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Ten Hidden YouTube Features & Tweaks

28 October 2013

1. Better linking
If you want to link to a specific point in a video, just right-click the video and select 'Copy video URL at current time'. When someone clicks on that URL, it will then take them to that specific point.
2. Play/Pause
If you want to quickly pause a video, the easiest way is to just press the Space bar on your keyboard. It will save you hovering the mouse over the play/pause button. Pressing the Space bar again will make the video continue playing.
3. Rewind/fast-forward
If you want to rewind a video, just press the left arrow key on your keyboard. To forward a video, press the right key. This is much quicker than using the mouse and dragging the cursor across.
4. Watch later
If you're in the middle of a video and need to stop watching it - do not fear. You can click on a Watch Later button that looks like a clock, and it will save the video for you to come back to. This way you don't have to keep searching for the same videos and it will be waiting for you in your 'Watch Later' channel.
5. Disable related content
If you don't want to see any related videos at the end of a clip, you can disable them by adding the code "?rel=0" to the end of the URL in the embed code.
6. Repeat videos
If you want to repeat your favourite music videos, you can add the word 'repeater' in the URL straight after 'youtube' to open it in an external site that will play it back as often as you let it. You can also set it to play back just part of the video. It will look something like 'www.youtuberepeater.com/watch?'
7. Customised searching
If you want to narrow down your search results, you can use a number of codes. Adding "HD" to your search query will return high-definition results while "3D" will pull up three-dimensional content.
Writing "long" will bring you videos longer than 20 minutes, while typing in "short" will return content less than four minutes long.
Typing in "channels" or "playlists" will just bring up those results, as will "today" or "this week" to bring up more recent content.
8. Search in other languages
For the bilingual or multilingual, there are options on YouTube to search in different languages. All you have to do is scroll to the bottom of the page and change the language options. The choices range from Hebrew to Marathi and for these foreign languages with different characters, a special keyboard will appear in the search options. For languages such as Hebrew where it is written from right to left, the position of the page changes too.
9. Download a video
If you want to embed a video onto your own webpage, press the 'Share' button on the video and then go to 'Embed'. If you want to change the size of the video, you can pick a custom width and it will automically produce the required size for the video.
10. Poor connection
If you have a poor connection and want to improve the quality of the videos you're watching, use YouTube Feather. This beta viewing option removes some features and buttons on the video, meaning they can buffer quicker and not leave you with slow loading.
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Run SKYPE on a USB Thumb Drive

04 October 2013
There are several methods of transferring Skype to a USB - I combined two to ensure that my stick would work in any situation on any computer - at home, work, school, library, internet cafe, wherever.

You may have to play around a bit - on some computers I was able to initiate Skype by clicking on the .exe file without using either .bat file while other computers preferred one .bat over the other.

Follow the following steps and Skype would run from your USB drive.

  1. Only Skype version 1.4 or later supports a removable configuration. Download the latest version if required.
  2. Create a folder \Skype on your USB drive.
  3. Secure the folder if you worry about people peeking into your data if you lose your USB drive. Read the USB drive owner’s manual for more details.
  4. Copy skype.exe into \Skype. You can find the program in “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone”.
  5. Create a batch file runSkype.bat in the \Skype folder using Notepad. Within that file, insert the following command line just as it's seen here:
  6. start skype.exe /removable /datapath:"\Skype"
  7. Once the .bat file has been created you start Skype by either browsing to the Skype folder on the thumb drive or going to Start-> run and execute the batch file: run Skype.bat (e:\Skype\runSkype.bat for instance) If you run the skype.exe file you may receive an error stating that the file is not a valid Win32 application.

If you want to use the existing profile on your current computer:

Copy all files and folders within: For Windows '98 / ME / 2000 / XP - “c:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Skype” to \Skype on the USB drive 

Windows Vista - "c:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Skype" to \Skype on the USB drive 

Copy the following folders to \Skype on the USB drive: “My Documents\My Skype Content” “My Documents\My Skype Pictures” “My Documents\My Skype Received Files”

Here's the alternate set of instructions: 


How to set up Skype to run from a USB flash drive:

  1. Download Skype and install it on your computer. (or, if you have already installed Skype on your computer, continue to step 2)
  2.   Find skype.exe file where it was installed. (Normally found at C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\skype.exe) 
  3. On your USB drive create a folder and name it "Skype" and copy skype.exe into this folder 
  4. Create another folder in this Skype folder on the USB drive and name it "Data" 
  5. Create a new file in Notepad and name it "skype.bat" 
  6. Open the "skype.bat" file and add the following text: skype.exe /datapath:"Data" /removable

That's all! Now you are ready to run Skype from your USB drive. Just plug it into any PC and click on the skype.bat file. This will run Skype from your USB drive.
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How to Build a Lifelong Blog Reader Base

01 October 2013

Traffic is usually fleeting, whether you’re a blog owner or a webmaster, the scenario remains the same. Of course, since the day you’ve build your blog, the goal have always been to establish a large reader base that will provide streams of continuous traffic even if you’re slacking on your SEO campaigns, or if you've missed the  15 Commandments of Blogging, and or if Google kicked you again in your PageRank (you get the point).


What’s a Reader Base? My Take.

A reader base basically have the same functions of a fan group. They follow your content and updates, they usually are the first ones to respond to your calls (whether they’re promotional calls or distress calls), they visit your site without any referrer and the best part is that they always return for more. Which means,
Larger Reader Base = Blogger’s Dream Come True

As they say, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. The thing about building a reader base is that it’s the hardest part of blog promotion. Unlike traffic, you just don’t get that in a snap or in a wave of your advertising powers. A blog reader base is accumulated and taken cared of. There are a lot of factors to consider if you want to establish a big reader base, but the thing is, once you’ve done successful on this, it’s blog nirvana. Almost.


The Keys to Building a Blog Reader Base

Let me remind as I go to the keys, building a reader base is among, if not the, hardest of all when it comes to blog promotion. It takes time and a lot of effort but in the end, it sure is more than worth it.


First Key: Recognition

Of course, this one wins hands down if where talking about what to consider first. Recognition is number one. You can’t be a fan of a blog if you can’t even remember it in the first place. In my experience for example, I comment more than 10 blogs every time I go online but in those 10+ blogs, there are only about 2-3 that I did remembered on my first visit. Take my tip, improve you’re branding style. Be unique, be original and always have your own template. Why? It’s a hard thing to remember a blog alone, much more to remember a blog that looks the same with hundreds of others.


Second Key: Value for Time

Nothing is more fast-paced than the online world. Take for example how you read your email. Isn’t it right that you only read (or scan as I suspect) emails whose message are important to you and then immediately delete those you think are insignificant? Same goes with blogs. Ask yourself, would you give some time to go over a blog that would really be of no or little value to you? Repeat visitors think this way. They only go back as long as a blog provides them with good content that’ll be worth their time. Create a blog that’s worth visiting over and over and over again.


Third Key: Trust and Authority

This is the reason why bloggers who claim to be ‘gurus’ of this and that have a large reader base. They are considered as authorities to their respective niches and therefore, they are trusted. Blog reader base is tied greatly to authority and trust. If you're that blogger who do blogs on a specific niche, take my tip, place yourself as an authority to that topic. How? Research, research and more research. To be known as a 'guru', you have to spread the knowledge since 'guru' means teacher and teachers teach. That's the main part.

Fourth Key: Be Highly Visible and Reach Out to Readers

The trick in here is to splatter your name together with your blog's name all over the web, and strictly no spamming at that. Try submitting your site to to this list of directories with good google pagerank. It doesn't really mean you have to be online 24/7. The point is to make yourself visible, as in make your presence be known! Commenting here and there helps : extending as a sponsor helps too, offering a free service, even better! There are virtually endless ways and with the help of your creativity, you can sure go the extra mile.


Extra Tip: How to Take Care of Your Reader Base

Once you've start collecting and establishing readers you might want to make sure no one's leaving. Remembering names is a good way to start. Familiarity helps a lot you know. Collecting email addresses helps too (either you've build up a mailing list or through your feed subscribers). You might also consider giving them incentives every know and then. Like freebies, coupons and special tips of the latest buzz and happenings. Every little thing helps. That and remember to thank them for their loyalty every now and then. 
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