There will be some more tech videos coming down the road... the other reason why I've been playing this lately is because every time I rebuild the cabinet archive set for Windows 95D Lite with the Diamond disk layout tool, it always takes an obscenely long time; I'm talking at least 30 minutes here. This is in spite of my fast computer, and could be the result of a slow algorithm, a badly optimized program, or something in it that Ryzen CPUs just don't like. I'm still using the keyboard here, but am considering a Hori Mini arcade stick if it can work well with PCs.
I've been preparing a new Discord server over the last week. This one is quite different from the last as its structure places a much stronger emphasis on old hardware and software and a subset of the Vlare community specializing in that field. I feel I'm ready to bring this server out to the public now, way ahead of schedule. You can use this link to join it now:
Around the start of 2017, I created my first server "Maroon Whales" which was more so centered around my channel than anything else. It was meant to be a simple server free of bots, excessive roles, and complicated regulations, but over time, it turned into a dumpster fire before shutting down on January 20th, 2019. Why is that? I stopped taking the server seriously, and following an explosive drama incident over some role being removed, ended up butchering it to a point where it had lost its original meaning. With such lax policies, awkward communication, and no clear vision of the server's future, it was basically a zombie for well over a year.
When the server was deleted, I had no intentions of running another server for a long time, thinking I couldn't possibly do it again. I mainly hanged out in a few private servers, and was handed over ownership of one of them. That server has been very stable for a long time, but it still has quite a bit of a mess from its early months. Me and my friends went along with it for a long time, but recently, I considered with hesitation the idea of starting a new server from scratch that would go public in approximately two months. Thanks to the coordination of others who helped flesh out the server, it took me only one week to say I'm ready to make it public.
Razorback has a much stronger backbone; it should be much better equipped to extinguish pointless dramas and nefarious messages of sorts than Maroon Whales ever was. This will allow the server to facilitate much more meaningful discussion about what we're here for - old computers. We do make room to discuss other subjects as well, but Razorback has a diverse selection of text channels related to computers you can post to, whether it be old or new, regardless of whether it's an IBM XT, a custom-built Pentium II tower, a PowerPC Macintosh, or even an FM Towns. So if you want to share your cool builds and what not and/or you want to get involved in Vlare's retro tech community, come on in!
So, yesterday, something happened to Vlare, I don't know what the cause was. Their Discord server basically has a paywall now, and their reason for this is that the server has made a bad influence on the community. As a result, people are flipping out, and some have even decided to leave Vlare as a result.
Please don't blow this chance, for there might not be another if Vlare collapses.
Now that we've moved into a new era where Vlare will hopefully prosper as YouTube somehow manages to continue sinking lower, I'd like to mention a few creators who have made (and/or will make) some really cool retro tech-related videos you can expect to see on Vlare.
TheOneGoofAli: A friend of mine who's already done some very cool things with Windows NT 4.0 Server in a series called "Windows NT Shenanigans". He's getting a new capture card soon, so you'll get to see crystal clear recordings of whatever he plans to do next on real hardware!
Blue Horizon: While this person hasn't made any tech videos yet, he has done A LOT behind the scenes to document many prerelease builds of Windows. His most recent review project happens to cover Memphis (the Windows 98 beta), and had it not been for his discovery of gradient title bars in build 1387, Windows 95D would've never been made. He plans to make a video of the Dell Dimension XPS D300 I'm sending to him later this month, and I plan to bring his documentation efforts along with my own to a much more publicly accessible outlet; a Vlare subchannel, so to speak.
3Dfx_Aslinger: Currently, this channel is only a visitor because Vlare REALLY needs to implement 60fps video support soon, but he has a bountiful of videos on YouTube displaying a wide range of 3dfx Voodoo accelerators in action on old hardware, including the mythical Voodoo5 6000. For the 3dfx enthusiast, this is the channel to go to, and I really look forward to seeing more 3dfx videos on Vlare.
Tonko301: Posts a variety of videos, including recordings of old computers. He has a large hoarding of old hardware like I do, and makes old-style VHS tapes here and there using real VCRs, including one that dates back to the late 70's. Some of the ways he creates organic VHS grain and distortion are insanely creative; his most recent one made use of a freezer to gradually drown the entire video output!
ktg5: Recently, this guy started his own spinoff of the Hardcore Windows videos I've made over the years, covering the often overlooked Windows NT Terminal Server Edition. It's not "a complete copy" of my series as he says it is; for one, it has actual voice commentary as opposed to annotations which I used to provide silent commentary. Running TSE on a newer system certainly is an intriguing adventure, and I'd like to see where it goes next.
The technology community on Vlare is still very small, so keep bringing everyone you can over here to help this site grow with a more balanced variety of content. I'm hoping Vlare will become the place to go for people who struggle to find good tech videos or get their own out there.
As for me, I'm still waiting around for that 60fps support as always, and renewed my premium subscription last month in the hopes of expediting it. Once it becomes available, I plan to gradually reupload the rest of the videos from my YouTube channel over here, and already have a new idea for an ambitious project that makes use of 37 different hardware configurations. I don't know when that will be finished, but you'll see what it's about as soon as it's released - mind you, on Vlare FIRST!
Also, Vlare staff: please allow more email domains for those who are diametrically opposed to Google and other large tech companies.
I decided to make a vlare account and hang around here. So now, I will post Videos to Both YouTube, and Vlare.
(I won't make Vlare Videos Yet, because I haven't told my YouTube fans yet! XD)