Actually, James Tingle recommended neowin to me in 2000 and I was a member then, but because of joining the *** I wasn't on the Internet for a couple of years and missed out and rejoined after leaving in 2006 and been a member ever since. I do recall Mr. Parker getting a little hot under the collar because neowin.net just exploded onto the sense and aggressively expanded. I am 99.9% sure at one point neowin did close their doors and then decided to come back.
I think the webpage was grey with a light grey window stating that neowin has closed and a brief statement from Steve stating the reason for closing. I was gutted at the announcement but it was short lived as neowin was back and the only other time it's been off line was when one of the servers got a little wet.
I lost touch with James and last I heard he was doing a Masters Degree in Mathematics (which gives me a migraine just thinking about it) and was trying to sail around the coast... neowin as we know it now is nothing compared to neowin in 2000. It's a former shadow of itself, fully HTML5 and CSS3 with one of the best front end websites on the Internet.
I just remembered James T software, it was called Virtualnews, god that brings back memories. I was a client of Virtualnews as well and owned a license as well.