Yeah it was great when you found something cool
Sat Jul 22, 2023 3:24pm

Then spending the time checking out all the pages and usually saving the
link somewhere to visit later again. Too bad a lot of times you end up
finding a page and it was like 'wow I can't wait for this QB game to be
released!' and then you see it hasn't been updated in a few years. Or
worse, you find the site and then within one or two updates, it's dead.

I think with the recent 'protests' on Reddit, it seems to be that the
leadership there either doesn't get what makes the site great (like you
said, the text/comments tied to topics) or actively don't care and just
want to get it as cash positive as they can before selling it to someone
else or even worse, just milk it until it's a shell of its former self.

You should go check out those backups if you have time. I've done a few
dives through some of my old stuff (even stuff that's still posted on the
NE site from back in the day) and it's always been a fun nostalgic trip
down memory lane. It's weird how going back and reviewing old things you've
written can transport you back to when you were writing it.

For example, the Hellbent remake I started but never finished around 2006 (
I clearly remember one day waking up at 5:30-6:00am, getting a cup of
coffee and heading back to my room to work on some of the magic spells and
inventory items. Back then the 486 didn't have its top case on (was doing
upgrades to add networking but left the case off for wayyy too long. ended
up bending my sound card one day when something fell on it. It's still bent
a bit to this day but somehow still works...). It was sitting on top of a
rubber storage crate next to my desk with the monitor cable snaked up to
the CRT on my desk and the keyboard in my lap.

There's a change.log file in the zip for that game that has entries for
each day I worked on it. I'm sure the day I'm remembering is one of those
entries. I haven't checked in years but the memory is still vivid.

  • Remember the excitement of finding a cool new website? - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 17 2023 3:32pm
    Someone would come across NEMB and be like "Wow, this guy's got a lot of stuff! Maybe I should call in sick?" Social media could be great, but my Facebook is 1 non-ad post, 2 ad posts, and then a bunch of nonsense while random things from days ago or randomly selected (but useless) posts from a few... more
    • Yeah it was great when you found something cool- Erik_, Sat Jul 22 2023 3:24pm
      • I can't remember the last really cool site - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 24 2023 6:52pm
        I found. Well, it was probably Great for when you need information on the car, lots of discussion and minimal assorted junk. They saved me a few hundred dollars and weeks of down time by telling me which capacitors I needed to replace instead of having to take the car to the dealer for... more
        • I'm worried will go away soon. - Erik_, Wed Jul 26 2023 11:32pm
          They had the old flip phone mobile version of the site up and running up until they made the much hated API changes and silently killed it. It was pretty crap and I'm sure almost no one used it but it does seem to be completely dead now and redirects to the main site. Archive link as recent as 03/23:... more
          • That's my worry too, but I do still see a lot of momentum - Puckdropper, Fri Jul 28 2023 5:03pm
            on the old site. Is there a way to monetize things without ads or stupid gimmicks? Webapps do seem to be all the rage. I found one the other day that's a complete CAM program. (Takes a drawing and converts it to gcode.) Kiri:Moto. It was part of an open source package, so if I did really like... more
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