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Our fund raising round was not successful.  As a result, IDB will be going off line and into cold storage.  If our competitors should stumble, I may re-active the site in the future but for now, we're turning out the lights.

I had planned to go off-line on April 4th.  Due to some important and unplanned changes in our maintenance schedule, I am now bumping that up to next Tuesday morning, March 27th, 2018.  PM 'admin' if you need to reach me. 

You should use the next 5 days to find a new home for your community.

Running IDB has been fun over the years and I hope you enjoyed your time here as well.  Sincerely,  Paul

P.S. News on IDB Funding -- this is now on it's own page to clean up the site a bit.

Jack Reacher update

No exotic weaponry in the latest Jack Reacher novel I've read, but there is this tidbit:

"Wiley [the bad guy] was a practical man, so he cleaned his gun in the dishwasher. Why not? The [Beretta] M9 was built to military specifications. It was designed to withstand continuous salt water immersion. He used the full pots-and-pans cycle, with full drying phase. Then he would oil the parts and put the gun back together again, pristine and good as new." 

I'm going to have to try that. Beats the hell out of messy brushes and patches and solvents.