Basically, I accidentally sat on the screen and cracked it. I fished out the hard drive and converted it into a VMware image and then after a few post-conversion fixes I forgot about it for two years. I planned to replace the screen, but I got a MacBook Pro instead, making the repair unnecessary.
Two years on, I updated Firefox from version 12 to version 24 and looking at the sites I visited I noticed a few notable entries other than the popular ones like Google and Twitter. here's what happened to them:
- Absolution's NS tracker: For this post, my attempt to awaken tracker.conquestofabsolution.com was not successful, returning a "SQL server is down" message. This was one of the many NS trackers where users registered to track their nation's statistics over time.
- Antjepolis.com forums: My old forum never became active, because the (then) new NationStates forums of 2009 worked better for everyone. Also, Zetaboards was for small forums and if I were to make it popular I would have to resort to self-hosted forum software: I didn't have the funds to set up one back then. I manually deleted the forum.
- Helloaga.in: I can deduce from this forum post that this was Glen-Rhodes' old website that mainly allowed users to track their WA votes. It doesn't exist any more.
- International Criminal Court: This RP organisation wound down due to inactivity, and its forum is archived.
- NSwiki: My new website at amaroussi.com has its own NationStates wiki and it's not because of bias, but because NSwiki is totally spammed. A lot of spam-fighters have given up and moved elsewhere, Swilatia has moved out, and I'm next... eventually. Some search engines are now penalising NSwiki for the out-of-control spam (example): what a sad state for the first ever NationStates wiki.
- The Pirate Bay: It's still around, but they have come under pressure by copyright holders, resulting in a cat and mouse scenario. There are many proxies for them even though the original domains are blocked by major ISPs in the UK.
- trsberlin.de: The Berliner Trainz site is now the Trainz Multiplayer site from the same web-master, Stepke: it's doing well.
- Whozzle.com: That used to be a website that had every full name in the world (as my memory recalls) but according to one of their Twitter posts, they were battered by German privacy complaints: today, it doesn't exist any more. Our tip: don't create a website that lists or collect data about every name in the world. As far as I know almost every one of them have bad Web of Trust rankings.