My name is Jaron, I'm a developer, hacker, Christ follower, STEEM witness, crypto enthusiast, and now a SMOKE witness.
I've been a blogger for many years now and even created my first website back in the 1990's when I was in the 3rd grade. Needless to say, I am a big fan of the internet. Since that time I've gotten involved in other content creation and am a prominent participant in beta projects. What stirs me up the most now is cryptography and decentralization. I believe these are the two main aspects of keeping the internet as free as possible.
Bring on the development!
My biggest project right now is called Nebulus. Nebulus is a Python-based project that gives the content creator a place to "backup" media within the Interplanetary File System (IPFS). The more areas your content exists, the better the chance that your work will be available whenever a viewer wishes to consume your media. The idea for this service spun out of the developer's desire to help the decentralized apps (dapps) on STEEM to better compete with their centralized counterparts.
After chatting with a few Steemians, it was clear that the developer was not the only one looking for a way to keep their media alive. We are still a very new project with lots of milestones we what to reach to provide as much value for "Nebunauts" all around the galaxy.
Nebulus is a federated service, this means that there is not just one server "backing up" your media. This approach is vital to keep the dapps decentralized because what's the point if everything hinges on a single server?
How does this improve the SMOKE ecosystem?
These are problems we will face using the decentralized hosting of IPFS and are the exact problems that nebulus is working to solve. The creator is able to send Nebulus a transaction of 1 STEEM from the nebulus.app website (SMOKE integration possible). The site asks for your Steem account name and the hash you want "backed up" around the IPFS network and gives you a steemconnect link to complete the transaction.
Once the transfer of STEEM goes through any server running the Nebulus software then pin your hash to their computer. It is this action that keeps your video or audio live if a dapp has to remove old content to make room for the new.
Services like this exist around the internet, where you can have you hash saved to an IPFS node for a cost making this part of Nebulus not new in the least. What Nebulus does goes another step further in making your content more decentralized. This decentralization of your content is done with an incentive given to the Nebulus nodes who "save" your content.
Instead of Nebulus keeping all the STEEM (or SMOKE) sent by request to have a creators' video, audio, or image, backed up the account pays out a portion of this STEEM to the Steem user running the node. As much as I like to do things out of the kindness of my heart, we can not rely on anyone spending money to run a server to help decentralize our media without an incentive.
The biggest goal we have right now is to take this out of the creators' hand altogether and have the dapps pay for the decentralization of your media. This way the user experience would be similar to YouTube, Instagram, or SoundCloud. Where the user uploads and needs to do nothing else to expect that media always to be online.
Why I Joined SMOKE
As said above, I love to be a part of beta projects and new ideas. When I heard about SMOKE I thought "cool, a STEEM spin-off that is a niche site." Niche sites always do well, and the fact that this is on a blockchain make it even better. So I chose to pitch in and bring my knowledge in technology, witnessing, and programming here to help take this chain to the next level.
I am happy to be a part of this new platform and look forward to seeing all the great content you have to make!