Hey netizens, please, *please* stop doing unpaid marketing work for YouTube by embedding their videos on your websites. I understand continuing to upload videos there to reach the large audience that already use it, but that doesn't mean you have to link to them. If you also upload your videos on a instance, or some other more independent video host, and embed those on your sites, you can help to grow the audience for ethical video hosting networks.

@strypey Another option: host the videos yourself.

It doesn't have to be complicated, just put the file on your server and link to it with a <video controls> tag.

> on your server

I don't have a server. Most net users don't have a server. If publishing text on the web, let alone video, required having a server, the net would still be a niche medium for geeks like it was in the early 90s.

@strypey Well, I was assuming that if you had a website you had *some sort of* server you could upload media to...

And how I wish browsers built in one of those peer-to-peer DHT protocols? That'd partially adress the need for a server, though you'd still need one for reliability.

> I was assuming that if you had a website you had *some sort of* server you could upload media to

Fair point. But most net users don't have a website on their own server. They use some kind of third-party service like Wix or Squarespace, for the same reasons they upload video to YouTube; a) they can't afford the hosting fees, and b) they don't have the skills to admin their own server. This is why I'm suggesting replacement web services. It's accessible to anyone.


@strypey @alcinnz to be fair, a very serviceable dedicated server instance from DigitalOcean/Vultr/Linode and many others is about USD5/month, or USD60/year... that's pretty affordable. I think everyone should have one.

@strypey @alcinnz what's even better, they're largely commodity - you could move from one provider to the next quickly (if you use containers to implement your services and eschew any proprietary provider services). You'll find that the bandwidth allowances are at least a TB/month, which should be fine for hosting video if you want.

@strypey @alcinnz in terms of educational investment - even a USD10/month instance is a pretty cheap educational tool... and I'll stick my neck out and assert that any (would-be) sysadmin without their own server... isn't up to it. Gotta have a place to experiment, break stuff, and learn. It's not anywhere near as hard as many might think.

@strypey @alcinnz and, don't forget - if you want to test an idea that requires more "grunt"... then get a bigger instance for the duration of your experiment... a week of a USD40/month instance is only USD10 :) - you just have to remember to snapshot your work and destroy the instance (yes, there's a small cost to maintaining the snapshot, but it gives you the option of reconstituting it whenever you want)...

@lightweight @strypey I found the hard part of setting up my homeserver was to convince the Mac Mini to boot Debian. You could pretty much host a static website straight out of the Debian box!

Also had to learn DNS configuration terminology and wanted to replace Apache with Nginx, but that was nothing.

@alcinnz @strypey yep, there're a bunch of basic skills to learn, but those are arguably the "basic literacy" of the digital age... everyone should learn this stuff for sure.

@alcinnz @strypey the big problem with home networks is configuring port-forwarding for your network connection, and getting a static IP... Sadly, few NZ ISPs offer IPv6 by default... (I've recently upgraded all of my hosted stuff to be IPv6-aware, but still have some challenges there, e.g. firewalling).

@lightweight @strypey Oh yeah, I forgot about that step!

We've had a static IPv4 address setup for a while now because it helps others grant us network permissions we need for our work.

And yes now that you mention it, we did need to expose HTTP(S) ports through our NAT...

> I think everyone should have one.

Add "access to" to that sentence and I totally agree. There are thousands of kiwis on precarious incomes making choices between going to the doctor ($40 with a Community Services card) or buying groceries this week. Topping up their mobile data so they can stay in touch with friends is a stretch. US$5 may not seem like much to you, but it's an unaffordable luxury for them. That's in a rich country like NZ. Then there's China ...

@lightweight before we moved to China I spent about 20 years living on about NZ$200 a week so I could do fulltime activism. All my work helping bootstrap Aotearoa Indymedia and CC ANZ, all funded by the "community wage", as they used to call it. I know what it is to dumpster food to make ends meet, or to be at the supermarket and have to ask the checkout workers to put some of your basic groceries back because this week's money won't stretch. In those situations, every dollar is gold.

@lightweight hey sorry if that came across more ranty than intended :{ I just think it's important to make it visible. A single unemployed person in Ak lives on $250-$300 a week:

Median rent for a room in a board house in Ak is $215:

People are really hurting out there and it's not getting better, despite the new government talking a good game about being "transformative".

Then there are the guys being released from prison with $300 in their pocket, no benefit, no bank account, no ID. It's like we've build a machine for making people break the law to survive. It's not only mean-spirited, it's self-sabotaging. With proper support, those people could be contributing back to the community and would be happier doing so.
@lightweight @alcinnz

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