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NeXT Computer, Inc. => NEXTSTEP / OPENSTEP Software => Topic started by: SoylentGreen on December 13, 2007, 06:24:25 pm

Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: SoylentGreen on December 13, 2007, 06:24:25 pm
Does anybody know what happened to BlackHole.

Their web site is still up, but all email gets bounced and they do not answer the phone.

They do still accept money on eBay, but never send anything out (I ordered a set of OpenStep CDs from them, but never received anything).

Are there any other Next / OpenStep vendors out there?
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: pentium on December 13, 2007, 09:05:38 pm
BlackHole is a very shady place now.
I also want to know what happened.
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: mgtremaine on December 13, 2007, 09:32:13 pm
My only advice would be to not give up hope. I have not dealt with Blackhole at all but it has been around a long time and lets face it it must be a slow business at this point.

Now on his website he says he is a caddy this year on the PGA Tour. So...

http://www.pgatour.com/r/schedule/

I see lots of Dec-Jan events chances are he is out of town. Keep calling or emailing and keep you fingers crossed.

-Mike
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: nextchef on December 13, 2007, 09:59:52 pm
I guess Rob has decided to go "off the reservation" again   :(

Not a good sign if he is not even accessible by phone.
Title: Re: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: cubist on December 14, 2007, 05:16:50 am
Quote from: "SoylentGreen"Does anybody know what happened to BlackHole.


He sells primarily and perhaps solely on ebay now.  Contrary to other replies, I don't thing there's anything shady.  The one concrete problem reported here was a buyer issue as I recall.  Store name, btw, is 'blackholeinc' on ebay.
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: nextchef on December 14, 2007, 05:37:48 pm
Quote from: "mgtremaine"
Now on his website he says he is a caddy this year on the PGA Tour. So...


Well good for him, and that certainly could explain his absence, but he may want to consider posting something on his ebay store about this.  Where exactly did you see this info, somewhere on blackholeinc.com?

Chef
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: ericj on December 14, 2007, 05:39:49 pm
Quote from: "nextchef"Where exactly did you see this info, somewhere on blackholeinc.com?


It's on the front page.

Eric
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: nextchef on December 14, 2007, 05:47:34 pm
Quote from: "ericj"
Quote from: "nextchef"Where exactly did you see this info, somewhere on blackholeinc.com?


It's on the front page.

Eric


:oops:  Well now I really feel stupid  :oops:
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: mgtremaine on December 14, 2007, 11:26:36 pm
:wink:

-Mike
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: Mike_H on February 05, 2008, 10:59:44 pm
It looks like Rob has closed shop, at least on eBay.  His eBay store is gone and he doesn't appear to be a registered user anymore.

http://myworld.ebay.com/blackholeinc/

http://stores.ebay.com/Black-Hole-Inc-NeXT-Computers
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: pentium on February 06, 2008, 04:54:02 am
Well this is it.
Just look at his last transactions. All of them are bad so I guess ebay intervened and pulled the plug on him.
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: 68040 on February 07, 2008, 07:24:35 pm
I noticed that his Ebay store was gone too.    :shock:
Title: What Happened to BlackHole? / Any OpenStep vendors left?
Post by: Tohmas on March 11, 2008, 10:46:28 pm
Nope, he's still around (just got off the phone with him).  We manufacture semiconductor products that still use NeXT 3.3 and we purchase our licenses from him.  I can't speak to his ebay presence but if you need to get ahold of him:

303-741-9998

Don't use the number listed on his site.