Moving from YouTube to PeerTube

August 20, 2023

I will no longer be publishing videos on YouTube, and will instead focus on publishing videos using PeerTube, the federated, community-driven video sharing platform. If you’ve never used PeerTube, it’s a lot like YouTube, except it respects you, your attention, and your data much more than Google does. This move fits in with trying to get ahead of what I’ve been experiencing on the Internet in the past few months:

  • Ad-driven corporate services eventually become unusable and hostile to their users (Twitter, Reddit). Given enough time, this will happen to YouTube (and some might say it already has!).
  • You have to play a lot of games on YouTube in order to gain and keep subscribers, and to let them know when new stuff is live (ring the bell, anyone?). These sorts of games will increase in complexity until YouTube just starts asking you to pay them to show your videos to others, while still showing ads on the videos, much like how other social media services have done for years.
  • Automated moderation is overly aggressive out of fear of driving off advertisers or viewers of the company being targeted by scammers. YouTube bots making a questionable assertion about a link in one of my videos pushed me over the line here.
  • I’ve heard enough horror stories about big name YouTubers being caught in an increasingly complex net of automated tooling that denies them access to their accounts or funding, and only the largest and most vocal users are able to get any sort of resolution. Meanwhile, that tooling makes scam accounts nearly impossible to stop, causing channel viewers to get scammed out of lots of money, or accounts, or whatever.
  • Being on the Fediverse for almost a year, interacting from one community-driven server and users to another, has been refreshing and feels like how the Internet felt in the 90s, except with much more modern tools around the communication and content delivery. Try sending something larger than a postage stamp-size video in anything higher than potato quality in the late 90s to someone over dialup! It’s not happening.

I’ve changed all of the video embeds over to MakerTube, the current host for my videos. The Industrious Rabbit has a channel, just like it would on YouTube. I may start other channels for other projects. Whatever is currently on YouTube is all that will be there from now on, and those are not guaranteed to stick around, either.

One downside is that PeerTube does not have account export/import/migration yet, so if my current host goes down, reuploading everything becomes a very long, manual process, and I can’t bring along users. If you like what you see here, follow me on Mastodon just in case the worst case scanerio happens. Of course, YouTube is even worse since it has no official export or migration tools, and makes it very tough to get in touch with all channel subscribers directly! I’ll likely make one final post over there to let interested subscribers know where I’m going.

Check out the other videos MakerTube users have uploaded, and if you like what you see, be sure to donate to your instance admins.

See you on PeerTube!

Amiga rasterbars are cool -- Meet the Copper, the hardware that helps make them happen

June 20, 2023

Rasterbars are a common special effect on early computer games and demos. The Commodore Amiga’s take on rasterbars are special due to the Copper, a special processor that synchronizes its activity to your monitor’s image rendering hardware.

Thanks to Tyrel (!






Drawing Denise in True Brilliance -- Bromo Art Walk May 2023

May 20, 2023

During the Bromo Art Walk in Baltimore on May 18, 2023, I drew the character for the custom chip Denise on an emulated Amiga 1200 in the 24-bit Amiga painting software True Brilliance, which was released in 1993. My display was mirrored onto a monitor so others could see the art production. There was a lot of stopping and showing the 30 year old copyright date on the About window for True Brilliance that I cut out of the video. Next time, I’ll use the Stencil feature more so I’m not overwriting my ink lines so much.



Write Internet-enabled Amiga programs with AMOS Professional and this extension!

April 5, 2023

Introducing the BSD Socket Extension for AMOS Professional, the newest and easiest way to get your AMOS BASIC programs onto the Internet. Available now on Aminet and on the Hackerbun code repository.

This code finalizes the 25 year old project I started in 1998 to write a networking library for AMOS Professional. If you want to watch from the beginning, check out this playlist:

Thanks to Piotr, Tyrel (!



API & Examples

Extension Users



Sound effects

Building a simple Amiga network assembler?!?

April 2, 2023

Topaz walks through what it takes to write a network client in M68K assembler on the Commodore Amiga, using development tools that run right on the Amiga itself!

Thanks to Tyrel (, Colin!




68000 Assembler

BSD Socket Library