the service only 16 hours after its launch.

Netscape Navigator (1994 — 2008)
Netscape was a fantastic web browser for its time. However, as the codebase grew messy enough to need a complete rewrite, it lost ground to IE. Thanks to the developers turning the code open-source before the company was absorbed into AOL, a successor lives on today in the form of the Seamonkey suite.

Opera "Presto" (1995 — 2013)
Prior to becoming one of the numerous Chrome clones at version 15, Opera was a great alternative web browser with unique features and its own rendering engine, beloved by its diehard users. It always strived to be lightweight and snappy in spite of being fully-featured, taking up as little as one-quarter of the space needed by its contemporaries.

Version 12 for Windows recieved minor security updates in 2014 and 2016, but nothing has been heard since. Attempts to spiritually succeed classic Opera have resulted in the Otter and Vivaldi browsers.

Tumblr (2007 — 2018)
Okay, this place is still around. But, let's be honest, it's in a zombified state. Tumblr was formerly the destination for premier fandom content, hilarious shitposts, superb art and aesthetics, discussion of LGBT issues and POC experiences, and all the female-presenting nipples your dirty little brain could handle.

Unfortunately, after being removed from the App Store, the decision was made to forbid all image and video-based adult content. The site began hemmoraging users, its traffic dropping by 30% over the next six months. According to some users, likes/reblogs have dropped by half, and the once-vibrant art community on the site is now a shadow of its former self.

Dendy (1992 — 1996)
Living proof that anything is possible, if you dare to dream, Dendy (known affectionately as 'Jr.' to friends) was also proof that sometimes it's just fine to not dream at all and be fine living a normal, ordinary life. Kept alive in the memory of dear friends and their recurring nightmares about that elephant, Dendy provided what was often the first taste of video-gaming culture to an audience of roughly 1.8 million souls; as well as introducing various new terms, such as 'bootleg.'

Despite it all, many carry fond memories of Jr... And always will.

Meridian 59 (1996 — 2000) (2002 — 2010) (2012?)
'That which is not dead, may eternal play; possibly, maybe.'

Meridian 59 was one of the grandparents of the old MMO world; heavily inspired by MU* and BBS styles, it cultivated a cultish loyalty amongst members that nevertheless went through several different iterations; a love of story, of player-versus-environment co-operation, and of player-versus-player worldbuilding.

Despite living on in a vegetative state due to the effects of the wonderdrug, 'Open Source,' each of these separate iterations might as well be a separate life, alien to all those who knew 'their' Meridian 59 best. As such, a living wake has been scheduled, so that the bereaved may continue, and move on.

Despite it all, many carry fond memories of Jr... And always will.