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[Motd] ANN closesLink
Posted on 28-Dec-2006 10:15 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 16-Feb-2007 21:47 GMT by Christian Kemp)0 comments
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Ten years ago today, the first visitors arrived on what would later be known as "Amiga Network News", and then later still as "ANN.lu".

The first visitors came from a link on the Amiga Web Directory, run by Kevin Hisel and now long defunct, but as more and more people joined the internet with their Amigas word of mouth and prominent mentions on other websites brought in more and more people.

At its peak, several years ago, ANN welcomed over 3000 visitors a day, but this number gradually declined as more and more people left the Amiga scene, for reasons including but not limited to the lack of new hardware, software, the uncertainty associated with frequent ownership changes of the Amiga brand (Escom, Gateway, Amiga Inc, KMOS, etc.), and the lack of professionalism and integrity exhibited by several of the companies still in the market.

Since 1996, a lot of things have changed. Most importantly, my link to the Amiga market has changed - I completely switched over to the x86 platform six years ago already, and my interest in all things Amiga declined ever since. By 2006, that interest had vanished completely, and judging by the visitor figures on ANN I'm not the only one who feels that way. Furthermore, I'm no longer the student with copious free time that I was in 1996, and my free time has gone down to almost zero. As a consequence, I haven't been able to invest as much time into ANN as would have been required.

So I feel that it's been long enough - it's time to close ANN.

Many thanks to everyone who supported ANN and me in the past - there's too many people to mention, too many people that I met online and/or in real life and who helped in one way or another; and I'm grateful for all the good experiences with ANN, and the lessons I learned during the bad times.

In the future, I will concentrate even more on photography and less on computers. ANN won't go away completely though - I will try to keep it online as long as possible, except that it will serve as an archive only, and no new content will be added anymore. The ability to comment has been shut down already, and the old email address has been shut off too. Please use the contact information on my homepage instead.

[Motd] Renewed the domain for another yearLink
Posted on 28-Feb-2006 20:48 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 28-Feb-2006 20:48 GMT by Christian Kemp)19 comments (11k)
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This is just to let you all know that I recently renewed the ann.lu domain for another year.
[Motd] User registration backlog clearedLink
Posted on 04-Jan-2006 21:09 GMT by Christian Kemp4 comments (2k)
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I finally found the time to clear the backlog of user registrations (to be able to leave comments). If you sent a mail to register and didn't hear back from me, your mail probably got caught in my spam filter and didn't get detected as false positive on manual review either - please resend the mail.
[Motd] Nine years!Link
Posted on 26-Dec-2005 16:08 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 27-Dec-2005 08:47 GMT by Christian Kemp)22 comments (8k)
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ANN turns nine years old today! In internet years, that's close to an eternity, and only few hobby sites seem to make it that long. Thanks to everyone who contributed in one way or another to ANN since late 1996 - I hope 2005 was a good year for you, and I wish you all the best for the year 2006!

Edit: An astute commenter on amiga-news.de pointed out that the correct date would have been the 28th December; and indeed, it seems I mis-remembered the date. So ANN will be nine years old tomorrow.

[Motd] "Registered users" backlog clearedLink
Posted on 10-Sep-2005 11:41 GMT by Christian Kemp8 comments (3k)
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I've now cleared the backlog of requests to become a registered user (to be able to leave comments) that built up while I was on vacation. If you sent an email with your desired user name and password and haven't received a confirmation from me, please resend the request. People who haven't registered yet, can still do so by doing the same (that is, send a short email to ckemp@ann.lu with your desired user name and password).
[Motd] "Registered user" system briefly circumventedLink
Posted on 09-Aug-2005 19:00 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 09-Aug-2005 19:36 GMT by Christian Kemp)2 comments (1k)
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Someone managed to circumvent the "registered user" system earlier today and post a few anonymous comments. Christophe was quick to react, and I think I now removed the cause of the problem. In the future, I'd prefer that anyone who comes across a vulnerability in the code send me an email (abuse@ann.lu), rather than using the opportunity to pull childish pranks.

Other than that incident, the move to restrict comments to registered users seems to have been successful, so far. If anyone hasn't registered yet, they can still do so by sending an email to ckemp@ann.lu with their desired username and password.

Edit: One other hole plugged.

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[Motd] Policy change - comments now require registrationLink
Posted on 07-Aug-2005 16:04 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 07-Aug-2005 16:05 GMT by Christian Kemp)50 comments (17k)
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After continued abuse, I have decided to change ANN's comments system so that only "registered users" can post. This will also lighten Christophe's load, since lately he had to moderate a lot of comments that were abusive or just stupid attempts at trolling that not just pointlessly wasted his and/or my time, but also didn't contribute to any discussion.

Disabling anonymous comments wasn't a step that was taken lightly, and it's one that I resisted for a long time; but considering the general tone of anonymous comments on ANN as of late, and the fact that a handful of people were not willing to cooperate, it seems like the only option.

To register, please send an email with your desired username and password to ckemp@ann.lu. This is still a manual procedure for now, although I hope to automate it somewhat in the near future.

[Motd] 8 yearsLink
Posted on 28-Dec-2004 06:32 GMT by Christian Kemp (Edited on 28-Dec-2004 06:33 GMT by Christian Kemp)55 comments (17k)
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Just a short note to say that ANN is eight years old today. I guess that in computer terms, that's considered (almost) an eternity. What is now ANN.lu used to be a page on my ISP's web space; it was first announced on 28 December 1996 and only later named "Amiga Network News". The first two weeks included news on Jason Compton leaving VIScorp, the death of Rick Parks, CyberVision 3D cards shipping, beta testing of ScalOS, the Amiga Inc liquidation (Eagle, QuikPak, among others, wanting to buy it), and news from PIOS.
[Motd] MOTD 26/Jul/2004Link
Posted on 26-Jul-2004 11:35 GMT by Christian Kemp82 comments (41k)
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I'm looking for additional front page and/or comments moderator(s), initially just for the month of August. If you are (mostly) impartial towards the various companies, have a few minutes to spare every day, and are interested in helping out, please send me an email to further discuss this.
[Motd] MOTD 20/7/2004Link
Posted on 20-Jul-2004 07:55 GMT by Christian Kemp5 comments (2k)
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ANN was inaccessible for some time this morning due to what looks like changes on Dreamhost's end that caused some scripts to fail. I changed my scripts in one place, and reset permissions in another; and everything should be running again.
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