October 5th, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Kugee
It's been one year since Razorback went live. It started with the simple intent of providing a completely static website, but as it grew, it deviated a lot from its original vision; it's slightly dynamic, it learned to adapt to much older browsers, and it implemented a very barebones form of tracking - one which just counts unique views for each page based on the IP sent by every web browser.
As the site grew, I've still completely refrained from using cookies and client-side scripts. Is there a benefit to scripting? Possibly, but scripts are so heavily abused that I always have to make sure I use a script blocker, and would rather just keep my pages as lightweight as possible rather than go through the trouble of implementing scripts.
By a tragic coincidence, Windows 11 has also released today. I wish for this day not to be remembered as that disastrous launch of an operating system, but a triumph in clean web development that doesn't arbitrarily leave ancient relics behind. Over this whole year, I've received tons of screenshots from many users displaying Razorback in all sorts of web browsers; some have gotten really creative, one spliced the home page into the "This PC doesn't meet Windows 11's requrements" dialog! At some point I oughta make another gallery category devoted to site screenshots.
Lately, this website has been progressing very slowly, mainly because I've been very busy with working on my last two videos yet to come. Hopefully, by the time I've gotten that all done and over with, I may write something about the server I'm planning to move to - a more modern one that will end up being used as my domain controller via Samba on Linux. eBay's getting worse as we speak, and so the practicality of trying to find some 146GB SCSI hard drive to use with Windows NT is diminishing further.
As promised all the way back in 2019, the end of my YouTube channel draws ever closer. A new project replacing the unattinable Cisco is codenamed Sunfish, which will essentially serve as a last hurrah to everthing the channel had worked up to, attempting to recapture the energy of bringing hardware and software to unusual places with a dose of sentimentality.
Project Sunfish will also display the creation of a short 3D animation roughly put together in a matter of days, proving the power of old dual CPU systems... because nobody makes videos about servers doing stuff, right? On top of that, I'm hoping to produce about 80% of the video using classic Windows only - meaning programs like Adobe Premiere 5.1c. I have a handful of pretty fast workstations, so I don't expect to compromise on quality too much.
Last but not least, Sunfish will finally reveal the truth behind the Tribute to the Eternal King of Soy. Many things about their conflict with the Maroon Whales may not make much sense right now, but I trust they will when you go see it. Sunfish will be scheduled for a premiere on December 31st, so be there when it happens!
Quite ironic to see making YouTube videos as a detriment, given it's entirely possible I wouldn't have even bothered making this site had I not first made all these videos covering what I loved. Even for how distant I've been from those who got me to where I am today, collectively they've given me the strength to create this website, a place that really allows me to unravel greater potential.
After 14 years of making videos for a platform that I've seen decline so painfully, it's still hard for me to imagine a future that's devoid of making such things for the public anymore, but this is that future everyone needs - not a mere loss in the old school video creation community, but one that turns out to be a huge gain in the long run as more lasting works in far less disposable formats come out from the same twisted mind of the whale.
I'd like to see my abandonment of YouTube as planting some seeds, walking far, far away, and knowing they'll eventually sprout. I often don't see this myself, but making the right kinds of videos can go a long way; they help viewers get through shitty times, and compel them to continue the legacy. All I want to see is that those who have watched my videos over the years are not afraid to try different ideas, and emboldened to go against the expectations of the now consolidated online video market.
There have been other video ideas apart from Cisco that I've really wanted to make, including a collaborative sequel to Bigeye (that is, where multiple people demonstrate their old hardware by relaying and advancing a Quake save file together, much in the same way as the original). Being fully committed to my exit strategy, there is no chance of such a thing coming directly out of me anymore, but if there's anyone I know who could organize such an effort, I can think of no better candidate than THEBaratusII to carry the torch.
That may be the end there, but it is only the beginning over here.
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