It’s been a while!

Yup, that’s right. The site is back up! Managed to get the blog restored on a new server and host! Currently still working on getting the forums back up. But everything should be back to how it was before.

So back in January 2021, the site actually died (for real this time, after numerous fake and ‘real’ deaths over the years).

The server the site was hosted on suffered a fatal hardware error sometime in 2018 which left me with no access to the cpanel backend to make a backup and i had no way to move the site out. That old server was essentially abandoned by my old host over the years and it finally crapped out in January 2021.

Turns out that old hosting company got bought by another hosting company and the new management pretty much just left that server to die?

I got in touch with the them and asked if i could get a backup of the site files and databases.

$100! But you can’t put a price on 20+ years of memories.

So i paid up. Anything to get the files back.

They found it though! And i wanted everything.

Long story short, i got back everything i needed. It was just a matter of getting everything restored *someday*.

Well, turns out that day was today!

After a bunch of trial and error, setting up xampp on my PC and getting an offline copy of the site restored, i decided to buy some webhosting and see if i could restore everything for real.

And that’s where we are now!

One thing i couldn’t restore was the old layout.

That old template from 2007 just doesn’t work with the latest version of wordpress but i found something close enough, which is what you’re seeing right now. Maybe i can try get the old layout to work again? We’ll see. But this’ll have to do for now.

And you know what? Going forward, i’m gonna actually start using this thing more. I know blogs are pretty much dead and things will never be like they were in the early 2000’s but what the heck. Might as well put all this effort to good use. I’m going to start posting just random shit every now and then like back in the day.

Not having this stupid website up online these past coupla years, felt like i lost a part of me.

But now i feel whole again. Feels good man.

10 thoughts on “It’s been a while!

  1. FIRST!

    #1 | Comment by Pi — January 4, 2024 @ 8:32 pm

  2. Second, fucking awesome job!

    #2 | Comment by Pi — January 4, 2024 @ 8:33 pm

  3. Nostalgia hits different when we have kids who are the same age WE were when we were first screwing around on the Internet / sites like this…

    Cheers to 2024

    #3 | Comment by glitter — January 4, 2024 @ 11:14 pm

  4. managed to get the forum up and running but having issues getting the older tjnr (pre-split) forum up. all the old hires galleries are slowly being uploaded (around 10 gigs of stupid sexy celebs).

    hoping to have everything back to the way it was just for the sake of archives.

    #4 | Comment by Justin — January 5, 2024 @ 12:30 am

  5. Wow, you put in the effort, good for you. I still have ancient copies of sites from the old days myself but the hell if I ever want to restore that emo shit. I try to believe I was a cool kid in my youth.

    #5 | Comment by okstorms — January 6, 2024 @ 6:26 am

  6. i like to believe the cringe was intentional

    #6 | Comment by Justin — January 6, 2024 @ 6:36 am

  7. SEVENTH!

    Seventh post is cool, right?

    …right?

    …guys?

    #7 | Comment by JustSumDude — January 9, 2024 @ 3:15 pm

  8. Awesome. Was so confused when I saw new DLT posts in my RSS reader.

    I was so sad when the site went down, I start reading old posts on the Wayback Machine. It made me feel a thousand years old reading about Justin preordering Need For Speed on PS2.

    And yeah, blogs are dead. And that sucks because things were better with blogs.

    #8 | Comment by Jason — January 11, 2024 @ 11:09 pm

  9. wow are RSS feeds still a thing? if anything, i’m just glad to have everything back up as an archive, even if the site ends up not getting much use.

    i’ve been slowly going back through each and every post just to fix up any broken html, images and links. chalk it up to some kind of OCD to get everything as perfect and working as possible.

    i’m up to january 2006 now i think. the nostalgia trip is something else.

    #9 | Comment by Justin — January 12, 2024 @ 12:18 pm

  10. Yeah, I still love RSS feeds and I still love blogs.

    Dude, I’m going to have to go back and read the old posts. Doing it on Wayback was kind of a pain in the ass. Would be much better on the real site.

    The nostalgia really is crazy.

    #10 | Comment by henrypollard — January 14, 2024 @ 3:32 am

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