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October 18, 2015, 06:25:06 PM
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Update 20.10.2015: I have managed to bring the sites content back online guerrilla style here: http://royalforkblog.github.io

Still no news about the original author or his whereabouts....

Does anyone know where theroyalforkblog.com went? Some of the articles are still accessible through the way back machine but not all dynamic elements work and especially not the elliptic curves graphs.  Seriously this was the best tech blog about Bitcoin I knew and I pointed so many people to it. Does anyone know the owner? Why is it down? Is there a way I can get a recent backup of the site?

https://web.archive.org/web/20150214051116/http://www.royalforkblog.com/
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Any help very much appreciated.
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October 18, 2015, 07:46:21 PM
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Archive.is has some of the pages saved, but not that many. And they are very old.

My guess for why it went offline is that the domain expired and the previous owner did not renew it.
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October 18, 2015, 09:42:14 PM
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Whois also states that the domain has expired but it seems strange to me that someone would let the domain expire after having invested so much time into the blog.
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October 19, 2015, 09:00:51 AM
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In another thread about Bitcoin and Chess I received the following post:

Sorry to post this here, but this is the only active thread I know about chess and Bitcoin. I used to read and reference many others to royalforkblog.com. It was an excellent blog about Bitcoin. You can find an archived snapshot here: https://web.archive.org/web/20150214051116/http://www.royalforkblog.com/

Does anyone know who ran this blog and why it is no longer online? It went down probably 2 month ago.

I am the type of learner that profits from the beautiful style. e.g. check out this:
https://web.archive.org/web/20150216123331/http://www.royalforkblog.com/2014/08/11/graphical-address-generator

I even had e-mail contact with the guy once but it was all through the royalforkblog address.

excerpt from the about section:
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It’s rather poetic. We have the king; the most important piece in the game which must be protected at all costs; and the queen; a piece stronger than the next 2 most powerful pieces combined. In the above position, the almighty king and dominant queen both find themselves unescapably ensnared by a single, lowly, well positioned knight. The royal fork reminds us that it doesn’t take an army to push around 2 towering, seemingly unassailable pieces…..just an idea and stellar execution.

I think this serves as a decent metaphor for bitcoin. Like the knight, Bitcoin has positioned itself squarely between 2 giant institutions; the State, which regulates the monetary system, and the federal banking system, which runs the monetary system. Unlike the chess analogy, I don’t think the relationship between Bitcoin, States, and banks is or should ever be adversarial. Chess has clear winners and losers; the real world can accommodate success for everyone.

The most royal post so far was this one but a it is unfortunately not preserved with all elements:
https://web.archive.org/web/20150216055120/http://www.royalforkblog.com/2014/09/04/ecc/

Sorry for interrupting the chess game. In case you know anything, please pm me.

Interesting blog. I did 60 seconds of research and found these which I assume are related:
https://github.com/royalfork?tab=repositories  (google image search of his face only leads back to github)
https://twitter.com/royalforkblog

Here is one more chess thread in case you want to ask there:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1190988.0
It is worth noting that one of the 52 accounts https://twitter.com/royalforkblog follows is https://twitter.com/hashbreaker who is someone important to those that follow CryptoNote

Good luck!



Yesterday I found the Github repository myself. I cloned it, gave it a different name and used GitHub pages to display it.

Epic falure however:
http://simonbelmond.github.io/royalfork_copy/


Update 20.10.2015: Meanwile I have managed to bring the content back online guerrilla style here: http://royalforkblog.github.io
Still no news about the owner or this whereabouts, however.

I am not a webmaster and I am not sure what goes wrong. Maybe the java script interpretation is wrong.

Also received this mail from GitHub

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The page build completed successfully, but returned the following warning:

CNAME already taken: www.royalforkblog.com

For information on troubleshooting Jekyll see:

  https://help.github.com/articles/using-jekyll-with-pages#troubleshooting

If you have any questions you can contact us by replying to this email.

So if anyone has an idea how to fix it, please help me out.
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October 19, 2015, 10:39:49 PM
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Yesterday I found the Github repository myself. I cloned it, gave it a different name and used GitHub pages to display it. Epic falure however:
http://simonbelmond.github.io/royalfork_copy/

I am not a webmaster and I am not sure what goes wrong. Maybe the java script interpretation is wrong.
 Also received this mail from GitHub

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The page build completed successfully, but returned the following warning:

CNAME already taken: www.royalforkblog.com

For information on troubleshooting Jekyll see:

  https://help.github.com/articles/using-jekyll-with-pages#troubleshooting

If you have any questions you can contact us by replying to this email.

So if anyone has an idea how to fix it, please help me out.
I think you just need to remove the CNAME file.

Edit: I looked into it a little more. The way that the repository is set up, you need to rename it to simonbelmond.github.io and change the url in the _config.yml file to be simonbelmond.github.io
Then you can just visit the site at simonbelmond.github.io and it will show up normally.
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October 20, 2015, 04:20:34 AM
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Yesterday I found the Github repository myself. I cloned it, gave it a different name and used GitHub pages to display it. Epic falure however:
http://simonbelmond.github.io/royalfork_copy/

I am not a webmaster and I am not sure what goes wrong. Maybe the java script interpretation is wrong.
 Also received this mail from GitHub

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The page build completed successfully, but returned the following warning:

CNAME already taken: www.royalforkblog.com

For information on troubleshooting Jekyll see:

  https://help.github.com/articles/using-jekyll-with-pages#troubleshooting

If you have any questions you can contact us by replying to this email.

So if anyone has an idea how to fix it, please help me out.
I think you just need to remove the CNAME file.

Edit: I looked into it a little more. The way that the repository is set up, you need to rename it to simonbelmond.github.io and change the url in the _config.yml file to be simonbelmond.github.io
Then you can just visit the site at simonbelmond.github.io and it will show up normally.

Thanks. Meanwile I have set it up here: http://royalforkblog.github.io. Will update my post above later, but need to go to work now.
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