It was on my to-do list for many months -- revising the Ranchero Software site so it no longer appears that there is such a thing as Ranchero Software.
I kept the pages that were there, since there are some Frontier docs and other tidbits that shouldn't just disappear.
And now it's done.
It was surpisingly fun doing the work -- it's a Frontier-built site, just a very simple website framework site that renders to disk. It's rare that I get to build websites that way. I had forgotten how nice it is. I even wrote a new macro to generate the little breadcrumbs path at the top of most of the pages.
The Ranchero site is on my oldest server, an old Mac running WebSTAR. I noticed the creation date of the folder that contains all the content on that server:
Fri, Sep 8, 1995, 4:25 PM
Wow. Almost six years of hosting sites, mine and other people's.
Sure, some people have done it longer, but six years is a pretty long time in Web years.
Anyway, it feels good to say that the Ranchero site is done. I have no plans, and no need, to ever update those pages again. Sure, I'll keep the database around just in case, but I really don't expect to need it.
I'm so used to Web sites being perpetually "under construction" -- because that's the way they're supposed to be, they're supposed to be always changing and new. So it feels extra weird to have a finished site.
But, you know, in this case, I like it.
Ranchero Software was a raging success. Okay, not really, but sort of, if you look at it a certain way.
It ended in the black.
In other words, we did better than Jeff Bezos. We did better than lots of people -- you've heard all the stories. Ranchero didn't hemorrhage millions of dollars. Everyone gets more money back than what they put in.
Ranchero was run conservatively -- even in the crazy bubble days -- on sound business principles which I like to summarize as make a profit.
It's not just Get Info, it's Super Get Info. From Bare Bones Software.
I'm posting this minor tidbit in case anyone has the same problem as me and does a Google search.
It turned out to be a problem in /etc/hosts -- localhost wasn't configured properly. So I added a line
127.0.0.1 localhost and suddenly the floodgates opened.