JXL – JPEGXL and the web experience here.

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Addressing the JXL or JPegXL format floating around the internet.

We’re going to do something we usually do not do for ANY of our blog articles. We’re going to purposefully STOP all optimization of our files in this entry and only use ONLY PNG files (Blog article only, navigation, footer, and backgrounds will still be processed. It may sound totally counter productive to do when making an article about a new format that the developers insist that you use. However, in order to graphically demonstrate my points about the “New kid on the image war block” we must go totally lossless with a codec we trust and has been proven for almost 20 years.

Now, for those users running nightly builds of Chrome or Firefox that want to test out JXL Good news! Every article EXCEPT this one is already encoded thanks to scripting mentioned on this blog article. So once you’ve enabled JXL in your browser (details described below) you can explore this site with it and see if it’s really all of the hype it’s meant to be!

Read on if you care about my rants and opinions of this format.

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Nginx and the Image format wars.

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We’ve talked about the videos, we’ve talked about the images. Now we talk about the web-server, Nginx.

In this entry we’re going to get crazy technical with how we deploy all of these new image formats that are being introduced in what feels like the “The Great Video/Image War” to finally put GIFs, JPEGs, PNGs, and MP4s to bed. But instead we’re going to talk about a section that seems skipped a lot. How to actually implement these new formats? Because if we do a review on an image format, and it’s good. Then as bloggers it would be hypocritical to not apply these formats to our site. It however opens up questions. How do we maintain the security of our readers while at the same time giving them the very best image as the lowest bandwidth conceivable? To which thankfully since we have a VPS a lot of the encoding is handled via CRON. While a lot of the deciding factors of which browser gets served what is all in the hands of NGINX web daemon.

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Presearch – a search engine review.

About the Presearch engine.

We bring some different news as well as to offer a possible resolution to our previous posting about the “Google/YouTube Monopoly” as we pointed out a few blogs back. There is a new search engine in town that is called Presearch. This search engine unlike others such as DuckDuckGo is instead of it being a privately run organization that profits off of the baseline search keywords and advertisement revenue all surround their blockchain. Which they claim is decentralized searching but is still privately run and profits of your searches through advertisers! Presearch actually rewards you back by giving out its own cryptocurrency known as “PRE” which gives off the vibe of fake Microsoft Bing Currency except they give off the hope of ‘cashing out for real money!’

This is a classic playbook for most startups on the internet. Identify an enemy for being old and too big like Google. Then, position your product as something new, exciting, and liberating from those practices. Finally, provide only a basic structure that an open-source product could provide the illusion of something different while setting up a blockchain with ridiculous hype to have hordes of people throw real money at you.

Read on if you wish to see our diatribes.

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Site supported codec guidelines.

Glossary of the codecs this site supports.

This entry was designed to act as the clarification of the codecs that are currently supported on this site. We feel it is necessary to break this off into its own individual entry similar to what we did for 7-Zip so that anyone who is new to our site can understand what is happening here.

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State of the blog 2021.

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State of the blog 2021. Now with more of that “Secret Sauce.”

Hello, everyone out there in the vastness of the internet. This is “S” bringing to you an almost early edition of “State of the blog.” This is mostly an overview of where we are going as well as a projection of where we would like to go in the future. Usually, we do a “state of the blog” at the start of a new year as a form of resolution of what projects we want to complete and which ones we want to start.

The overall challenges of blog-hosting in the year where the entire internet is funneled into a handful of networks owned by narcissistic assholes; Ex-television and radio executives just to name a small group of those people. However, within these dark times, we must take an opportunity to thank those who take the time to separate themselves from the giants of the net and visit this blog to read a few of our articles. That alone is worth the costs of running this server. So thank you to those reading.

Would you like to know more?

Read Onward.

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Original Xbox DVD Remote to – EVERYTHING.

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Yes, in 2021, we’re staying topical as fuck with the Original Xbox DVD remote.

A long time ago, we received a commenter asking if I could provide instructions for the DVD remote control that was optional with the Xbox Original. RedCloud DID actually have drivers for this as well as the XBCD driver that we published in the past for getting our Xbox Duke controllers running in Windows 10. I, however, did NOT want to use the RedCloud drivers. In part, because they are actually OLDER than XBCD and harder to get working in a windows 10 environment. Instead of fighting with windows security. Fighting with aging drivers. It was easier to just make a new receiver with an Arduino.

Read on if you want to know more.

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The Dark-Web: Hidden Wiki Edition!

The Hidden Wiki – Now with V3 onion goodness!

For anyone who has read articles in the past, this should come as no surprise of us reviewing a service such as the Hidden Wiki as they are on the “Spooky scary Dank-Web!”.

However, know that we are big fans of the Dark-Web services. In the age of “Big Tech” attempting to delegitimize the mass of the Clear-Net as a whole in taking unique websites and burying them in an SEO-hellscape. The dark web to us is a fresh start. Almost a reset button to the earlier years of the internet. Where concepts like “Web-Rings” would pass you the reader along to like-minded websites. The dark-web by its very design cannot be tracked and cataloged by major corporations (At least not yet!) This means that the Dark-Web for those who want to be vocal about their services can post their links to people who may not want to be tracked on their day-to-day usage of their computers.

Read on if you want to know more.

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AVIF and WEBP is now being hosted here.

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First there was AV1. Now there’s AVIF

A while back during my video encoding sessions, I toyed with the concept of serving AV1 videos on my site. The results were not great out of respect that we could not find a great way of detecting the client’s capabilities of video decoding without writing some shitty JavaScript system to snoop around and break privacy rights all the way. However, there’s a branch of the Av1 system known as “AVIF” which is designed to use for still images. It boasts about getting better compression ratio’s to that of even WebP images that we discussed a while back.

Why did we implement AVIF here? Read on if you want to know more.

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Video web crawlers and the Google Monopoly over them.

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Happy 2021 – Web crawling only gives you YouTube first, last, and always.

Back in 2016, we made an article about asking YouTube “Where is the fair use?” which was a slogan that the Nostalgia Critic was behind as parodies and criticism of film and literature is a form of free speech. Despite all of the Drama-Lama action that his agent “Channel Awesome” happened which is beyond the scope of this article. The statement was a valid question to ask YouTube. To the point where we even got hit with a copyright strike over a song “William Tell” which is a classical music song that falls underneath the category of public domain.

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The end of 2020, COVID, Cyberpunk and the RL

Harold Hiding the Cyberpunk 2077 pain.

As the end draws near we take a look at 2020.

We’re not the kind of website that will get all political. We understand the value of politics and the right to free speech and to debate things. But as the end draws to a close for 2020 we would like to talk about the perspective of us the lowly bloggers and perhaps a video game review sandwiched right in the middle. There may be a few readers interested in what we have to say and to that handful that read through all of this, we thank you greatly.

This article is going to be a lot more word heavy. In part because I don’t want to host images of video games. Except for the parody with Harold hiding the pain because in this situation it seems strangely appropriate. We would only be lying to you the reader if we told you that we were not inspired by the Cyberpunk aesthetic. It’s in part why we kept the mid-2000’s feel going for this site. Thus, talking about this game seems like the right thing to do.

Read on for one of those view times we go a game review here at S-Config.com.

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