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While I do not want to have too much of my time taken up by lengthy talks assuming I'm working on something, I do provide several channels for you to reach out to me.

Email

The most standard way to contact me is via email. I don't make any guarantees I'll get back to you, but if you have something interesting to share or you want to report technical issues with this site or any of my programs, this should be a good outlet to use.

I'm not so certain about putting a clear-cut mailto link here, but surely you know how email addresses work, right? I'm Kugee from razorback95.com... put 'em together.

Discord

I operate a Discord server of the same name as my website, which can be accessed here: https://discord.gg/QQe9gQT

For real time multimedia communication, this is a much better option, but it's bound to not work with older operating systems and is known to have shady data mining practices behind its friendly marketing. Of course that is the norm these days, and with practically no support for the IRC server I was previously running, I guess I'm gonna be stuck there until I can create a better solution that'll work with old systems, assuming I even bother with the idea.

The Razorback server is simple; there are no meme bots, very few roles, and sensible rules in place. It's mostly tech-focused but welcomes most types of discussion, and should be a good option for getting real-time technical support regarding old hardware and software. Just avoid the general channel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wait, doesn't this site contain malware?!

This is completely false. The IP address tied to this website may have been used for malicious purposes by some other actor in the past, but as long as it remains in my hands, it will remain legitimate. Anti-malware and gatekeeping solutions tend to flag Razorback as a false positive for various reasons, possibly because it allows raw HTTP connections. But get this: the mainline site has absolutely no JavaScript installed. While it can be useful in certain situations and/or applications, more often than not it's used for bullshit tracking and wasteful overhead these days, and it can be used for implanting malware.

Safety first. Install ad and script blockers to your browser; these days I use uBlock Origin. It only takes a few minutes! Make sure scripts are disabled on all sites by default, and only enable them for the sites you need to use. (If a website requires you to enable JavaScript just to read fucking text in a snotty article, it's probably not worth visiting)

That being said, Razorback technically does host destructive software, but I'm talking about such things which give you a fair warning when asking if you want to format your hard disk while installing a Windows 95 remaster. Razorback also mirrors a select few software programs. I test them to make sure they're not executing malicious functions, but as they are not my own creations, I cannot make any guarantees about them. If you can affirm there is something horribly wrong with some program hosted on Razorback (and it's not just a false positive), please contact me as soon as possible.

Where does the name Razorback come from?

Contrary to what might be immediately thought of, "Razorback" has nothing to do with a pig. As evident in the occasional aquatic themes around here, it's named after the razorback whale, another name for the fin whale. It's also named after a tracker module composed by Skaven in 1999. These served inspiration for the website's mascot, a compact yet powerful leviathan of the digital realm, ready to fight the trends of the modern internet with extreme force.

Why are you into old computers?

Even in 2002 when I was just a little kid singing about peanut butter and jelly, I held high contempt for the direction computers were taking - software getting more bloated, hardware becoming less efficient and more fragile, and everything just turning into ugly toys rather than the kinds of professional machines that would've made me felt like a big boy or whatever. Over the years I've come to see just how bad that era was, especially as it planted the seeds for the spyware nightmare we live in today.

I primarily focus on computer hardware from 2001 or earlier, and would rather write my software with these older platforms in mind. There is no reason to have a program be incompatible with old platforms if it can fit in them on paper. Even so, at least some part of modern computing has become easier to embrace again; I've found that Linux has come a long, long way on the desktop ever since my first experience with KDE 3.x in 2005 or 2006. I have Linux paired with XFCE and Chicago95 on my primary workstation now, and I haven't looked back since.

Does Razorback support TLS encryption?

Yes, TLS 1.2 is supported as of now. However, as this site is designed for old browsers, it must also support unencrypted HTTP for there to be any sense in designing the website in this way. As a result, when you connect to this site, your browser may not try to use HTTPS by default. If this is the case, you can get TLS 1.2 encryption working using this link: https://razorback95.com

I have implemented server-side redirection rules so that if you connect to Razorback with a modern browser starting with a certain version number, you will be automatically redirected to HTTPS. If you are using an older browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, the redirection should not take effect, allowing you to browse this site using raw HTTP without compromise. After all, this site was designed to be loaded under such old browsers. If you can't connect to Razorback from a certain browser version, let me know.

Encryption may be slow on a 486, but it is good for you, so you should use it whenever possible. I will not ditch the lack thereof, though.

How does one design a site to work on old and new browsers?

In practice, it's pretty tough minding the expectations of each and every browser given how their capabilities become more limited the further you go back, and it is possible that newer browsers will ditch legacy HTML tags outright. Still, it's fairly simple, and can look great if you know how to leverage tables properly. I use "loose" HTML4, which permits both legacy HTML formatting and CSS. Internet Explorer 2 and Netsscape Navigator 2 are my litmus tests for ensuring I've gotten around the most common quirks in old browsers, but I refuse to use anything Chromium-based, even for testing.

If you want to try your hand at making a website like this, check out my legacy HTML tutorial.

How do you pronounce "Kugee"?

The correct pronunciation is "ku-jii", as it is directly derived from the Japanese word kujira, which translates to whale. It's Kugee not CookieTM