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It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this column that the Martin Jetpack has finally crashed and burned - at least metaphorically.
Media reports indicate that the company has run out of money, been unable to secure any realistic sales and has shut up shop.
I certainly hope that business lecturers are going to showcase this venture as a classic example of how to turn a hype into profit -- at least for the "inventor" and the early funders. Those lecturers and historians could probably find no better example of the typical life cycle of such a business... right from the "struggling inventor in his garage" genesis, through to the "company floats, is bought out and crashes" end-game.
I documented the various stages of this slow-motion train wreck right from the start, with my observations and predictions being right on the money. What a shame that so few people actually listen because anyone who's had their fingers burnt by this con-job will now be going back to realestate and swearing off technology investments.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
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