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The first 100% QuickBasic
game Review magazine
Problems in June
(6/24/2000) Dark Elf Productions shuts
down, Future Software shuts up, and Dark Legends shuttles off of mynetcentral.
All at and more this June's Site Report.
Forced offline for five days, Future Software was hit by one of the
bigger June bugs.
With most major QB webmasters enjoying
the summer, we first expected to skip the June Site report and simply concentrate
on reviewing some games and doing what V Planet does best. But suddenly
in mid-June, some big technical problems take place in some of the biggest
QB sites presently updating on the Internet. Sites crashed. Shortcuts failed.
Even V Planet got in on some of the worst and some of the best of the action.
So, after surviving what seemed to be a world of pain for some QB sites,
we present the June Site Report.
The future of Dark Elf Productions (quickbasic.com)
seems even bleaker now for Webmaster Charles Dubery, who has disappeared
for the second time after the site returned for a short period of time
last April. This second disappearance arrived shortly after the revival
of two key quickbasic.com subsidiaries, Neozones Productions and
the QB: Tm Archives. Both Neozones Productions and QB:Tm are currently
located at tekscode.com. In the meantime, quickbasic.com is still
Due to tensions between Future Software's
old server, all of qb45.com has moved to a new location. Thankfully,
Future Software retains its address, but because of the massive move Webmaster
Chamid explained that Future Software needed to be "offline" for five
days to help enable Future Software's Perl-operated features. This includes
Future Software's discussion board, Top 5 list, and it's ever-famous Q-Finder
search engine. The off-line repairs come especially as a blow to QBasic
Central and V Planet, both of which have recently celebrated
some success in making the Future Software Top 5.
Where Future Software experiences problems,
their close friend the Programming Oasis can't be far behind. Due
to problems with ampleworks.com, who provides the scripting services
for the Programming Oasis (which allows all of QB Webmaster Nightwolf's
written scripts to work), the site has reportedly shut down until the problems
are repaired. If the problems are not fixed by the middle of July,
then Nightwolf states that the Programming Oasis will move to a new location.
After disappearing for two weeks, the
Top 50 has moved from ogaming.com to a new location at loadedweb.com.
The move became necessary after ogaming.com removed the QB Top 50. Thankfully,
it looks like the QB Top 50 has a place to stay in loadedweb.com since
the toplist's new providers happen to be serious programming fans. If you've
been part of the QB Top 50 and you haven't modified your link, go to the
QB Top 50 for more details.
Mynetcentral.com, the provider
for Dark Legends Software, recently closed all of its services. This forced
Dark Legends to temporarily close before moving back to its home location
at host.bip.net. Webmaster AlienQB then immediately warned
everyone of the recent problems taking place in QB sites on the Internet,
warning that technical problems may cause "QB Sites to bite the dust".
Just so we don't end this Site Report
with a sour note, I'm happy to say that some QB sites are actually on the
way up since last month. One such example is Master Creating, who
has recently acquired a partnership with Gabsoft. The coding group
is credited with establishing Gabasic, a Basic compiler that is
able to handle files much larger than a standard QB compiler. This partnership
also strengthens Gabsoft since Master Creating has its own technical merits
with their QB utility, ipxlib.
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