In late 2002, Byte.com decided to combat falling ad revenue by charging admission to its archives of computing content. I have first-hand experience tring to harvest enough revenue from the Internet to pay operating costs, and fully support Byte’s decision to move to a subscription model. However, my BeView columns on Byte.com are now virtually hidden from search engines and thus from the Internet, and hundreds of incoming links (which now redirect to a subscription page) might as well be broken.
The BeOS content I provided to Byte.com over the two years I wrote for them is tailored to a very specific niche audience. BeOS itself is, for practical intents and purposes, completely dead. Even though these articles were surprisingly well-trafficked at the time, it is hard for me to imagine that anyone would pay for access to the Byte archives just to read a few old nuggets.
Scot Hacker’s BeOS columns for Byte, neatly archived. What an amazing treasure trove. I don’t think this archive is new by any means, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it.
“I have decided to make my own contributions freely available, being of interest only to hobbiests and madmen.”
I think that’s the most accurate description of OSNews’s readership. I’m truthfully not sure which of the two I am.