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This article is an updated review of tools and software that I use to run my live coding stream each Sunday. If you’re interested in the original article, which offers some advice outside of tools and software, feel free to read it as well! When I wrote the original post, it was intended to be a “lessons learned” post, and I didn’t expect folks to use it as a real guide. …

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Including a chat box in your live stream video is handy for a couple of reasons:

  1. If you upload your video to YouTube later, viewers can still see the context of who and what comment you’re verbally replying to
  2. It can help viewers know when their chat message arrived on the other side for the streamer due to any stream or chat delays in place

You can insert a chat box into your stream via a browser source, either from Twitch’s native chat popout window, or via a third party service. This can have downsides though. It can clash with your stream layout’s aesthetic, and it doesn’t solve the problem of how difficult it is to read some of the chat nickname colors on Twitch. …

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the author preparing for a livestream

I regularly solicit and receive feedback about my live coding stream on Twitch. I usually want to know a few things:

  1. Is the content consistently interesting?
  2. Is there enough variety in what I stream?
  3. Is there any specific topic you’d like to see on my stream?
  4. Am I streaming often enough?

I have heard from several of you that the coherence of my stream layout has room for improvement. …

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From time to time, I make the quest home to update a sticker in my passport so that I can keep working overseas. It is normally a stressful three week or longer trip that carves a nice hole in my bank account, while I pretend that everything is not resting on a stranger’s decision as to whether I can return to the life I have built over the last few years. Of course I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I have been afforded to work abroad, and it’s well worth the stress and the paperwork.

The process involves having your passport held while the new sticker is issued and the paperwork is finalised, followed by a courier delivering it back to you within a reasonable timeframe. The whole process is rather nerve-wracking in general until you have the passport safely back in your hands and it’s a massive relief when it’s all done. …

Edit: if you’re interested in my more updated live-streaming setup, you can read about it in my new article “My Twitch Live Coding Setup”.

I gave streaming a go for the first time last July. Instead of gaming, which the majority of streamers on Twitch do, I wanted to stream the open source work I do in my personal time. I work on NodeJS hardware libraries a fair bit (most of them my own). …


Suz Hinton

nice cyber human 💾 web and open source hardware dev ☕️ I write code for @Microsoft 👩🏻‍🚀 @noopkat

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