As far as I know, the database backup is lost(but I haven't talked to Taos in a long time).
However, metulburr(I think) downloaded a pretty good part of the forum(about a quarter of all posts, it seems) as html/xml pages.
I did some parsing and extracted the data, and when I wanted to look through it... I found that looking through an sql database or text files is a bit of a pain.
So I decided to make an app of some kind, to make it more enjoyable.
And I had a partial design for the "Python Python Forum"(I started working on it before Taos decided to go with the PHP version anyway), so I decided to put that to some use.
This is what I ended up with:Python Forum Archive
The design is a bit rough, the functionality is very limited(I'll add some more when I have some time), but still, you can look through old posts.
Hope you find it useful.
If you have any comments/requests, just let me know.