Turn Off the Cloud Lights!

One of the things I have been doing over the last couple of months is tracking how many resources (known in Reclaim Cloud as cloudlets) each application environment requires. This is important because the more cloudlets you use the more you pay, so trying to be as efficient as possible is quite important.

A cloudlet = 128 MiB + 400 MHz. Or, the equivalent of a ridiculously fast personal computer circa 1996 or 1997.

Crazy to think, but true. For each cloudlet you pay a dedicated amount of, for arguments sake, let’s say $3 per month. So, an app that requires 4 cloudlets will cost $12 per month if used constantly and the resource demands do not spike. Pretty easy maths, no? But what about a video conferencing applications like Jitsi that you only need at certain times?

I’ve been playing with this since July 1, and have been averaging about 10 hours a week on Jitsi Meet since the first of the month. I am now in the habit of turning off Jitsi after every use, and turning it back on 10 minutes before my next meeting. Turns out the average cloudlet usage for an always on Jitsi instance is around 8 cloudlets per month, or $24. But when I turn it on and off regularly it cost under $1 so far this month, so literally a fraction of the cost.

And that should be easy for us to understand as we begin to think of applications on the web more and more like utilities. We turn off our lights when we leave the room because we waste less electricity and save money, I think for certain applications this approach means being more resource conscious.

I had a similar revelation this morning as I was tracking resource usage. My blog averages 13 cloudlets per month, or $39. This means for most folks hosting your WordPress blog on Reclaim Cloud would not be more cost effective, probably true for most other PHP applications like Omeka, Grav, Scalar, etc. Shared hosting via cPanel will still be king because it is far less expensive and $30-$100 per year gets you pretty much all the applications you can run. On the other hand, the Cloud makes you pay for your usage per application, so you can see how quickly that would add up. Even a low-trafficked WordPress site in Reclaim Cloud would require 4-5 cloudlets, or $12-$15 per month, and that is just one site and it is not including the domain—what a deal we give you with shared hosting! 🙂

On the other hand, high trafficked sites that require a virtual private server or a managed hosting instance might find the Cloud a lot cheaper given they’ll only pay for those resources used, rather than paying for enough CPU and memory to manage the “what if…?” scenario. In this regard the $300 a month you spend for the worst case scenario could be significantly less if most of the time that server is using just a fraction of the allotted resources, and that is when the Cloud rules—when it can allow you to seamlessly scale as you need  but only pay for what you use—just like our water, heat, and electric bills. Stephen Fry’s 5 minutes video comparing cloud computing to utility usage from 2013 is still one of my favorite takes on the changing nature of resource consumption in the cloud.

So, back to my revelation, one thing I did this morning is go through my sites on Reclaim Cloud and look at which ones I could turn off to save some energy. Turns out the test instance of Ghost I am running takes up 7 cloudlets per month, or $21. Turning that app off was a prime candidate given a CMS site like Ghost always needs to be on to be at al useful. So, I sitesucked the ghost.murderinc.biz and copied the HTML archived files onto my cPanel account and re-pointed DNS. After that I stopped the environment. I can still keep the Ghost instance on my account, but like Jitsi, it can remain off and I won’t need to pay for anything but storage until I decide to actually use Ghost. In the event I don’t use that app ever again I can simply delete the app and keep my archived HTML version.
So, to push the house of the future metaphor even further, I spent the morning turning off lights in the rooms of my digital house that I was not using, and my energy bill will thank me at the end of the month 🙂


Header image credit: Bill Parkinson’s Lights

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Ow3ned or Owned?

A week or so ago Lori Emerson shared the above Tweet by Kyle McDonald who was sharing a slide from a talk by Julian Oliver. I have been using it as talking point for Reclaim Cloud since. One of the beautiful things about this Tweet is it highlights the fact there’s a whole new generation of elegant, powerful, and open source applications that you can run as an alternative to all those “free” sites that only cost your freedom 🙂 I think folks might start realizing free is not free and that to truly control your data you have to spend some time, money, and professional energy to do so. Not everyone will, but for those that do it’s a real alternative that helps organizations protect their members from re-living the whole “do no evil” with our data, lord tech conglomerate.

While thinking through how we are going to roll-out Reclaim Cloud, Tim and I started brainstorming clusters of applications that folks might use, such as Etherpad, Jitsi Meet, and Discourse for your courses; or ShinyApps, R-Studio, JupyterHub, Jekyl, and Voyant Tools for Digital Humanists; or for an organization/department NextCloud, Mattermost, Ghost, and MailTrain, etc. You get the idea, frame groups of applications for targeted uses that begin to frame an open-source ecosystem that we can create not only one-click installers for in Reclaim Cloud, as well as focused professional development and expertise to support those tools. Which is why this graphic was so useful, it does a one-to-one comparison and it helps us focus what we can and should offer folks as a real alternative to the less than ideal status quo.

Then yesterday I had a call with the awesome folks at Michigan State University to show them Reclaim Cloud, and Kristen Mapes mentioned that she was interested in an open source alternative to her current teaching suite of Google Docs, Slack, and Zoom, to which the graphic brilliant maps as Mattermost, Etherpad, and Jitsi Meet—a perfect fit and we already have one-click installer for all of them 🙂

Interesting that they use the terminology ownership given that has caused some concern in the past with “owning” your domain. But in this case ownership is premised around the idea of self-hosting your applications in order to have increased security and control over your personal, organizational, or professional presence. It makes damn good sense to me, but I am biased 🙂

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Utopian Tendencies Episode 6: the Lifelong Learning Swindle

Yesterday’s Utopian Tendencies discussion on ds106radio was focused around Annette Krauss’s chapter “Lifelong Learning and the Professionalised Learner” from the 2018 book Unlearning Exercises: Arts Organizations as Sites for Unlearning. This was a reading Lauren Heywood shared and I really enjoyed it, here are a couple of Tweets along while I was reading it to give you a sense:

Krauss interrogates the seemingly benign implications of the term “lifelong learning” by framing how the European Union has used this term as a way to further deregulate education in hopes of developing the sector as an economic market. The term neo-liberal gets bandied about loosely, but this essay digs into the ways in which education as a public good has been intentionally eroded in Europe as a means to place responsibility, in particular economic, more squarely on the individual rather than the community/government. There is a lot to unpack in this essay, and it maps the logical extension of this kind of thinking  on higher ed at a moment when societal impact of COVID-19 is laying bare how disastrous this move will prove for so many of Europe’s most vulnerable. What’s more, as we look back at the US, a context I carry with me always, the cracks in that system are boiling over to full blown revolt as the plans for K12 and higher education become increasingly more politicized as institutions and governments are forced to choose between human life and the market.

As always I really appreciate all the folks on #ds106radio that were kind enough to no only listen but add feedback and commentary along the way. I had mentioned the critique Krauss was applying to lifelong learnign could just as easily be grafted onto the open education movement viz-a-viz OER, etc. And Anne-Marie Scott tweeted out this 2015 article that reminded me there is nothing new under the sun 🙂

I was also shamed by Brian Lamb for forgetting the University of Utopia while I was recommended Lauren and I start Utopia University:

All I can say to Mr. Lamb is stay in your lane!

And with that, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again, we did it again….

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Utopian Tendencies Episode 5: the Utopian Rhetoric of Web 2.0

Trying to catch up on the Utopian Tendencies radio show Lauren Heywood and I have been producing the last couple of months. This recording is from the June 26th, 2020 live stream on ds106radio. This was the first time I introduced a reading for us to talk about on the show: Tim O’Reilly’s “What is Web 2.0?” from 2004. Arguably not a deep dive into the vault, and definitely not as good as Lauren’s topics up and until now, but I figured since we are talking about utopia and technology, it would be valuable to revisit the Web 2.0 days when the utopian rhetoric around social media and the new web was pervasive. What’s more, I was hoping that talking through the essay that tries to define the elements of Web 2.0 might help us understand the era we currently exist within: namely the concentration of social media onto a fewer and fewer platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. The era of the blog with its trackbacks, permalinks, and RSS  features were at the very center of the utopian rhetoric of the new web in 2004.

Here is the bit about trackbacks in the article:

Interestingly, two-way links were the goal of early hypertext systems like Xanadu. Hypertext purists have celebrated trackbacks as a step towards two way links. But note that trackbacks are not properly two-way–rather, they are really (potentially) symmetrical one-way links that create the effect of two way links. The difference may seem subtle, but in practice it is enormous. Social networking systems like Friendster, Orkut, and LinkedIn, which require acknowledgment by the recipient in order to establish a connection, lack the same scalability as the web. As noted by Caterina Fake, co-founder of the Flickr photo sharing service, attention is only coincidentally reciprocal. (Flickr thus allows users to set watch lists–any user can subscribe to any other user’s photostream via RSS. The object of attention is notified, but does not have to approve the

There is a cruel irony to O’Reilly suggesting the predecessors to Facebook (Friendster, Orkut, and LinkedIn) would not scalable. Not only did they scale, but the system of control O’Reilly suggests was an issue became the means to lockout so many of the other features in the new web he exults. Namely RSS:

One of the things that has made a difference is a technology called RSS. RSS is the most significant advance in the fundamental architecture of the web since early hackers realized that CGI could be used to create database-backed websites. RSS allows someone to link not just to a page, but to subscribe to it, with notification every time that page changes. Skrenta calls this “the incremental web.” Others call it the “live web”.

We all know the fate of RSS by now, and possibly the most hopeful alternative to the soled sites was shuttered because we depended so deeply upon those sites for the very technology that was a threat to their ability to create their own social network Google+ in 2011. I tend to think of the end of Web 2.0 around 2013 when Google Reader was finally shuttered, but it is arguably much earlier than that.

I particularly enjoyed O’Reilly’s discussion of the permalink as a crucial development in the liberation of the web in the era of Web 2.0. The notion that specific posts could be easily linked to, commented one, and in many ways become a distinct bridge-like entity of a larger web remains compelling, and is something that has not be erased in the same ways as RSS and Trackbacks:

It may seem like a trivial piece of functionality now, but it was effectively the device that turned weblogs from an ease-of-publishing phenomenon into a conversational mess of overlapping communities. For the first time it became relatively easy to gesture directly at a highly specific post on someone else’s site and talk about it. Discussion emerged. Chat emerged. And – as a result – friendships emerged or became more entrenched. The permalink was the first – and most successful – attempt to build bridges between weblogs.


And while sixteen years later the blogosphere is always just one think piece away from a comeback, I think what came through for me on this reading, which is something Kin Lane has been discussing for a long while now, is that the utopian rhetoric around was in many ways predicated on access to the various applications and ecosystems that comprised the web. The ability to mashup data from Google via APIs, create applications on  top of twitter via their API, etc. were all a sign of a healthier, more robust web that has increasingly removed access and closed down and more tightly controlled their API so that so much of the ability to mash-up and integrate various elements of the web is no longer something one can expect, but rather a privilege one hopes the web powers that be will be philanthropic enough to grant us plebeians.  It’s not entirely unlike our current political crisis, the assumptions we made about governance and access have been increasingly eroded and taken away from us that in turn makes us dependent on the most toxic of information systems.

I want to write more about this, but I think I’ll stop here given I have already said too much, and there is a certain amount of guilt wrapped up with the possibilities many of us imagined versus the reality we are living in presently, but I guess the fact I am still blogging my half-baked ideas is something.


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Reclaim Hosting’s Lucky 7

I will have more to say about the fact that Reclaim Hosting turns seven years old later this month, but that will most likely be linked with the official launch of Reclaim Cloud—the existence of which testifies there’s no seven-year itch in this professional relationship. But rather than talking about the Cloud, which has taken up much of the oxygen on this blog for the last couple of months, I wanted to just take a moment and recognize how unbelievably grateful I am that this crazy idea born off the side of our desks in 2013 has developed into such a solid and rewarding way of life.

What’s more, this year has been the first time Tim and I have been able to pull our heads out of the day-to-day work of answering tickets, onboarding new clients, and managing the servers in the engine room : ) It’s a lot of balls to juggle for a small team of just seven full-time employees—all of whom regularly punch above their weight and repeatedly prove just how lucky we are to work with them. In fact, I was just reading a support ticket review for Meredith that said this:

Meredith was great about helping me out …. your company is fortunate to have such a dedicated employee, and I would hope you would make it a point to compliment her!

Well, consider this post a long overdue point to compliment Meredith, whose moved into the role of Customer Support Manager and has adeptly taken over the management of our world class  support team.

But why stop there? Lauren Brumfield has taken over our sales division and is running that as brilliantly as everything else she has done at Reclaim for the last 5 years. That’s right 5 YEARS!

We also brought on few new full-time employees on over the last year, Chris Blankenship started part-time over a year ago and not only has he proven a quick study on support, but in September he became the first full-time hire to work in our newly formed infrastructure division, and he has surpassed all our expectations as a sysadmin and has given Tim some long overdue relief.

We hired Gordon Hawley in late fall as a part-time support specialist, and we could not make him full-time fast enough. he is an absolute workhorse, and his years of experience in the field meant he could dive right in on just about anything that came his way when it comes to domain management or cPanel.

And in May, our intern Katie Hartraft became a newly minted UMW graduate that defied all COVID-19 odds and transitioned immediately into a full-time role splitting time between support specialist and account manager. Katie has been nothing short of brilliant in both support and sales, and I have been blown away at how quickly she has come up to speed on two distinct yet equally complex facets of Reclaim’s day-to-day: support and sales.

The evidence our team is really beginning to congeal and take shape in the most impressive of ways is everywhere apparent. And as this post suggests, we’re starting to naturally break into distinct divisions: support, infrastructure, and sales.*  With this shift the need for more intentional organizational frameworks to ensure the three divisions are communicating becomes essential, and luckily Lauren has been taking on that overarching role for us as Director of Operations for more than a year now. We are starting to build in processes to ensure each of these three areas have clear workflows, documentation, and redundancy internally and externally. In fact, operationalizing Reclaim has given us the confidence to take on entirely new projects like Reclaim Cloud, and that is a direct result of the amazing people who work with us.

I am proud to be a Reclaimer, and building this team has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional life and I really feel like it’s only just begun. Avanti!


*Although that last one, “sales,” could be deceiving given we often do not sell in the traditional “there’s a virus, use our tech to disrupt higher ed even further” kinda way, but rather respond to interest and help institutional and individuals get up and running and quickly and painlessly as possible. Not to mention the policy and legal implications of running this service for a campus. Turns out we have a growing list of folks that we need to make sure are getting the services and support they need on the regular.

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Reclaim Cloud Q&A

Yesterday Tim, Lauren, and I sat down to talk more in-depth about Reclaim Cloud, as well as use the occasion to respond to questions folks have about this new platform that’s currently in open beta.

018: Cloud Q&A

If you want a look at what we discussed before committing, below are a list of topics covered and questions from the community.

Laying the Foundation / Ice Breakers

  • For anyone hearing about this for the first time, what is Reclaim Cloud?
  • Can you talk about Reclaim Cloud in terms of the ‘trailing-edge’ technology that Reclaim Hosting already has? How does it fit in with existing products? Or does it?
  • You all have no doubt heard about the ‘house’ metaphor being used to describe a personal domain or web space, in which each room of the house might be a page of your website. Or on a larger scale, each room might be a domain or application that makes up a greater digital identity. How does Reclaim Cloud fit into this metaphor?
  • Who is Reclaim Cloud for?
  • Talk to me about the technology. In checking out the reclaim.cloud website or even playing around in the Reclaim Cloud dashboard for the first time, it seems like there’s so much that can be done. And when getting into the world of Docker containers the options truly feel endless. This is great, but what are you all doing to guide the non-developers / beginners for getting started?

Questions from the Community:

Paul Bond: What’s in it for #ds106?

@Scottlo: What’s in it for me?

Ben Rimes: What would it take to launch and host your own video sharing platform; MyTube so to speak.

Shannon: You know I’m definitely interested in future thoughts about how this fits in with your work with schools doing DoOO. We have lots of CS majors who would benefit from this kind of offering I think.

Meredith Fierro: What’s one aspect Reclaim Cloud that has you all excited?

Anne-Marie Scott: Any plans for a Jupyter Notebooks installer? (on a related note, Tony Hirst – I made some notes on a simple 1-click installer he built for Reclaim Cloud)

As usual with discussions like this one, they’re as much about trying to understand what Reclaim Cloud could be while remaining cognizant that is will be an evolving narrative. more than that, we really hope to foster a community of users through Reclaim to start exploring the cloud in higher education through hands-on exploration and experimentation.

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Mega Shark meets the USS Indianapolis

Just like Captain Caveman and Jabberjaw, Tommaso and I are boiling the ocean! This is another installment of Tommaso’s exploration of game development, and he had the idea to turn this into a regular game development log update, so this is log update 0 (not sure why he wanted to start at zero, but he’s in charge). This video was a manageable 20 minutes, and it gives you a pretty good idea of how locked in he is to created the Megashark game in Unity. It features him showing off the bi-plane dropping bombs on the shark, the game physics that make it possible, and some on and off banter as he is easily distracted from the task at hand.

I have to say doing this is a total blast, and just a few short days after hatching the shark game idea he is really running with it. I am liking his vision of it a lot, and it got me thinking there could be a USS Indianapolis plot line we could take advantage of, but Tommaso is sage in his reservations given potential historical backlash. I’m excited to see where this does, and doing a vlog like this with one of my kids is kind of a dream come true 🙂

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Notes from the Early Web Underground

I appreciated Jon Udell‘s tweet the other day tracking a quarter century of making websites. In fact, it oddly coincided with the final stretch of my re-watching of The Sopranosa lockdown past time turned obsession.

You see, I started watching The Sopranos for fun on VHS as part of an archiving project for my VHS tapes masquerading as an excuse to play with my evolving video recording setup. As I watched, however, one of the many subtexts in the series jumped out at me: the role of technology in the popular imagination of the late 90s and early 00s. This was a time the web was emerging as increasingly central to popular culture. In fact, this series starts filming a few short years after Jon’s first website, and web technology from 1998 through 2007 marks an interesting moment in its evolution. And, as I learned over the last few months, the series is chock full of tech and web references from that time period. So much so that I started collecting quotes and clips, and even started imagining a blog series wherein I would dedicate a post to each clip related to the internet/web and then link it back to my own experience, rounded off with some research to fill in my own gaps in knowledge. A fun, silly project that would keep me happy, but then Reclaim Cloud happened and my attention was necessarily shifted. I may still get back to this blog idea, but in the event I don’t there was one scene (and by extension a host of other associations) that Jon’s tweet reminded me of, so I wanted to share it and then track back to the Spring of 1994 at UCLA.

But first, let me set up the clip. The moment comes from episode 17 of Season 6,  “Walk Like a Man,” so almost the very end of the entire series. It features Patsy Parisi giving Tony Soprano an envelope with the week’s takings from sports gambling. More specifically, Patsy notes the spoils were particularly good thanks to his son running a book at Rutgers University, with the joke being while at first Patsy didn’t even want his son to go to college, now he wants him to do his Ph.D. given the steady action. But he gets a bit more serious and notes:

Now don’t get me wrong, he’s learning stuff too. The shit this kid knows about computers; he set his mother up with a whole website for her ceramics business.

There’s obviously a lot in this scene, and more than a few times the various mobsters in the show complain about paying for college, but they seemingly do it gladly. There is a sense of a necessary investment in their kids going to college to escape the lifestyle, or at least remove themselves from it via white collar crime—a theme explored earlier in the series as the mob went to work on Wall Street in the 1990s.

But the timing of this for me is also deeply personal. In 2007 I was just starting to provide students and faculty access to “next generation” Web 2.0 tools for publishing websites more easily. Patsy’s son, Jason Parisi, could have been using a site like WordPress thanks to an ed tech at Rutgers, not unlike me 🙂 This quote by Patsy made me think about the perception of college for a whole generation of parents who never attended or finished, the idea that this whole new world of technology and the web is something college is going to help their kids wrap their heads around which, in turn, justifies the cost. There is also the class divide between state school in Jersey versus the ivy leaguer in NYC, namely Meadow who is exploring issues her parents are not comfortable with, such as queer readings of Herman Melville. I guess what strikes me most is that college in the web/tech frame is understood as a skill which helps justify the cost of admission, and Patsy’s framing of the whole experience as a god send, literally, is met with a sense of concern and shame by Tony given AJ has flunked out and has absolutely no prospects without the promise of higher education. Oddly enough Patsy Parisi, of all people, becomes a proselytizer of sorts for the values of university while handing over the scarola to his boss that was, at least partially, funded by higher learning 🙂

Now, let’s head back 26 years, roughly a year before Jon started his first website for Byte Magazine. It was 1994 and I was taking a spring term course in Russian Literature at UCLA with professor Peter Hodgson. He must have been in his late 40s, early 50s at the time. He had a tall, wirey frame and walked with a modified crutch that he would use as a makeshift seat (like something you’d see at a campsite) while holding his Russian edition of the Dostoevsky novel we were discussing (he never opened or read from the book that I can remember). He sat there, asked questions, became animated, quoted the text, and generally was a fascinating figure that I have thought about often since. He was also a bit mysterious, I went to visit him in office hours one day, and his office was in the basement of Kinsey Hall, one of the mainstay buildings on the gorgeous UCLA quad. The office was full of industrial grade piping, and was a mix between a janitor’s closet and a study, but it was big and there were no rooms around it. What’s more, there was a military-style bed in the corner, and he suggested in so many words that was where he lived. Given my own minimalist living situation in a 100 square foot bachelor apartment with my girlfriend in Culver City, I thought it was fairly normal.

But that’s not my point, this is. Like Jon, 1993 and 1994 was a moment of discovery for me when it came to computers and the internet. I worked at Audio Visual Services (AVS) delivering VCRs, TVs, video projectors, and the like to classrooms all over campus (I’ve always been edtech!) and moved up from tech to manager where I scheduled folks. That gave me access to a Pentium computer and Windows 3.1 along with my introduction to the internet with relatively high speed connections and access to increasingly faster computers: peaking with the Dell Pentium 133 which meant Doom and Duke Nukem LAN parties. It was also my first exposure to Mosaic and then Netscape, and eventually Internet Explorer. Those were heady days and there was even mention that this whole thing started on the other end of campus in Bolton Hall, who knew?

At the same time Hodgson brought the class to a computer lab and asked those of us in his Dostoevsky seminar to transcribe pages from Notes from the Underground so that we could collaboratively create a hyper-text version of the novel. The idea was we would select passages, words, historical references, etc, and link them to a page that more fully explains the reference, historical context, etc. An annotated version of Notes. At the time I thought it was bizarre, but given my interest in all this stuff had already been peaked by my job at AVS, I was all in. I loved learning how to write HTML, and it was a skill I have never regretted acquiring early on. I handed in my few pages of annotations as text files (that I believe I still have on a zip disk somewhere in Virginia) but never did see a website come of it. However, that experience pushed me to get a site on Geocities in the Literature neighborhood and begin creating a website about Modernist American Literature. I never finished that project either, but I got far enough that by the time I turned my attention elsewhere I was overly confident about my “programming” capabilities.

But I think of this in regards to Jon’s remembering his first website and I think how my experiences with the web in higher ed go back a-ways, and while I know there is something transactional about Patsy Parisi’s idea of his son making a website in 2007, it was transformative for me in 1994, and sometimes I wonder if that is the buzz I am still chasing all these years later.

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TommasoTV: Unity or Unreal?

My youngest has fallen down the rabbit hole of video game development. And if you know anything about Tommy, you’ll know he’s locked-in. He has spent quite a bit of time watching Brackey’s tutorials on Youtube which teach game development, and started learning the Unity game development engine two months ago to great effect. A few weeks back he switched over to another gaming development framework, the Unreal Engine, and has had some success there as well. At this point he is ready to start making a simple game and is still on the fence between using Unity or Unreal. This video shows the work he has done in both engines thus far, brainstorms some game scenarios, reflects on the strengths and limits of both engines, all with the added bonus of me cracking bad dad jokes throughout. It’s that rare moment of parenthood when your kid actually wants to be seen on camera with you, so I am doing my best to take advantage of it.

We have plans to track his development during the creation of the Megashark game we discussed, so hopefully we can do a regular vlog on the topic. But, if we don’t, it was fun to capture this moment with him; I do so love the little braniac. The video is not that smooth given we had to use OBS on his PC, but I’ll iron that out if this does become a regular thing. Also, we live streamed on ds106.tv, so futzing was encouraged and luckily the sponsorships are still forthcoming so we don’t feel all that guilty 🙂

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All the Tube Downloadz Belong to Reclaim Cloud

Tim just pointed me to yet another one-click application he installed on Reclaim Cloud: alltubedownload. It’s a small PHP app that creates and easy-to-use GUI interface for the youtube-dl codebase that enables you to download videos from a wide range of video hosting services. It could also run on our shared hosting environment, which is a bonus.

I just tried it out and it is so easy, and a good example of spinning it up and using resources only when needed. Now, there is no reason not to use the  https://alltubedownload.net/ website which is their instance of the code, but the idea you can host your own so easily is just another fun example of all that heaven and Reclaim Cloud allows.

Turn it up to ELEVEN!

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