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State of JetsonHacks 2020

“May you live in interesting times.” Some people are going to look back on 2020, but it will be difficult to get any type of useful, reasonable perspective for several years.

But I know you don’t care about any of that. You want to know how it effects JetsonHacks. First, I want to thank you for being part of the JetsonHacks community, I hope you find everything here to your liking.

Normally in this end of year article I lay out the number of views and such that all of the JetsonHacks properties. Because of the plague, let’s say up front that the numbers where atypical, and not that interesting.

For YouTube, there were 750K views (36.9K hours of watch time!) and we picked up 7.3K subscribers. We only published 10 videos this year, so those numbers are actually quite astounding. Last year there were 922K views, so the views are down. But we we published 34 videos in 2019, so 2020 performed quite well considering.

We passed 25K YouTube subscribers this year, which I find quite incredible and well beyond any of my expectations.

Thank you everyone for subscribing, liking and sharing the videos. It really helps with the YouTube algorithms.

As you probably know, this year I did some videos on other YouTube channels which don’t show up in these totals.

On the JetsonHacks website, we had 834K views down from 960K the year before. There were 20 posts in 2020, 44 in 2019 so this years performance is quite good taking that into consideration.

Surprisingly, 2020 had 335K visitors while 2019 had 338K visitors! So the traffic is about the same. Without as much new content, it makes sense that the overall page views are down even with the same amount of traffic.

Going Forward

Going into 2021 we’re planning some new projects. The first one is a media project. We are working on a monthly live stream that I will be doing with NVIDIA which will be available on the NVIDIA Developers YouTube Channel starting in mid-January. The idea is that for each episode we will have some incredibly amusing banter, chat with an interesting member of the Jetson community and/or NVIDIA engineers, and have Q&A to discuss Jetson issues.

Of course, we will want to crank up more content on JetsonHacks than we had in 2020. I’ve been working on some interesting Jetson related projects this year, but have not been able to share them. However, in the last few months I have become unreasonably fascinated with motion control. So I think it might be fun to play with some stepper motors and build a motion control rig.

One of the issues that has been looming is technical debt. JetsonHacks has many articles, videos and Github repositories. Unfortunately many of these do not age particularly well. In part this is the nature of the beast. As the technology advances, there are a lot of changes to the underlying frameworks.

Inevitably something breaks in a new release, and any code written for the video or articles can become stale. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of changing release versions in the Github scripts, sometimes the script or technique simply becomes obsolete.

If it helps, the way that I view JetsonHacks is that it is a set of notes of projects that I work on. If it is a project that I work on a lot, you will see the code updated. If not, then the code more than likely needs help. To be clear, it is open source which means that you have access to it and change it to meet your needs. However that does not mean that it will be maintained.

The JetsonHacks Github repositories need a good scrubbing. You will begin to see many of the repositories being archived. I haven’t figured out a good way to do this yet, it feels like there should be a parallel archived account.

As the global supply chains come back up to speed, we should be able to start some interesting projects.


Yep. Conclude 2020, and get on with it. I shall see you on the other side. Happy New Year!

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