YouTube Crashes

Remember several years ago when Twitter crashed quite often. They have not had that issue in a while, at least to my knowledge. Now, for YouTube to crash a few minutes ago, that’s something else. I’ve never seen it, ever. The problem was short lived. YouTube recovered less than a minute, but it was very interesting. The 500 server error and the monkey graphic was pretty cool. Here’s a snapshot of the crash.

YouTube Connect

YouTube has just created another service called YouTube Connect. It give users the ability to livestream that spur-of-the-moment type of videos akin to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.

YouTube Connect will have apps that will run on iOS and Android devices. Livestreaming is immediate and will include, chat and tagging features. The Live broadcasts are saved on YouTube so others can see it for later viewing.

All in all, YouTube now has seven apps. They are YouTube app, YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Creator Studio, YouTube Capture and YouTube Red. The latter is a add-free subscription service.

YouTube Ad Free Subscription

If you don’t want to see any ads on YouTube, then you need to pony up for a subscription. The commercial free service is called YouTube Red and will cost $9.99 per month. It will be available Oct. 28 in the United States and will be available globally in 2016. Just think about the countless minutes and hours wasted watching ads before the videos can load and play. Is this worth the subscription? I think if there’s additional content available with this service, then it would be worth the price. The commercial free service on its own isn’t worth the trouble for me.

The Latest Xbox 360 Update

I was dismantling the Xbox 360 last night since the DVD tray would not open. I tried every trick in the book, but no cigar. I ended up breaking the seal (gulp, don’t tell anyone) and removing the plastic covers. I vacuumed the unit. and poked the hole near the DVD tray with a metal wire to free up the DVD tray. It worked.

I’m not sure if I needed to remove the plastic covers to poke the hole, but since it was already open, I took the opportunity to vacuum the unit. I can’t believe the amount of dust collected over the years. I left the covers off momentarily. It seems to have better ventilation without it. Who would have thought? Maybe, this will fix the red ring of death which I still get ocassionally.

Upon bootup, I was prompted with a message to run an Xbox update. So, I ran the update. After 20 minutes, the update completed. The Xbox rebooted. Lo and behold, the new Xbox 360 interface was right before my eyes. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the new XBox 360 interface, courtesy of theRadBrad.

I’m not sure what to think of it yet. What’s with the Bing Search? You can now search the entire Xbox for movies, games, etc, but it’s not for searching the internet. I seem to like the easy access to videos and apps, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. I also noticed viewing Youtube is now possible? I haven’t tried it yet. I’m going to have to play around with it some more before making anymore silly comments.

What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

Ever wonder what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds? Gizmodo has this graphic (below) that outlines what happens if you doze off for just a minute. It goes on to show you, there are a ton of activity on the internet every minute, every hour, and 24 hours in a day. Here are some impressive stats:

  • 1500+ blog posts
  • 98,000 new tweets
  • 12,000 new ads on Craigslist
  • 20,000 new posts on Tumblr
  • 600 new videos (25+ hours worth) on YouTube
  • 168 million emails sent

The graphic is great, although it fails to mention how much porn was watched or the number of Facebook and Twitter posts about Justin Beiber. That should amount to something.

157825

My current Alexa ranking is 157825. The reason I brought it up was because Gizmodo posted an article today featuring 300,000 of the biggest websites visualized in a graphic with their icons. The result was based on Alexa rankings earlier this year.

As expected Google, Yahoo, YouTube and Facebook dominated the graphic. I was curious if I made the list. I wasn’t about to spend the whole day looking for it with a microscope, but I was glad to know that NMap has an interactive version. I did a quick search and here it is.

I was pleasantly surprised that I made the list. You can download the graphics if you like or ask for a 24×36 inch poster.

JW Flash Video Player 5

If you like to post videos on your blog, one option is to use JW Player 5 from LongTail Video. It gives you the ability to play FLV, H.264/MPEG-4, MP3 and YouTube videos from your blog. You can install several WordPress plugins that support videos, but WordPress plugins tend to slow down your blog if you have several of them installed. Running the JW Player directly from your site gives you the flexibility. You can apply different skins and plugins to it. In addition, you can monetize it by running your own ads. How popular amd stable is JW Player? Well, a little company named YouTube used it as their first player back in 2005. JW Flash Video Player is free. Learn more.