The Machine Room splash screen. I'm sure that was stylish back then.
In its hayday, anyone could start an account and add information, although I retained editorial control of a lot of it. There were hundreds of users, a ‘guess the computer’ pictorial game, and even a way to list computers you'd collected—a bit like discogs these days.
Between 2004 and 2007, my life took several bad turns all at once and I ended up having to leave many things behind. Somewhere along the line, I let the domain name lapse, and the site was irrelevant anyway: second-generation sites like old-computers.com were taking over, and Wikipedia was making personal projects useless.
Many years later, I managed to get the ancient PHP code working again for a few months. My professional opinion is that the code is unrescuable at this point. The PHP was written when the language was pretty useless, full of exploitable ‘features’, and the code was written for a more naïve time anyway.
I would very much like to revamp the site and maybe host the information here, and this is something that might well happen in the next months.