Welcome to the February issue of MyAtari.
This month I have both good and bad news to
deliver. What would you like first?
The bad news,
The bad news
is that after several months of e-mails, phone
calls and general hassle, MyAtari has finally
lost its fight for the domain name, www.myatari.co.uk.
Back in January 2002, we launched
myatari.co.uk with the good intention of making
it a 100%
mirror of myatari.net just in case it ever went offline.
We took all the usual precautions such as hosting
the site with another supplier on a different
server, but fate was not smiling on us.
In August 2002,
Square Internet - the company hosting myatari.co.uk
- suddenly went offline taking the majority
of the sites it hosted with it! A few weeks
later, it reappeared shortly for a few days before going
offline for good. Following several days of investigative
work, I found out that Square Internet (also
known as Starhosts) had gone bust taking its
customers sites and money with it!
With this news,
I approached Trading Standards and the Editors
of the mainstream UK internet magazines as well
as posting comments on several related forums.
However, Square Internet / Starhosts have never
(to my knowledge) replied to any e-mails sent
to it by its customers, Trading Standards or
the press. Knowing that they had gone bust,
I attempted to move myatari.co.uk to a new
server. However, against their own terms and
conditions, Square Internet had registered the
domain myatari.co.uk as their own! Consequently, a recent conversation
with a very helpful chap at Nominet
UK (the domain registrar of all .uk domains)
resulted in the news that we have lost the
domain name :-((
The good news...
The good news
is that after weeks of careful planning, myatari.net
has successfully moved to a new server. Although
this sounds a relatively simple, this process
is very delicate. It took just a few days to
complete (during which myatari.net was unavailable),
but I am pleased to report that the transfer
process is now 100% complete. What does this
mean for you? Well... on the surface, not a
great deal. However, this does mean that we
now have greater control over the site (technically
speaking) and can finally provide our contributors
with an exclusive myatari.net e-mail address.
your address books with the following:
Note: These addresses supersede all previous ones!
to our site will have noticed this issue has
been released slightly late. This has been
due to a number of reasons. Since our January issue,
I have been working flat out at work on a Drama
for the BBC which has left me with little or
no free time. I was also working away from home
without an internet connection (except for during
my lunch break), which compounded the delay.
When I find myself
working such long hours, Shiuming usually steps
into my shoes until I am free again. However,
Shiuming recently started a new job - so is
out to impress ;-) - and MyAtari recently completed
its move to a new server.
of the excuses. Enjoy the issue!
will soon be holding its annual awards. The
awards were very successful last year and we'd
would like to make them even better this year!
With this in mind, please send your suggestions
for the category titles. I look forward
to receiving your suggestions.
(more than usual) to do recently so I'll make
this short... I'm going to Retrovision III,
the classic gaming event for the UK, on Saturday
8 March 2003. As of writing, that's only six
days, sorry for the short notice. I'd be very
pleased to meet MyAtari's supporters there,
both contributors and readers. Contact Mark
Rayson at the web site below and order your
tickets as soon as possible, tell him MyAtari
If anyone needs
more incentive, special guest at the show will
be Jeff Minter of Llamasoft!
See you there?
Features and Technical Editor