h264ify – Hardware accelerated youtube playback with increased performance and battery life

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How it works

From their website:

“Makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos

By default, YouTube streams VP8/VP9 encoded video. However, this can cause problems with less powerful machines because VP8/VP9 is not typically hardware accelerated.

In contrast, H.264 is commonly hardware accelerated by GPUs, which usually means smoother video playback and reduced CPU usage. h264ify makes YouTube stream H.264 videos instead of VP8/VP9 videos.”

I have been using it for a while and in addition to being higher-performance, it also resolved some screen-tearing issues I was having with youtube video playback on linux. I highly recommend it.

Firefox Add-On: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/h264ify/

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/h264ify/aleakchihdccplidncghkekgioiakgal

Install MediaTek / Ralink drivers on Debian

Affordable Mediatek aka Ralink Wifi USB adapters are available on Amazon and Ebay. Unfortunately they do not work out of the box on Debian. You have to connect the machine to ethernet and install package “firmware-misc-nonfree”.

This should work for the following adapters:

RT2561 (RT2501 / RT5201 chipset)
RT2561S (RT2501 Turbo / RT5201 Turbo chipset)
RT2661 (RT2600 / RT5600 chipset)
RT2760 / RT2790 / RT2860 / RT2890 / RT3090 (RT2700P[D]/RT2700E[D]/RT2800P[D]/RT2800E[D]/RT3000E[D] chipset)
RT2870 / RT3070 / RT3071 / RT3072 (RT2800U[D] chipset)
RT3071 / RT3072
RT2571W / RT2671 (RT2501USB / RT5201USB chipset)

To install, open a terminal window and type:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install firmware-misc-nonfree

That’s it! Restart the computer, and you should be able to connect to your wireless network.

Install Chromium on Debian – The Right Way

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The Google Chromium browser is an open-source web browser that is a good alternative to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is usually included in Debian by default. Some people say that Chromium is faster than Firefox. I like to use both depending on what I’m doing.

Let’s go ahead and install Chromium using the apt-get package manager built into Debian. Installing Chromium using the package manager means that it will automatically be updated when you update the packages on your system. This should also work with Ubuntu and other Debian-based distributions.

Add the Google Chrome Repository on Debian

Open a Terminal window and type the following to open the package manager sources file as root.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Copy the following line to the end of the sources.list file.

deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main

Save and close the sources.list file. Now let’s download Google’s signing key and use apt-key to add it to the keyring so the package manager can verify the integrity of Google Chrome package.

wget https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

sudo apt-key add linux_signing_key.pub

Now let’s update the local package index and install the stable version of Google Chromium.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install chromium chromium-l10n

Now you’re finished! Google Chromium should be installed.

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My name is Zach Boggs and I am from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I am starting up a blog again after more than a decade of sharing my data with various social media services. I wanted to regain control of content that I choose to share with the world, so here we are 🙂

I work with computers and cars. I live with my amazing fiancée and her daughter. I am lucky to have two wonderful parents who look out for me. My favorite hobby is working on cars and I am proud to own a 1976 Chevy Nova SS that I have had since high school and is always a work in progress.