CubicleNate now on LBRY | Blathering

For the half dozen or so of people that might manage to care, I have decided to start synchronizing my piddly YouTube content over to LBRY. I’d say this is nothing against YouTube but actually, it is. Although I will still use and enjoy YouTube, many of their decisions have shaken my confidence in their ability to be a truly open platform, therefore, I am following the lead of many other “content creators” and also putting my stuff on LBRY.

LBRY is a decentralized video platform that uses blockchain (that cryptocurrency magic) to distribute the video content. That said, I don’t really understand or frankly care how it works, but I do wonder if some videos will eventually get lost in the ether due to this decentralized nature.

Bottom Line Up front: I am not expecting much to come from it and since most of the people I personally enjoy are on YouTube. I am starting to use LBRY a bit, from time to time, because, why not. It’s something somewhat new and shiny and I want to see some sort of competitor to rise up and challenge the top dog.

Sync from YouTube to LBRY

Not that I have much to manually copy over, but the fact that there is a process to synchronize your content over, this was the way I would start. The process is very straight forward. Once you have an account set up with LBRY, you have to “claim your channel” on it. This is done by navigating to https://lbry.com/youtube

Then, just follow the directions. You will essentially log into your Google account and like an addon, have LBRY connect with your YouTube things. The synchronization process takes a while, as in, a few days. Once the content is on LBRY, you will have to claim the channel. Truthfully, this part scares me a bit, is it possible for someone else to claim your channel? No idea. Regardless, I claimed it without any issues and now my stuff is there.

CubicleNate LBRY Channel

I did find a rather well put together video on YouTube (ironically) for this process. It was about the same for me if you would like to watch that.

What I Like

Using LBRY is not any different than YouTube, really. At least, from my very non-power user look at it. I just want to look up Linxy things or other nerdy content and I seem to be able to find some very interesting things there.

It’s another platform, I don’t have to do any additional work to mirror my content. Now, I don’t have much content but I am working on that. I also want to have more than one place to store it. YouTube, for the time being is my primary but it’s nice to have a back up.

I like that it is decentralized so that there is a bit more user freedom in this. The idea of federation of systems, seems like the future of services. Give the end user a bit more control as opposed to some unknown, faceless authority.

I like that you get LBC “rewards” for watching content. What does it really mean? Supposedly you can cash it out. Like all crypto currency, it fluctuates in value so I am not sure it is really worth that much either. There is this feature where you can “tip” creators with the funny-money as well. I kind of like that idea. Though, I don’t see any advertising so I don’t know how the funds are generated.

What I Don’t Like

The analytics aren’t quite as interesting as what you are given on YouTube. Perhaps it is by nature due to the decentralized system. I couldn’t say for sure. Either way, not as entertaining for me.

The LBRY application client just doesn’t seem to run for me. I keep getting this Daemon has exited error and I have yet to find the solution for it. I have tried the Flatpak and AppImages but I get the same result. I have searched a bit for this and I am wondering if my firewall is stopping it from working. Not the computer’s firewall I have tested it and get the same result. I am wondering if it is the main edge device / firewall. I should probably check before publishing this but that would require extra work and this is just a blatheirng.

Final Thoughts

My video content is nothing impressive, my views are very minimal and I am okay with all of that. I do it all for fun and to share. My intent is to continue to share whatever it is with as many people as are interested. Some people do not want to use YouTube, so I have made an alternative.

I don’t really know how the whole things works. I don’t know if it will last and I don’t truly understand the business model. Regardless, I will use it and see how it grows or doesn’t grow and hope the best for this platform. It could be great or just another flash in the pan.

References

LBRY Home
LBRY CubicleNate Channel
LBRY Youtube Partner Program – How to Sync a Channel

Quick Tiling in KDE Plasma on openSUSE

In my short time of using a tiling window manager, I very quickly became aware of the benefits of quick tiling features on the desktop. Being able to very quickly split your screen and be able to see information side-by-side, like writing a post and having my collection of pictures beside it is incredibly useful and a productivity enhancer. There were some things about a tiling desktop that I didn’t like as well. It was far too ridged for my liking so I wanted to explore adding some tiling features into Plasma but with not losing the benefits of floating windows as well.

Here are the changes I made to make my “Desktop Life” a bit more efficient and to manipulate things just a bit more quickly. The way I see it, the desktop you work in should mold itself to how you prefer to work, not the other way around. Everyone thinks differently and works differently. I don’t believe that any one particular work-flow is better than the other. I do however believe that the workflow I choose for me is the best one for me. I also believe that I should be open to making adjustments as I see fit.

This is the reason that I consider Plasma to be the best desktop available as I can make it work brilliantly for me and I am free to change every aspect of it. Although I believe these features have been in Plasma for several releases, I am currently using KDE Plasma 5.17.4 on openSUSE Tumbleweed. I have not tested this out on any other distribution.

Setting Hotkeys

In order to mimic the tiling features of i3, and I do mean mimic, you have to set the hotkeys. This is done by going into the Plasma SystemSettings > Shortcuts and selecting the Kwin Component.

Quick Tiling of Windows around the screen

Eight Locations for quick tiling around the screen. I mostly use Left and Right but I also use the quadrants of the screen as well

Bottom > Meta+Shift+Down
Bottom Left > Meta+Ctrl+Shift+PageUp
Bottom Right > Meta+Ctrl+Shift+PageDown
Left > Meta+Shift+Left
Right > Meta+Shift+Right
Top > Meta+Shift+Up
Top Left > Meta+Shift+PageUp
Top Right > Meta+Shift+PageDown

Switch Window Focus

When you have the windows tiled side-by-side or top-to-bottom and such, you may want to switch windows rapidly. Keep in mind, if you have a bunch of floating windows going on the same desktop, they can insert themselves on you in such a way that you may not expect.

Switch to Window Above > Meta+Alt+Up
Switch to Window Below > Meta+Alt+Down
Switch to Window to the Left > Meta+Alt+Left
Switch to Window to the Right > Meta+Alt+Right

Window to Desktop

This is very handy when you are working in an application and you want to push it to another desktop. Where I often do this is, I will open another browser or terminal window and I may have it tiled and I decide that I want to move it to a specific desktop for a different group of tasks. While I am working in that window, I hit the key combination and instantly, that window has moved to a different virtual desktop.

Window to Desktop 1 > Ctrl+Shift+F1
Window to Desktop 2 > Ctrl+Shift+F2
Window to Desktop 3 > Ctrl+Shift+F3
Window to Desktop 4 > Ctrl+Shift+F4

Additionally, I have set the Switching to those virtual desktop as follows:

Switch to Desktop 1 > Ctrl+F1
Switch to Desktop 2 > Ctrl+F2
Switch to Desktop 3 > Ctrl+F3
Switch to Desktop 4 > Ctrl+F4

I generally only run four desktops. I once ran more but found I only used the first 4. You can obviously tweak this to your particular case.

Present Windows

This is very handy and I have also duplicated this with a screen edge mouse trigger as well.

Present Windows (All Desktops) > Ctrl+F10
Present Windows (Current Desktop) > Ctrl+F9
Present Windows (Window Class) > Ctrl+F7

To add the screen edge trigger, go to SystemSettings > Workspace Behavior > Screen Edges

For me, I have set the Top Left corner for Present Windows (All Desktops), Top Right for Present Windows (Window Class) or in this case it is Current Application and Lower Right for Present Windows (Current Desktop).

Testing and Using

Here is where the “rubber meets the road” as it were. If you cannot remember the shortcuts or they don’t make sense to you, then it isn’t going to work for you. The computer I set these key sequences is on a laptop without a number pad

Exporting the Shortcuts

Assuming you have more than one computer, you may want to export the sequences rather than do them all over again. To do so, within the Global Shortcuts utility, go to the File button in the lower right corner of the window and select Export Scheme, the components you want to export, select OK and save the file to your location. There isn’t an automatic extension on the file so I just appended “*.scheme” so that I would know what it is.

Quick video

Because all the kids are doing it these days and I want to reclaim my youth, I created a quick video as well.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am quite pleased with these functions. They do make working on my system a bit more enjoyable and efficient. Does it save me hours in the day? No, maybe only a few minutes but it feels real good to quickly tile windows, move them to alternate desktops and switch to those desktops. There are many more functions available to utilize but don’t overwhelm yourself in memorizing all of these little key combinations. Just do what makes sense for you and play around with it.

There are a few functions or benefits that I don’t get in the tiling manager, at least it is not as obvious to me. The rapid shifting of sizes of two tiles that are side by side. Right now, you are kind of locked into 50% or 25% of the screen. I am not aware, currently, how to rapidly make it a 60/40 split or similar. I am sure that there is a plug-in or extension to add such a feature but I don’t want to lose my floating windows or add any possible irritation in using my desktop either. As it stands right now, I have been able to add the features that I want and I get to keep what I like. I can have what I believe to be the best of both worlds.

References

Regolith Linux Review
YouTube Video of adding tiling to KDE Plasma