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Feb 16, 2020

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.

Now, why are so many people hinging on a Discord server, which is technically outside of the website, to be involved in Vlare's community? Discord is literally synonymous with drama, why else would it be called that? Whatever happened over there which I didn't pay attention to, it's a given that running a public Discord server will ruin everything. It happened with me, it happened with Druaga1, and it's going to happen with many more communities. Incentivizing memes and having tirades over things people on the outside don't even understand are just begging for trouble, and I'm glad Vlare's server is paywalled now. In theory, it should allow more resources to be devoted to growing the site itself.

The collective outrage over said paywall and the bailouts following it have me worried about the future of the website. It could either turn into another VidLii zombie or shut down completely, and if that happens... well, let's just say that there will be no videos coming from me AT ALL. I will not return to posting on YouTube, as that site has already hurt me enough. In the meantime, I will try to make whatever I can come up with for Vlare, and grapple onto the hope that this site will survive the debacle with all I've got. The future of content creation depends on it. Do you want a future where creators are actually treated with dignity, or do you want to fall back down to the hell that is YouTube, where you will continue to be betrayed in so many new ways beyond anything you could imagine?

Please don't blow this chance, for there might not be another if Vlare collapses.

Jan 01, 2020

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.

Dec 17, 2019

HIERMA is a set of Bash scripts I've been writing over the past few months which aim to provide greater control over the installation of Windows 9x by preloading your own supplied files and configuration to a hard disk or other directory. Just a couple hours ago, I released beta 1.2, which has some new bugfixes and features that should make the scripts more useful. Read the announcement here: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=68875&p=809620#p80962

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Dan Shark
Dan Shark·
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage
to your computer.

If this is the first time you've seen Stop error screen,
restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow
these steps:

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed
hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive
to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then
restart your computer.

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Hey Kugee! I've been a fan of your channel for 4 years! I freaking love watching your videos with the old timestamps plus everything vintage in the background! They were the bomb! Plus, I hope everything goes well with your channel as well as the community on Vlare!
Mario Luigi
Mario Luigi·
Hi Kugee! I'm Your Greatest Fan! May i be your Friend! I Love Old Computers!!!
What happened to hardcore windows xp?
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@Unkno0wnALT Just explain to me you goddamn retard how is Joshtron's comment a joke?Or what kind of fucking joke are you making here. You are not making any sense. "yOu sTuPiD uSeR"
You OK Kugee?
"Anti-Windows XP activist." So why are you so against Windows XP?
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@Undef The debate between stability of Windows XP and 2000 is subjective, they both have roughly the same stability mainly because they share the same NT base version, NT 5.x. However, it's not really and opinion that Windows 98 stable as NT at all, being built off of DOS code that was quickly becoming dated at the time, instabilities were not avoidable what so ever, ever tried to install a driver on Windows 98? On Windows 2000 and above, you would run an exe file, reboot, and the driver would be installed, on Windows 98, you would mainly install drivers through device manager, it may or may not work, so you may have to fiddle with even more driver files.

I'm so glad Microsoft decided to use the NT line for their consumer OS's, things that were once difficult, became easier then ever.
Maroon Whale
Welcome to the future. We have... 430HX

Try HIERMA Beta, a more convenient way to install Windows 9x: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=61&t=68875&p=809620#p80962
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