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Like Percifal, you're the last on standing.

Post by Exodus » Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:04 am

(I guess that's untrue. Lancelot and Persifal were the last two standing)

I've getting big into PHP programming but had the urge to come checkout all the old skool qbasic ballers. I attempted to visit the sites posted on you old QB links, maybe 1% of them works :? . Pete, I can't believe you survived the downfall. Once everyone built their poorly written uncompleted demo of their RPG (yes yes...Caelius included :roll: ) everyone fell off the map, including the Neozones "Empire." I must congraduate your success as being an avid resource for Qbasic programmers old and new!!! Keep it up.

-Exodus
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PS. Every now and then I get to programming in QB. Remember RPGDK, well version 3 is STILL in the development stages!! :shock:

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Post by ShadowWolf » Fri Jun 17, 2005 3:44 am

neozones still exist just new domain

www.neobasic.net

also www.qb45.com is back in working order. and http://forum.qbasicnews.com is also a big hub kind of then there
TBN http://basicnetwork.net/.

oh ya there also www.fbtk.net the reincarnation of qbtk freebasic has changed alot of stuff. www.freebasic.net

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Post by Pete » Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:18 am

No... that's NeoBasic.

NeoZones was a completely different site. It used to be the most popular QB site on the Internet and the most visited QB forum between about 1997 and 2000. When the owner Tek decided to merge the site with SonicBlue Productions (another huge QB site) to become Blue-Tek, the "empire" started to crumble. After Blue-Tek failed, Tek decided to revive his site with the help of Marcade, who offered to buy him a domain name and give him free server space. NeoZones.com was registered, but then Tek got cold feet and decided not to put his site up on Marcade's server because he didn't trust him.

After Tek & Marcade got into huge arguments and flamed each other a bit, Marcade was stuck with Tek's domain name, NeoZones.com. He made the website which is now NeoBasic...which was a merger between his new "NeoBasic" site and another gigantic site, Simply QB. Marcade's site had a lot of advanced custom Perl scripts (which were a rarity at QB sites at the time), allowing users to register and upload games, edit their profile, post on the board, etc.

Meanwhile, Tek relaunched NeoZones at neozones.quickbasic.com, with a subdomain name provided to him by ChUcK of Dark Elf Productions, the owner of quickbasic.com. A short while later, Tek moved NeoZones to his own domain www.tekscode.com, and began implementing custom CGI scripts that he wrote, giving the site functionality very similar to Marcade's own dynamic NeoBasic site. The new NeoZones stayed up for a while until it got hacked by a bunch of lamers who found an exploit in Tek's Perl scripts. Angry at the attack, disappointed by the declining number of visitors to NeoZones (and the increasing number of NeoBasic visitors), and fearing that and the other websites he was hosting on his server would be compromised, Tek decided to shut down NeoZones for good. This happened toward the end of 2000 or maybe early 2001, if memory serves right.

So that's the NeoZones saga for you. :)



And Exodus -- nice to hear from you! It's always nice to hear from old faces. :) This site almost died in that downfall you speak of... I left the scene in 2000 and didn't come back until summer of 2004, when I had a change of heart and decided to update my poor, crappy website which had say in ruins for four years. I kinda got too into it though, and I started QB Express. ;)

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Post by Pete » Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:26 am

Ooh, found some news articles I wrote about Blue-Tek and NeoZones.com back in the day.

9/29/99 -- "Blue-Tek Soon To Be Back In Business!"
http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/old ... icle5.html

10/13/99 -- "No More SonicBlue Productions"
http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/old ... icle6.html

1/4/00 -- "Neozones.com"
http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/old ... icle7.html

They're probably more accurate than my memory.

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Post by matt2jones » Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:51 pm

I feel another blast from the past artical comming on! :D

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Post by Pete » Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:10 pm

Yeah, I've been thinking of doing a Blast From The Past article on NeoZones for a while... just whenever it comes time to put together QB Express, I'm too busy and don't have time to write any extra articles. Maybe for Issue #12...

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