Editorial

Welcome to Neowin 6

Welcome and thank you for being patient during our down time.

Neowin version 6 was created from the ground up by a team of dedicated and talented developers at Neowin. Powered by Ignition, the brain child of Dave Legg, Neowin 6 sees new features, greater performance and a rich customizable interface for our members and readers to enjoy. The skin you see main page and in the forums is named "Atlas" and was created by Tim Kimberl and Rob Wright. Ignition powers the back end code and our custom Content Management System created by Dave Legg, Simon Andrews and Marcel Klum.

New to Neowin 6 is tags. Tags allow us to place news into specific sections which makes it easier for you the reader to then customise your experience or look at a selection of specific news. We're also proud to present a full mobile version of Neowin that spans across both our community forums and the news pages. To access Mobile Neowin simply visit Neowin.net from your chosen device.

We hope you enjoy Ignition and Atlas as much as we do and in the coming weeks we will be surveying our members for feedback on the changes. For now, welcome and enjoy.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft admits IE vulnerability used in Google attack

Next Story

3G mobile encryption cracked

313 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Looking good, but who cares about looks? I sure don't. Eye candy usually sucks!

So far, seems to functioning correctly, finally!

Had to have been a real pain.

Wow, I have just logged in a few moments ago after being away for about a week. Didn't know that this was coming! Such a pleasant surprise! My favorite tech site just got 100x better, thank you to all the dedicated developers, and the team that made this possible. Keep up the great work!

I have to admit, my favorite feature of the new Neowin is the removal of those Kontera ContentLink ads. No more moving my mouse through a maze of annoying ads. I'll definitely not use any kind of adblocking software on Neowin at all now. Seriously, this was a great update, you guys truly outdid yourselves.

It was great to talk to everyone last night!!! I spent 7+ hours in chat.. I was under Shawn. The Polls were great :P

It was great to talk to everyone last night!!! I spent 7+ hours in chat.. I was under Shawn. The Polls were great :P

i agree. the new look is overall better especially the way it layers the posts as it's easier to see fresh posts and replies to specific posts ;)

I don't like it. It's pretty much the same as before, but with a few color tweaks and a different font. Not worth the downtime, IMO.

Ansuza said,
I don't like it. It's pretty much the same as before, but with a few color tweaks and a different font. Not worth the downtime, IMO.

It's nothing like the other website, it's had a whole recode... You can see it from the front-end, everything's optimized. Including ajax etc.

Edited by booboo, Jan 16 2010, 6:01pm :

Ansuza said,
I don't like it. It's pretty much the same as before, but with a few color tweaks and a different font. Not worth the downtime, IMO.
Try telling that to all the new code and the updated database structure. It will disagree. You won't win.

Ansuza said,
I don't like it. It's pretty much the same as before, but with a few color tweaks and a different font. Not worth the downtime, IMO.

I will never understand why people make ignorant comments like this.

I tried using the new Tags feature, so I went ahead and created a couple of custom tags. I then clicked on custom to switch to my customized Neowin homepage and what I found disturbing is that directly after the tabbed interface my custom tags appear in parenthesis and below them there is ony "rss" icon for every single tag I have created. I am sure this shouldn't be the case. The tags shouldn't be appearing like that and the rss icon should appear maybe just once...

Will Neowin be optimized for WebOS? After watching the video I thought that you would support WebOS too. When I access neowin.net from my Palm Pre I get the full site instead of the mobile one. Are you planning to change that?

So far I find the new interface better than before, it reminds me a lot of Arstechnica...

I do not see many benefits from the new design, it looks nicer but featurewise there is nothing really new. The interface is certainly better than before, so I also welcome the change.

Petvas said,
Will Neowin be optimized for WebOS? After watching the video I thought that you would support WebOS too. When I access neowin.net from my Palm Pre I get the full site instead of the mobile one. Are you planning to change that?

So far I find the new interface better than before, it reminds me a lot of Arstechnica...

I do not see many benefits from the new design, it looks nicer but featurewise there is nothing really new. The interface is certainly better than before, so I also welcome the change.

Mobile site & forums should look and work perfectly on the Palm Pre. I will check to see if the useragent string is setup on the main page tho.

Timan said,

Mobile site & forums should look and work perfectly on the Palm Pre. I will check to see if the useragent string is setup on the main page tho.

Yeah i can also validate i only get the full website when veiwing from palm pre. Other then that i love the new look. Great Work

How do I access the mobile site with my Palm Pre? When I try www.neowin.net I don't see any difference with the normal site. Using m.neowin.net doesn't work either

The page loads very nicely in IE7, after Engadget upgraded their site I had to use Firefox to visit as it took ages to load in IE7. Very simple and clean.. love it.

Same here - getting the "...Server is too busy to handle your request..." error. I'm sure it's just first hour teething probs, and everything'll be back up fully (and even better) soon.

Yeah having some problems with the forums too.

Also, is there going to be an easier way to see your last 10 posts?

Looks good. I can't wait for the mobile site to be up. I hope it works on my Windows Mobile device, I was always on the old mobile site... So I'll miss it. :(

wow, nice design, i like it! but one thing i'm missing is the "latest activity" box on the top of the forum where i can see the lates posts. can i activate it somewhere in the options?

Really sweet but I do have a small request: there used to be a title tag on the links in the Forum post. It was really helpfull when a title was cut in half because it was too long. Like this title right now "For win7 to surpass XP in performance you need...". I don't know if it's interesting or just another random rant that I don't need to clikc on.

Oh and I have an error (just to let you know):

Message: 'FB.Loader' is null or not an object
Line: 15
Char: 1
Code: 0
URI: http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share

Other than that very good job :D

It looks amazingly good. I wish there was a "Like" button on comments. Would've been great =) It's everywhere now. Perhaps in the future..

I love it. Love the mobile site. It looks perfect. I haven't used the desktop version yet but the mobile site is real good. Thanks now I can read the news without using the desktop on my iPhone.

I wasnt sold on this change from what you described/showed previously but its alot smoother and more streamlined, data easier to access etc. Looks good, once I can access settings and change to a brighter theme will be looking sharp, well done all.

One question, is the 'elsewhere' news section taken from the forums? or where is that coming from?

I'm digging the new design! Thanks guys for keeping this site on the cutting edge! I'm not as active as I used to be, but I still come around and am glad that this is still one of the best sites for tech news and discussion. Thanks Neowin!

tuxplorer - Cannot reply to your post for whatever reason.

They stated before that it will be fixed width period, end of story.

I think the "Spy" feature is similar to the posts since last visit feature of the old forum.

Old links to forum posts work fine, upon clicking them you are auto-redirected to the new forum link, which I suggest you bookmark and replace the old one with just incase they ever decide to turn the auto-redirect off (which is a feature of the new board).

As for user pictures not showing up, give them time, obviously the forums are not working properly as you cannot get to them right now, all the time we waited was mostly the amount of time it took to physically convert stuff over. Give them time now to fix all the kinks and bugs that have appeared that were not on the development tests and things will be fine.

Love it! But i am getting an error when i visit the forum! HTTP 403 - Forbidden
This area is forbidden.

I keep getting "Forbidden You don't have permission to access /forum/index.php on this server." when accessing the forums. Am I the only one?

Why does it have a fixed width? I've always hated that about Neowin. Perfect change to change it but no. There's more blank space than content.

Two brand new systems, old styles simply wouldn't correspond to them. They'd all have to be re-written from scratch, which would probably take as much work as this has done.

So I'm assuming that would be a 'No'. :p

server too busy. I get this error

"Sorry, the server is too busy to handle your request, please try again in a moment "

Running TERRIBLE. Did you not test run this before implementing it? Damn?

Constant [#2001] Sorry, the server is too busy to handle your request, please try again in a moment

FYI, http://irc.neowin.net points to neowin.net. The chat link sometimes says irc.neowin.net but other times it says http://www.neowin.net/irc which works.

I'm getting an error whenever I try to reply to a post here -

Error received: The comment you were attempting to reply to could not be found

The fact Ignition handled the traffic perfectly well, right from the start (whilst IPB3 didn't), says a lot about Dave's coding skills!

This is an excellent update. It just feels so much nicer to use :)

You sleek!! A few bugs is that when I click on the "Log In" button right at the bottom of all the comments, it gives a funny URL. Also in between the comments, there is a word "null"

Looks awesome. I hope it supports themes, because eventually I'm going to get depressed looking at it. It's like an overcast day! XD

So good to see that Neowin is finally taking shape.

Just a few years ago, no one would have thought it would come together as well as it has now.

Good work guys, and I hope to be visiting/working with you all in the future.

Darkside is a great dark theme color, not only does it match my Opera theme (seriously, its as dark as my sidebar, it almost blends in with it) but it helps reduce eye strain from monitor glows late at night.

Great job!

Love the new layout and colours....but faster hmmmm nope the old one loaded much faster...guess it needs some tweaks good work tho

This looks awesome! congratulations Neowin staff, is the mobile version not available just yet? I can't seem to access it from my phone :(

Drop-dead gorgeous! Running the black theme on IE 8 (Windows 7 x64). Even better, I can switch colors *blisteringly fast*. With any other site, the whole page refreshes.

Once again, Neowin Dares To Be Different.

Smigit said,
Well the forum seems to be struggling atm...heh.
Yeah I'm having problems with the forums too.

I like the reply here :-)

sharp65 said,
Looks awesome on the iPhone

it does look really good but only a 1/4 of the comments are showing up for me for some reason...

trek said,
Looking great. Nice new Neowin! :D

Quite amazing, really. :-) I want the forums back, however. Then I will be high on fresh code goodness.

trek said,
Looking great. Nice new Neowin! :D

How do you respond to messages that are not among the first ones?

Also,
* "Load the Remaining Comments..." is stupid and pointless
* The arrows on the top next to my username and color selection do not work - no menus open

Leo Natan said,
* "Load the Remaining Comments..." is stupid and pointless
Actually, it isn't. It significantly reduces the time it takes to load the page, as well as the load on the server.

Edited by Simon, Jan 16 2010, 7:08am :

Leo Natan said,

* "Load the Remaining Comments..." is stupid and pointless

If it's so stupid, I guess that's why YouTube only loads the first few comments as well...

trek said,

If it's so stupid, I guess that's why YouTube only loads the first few comments as well...

With the difference being that comments here are actually worth reading, as oppose to the endless trolls, spammers and downright idiots on YouTube. But I am guessing for you there is no difference if you compare Neowin to Youtube.

Certainly looks much better than before.
I tried out the colours in the upper right corner, and it's great that there's finally a dark scheme avaiable (Darkside). Two thumbs up!