What do you do, in 2015, with a website that was never intended to make it big? I registered consistent.org in 1999. As strange as it must now seem to the generation who came of age in the world of Gmail and Amazon Web Services, in those days getting a domain was simply what you did if you wanted to continue participating on the internet after graduating from college. You found a friend who was willing to host a DNS secondary (because you had to have two separate servers), then you set up BIND, Sendmail, and Apache, and you wrote a few web pages with static HTML or CGI scripts in Perl. The first big shift was Gmail, in 2004. Previously, web based email services had been seen as a distant 2nd choice among the technologically inclined. Gmail changed all that by being sufficiently usable - and perhaps just as importantly, being seen to be cool by the correct crowd - that it become OK, for the first time, to use a 3rd party email service with neither constant frustration nor social stigma. The second big shift was the transfer of content hosting to large, centralized services such as Facebook, which ultimately obviated most of the purpose of having a "personal web page" unless one was processing transactions. I chose not to spend my life in my basement running my PDP11 and ham radio, pining for the good old days. Instead I contributed my expertise to some of the big winners, including Google and TripAdvisor. It was a phenomenally rewarding experience and also led directly to my retirement in my 30s. I got a very good deal. While there are certain turns that sadden me - in particular, Google's post-monopolist abandonment of open standards such as RSS and XMPP in favor of proprietary solutions to get lock-in, and the gouging surcharges that ISPs now routinely add for static IP addresses - the broad progress of the internet has been a clear boon to almost all participants. Nonetheless, the unfortunate reality is that it no longer matters very much what I write here, because almost no-one will ever see it or read it. Even Google now penalizes small domains in the rankings; if you search for my name, you will find information about me on popular, for-profit sites like Linkedin ranked more highly than my own domain. It would not do to simply shut it off, because the core service, email, still remains one of the few open standards where multiple providers interoperate. All of my friends and acquaintances have my email address at consistent.org, and losing touch with them simply to save the $15/year registration fee would be decidedly shortsighted. So I now manage the services here rather like the city of Detroit - the question is not where new development should go, but when each neighborhood will become so deserted that it is time to bulldoze it. So if you happened to find your way here, please make yourself at home. Don't mind the tumbleweeds; there's plenty of space, and the locals are friendly, if somewhat taciturn.
Here are some old pages which still exist: