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[News] Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domainsANN.lu
Posted on 06-Apr-2000 21:38 GMT by Christian Kemp7 comments
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Bill McEwen posted a clarification to the AAC mailing list regarding the situation of Amiga's websites and domains. Since the email subject explicitly said "get this information out to the masses please", I think I'm safe posting it here. :) Read Bill's full message below. Get this information out to the masses please

As many people are aware we are having problems with the web site. This is in no way a reflection of how we do business.

This is a reflection of the inherent problems of business relationships.

When Amino purchased all of the domains from Gateway for Amiga there was more than one party involved in hosting Amiga web sites.

We have been working for months in getting everything transferred to our servers and our ownership.

Now many of the people who were at Gateway/Amiga are no longer there, and we still are having problems with their releasing the domains to us. This has become very clear with our new web site, and the fact that thousands of mail messages are not arriving.

We are working as quickly as possible on these issues, and hope to have all of this resolved today. However there are some people (companies) who are making this very difficult as they do not want to let go of our accounts. I am purposely not mentioning their companies here in this message, but will make it known if it becomes necessary.

I thank everyone for their patience as we more than frustrated at the lack of professionalism in working with these companies, as we take control of our web sites, and mail.

Best regards,

Bill McEwen
President/CEO
Amiga, Inc.
TEL (425) 396-5660
FAX (425) 396-5671
bill@amiga.com

Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 1 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Brad Jacobsen on 06-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
"We are working as quickly as possible on these issues, and hope to have all of this resolved today. However there are some people(companies) who are making this very difficult as they do not want to
let go of our accounts. I am purposely not mentioning their companies here in this message, but will make it known if it becomes necessary."
MOOHOOHAAHAA!!!! Could Bill be considering releasing the.... AMIGA ZEALOTS upon the "currently" unmentioned companies? A fate much worse than being turned into a cube and then crushed! :-D
OK everybody, prepare to glue down that caps-lock key!
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 2 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Ralph on 06-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
They could (in the past) reroute calls to Amiga.com to Amiga.de and were able to update that site
without noticeable problems. So where is the problem here to keep redirecting, update the Amiga.de
site and switch over to Amiga.com when all problems are solved?
Sorry Bill, your explanation looks rather thin to me ...
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 3 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 06-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
They have www.amiga.com so their excuse are pure inventions.
The truth is that Bill is still learning how FrontPage works and thus screwed up the site.
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 4 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by who knows on 06-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
"If you don't read it on amiga.com/amiga.de it isn't more than a rumor/it isn't true"
Wasn't that Bill/fleecys words?
So what's the point in this statement then?
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 5 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Janne Sirén on 06-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
I would think that a news posting explaining why the web site is not working as planned should be appreciated no matter what route it gets here. Oh well, people would be complaining about the lack of such an announcement as well.
I am not saying that the Amiga web site has been handled well in the past, or at the moment, but I do believe them when they say they are having ISP problems. May it is partly their fault, who knows, but at least they are telling us what is going on.
The site is done, we can see it at the given IP address (the images not loading is due to the fact that the browser tries to find them from amiga.com which doesn't resolve right, the site will be working correclty once the name servers get the updated info), so any one claiming they are still trying to build the site is simply wrong.
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 6 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Marc Bradshaw on 07-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
Disapointing tho isnt it...
Lack of any meaningful information is the main problem, theres just not enough content there. Also there are numerous broken links and 404`s which is unforgivable considering how long its taken them to get this out. Lack of proper testing??????
Bill McEwen on Amiga's websites and domains : Comment 7 of 7ANN.lu
Posted by Janne Sirén on 08-Apr-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Marc Bradshaw):
Yes, I must admit that I am disappointed of all those small bugs and broken links. I did mail the webmaster about these, so maybe they will get corrected. However I am not holding my breath, since the same webmaster didn't correct some of the bugs I mailed about when he was running the same site for the old U.S. Amiga Inc. (during Gateway). Also, parts of the new site simply contain cut-and-paste stuff from the old German site, which looks very odd and not very professional...
Speaking of the German site, although it was never very professional, at least Matthias (the German webmaster) and the German team provided some real substance and updated the site rather well (at least during the better years).
I was kind of hoping that they would've finally gotten a professional, well tested, polished site with substance. Or at least one with little substance, but with those basics in orded, so that polished substance can be added as it becomes available.
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