A month or so ago I got an email from iiNet, my ISP, saying that the “ncable” (Neighbourhood Cable) email addresses that I use for myself and my wife, after we joined ncable in 2012 when we moved to Geelong, (which I believe was after iiNet had already bought them out), are being terminated, and we have to take copies of all emails we want to keep before 6 June or they’ll be deleted.
So in the middle of moving house, I’ve also had to deal with trying to figure out who I need to provide a new email address to, and all the fun that entails with automated systems that take hours to send security codes within a 15 minute window etc etc etc.
Now, I’ve received another notice saying that iiNet’s webspace service (a free 1gb worth of space for non commercial websites) has also “reached End of Life” and to take copies of anything I need before 1 August.
I actually only just started using that space as a bit of a test - uploaded the old website that I built 20-odd years ago as I was thinking of getting back into that kinda thing… But it seems iiNet aren’t happy to continue to provide that 1GB of space for its users.
It feels like iiNet are cleaning shop… Are they about to disappear finally into TPG?
Do other ISPs offer webspace to customers? I imagine the event of Facebook has killed the whole “personal website” phenomena… if it even really was a thing. I built my first site back in December 1996 when I first got the Net, but I know “most people” were using sites like errr… MySpace… but I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who had their own spot carved out on the Internet…?