Another year passes by, a very important year in the history of Blackbox, the Windows' alternative shell and, by the looks of it, the only surviving shell around.
It was an important year because, after so many years, a new Blackbox build finally appeared, the brainchild of qwilk, creator of the famous xoblite branch. This build brought - finally, again - 8-color gradients, rounded corners, gradient borders and a LOT of other goodies, last but not least new plugins qwilk developed to go with this new build of his.
And we now have more than 4,000 members, another reason to celebrate, a number that increases almost daily and would be even greater if we were not attacked - daily - by countless fake validating "members" who, actually, are spammers using one-off addresses. It's very hard now to tell who is a valid Blackbox fan and who is a spammer who tries to log in and cause havoc, so please forgive me if I happen to delete a valid account while getting rid of daily garbage. So, please, if you are a legit validating member and are reading this, drop me a line at my personal e-mail addy, firstname.lastname@example.org It's now - perhaps - the only way to tell a valid member from a fake one. I am sure the older members among you will remember that fake members were one of the main reasons lostinthebox went down.
Hours before the dawn of a new year, I'd like to thank all of you, administrators, moderators, developers and members alike, for your dedication and unending interest, without which this site would have no reason of existence. Blackbox, if you really think about it, is much more than an alternative shell. It's a struggle against uniformity, a rebellion against the shape of things that Windows and corporations are trying to shove down our throat. We defend our right to be different and do things in another and even better way.
Happy 2021, my good friends, and keep Blackboxing!