Watch PIP YouTube videos on macOS with pipcorn

With pipcorn you can spawn a picture-in-picture YouTube player on your Mac without installing anything! Install it globally using npm, or run it directly using npx: npx pipcorn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ Basically it’s a wrapper around ytdl (to get the MP4 URL) and open-pip-cli (to open a PIP player). Love the name, too. pipcorn Source (GitHub) →

More performant YouTube embeds with <lite-youtube-embed>

By Paul Irish: Provide videos with a supercharged focus on visual performance. This custom element renders just like the real thing but approximately 224X faster. Installation per NPM: npm install lite-youtube-embed Usage: <!– Include the stylesheet, this could be direct from the package or bundled –> <link rel="stylesheet" href="node_modules/lite-youtube-embed/src/lite-yt-embed.css" /> <!– Include the custom element […]

A Conspiracy To Kill IE6 β€” How YouTube got rid of IE6 for us

Great read on how a few YouTube engineers bypassed the internal Google politics in order to abolish IE6 from their list of supported browsers: One idea rose to the surface that quickly captured everyone’s attention. Instead of outright dropping IE6 support, what if we just threatened to? How would users react? Would they revolt against […]

The nightmare videos of childrens’ YouTube

James Bridle – whom you might know from his autonomous trap for self-driving cars – on the dangers of leaving your children on YouTube unattended: Writer and artist James Bridle uncovers a dark, strange corner of the internet, where unknown people or groups on YouTube hack the brains of young children in return for advertising […]

Video embeds for the Social

About half a year ago I’ve changed how I embed videos here on bram.us. No, I’m not embedding responsively but I’m embedding Vimeo and YouTube clips along with its poster frame (= the image you see before the video starts playing). Doing this will force Facebook and Google+ to show that image – and not […]