Open source alternative front-end to YouTube


Another tool battling big-tech’s data collection, malicious tracking and selling of people’s data like they were owned has been built!

It is Free Libre Open Source and covers the following:

  • Privacy: Invidious protects you from the prying eyes of Google. It won’t track you either!
  • Ethically designed: Invidious helps you regain focus through a humane-design — no more shall your day be wasted away!
  • Accounts: Invidious allows you to subscribe to channels and create playlists, without needing a YouTube account.
  • No Ads
  • and finally, Invidious has a fully featured and documented REST API for developers.

You can help host it, or you can just use it.

For a starft I’ll jsut show the few simple steps you need to take to start using it.
First go on the site https://invidious.io/

Click USE Invidious:

As a result you’ll be provided with a list of public and even TOR instances:

All you’ve got to do now is chose one of them and…

You’re in!


Experiment with Raspberry PI 4 – Dockerize IoT!

– RPI 4, 4GB
– 250 GB SSD: Teamgroup PD400
– MicroSD 32 GB

Attempt 1:

OS: Raspbery Pi OS Lite 2021-10-30

First I made sure SSH is avalble to me so I could login through my PC notebook.


$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt upgrade -y


after restart I SSH in and run the following:

  1. Install curl:
$ sudo apt install -y curl

2) Run the following command:

$ curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/SensorsIot/IOTstack/master/install.sh | bash

This runs takes down a github repository IOStack and runs it. Some restarting might be in order after Docker is installed.

Will it work?

Well… containers are there…

But how about their fuctions? Are they properly installed?

These are the containers I have built and intend to test now:

Nextcloud problem!

I create an admin account. I try to login with it… and I can’t.


  1. Be in the correct directory:$ cd ~/IOTstack
  2. If the stack is running, take it down:$ docker-compose down
  3. Erase the persistent storage area for Nextcloud (double-check the command before you hit return):$ sudo rm -rf ./volumes/nextcloud This is done to force re-initialisation. In particular, it gives you assurance that the passwords in your docker-compose.yml are the ones that are actually in effect.
  4. Bring up the stack:$ docker-compose up -d
  5. Check for errors:Repeat the following command two or three times at 10-second intervals:$ docker ps You are looking for evidence that the nextcloud and nextcloud_db containers are up, stable, and not restarting.
  6. then make your domain name by running raspi-config . Let’s say you chose ‘rpi4’ which would make the url to nextcloud the follwoing: rpi4:9321
  7. then.. stop docker again and go edit the file ~/IOTstack/volumes/nextcloud/html/config/config.php
  8. search for trusted_domains and add the new domain so it looks something like this:
    ‘trusted_domains’ => array (
    0 => ‘’,
    1 => ‘rpi4.local:9321′,
    2 => ‘rpi4:9321′,
  9. Save the damn file and go:
    cd ~/IOTstack
    …and then…
    docker-compose restart nextcloud
  10. open browser at rpi4:9321 and the registration and login should finally work
Nexcloud works!

You’re efing welcome!


IPFS – The InterPlanetary File System is the future of the free internet

I wrote about IPFS – the InterPlanetary File System – some time ago. At the time the project was still at the beginning of the acceptance even on the fringes (aka freedom-loving) of the internet, but today this is changing!

So.. what is IPFS?

IPFS is a peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol designed to make the web faster, safer, and more open.
In short it means that it creates a new field for websites that can’t be censored; the internet will get more democratized again – like it used to be before big tech took over and started centralizing it more and more.
IPFS doesn’t allow this – by design.

How do I enter this future of the Internet and how do I become a valuable part of the distributed web, you ask humbly, yet absent of kneeling?

In this post I’ll show how to start using IPFS if you use a Brave browser.

Since Brave browser is already capable of allowing you a dip into IPFS, I’ll limit this first post in the IPFS series to showing you how to enable this function.

Go to Settings, click on Extensions (these are the integrated extensions you get with Brave automatically) and then turn ON the “IPFS Companion“.

The new extension will appear as a gray/green cube icon at the top bar. Click on the cube icon and after the little IPFS window appears.

Choose ‘Preferences‘ button and a full IPFS settings window will appear.

Turn ON the Toggle all IPFS integrations and a bunch of new settings will appear in front of you.

Right at the top you’ll see IPFS Node Type. Change that to: ‘Embedded (experimental)‘..

…. and your Brave browser is good to go!

Check the cube icon at the top row now. Is it green? Click on it and if you now see some thing like this

You are now plugged into the InterPlanetary File System!

Yes, it’s true! There’s a lot to learn after now to make serious use of it and if you want to prosper here you will have to read a few things first. Think of IPFS as a very advanced version of the internet. done as it should have been from the start! IPFS has the capacity to give us back the optimistic, open, free and exciting internet we all hoped for in the 90’s. The internet where big IT companies don’t rule us, censor us, moralize and penalize us just because some unhinged individual in the company doesn’t like what you’re saying.

The centralized control which they accumulated in recent years is nonexistent in IPFS.. and that… is BY DESIGN!

We now have an option to start fresh!

But what if you’re just gonna be a normal user who doesn’t have any need for a website? Can you find something useful in the IPFS already or will you have to wait for decades to become interesting for you?
The answer is: it depends! There’s a lot of services being currently developed that will make your life easier, safer and more free very soon. But some are already here.

Here’s a few examples for you that you’ll be able to browse now:

  • Awesome IPFS
    is a small place where you can browse through tools, videos, apps etc which were created by various ppl recently.
  • Unstoppable domains
    A website which allows you to buy a .crypto domain name. No ‘annual’ subscriptions to your own domain. You buy it once and that’s it – forever yours!
  • Space
    S new file storage, sharing and collaboration platform with a focus on privacy. Stop letting companies spy on you. Finally take control of your privacy while still enjoying all your favorite features & tools.
  • Woodfy
    Decentralized video hosting for everyone. Just upload your video and stream it
  • Haven
    Snoop-free shopping app based on IPFS
  • Fleek
    Fleek makes it easy to build and integrate privacy, encryption, and p2p functionality into your sites, web & native apps. Built on top of IPFS, Textile, & Filecoin, our suite of products allow you to effortlessly take advantage of the benefits of these new technologies.
  • Open Bazaar
OpenBazaar costs nothing to download and use. Unlike sites like Ebay or Amazon there are no fees to list items, and no fees when an item is sold. Because the trade is p2p (peer to peer), it’s happening directly between buyers and sellers with no middleman to take a cut from each sale. It’s completely free e-commerce.
Filecoin is decentralized storage network designed to store humanity’s most important information


Yes… It is still early. But IPFS might be one of those moments where it pays off if one gets in early. IPFS has advanced miles and miles ahead of what it was just a year ago. A bunch of new services appeared just in the last half year.

If you have time and interest you should probably get on this train.

More little posts liker this to come…

Bitdefender Total security review

I’ve been using it for 3 days now and as an antivirus it runs *almost* smoothly.
Buuuut there are some things I don’t like:
1) I can’t get rid of VPN button on the main Bitdefender panel even when I uninstall Bitdefender’s VPN
2) Password manager gets forced on you as well, even when you have your own (use Bitwarden instead!)
3) It finds and immediately stops the execution of files that don’t fit the normie levels of computing. Examples would be: a bunch of Tor related files, Monero files linked to the integrated miner in the Wallet and main Monero file.
On the plus side: you can very simply go into quarantine and click restore while also excluding the selected files from further scanning
Conclusion: I’ll probably go for a year of Bitdefender. I’ll wait for the rest of the month to see if I come up against more troubling things but I don’t expect them. I think whatever is bothersome in this product is already fully revealed – the rest will go well.

Share files by IPFS

Today we look into a new website, which allows you to quickly share files with your friends – directly from your browser.

As far as I can see, there’s no size-limit of the shared files, since it is operated by the IPFS under the hood.
However, it needs to be pointed out that you don’t need to have IPFS capable browser to use it!

These are the 3 simple steps to follow after you open up the webpage:

  • Add a file you want shared
  • Get the link in return and share it with anyone you want.
  • BUT… keep the page open! Your friends can help you share the file by keeping their page opened as well.

Perfect tool for a quick transaction of a file to your friend.

And here’s the website: https://share.ipfs.io/ where you can start sharing immediately and also find some additional information.

Happy sharing!

Keybase par 2: Stellar Crypto-Wallet

Stellar Crypto Wallet

Stellar Wallet

Every registered user gets their own crypto wallet ready to receive and send money around Keybase in Lumens (XLM), a c protocol token of the Stellar network.

” Anyone that wants to hold or move money on Stellar must also hold lumens. Per the protocol, every account must set aside a small increment of lumens for each type of asset it holds. Similarly, an account must reserve lumens for each open offer against its assets. The total hold back for a typical account is low—a few XLM. “


In practice it means you can move money with it – and on the cheap.

When chatting with a person , you just click on the dollar sign on the right and choose “Send Lumens”.

In the chat with a person click on the dollar sign and

Then… fill in the amount of your choosing.

As I type in the value I wanna send in the chosen currency ( 0.2€ in this case), I immediately get informed what it amounts to in lumens as well (3.8 XLM in my case)
One more check…

.. the money is waiting for the taking on the other side.

To be continues in part 3

Link to my invitation: keybase.io/inv/f39c332683
You can find me under the nickname… hoornet.

ImprovedTube: improved YouTube control

ImprovedTube is an open-source browser extension that modifies YouTube to give users more control over all aspects of the site. 

If you are like me, quickly annoyed by some features of the YouTube that should in my opinion not be there you’re in luck. ImprovedTube will likely solve most if not all of these problems for you.

As in all my post I shall keep this one short as well so I’ll only present the most important features for me personally, just to show you what CAN be done. It is up to you to play with the settings and use them according to your own will.

So let’s start!

One of the most important features I need and I always set up in all my video players is the option to control the volume by my mouse wheel. I don’t touch a video player that doesn’t offer this possibility to me.

Lucky for me, this extension does just that.

After I installed the extension I found a nice recognizable YouTube-ish logo in my browser’s button menu.

As I click on it I get the following options:

And among the Shortcuts options have the ever nice “Increase volume 5% “:

As I click on it, this is what I see:

And then I simply turn the wheel UP, and after it recognizes it…

I click SAVE and repeat the procedure with for the Decrease of Volume as well.

The worst of YouTube is behind me! Now all I have to do is turn on the auto-pause when switching tabs option…

.. And my YouTube is beareble again.

Link to the project’s source: https://github.com/ImprovedTube/ImprovedTube

Click here for Chromium/Brave/Chrome extension
Website is here

Happy tuning!

ProtonVPN – High-speed Swiss VPN that safeguards your privacy

ProtonVPN is a a VPN from the makers of Proton Mail. Proton mail is a security-conscious mail server based in Switzerland and ProtonVPN is simply put a logical extension as VPN.

There are numerous VPN possibilities on the market today, but rarely does one find one which has a working and free version as well.

While I personally recommend we all pay those 8$ per month for the PLUS version of the VPN, the free version is enough for somewhat secure-ish basic browsing. Do not think however that you are safe from spying though!

The advanced versions have P2P support and integrate with TOR perfectly. So in case you need an actual secure VPN this is probably one of the best options out there.

Still… if you don’t have any VPN install the free version at least and if you have a ProtonMail account you can simply use the same username and password.

Link: https://protonvpn.com

Altap Salamander – better file manager for Windows

Altap Salamander is a fast and reliable two-panel file manager for Windows. It has an intuitive interface, offers viewers for all popular file formats as well as support for common archives, and has built-in FTP and SFTP clients.

Altap Homepage
Altap Salamander

This is one of the tools, I have been using for years and I find it unbeatable for daily use on Windows.

It is always among the top 3 tools that I install immediately after I finish setting up a new Windows machine.

It used to be called Servant Salamander for years and operated as a shareware, but after a recent company merger, it changed the name into Altap Salamander and became free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial usage.

In essence it is an easy file manager with one or two panes, a good search tool, FTP client, extensions through plugins, image and txt viewer and everything else a modern operating system should in my opinion already have integrated by default.

Image viewer plugin

One of it’s most used features is a “Hot path” which is in essence a named path on the drive or network which you use frequently and are sick of always looking for. In most of my computers I have about 10 hot paths set and this satisfies all my needs to quickly find the most used directories.

The only drawback that I have found is that it doesn’t recognize my tablet or phone as a disk. This is the only use-case for which I still use Windows Explorer.

Before I end this short post, I have to mention another feature I use frequently, especially for renaming my video and audio files on PC. It’s called Batch renamer!

Batch renamer

But you will find much more useful features if you try it yourself.

Link: https://www.altap.cz