Nginx and the Image format wars.

NGINX - Image Wars

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 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 do we actually implement these new formats? Because if we do a review on an image format, 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 with the lowest bandwidth conceivable? 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 and what file are all in the hands of NGINX web daemon.

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Presearch – a search engine review.

Attention.

We have no idea why bots are posting my article all over social networks. We did not pay them. This article is just our hot-take and we encourage viewers to do their own research. If some robot keeps slamming this article in your timeline. Please tell them to stop. To the programmer of these bots. Please stop. Thank you!

Presearch engine – The review!

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!”

Read on if you wish to see our diatribes.

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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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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.

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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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MOZ declaring sites as spam.

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What the hell is a MOZ?

Moz is a service that no one asked for. A variant of the old Google “PageRank” engine ideologies where just like that system is bases your ‘domain authority’ off of an obscure pyramid scheme of “more important” domains to prove your worth. MOZ isn’t the first to try to ‘rank’ the internet. There was WOT (Website of Trust) which had it’s own issues with legalities. And of course there’s the Amazon Giant in the corner “Alexa” which quietly monitors everyone’s website traffic if you want them to or not.

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State of the blog 2019

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The year is 2020. At this stage we should be raging on a concrete jungle with hover-bikes and laser swords. What was got is a rather underwhelming dystopia. But that doesn’t mean we’re stopping anytime soon.   Font Change. We decided to get rid of the bitstream vera mono font and replace it with a … Read more

Google’s uncommon downloads and where to find them.

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Slander from Google is fun kids!

Earlier this month we produced a blog article illustrating how we screwed up. It was simple, educational, and it really hits close to the homes of independent blogging and website building on how much goes through a single organization which is Google. More importantly, how many websites that piggy-back onto the giant and just happy accept their data as pure truth instead of questioning its overall legitimacy. From a scarier point of view the bots are doing exactly what they are programmed to do and in turn are becoming scape-goat for corporate greed.

To which if AI is going to take the fall for human corruption. Well! Guess that’s ANOTHER reason why robots should wipe us off of the face of the earth!

The point is we want to show you some classic Google incompetence and how everyone accepts this is as “just another day on the internet” when the more appropriate response should be outrage.

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It appears we screwed up.

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Yes, it’s true. We can screw up. We’re pros at it!

In this chapter, we are swept away by tornadoes and dropped off somewhere in Jersey. It’s a serious fear for those who live in the great American mid-west. For those who aren’t following our social networks, we made the switch from Apache to NGinx. Why do you ask? Because after doing a lot of research combined with the fact that a lot of higher end programs we use have migrated to theĀ  Nginx platform. It seemed reasonably powerful to give it a go. For the most part, the migration was a success! But like all things new you tend to get a little crazy with configuration and sometimes screw up!

To those who were wondering why things were silent for a bit. Well, there you go! Just table-flipping the website once again! Would you like to know more?

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