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Download Videos from Websites Like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, and Others!

In this post, I will show you how to download videos from the internet (MySpace, YouTube, Google Video, etc) and save them to your computer. The reason you have to go through this process to download the videos is due to the fact that content providers (YouTube, Google Video, and others) use special formats that do not allow playback in traditional media players (i.e. Windows Media Player, Itunes, and others); as such this method allows you to save the downloaded video files to a universal .avi file that you can play back on any media player.

Before going ahead you need to have firefox as well as Video Downloader firefox extension!
Once you installed this extension, then download this PDF Tutorial by Giles!

Don’t worry this is not any long lasting tutorial… In fact I bet u wil enjoi doing this!

Click here to download firefox!

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June 27, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Spam Vertigo

The endless onslaught of comment spam continues unabated and the tireless efforts of Akismet continues to keep the hordes of scum at bay with a 99+% success rate.  I did find one false positive when I was checking through the hundreds of spam that had been quarantined so that does raise the possibility that I’ve been deleting genuine comments when I’ve wiped out previous piles of spam that numbered in the thousands.

Sorry.

This is particularly possible since I picked up a bunch of new visitors and commenters with yesterday’s “1984″ post (hello to all the new folks).  Oh, and thanks to Massif for submitting that post to Reddit – that gave me quite a surprise when I woke up this morning.  Apparently not even hitting the front page can score you about 3,000 hits.

I decided to scour Akismet’s spam net to see if it had caught any innocent comments but it takes for-bloody-ever to look through the hundreds that get caught in a single day.  The problem isn’t limited to the sheer volume of spam, it’s also the length of the individual spam comments.  Some spam are only a few lines long but more than half of them are fucking massive!  Screen after screen of blue links to viagra, insurance and porn.

My solution was to run through the list at a fast scroll and only slow down if something seemed to break the visual pattern (i.e. it had a chance of being a legitimate comment.)  Even scrolling so fast the words were a blur it seems to take a minute or two to get through each screen (Akismet groups 50 spam to a page.)

Besides being a boring waste of time, this exercise has another unpleasant side effect.  I decided to switch to another window while I waited for the next page of spam to load (I was working from a relatively slow connection) but suddenly going from a fast moving screen to a static screen totally fucked with my visual perception.

I was suffering from what I can only describe as spam vertigo.  The static text on the screen seemed to be swaying and wobbling.  It was a very disconcerting and made me feel mildly sick.  So now I have one more reason to hate spammers.

Bastards.

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A good news story – You CAN make money blogging

Someone who’s given me quite a bit of support since not long after I started this blog has just made a huge score. Howard Lindzon and his team have just sold their video blog Wallstrip to CBS.

To me, this is the story of people who believed in the power of the video blogging medium, saw a niche and went for it. Of course, it helps to have the experience, contacts and wherewithal to get a project like this launched but none of that counts if you don’t have the vision and the will to follow it through.

I’ve honestly been getting a little disheartened lately by things like the amount of attention paid to talentless fucks on YouTube. This is the sort of news that gives me heart. And the fact that some big name dickheads seem pissed off by Wallstrip’s success makes it even better (read the comments in the post I linked to above on Howard’s blog if you want to see what I mean.)

Oh and I got my latest payment from The Fizz Newzz too, so that cheered me up. Wallstrip got their millions but I got my $250. The gap is closing!

Just to round things out, here’s the Wallstrip video where they celebrate the deal.

http://www.youtube.com/v/q3q1zuXujr8

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment