LBRY and Odysee – A video hosting review.

Wooo-boy here goes S reviewing another web3/crypto service!

You are absolutely right in the respect that we are reviewing a little site known as Odysee.com. A site that wants a piece of that sweet YouTube traffic out there but also has its own blockchain services powering it. We’ve been very critical about Web 3.0 services in the past such as PreSearch and now we really want Odysee to prove us wrong. After all, for those readers who come to my site, I’ve published article, after article, after article of YouTubes atrocities, and there came a point in our blogging career that frankly, we were sick of doing it because a blog is supposed to help you the reader. It’s supposed to offer an alternative to the wrongs that exist on the internet.

We first heard of Odysee from one of our commentators “yes, we actually -do- read the comments. At least the ones that don’t set off the spambots with f-bombs everywhere” and decided that we wanted to give it a try. After all, we criticized YouTube all of this time. It would be refreshing to offer a possible solution. So let us dive in.

Is Odysee that solution? Is it here to save us from tyranny and censorship? Is Odysee going to release us from the borderline Stockholm syndrome caused by YouTubes’ actions and decisions?

Short answer, not entirely sure! Hopefully won’t bankrupt out like some other video server startups. Or it won’t get sued into oblivion.

Read on if you want to hear my diatribes!

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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.

Read on if you want to know more.

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ArdunioDECK – a DIY OBS streaming solution on the cheap.

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OMG ArduinoDECK!

Marketing is an interesting thing; We could say that we’ve developed a new open-source product called an “ArduinoDECK” which is a cheaper solution to the Elgato StreamDeck. Or! Better idea! We could just be honest and tell you that this is a basic boy Ardunio Pro-Micro / Leonardo / Due with a keyboard digital input program that we can learn early on in our micro-controller programming hobby. Yeah, let us go with the second explanation. We should throw a disclaimer because we love you. This is our first time playing with the world of Arduino. So if our code sucks or if our terminology is wrong. Drop a comment below. We’ll appreciate you telling us and will correct it as best as we can. Read on if you want to know more.

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Video transcoding with FFmpeg

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Using the FFmpeg command line to convert MP4, OGV, and WebM video.

This quick guide goes through some of the details on how we convert some videos using FFmpeg. The video conversion is really important for those who are hosting their own files and not relying on a third-party site such as YouTube or Vimeo because you are looking for the most compatible video standards that offer the best quality at the lowest bandwidth so that no only your server is happy but the users that visit your site.

FFmpeg is awesome in respects that since it’s open-source it’s a binary that can be compiled on a remote server that you own and begin converting videos on the spot if necessary and if you have the CPU power to do it.

You could even run FFmpeg on a Raspberry Pi if you wanted to wait a few years for the results!

The real drawback is FFMpeg is a pure command line with no GUI which may scare some people away. But the fact that it’s not GUI also means that it can run on just about any modern OS in the world. We have other blog articles talking about GUI video conversion later on for those who are interested.

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Kodi Jarvis Bug: On Screen Display Subtitles issue

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The On-Screens Display (OSD) bug in Kodi Ouya CM11.

Before I talk about the On-Screen display issue there are a lot of people that visit my site that come from the Kodi website and that is totally cool! I love to see all of the people getting a little more life out of a console which was technically only supposed to last 1-2 years before the Ouya 2 was theoretically supposed to come out (and NO Razor, I’m not calling the Cortex the Ouya 2. Not happening.)

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Web Isolation – State of the config – fonts and more

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Web Isolation, fonts, and the overall state of config that is “S”.

It’s been a while since I did an update on my website and I want to talk about Web Isolation. Work and being a responsible human being is a brutal thing. There isn’t a whole lot of personal blogging that goes on here because I don’t think there’s anything all that interesting to say about “S-Config” as a person. Instead, I just want to focus on the data instead. And I think everyone agrees it’s a way better move. I suppose lets talk about the first aspect of what I have been doing with this Blog which is:

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