Question of the day: How to embed youtube videos & make them fit…

March 26, 2010

Depending on what browser and resolution you are using, you may find that your content (such as blog posts) which have embedded videos are running over your blog post area. You COULD change your stylesheet, but if everything works except for embedded Youtube videos, an easier answer might be to change the width of the Youtube player. This is super easy to do.

First you need to find a video that you want to use. 😉 Not all Youtube videos are embeddable and many copyrighted ones are not. If that is the case, you’ll need to just link to them.

Get the code from Youtube

If you’re looking at the main user channel, you may not see the embed links, but you can get to them in a number of ways.

Underneath each of the videos posted on the channel, is a tab/button which says Info. Click on Info and you will see
View comments, related videos, and more
Click on this get to the video with its embeddable info.


The Embed box holds the code for the embeddable video. If you look carefully in the Embed box, you can usually see what the size is — object width is the width that the embeddable video will be.

If the pre-configured options will work, you can skip customizing the code; just grab a copy (Ctrl + A) of the code from the Embed box. You’ll be ready for the blogger section then.

To customize the embeddable video:
Click on the tiny star icon (whoa, is that easy to miss!). Clicking on this will show you the different pre-configured sizes for an embedded video including size and color for the player.

Below the Embed box you will now see a bunch of options to configure your players.

Note: Include related videos may or may not include videos from the same user or necessarily on the same topic. If you want to create a group of videos, your better bet is to make a playlist, which can then be embedded.

In the Embed box, you will hit Ctrl + A (or right click Select All, if you have that functionality).

Embedding a video into a Blogger post
For Blogger (blogspot blogs) you MUST switch to the Edit Html button in order to embed the video. In any other blog service or product, you will need to somehow get to the html, unless you have embed Youtube functionality.

Edit Html
Find a spot in your post where you want to add your video.
Now hit Ctrl + P (paste) or right click paste if you have that functionality.

It will paste in something that looks
like this. Recognize that stuff? It is
indeed, the code from Youtube.

If you click on Compose, you will not see the video.Don’t worry, the code is still there and if you click Edit Html you will see the code.

If for some reason, you need to edit the width and height even more you can do it by tweaking the height and width even more, directly in the code.

..and that’s how to do it (or at least, one way to do it). I realize this question has probably been answered alot over the ‘net, but it was a question asked to me, so there you go!

If you do it right, you’ll get something like this… yes, I am in this movie… LOL


Question of the Day: How to search your own tweets at twitter

February 24, 2010

So, this was MY question today: as in, I wanted to re-post a tweet about moonshine arts & literary magazine. I couldn’t quite remember what I wrote and I didn’t use a #hashtag. So what to do? How do you search your own twitter feed? There are lots of cool trending tools out there, but those are very limited in terms of timeframe. I personally like trendtastic.

Per my usual M.O. I tweeted, buzzed, & facebook’d my request –even before I google’d, now what does that tell ya? I tell you what it tells me — I trust my networks of techies, artists, photographers, librarians, metadata mavens, programmers, hackers, writers, proj managers DIVAS — the creme de cool , more than google for quick answers.

Here is what I tried BEFORE I tweeted my plea for help:

None of these achieved any results. Strange, no? Not even the advanced search feature was successful. I know that I can scroll back chronologically through my posts but that is a LOT of work.

Doesn’t this seem like a huge failure on twitter’s part? Surely there are times when people what to see something from a previous week or month…and how will that fit into the semantic web? If the semantic web is all about the data and finding relevant info, whoa… huge hole.

One answer
My friend and webgurl, Amy, tweeted back almost instantly:

set up an RSS feed for own tweets & search in Thunderbird.

Looking at it from the RSS angle, I pulled my twitter feed into google reader, but that pretty pretty much starts with today, so didn’t help me find my moonshine arts tweet. I did find it using advanced search using friendfeed (yeah, I have an account there, too!), so big kudos to them. Good luck if you ever want to find anything in twitter or facebook. It’s nearly impossible — perhaps, this is where google buzz will score its biggest hit.
…and if I’m wrong and there is an easier way to do this, by ALL means, please let me know — because I’m not the only one who wants to see what they have tweeted.


Question of the Day: how does texting to email work?

February 1, 2010

A question asked by one of my coworkers (and you all thought I just answered social media, opensource, or database questions, right? LOL)

Q: How does a phone text to email? Does the computer have to have anything magic?
A: You can text to any email system. It’s the phone that has the magic. Each texting phone (which is just about every cell phone except for a few REALLY old ones) has an email address attached to the phone number, so it’s essentially email to email. SMS (short message service) = texting, which is based on really old GSM (Global System Messaging) which was back with early cells. It is also limited to 140 characters, which is probably one reason twitter limits to 140 characters. Smart phones actually give you the capability of doing straight email via a web browser or mobile device, so no character limits on those, unless you are texting. 😉

… I realize this is a really basic answer and it’s all a little more complicated than that, but that answered the question. 😉


Question of the day: Move facebook profile photo to album

November 2, 2009

So, this should be super easy if ALL of the photo albums in Facebook work the same way but they do not (What?!?! … )

In the Profile Photos album, there is no way to move a photo to a different album…. but there is a workaround of sorts.

  • Click on profile photo to go to the Profile Photos album.
  • Find the photo you want to move and click on it.
  • Click on the link under the photo “Edit this photo”
  • Then click on Move to (and choose your album)
  • Save.
  • To do the next photo in your profile album, click on the top menu link Profile, Click on your profile pix, and repeat. (I couldn’t find an easier way to do this step…)

Question of the day: download video from facebook

October 27, 2009

There are a few different ways to download a video from facebook, none of which are built in to facebook. You can dig around in the internet cache for (IE) or Firefox or if you use Firefox you can add this wonderful little GreaseMonkey script that creates a download link right at the video in facebook. Whoa, now that is cool.


Question of the day: My "hand" tool is stuck in Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.?

October 20, 2009

So, I had the dreaded stuck “hand” tool in MXFireworks 2004 (yeah, I know, way behind, I work for the govt….) where I absolutely could do nothing except move around using the hand tool.
After much googling, here are the responses I came up with (and I now share in hopes of helping somebody else) :

The first three are duhs, which didn’t work for me 😉

Turn off conflicting software/clear memory

  • Restart the software (Fireworks, Photoshop, etc.).
  • Restart your computer
  • Turn off any Macro products you might be running

Reset your preferences — Ah -ha!

  • Edit>Preferences>Reset all warning dialogs (Photoshop)
  • Edit>Preferences (Fireworks; save — I didn’t reset my preferences, just re-saved the existing ones and it worked)
  • Commands>Reset Warning Dialogs (Fireworks)

Question of the day: Corrupt PDFs

September 30, 2009

Question of the day: Has anyone seen the following error when you try to open a pdf file:
There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired.

My answer (I have lots of experience with bad PDF files… long story .. not my fault, though, I was just an innocent bystander… lol):

a few likely reasons:

If the PDF is on the web:

  • The upload process could have hung up, creating an empty or damaged file.
  • The upload could have been in ascii format, but the PDF contained images and should have been uploaded as binary.
  • The file could have been corrupted during the creation process and uploaded (or emailed or saved to a drive) as corrupted.
  • A problem with Adobe

If you can get to the server level where the PDF resides (if it is on the web), you might be able to see if the File size = 0 or see if there are other anomalities. If it was emailed to you or given to you on flashdrive or card, just ask for a new copy.

good luck. It is possible to retrieve and restore some corrupted data but it’s never easy. If you can get the original file and it’s not corrupted, that is the easier answer.

I just accidentally corrupted a 16G SD card (moving between too many cameras too quickly — which wiped out the exif for about 100 images making them unreadable) and was able to restore the CR2s and JPGs without manually rewriting the exif. I’ve also restored deleted images off a SD, but neither was exactly what I would call EASY. 😉