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Thursday, July 30, 2020

I'm Streaming Again After A Break During May and June 2020

I was busy adjusting to things, like the lockdown, and making sure I had supplies while continuing care giving full time.  So I took a break from streaming for a couple of months, May and June 2020.  I'm back and it feels good.

Another part of the delay was tech issues.  My FX1600 AMD box didn't boot about a year and a half ago and by then I had it for 3 years or more so I replaced it rather than troubleshoot it.  The replacement had a problem in June and that's when I decided to look into the old one since I was opening up the new one also.

New one needed a replacement video card but old one only needed a power supply, which was only $20.

Repairing both, I now have two working machines which is great since I decided that I have to stream from a different room since I can't stand up and stream from my desk.

I had to test the old FX1600 box since I never
streamed with it and it worked, which was good, although the resolution was only 480.  I might be able to increase that but it's good enough for a start in the new location.

So all of the streams so far were done from my desk, which I think is pretty boring and I can't pick up a guitar easily or use much of my other equipment since my desk is small and full and I have other gear still in boxes in the other room.  I'm looking forward to using more stuff.

The other surprise was that I had about 6 viewers at one time during my, "DJ Beats and Tracks Work" stream.  It isn't many, but it is for me especially since I'm really only still testing and trying stuff out.

The tracks I'm using are my own arrangements of samples I purchased with an unlimited use license which is really great since I'm not using any copyrighted music that would need clearance. 

I really wanted to get set up in the other room and at least test another stream with new setup and new camera angle and I'm so stoked to get that going, but today was a very busy day in caregiving.  I just double checked the spelling of that and found this nice site I have to look at: Caregiving

I noticed it explained things well right at the top.  I'll be blogging on that subject at some point also since I've been doing it for years and I have a few things to share.

My Twitch channel from where I stream is: NoCats_Net on Twitch

The on-demand videos of most recent streams are available there also, VOD, Video On Demand.

That's all for now, I can't believe July 2020 is gone. - Jay Nocats.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Zoom On Linux Mint 17.3 Trashed My GUI Desktop On Bootup -- Technical Post Please Ignore

I had to do a Zoom meeting so I installed it through the browser on my Linux Mint 17.3 installation.  It failed to accept the password and so it didn't work anyway.  But then when I restarted the box, it booted me to the terminal!  No desktop, no GUI, no KDE.

I got a text box with message, "MDM: Xserver not found: /usr/bin/X :0 -audit 0 -auth /var/lib/mdm/ :0.X " and it asked if I wanted to see the message returned so I said, "Yes."

The message was, "MDM: Xserver not found...."

I ran an update from command line: sudo apt-gt install update.

I backed up current xorg.conf file in /etc/x11/xorg.conf to xorg.old.conf

Then I did:  sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg ...it returned, "xserver-xorg not installed" ...which was disturbing, but then I decided I will have to reinstall it, so I did:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver.xorg

That seemed to go well and I restarted the box and I got the desktop back, it was back to the normal boot.

Other things that I tried that may or may not have helped in the process:

sudo Xorg-configure which created xorg.conf.new in /home/john, then I copied it to /etc/x11/xorg.conf, ran startx but got /usr/bin/X: not found.

I also did:
sudo apt-get --purge remove zoom ...and got 138MB disk space will be freed...
 Upon restart, after that, I got the same issue, which was booting up to tty with message "failed to start x server ...would you like to view xserver output to diagnose?"  No/Yes

I ran update to reinstall MDM  ...got back, "already newest version."

The instructions that helped me here came from:
askubuntu.com/questions/21309/how-to-restore-xserver and
forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=235153 and
forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=174357 and
askubuntu.com/questions/237973/boots-up-in-terminal-and-startx-cant-be-found and
forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=105156&sid=283aa6635f639a4a62631b287b644b78&start=20  <-- title on this if this long url doesn't work is, "<SOLVED> Failed to Start the X server" on the linux mint forums....

Needless to say I won't be reinstalling any of that zoom crap on my main production Linux installation machine!

Hope this helps, hope you don't need it.... - J
My Desktop is back!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

I Really Gotta Catch Up!

11pm ET, Wed. April 29, 2020 and I Really Gotta Catch Up.

Some stuff has been going on, an understatement, since prior post which was...January!  Everybody knows what, so I won't repeat that stuff.  Other stuff is better.

So the first thing that happened since my last post was that I found a very cool podcast from a podcaster and Twitch gamer.  This guy is amazing, I listened to all of his podcasts multiple times in February.  I'm planning a blog post on him, Nick.  I'll gather his links and post them on the next blog entry here.  He's so good I have to do an entry specifically on him and his expert podcasts.

My Jan. post was about my rediscovering Twitch.  I then listened to Nick about how to run a Twitch channel.  I was in planning stages but one point he made was that you should jump in immediately and grow while streaming.  That made sense so I did.  I actually started my channel and started streaming.

After a full month, however, I had to stop and figure something out since I was kind of stuck on one thing and it needed to change...and then, the virus.

That had me much more busy than usual, and I had to change my channel in some way, and so I stopped streaming but I did start watching a lot.  Sometimes all night, many times all night.  It was a good thing to do since it gave me an idea of the various ways to approach music streaming on Twitch.

I was playing piano keyboards into my ancient macbook using Logic Pro X and multitracking layers of the old song, St. Louis Blues, by W.C. Handy.  There are reasons why I chose this song that I'll get into in a later post.  I can't read piano music well, so I would record the left hand and then right hand for a number of measures of the song.  This took hours since I made mistakes.  I had a few viewers, hardly any chat activity and no followers.  I had a handful of followers but it wasn't generated by my channel stream.  The followers were folks I had chatted with on other streams I was watching.

There is so much more to this, but I have to end it here with my much better idea for my stream, which is to do a combination of DJ mixing with my original music but even before that, with loops and samples.  I have some gear and I am stoked to start. - J.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Excited to Start Something

Time slipped by fast since prior post, but that's not going to happen again.  I am excited to have discovered another video host and streaming service.

I was watching a couple of H3H3 videos on YouTube, and I can't believe how long ago, two years!  I only know this because that's when I signed up for my "new" account on Twitch.  They didn't continue there and so neither did I go back there for a long time until... about a week ago.  So little sleep for the past week.

I seems like Twitch cares about supporting small channels and users since they have multiple levels of channel support and that also means that even the smallest, newest channel can have something, rather than NOTHING, which is what YouTube has for entry level channels.

Sadly, there was a prime time entry for starting up on YouTube, but that window has closed a very long time ago.  You would have had to start a channel there between 5 and 10 years ago and put in years to grow it.  The new channel would have had to have grown a lot and there are still some of those channels still around today, but even many of them are not what they used to be.  You may know them, I may list them on another post when I get into those details, but discovering Twitch has been very encouraging.  I may be able to get into it soon.

I think I can see some light at the end of the tunnel of video hosting and much more interestingly, live streaming.  I have more to say about this, but it seems the window is currently open on Twitch, because of their lack of a barrier of entry, where on the other hand, YouTube has an extremely high barrier of entry to any level of monetizing.

I plan to post a lot sooner now.  I have a lot to say.  See ya sooner! - J

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

What Happened Since 2017 Part 1

I was testing out YouTube for about a year.  After a couple of months of research, I was still not convinced that this was a viable platform or was actually going to generate any income.  Back then, there were a lot of changes, but then YT seemed to settle down into a solid and steady set of functions and one of those was how they allowed monitizing, they call, "monitization."

They set it up so that the goal of a channel was 10,000 views.  That's it, no requirements for subscriber numbers or clicks, or likes, etc.  This was really good for a number of reasons that I'll get into on another blog post.

I'll just say at this time that of course, they changed all of this, but only after I had reached that 10,000 channel views and was approved for monitization and set up ads on videos and actually saw a nice accelerating stream of ad revenue.  So I was very much encouraged that they were actually following through on everything that they said they would and I was very impressed, and really surprised at how well their system worked. 

I tested out some views and the system actually did register them, wow, amazing....  So I was highly encouraged and started to go full time into producing videos, and promoting them and it was all working so well, that my statistics were visually showing acceleration of views and many of the other available numbers that they count on a channel, and pennies added up to dollars, but then just as I started to feel confident and my extremely low expectations were totally reversed, and I had a good 8 weeks of this, BANG, it all fell apart, to put it kindly.

I was so full of doubt, convinced that there was no way this was possibly a viable activity, and then just as I was proven wrong, it was all on the level and they were doing exactly what they said and they developed trust in me it just all turned right back around and it was over.  As I write this now, I'm feeling it all again and so that's why I can't continue this right now, I have to calm down and collect my thoughts to continue with part 2.  I'll also include some graphics showing the charts of the accelerating statistics and stuff.  I just can't right now.  Thanks for stopping in and reading - J.

Friday, December 22, 2017

This Year Was Great and It Continues Part 1 Goal

I set a goal and I reached it.  I threw a bunch of videos up at my YouTube channel and experimented with them to see what would happen.  Yes, that's the shotgun approach, but I stuck with it and something did happen, so it wasn't totally wrong, maybe it could've been better, but it got me results.

10,000 lifetime YouTube channel views
This goal took me 10 months.  It wasn't 1,000 per month, it was a couple of thousand initially and then a long, slow dip before only about 3 of 50 videos far outperformed the average.

Below is the current chart of views over lifetime of my YouTube channel, which is one year old this month.  The spike is a little over 100 on that day, this is a daily chart so it has approximately 360 data points, one a day for a year.  The dip has days that go as low as 5 views on that day.

I was lucky and I totally knew it when I started with a holiday video that did well.  It was my first video, unedited, and has about 2,000 views mostly on the initial spike there.  Then nothing, after that, but I was totally prepared for the nothing response to my additional videos.  I did some research before I started this project so that helped me mentally prepare for the nothing response and I knew I was lucky with the initial Santa holiday fire department parade video that I published during the holidays, 2016.  But a little luck was encouraging.

10,000 lifetime channel views became an important statistic for YouTube after I started.  They implemented that after I started the channel.  Things changing that much at YT were a concern I had since I had very low expectations of the entire enterprise to begin with, so these big changes in their management of the program didn't help. 

This is Part 1 of my year end blog post series.  Next, I'll talk about having to edit initial Santa video because of copyrights, and what videos gained views and which did not, and why I had to pause for a while.

Thanks for reading, stop in at the channel some time, follow, subscribe, etc., if interested in updates. - J

Monday, August 21, 2017

Featured Post - My Nocats.net YouTube Channel - Click on this title for blog post with channel link, THANKS!

link:  nocats.net on YouTube

@ Hi, I'm blogging about vlogging and YouTube video publishing.  Some of the time my videos will be a vlog, but so far, most are not.  I'm not following the rule of specializing and having a narrow focus.  I have a lot of varied interests, so since it's called, YOUtube, I'll try doing it my way, at least for the initial testing and startup.  So far, I don't have a nice name on the URL, for that they require a specific subscriber level, but I'm half way there.

Thanks for stopping in and thanks more for clicking on my channel link, and thanks even more for watching a video, and big big thanks for anything else, like a like, or huuuuge thanks for a sub. : - )   -jay / nocats.net