The problem with people knowing you’re ‘good with tech.’ is that they keep hassling you to tell them how to do or fix something – or they ask you, ‘how did you do that’, somehow believing that they’ll understand your answer even if you do tell them. Recently I got tired of repeating myself, so I though, ‘why not write it in a blog then just send people a link’…
Hence, ‘the hackblog’:
‘djnz’s hackblog’, 12th May 2021:
‘Battling YouTube Bloat’: How watching videos on-line has become an exercise in affluent entitlement, and surveillance analytics, which I prefer to avoid
These days I routinely download YouTube videos rather than watching on-line. It’s to avoid the inherent bloat that’s taken over the YouTube world, and is clogging the Internet with people screaming into their webcams at full 4K. Additionally, it moderates the built-in surveillance that tracks your viewing habits.
‘djnz’s hackblog’, 12th January 2021:
‘How did you do that’ no.1: The flaming Kelly Kettle animated GIF
I get to answer my first query with the new blog: Posted on one of my other blogs, the flaming Kelly Kettle was made in a few minutes from a small piece of video using ffmpeg – but with GIMP and pitivi you could do far more.
‘djnz’s hackblog’, 7th January 2021:
First problem: The Anti-Bloat Page Design
This new blog is an experiment, using a very different approach to page design in order to minimise the ecological footprint of the page. If it works here, it can slowly be adapted for the rest of the FRAW site.
‘djnz’s hackblog’, 4th January 2021:
‘About the Blog’
OK, this is literally a bit of a hack… I need to solve a few multiple problems with as little effort as possible, and the easiest way is to create this blog. In this page I’ll explain a little as to why.
As the inaugural post to the blog I direct you to the ‘About’ page, as (in its admittedly long prose) it sums up what I’d like to achieve here.