Open Sourcing the YouTube Download Script? Yea or Nay?

Every once in a while, I get either the urge or an email begging me to Open Source the Download from YouTube script.  The idea of doing so has been in the back of my mind for quite some time although managing yet another project isn’t on the top of my list. (Anyone remember that Supermarket script I wrote a few year back?) The idea of doing so was raised in a pair of emails this morning that showed up in my inbox.  One of them basically consisted of “PLZ!!!! U SEND ME YOUTUBE SCRITP?  ME WANT NOW!!!!!”  That really makes me want to do it. A couple of years ago, I got offered $500 for both the site and the domain.  Silly me turned them down as I kind of liked the idea of having something of my own to work on.  I had plans for the domain as well. One of the problems with releasing the code is the question of licensing of the actual code.  The original code that I downloaded many years ago didn’t include any licensing with the file.  I’ve tried to contact the original author on a number of occasions, both with questions about the licensing as well as fixes for the code.  Since the code file that is still available still consists of the original code that no longer works and the developer has never replied, I don’t think he’s too interested in the project any more. The code is a mess though.  I’ve built onto the original download with my own code and there’s a lot of hacks in there.  Doing a complete from the ground up rewrite would probably be best.  Get around any licensing issues as well. I have to admit that I’ve had a bunch of additions I’ve always wanted to add on to it.  A thumbnail of the video would be great. (The Download Videos from Dailymotion site has this.) Stats like the last ten videos downloaded or what’s popular would also be a plus.  Stuff like that I’ve wanted to add in would be great.  Actually having instructions would also be a plus. Anyone care to weigh in? (Hopefully with an intelligent...

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Download Dailymotion Videos Beta Test

I’ve been working on a Dailymotion Video Downloader for the last few days as I teach myself some AJax and jQuery and anything other weird name you can throw in there.  The code is still rough.  You’ll see the beta code output when you try it.  Please give it a try and let me know how it works for you.  If you need a video, you can try this one of the World’s Greatest Toilets found in Videogames.  I still have to clean out the beta code and fixing the download links is also needed.  *.mp4’s come down as *.h264 files.  I don’t think that’ll work for most folks. And if you want to Download Youtube Videos, you know where you can do that as well.  That site is heading for a redesign as...

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Han Solo, P.I.

Long story why I haven’t been around much.  I’ll discuss it another day. This video came across Twitter a few days ago.  I have to admit that I was a fairly big Magnum, P.I. fan growing up.  Whoever did this put a fair amount of time into pasting up the video and matching it to the original opening credits of that show. You can watch Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo) play a decent Tom Selleck (otherwise known as Thomas Magnum) after the fold. And remember, you can download the video on the YouTube Downloader (Yes, it works again.  Sorry about that.) as an *.mp4 file.  It’s supposed to be available as an HD *.mp4 file but I can’t get the link to work right.  Maybe it’ll work for...

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Free Grand Slam Breakfast at Denny’s – 2/3/2009

This just came my way.  It’s being reported that Denny’s will run a commercial during the Superbowl offering a free grand slam breakfast on February, 3rd, 2009.   Haven’t seen much in the way of sites promoting this and I’m not going to be able to watch the Superbowl tonight.  Would love to hear back from someone if they see it on television.  We actually have a Denny’s here in Charlotte.  Well one left, just north of the city. Here’s the copy: Every guest from 6AM – 2PM on Tuesday will receive 1 free Grand slam, and 1 free coupon book with 8 coupons in it. Each coupon book has 4 BOGO’s, 2- 25% off coupons, 1 coupon good for free dessert , and 1 coupon good for a free order of pancake puppies. Each Denny’s in the US received 1,000 of these coupon books to hand out to guests on Tuesday who order a free Grand Slam. Per Denny’s Corporate every store also received 500 Grand Slam rain check coupons. Denny’s has instructed each manger to hand these rain checks out good for a free Grand Slam to any guest who can’t wait. Denny’s spent 3 million on the Super Bowl ad, and tons more on a full page ad this coming Monday in USA Today. They are taking this very seriously and instructing all stores to staff as if it’s a major Holiday and for the staff to be as friendly as humanly possible. Commercial during the SuperBowl will announce this. And don’t forget that we’ll have iHop’s Free Pancake Day on the 24th as well. edit: This has now been confirmed.  A copy of the commercial is after the fold if you want to view...

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Animaniacs – Presidents

Richard Byrne over at Free Technology for Teachers posted today a video showing the 44 United States Presidents in order.  Have to admit I prefer, even if it is a bit out of date, the Animaniacs version. One has to wonder which young students will remember ten years down the...

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Watch Babylon 5 – And the Sky Full of Stars

Yesterday we had The War Prayer.  Today, it’s “And the Sky Full of Stars.” Sinclair is abducted by two mysterious beings. They probe his subconscious memory to learn what happened ten years ago during a space battle when Sinclair lost his memory for 24 hours.

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Watch Babylon 5 – The War Prayer

Yup, playing catch up yet again. 🙂 A few days ago, I posted the Babylon 5 episode, Mind War.  Today, here’s The War Prayer for your viewing. Description: When a group of racial fanatics infiltrates Babylon 5 and attacks innocent aliens, Sinclair, Garibaldi, and Ivanova try to capture the...

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Watch Babylon 5 – Mind War

Yesterday we had Babylon 5 – The Parliament of Dreams.  Today we have Mind War.  A genetically altered telepathic fugitive hides aboard Babylon 5 and seeks help escaping his pursuers before he mutates into a destructive superbeing. Catherine experiences an incredible encounter with an alien spacecraft.

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Watch Babylon 5 – Born to the Purple

OK, yesterday you had Babylon 5 – Soul Hunter.  Today, you get Babylon 5 – Born to the Purple.  Sinclair helps save Londo’s political career when an exotic dancer steals Londo’s secret files in order to gain her freedom from her sadistic slave owner.  Enjoy.

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Watch Babylon 5 – Soul Hunter

OK, so it’s been a couple of days since I added in Babylon 5 – Midnight on the Firing Line.  Sorry about that.  Been working on a project. (edit: and it appears the autoposter didn’t fire off correctly either last night.) Today, we add in Soul Hunter.  A badly damaged ship is brought into the station, and the strange alien inside is identified as a Soul Hunter – an immortal race who can sense death and supposedly steal someone’s...

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