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YouTube Embed High Quality and HD

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To embed video with the High Quality option –
In the embed code add the &ap=%2526fmt%3D18 to the end of each of the YouTube embed URLs.

To embed video with the HD High Definition 720P option –
In the embed code add the &ap=%2526fmt%3D22 to the end of each of the YouTube embed URLs.

I also created a tool to automate the process: http://dennismueller.org/blog/tools/youtube-embed-tool/

Examples:
Normal embed URL: http://www.youtube.com/v/xxxxxxxxxxx&hl=en&fs=1
High Quality embed URL: http://www.youtube.com/v/xxxxxxxxxxx&hl=en&fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D18
High Def embed URL: http://www.youtube.com/v/xxxxxxxxxxx&hl=en&fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22

Here are some examples. Note it does not say it is HQ or HD in the player but the quality is obviously improved.

Standard Def
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5r6CJk0Tg

High Quality
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5r6CJk0Tg&fmt=18

High Def (720P)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5r6CJk0Tg&fmt=22

Code Example for the HD Embed Code:


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Word 2007 Paragraph Marks

By default Microsoft Word 2007 shows paragraph markings even if the Show/Hide Paragraph Marks button is deselected. This can be very annoying and here is how to change it.

[NOTE: Click on the Images to make them larger]

Open up Word.

Click on the Microsoft Office Button
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Then click on Word Options on the bottom of the menu.
Microsoft Office Button

This will bring up a new window. Click on the Display tab on the left side.

Here you will see a section call “Always show these formatting marks on the screen”

Un-check all markings (by default that will include Tab characters, Spaces and Paragraph marks)

Click OK
Word Options

Once you back into word, feel free to turn it on and off again from the Home tab by clicking on the Paragraph symbol.
Show-Hide


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Color Management with Vista!

I recently upgraded my home machine to Vista and found that when I viewed photos in Windows Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop the tint was off. For me it was very pink. It is apparently a common issue to have the wrong tint in these applications even if the photos look fine in thumbnail or through your web browser.

So how do you solve this problem? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939395/en-us

Go to the Start menu
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Open up Color Management from the Start Menu “start search” box.
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There you will see a Devices tab
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If you have the drivers installed for your monitor, it may have a .icm file or two listed.

For example I have an Acer AL2416WD LCD Monitor. I downloaded the driver from Acer.com and it included 3 ICC Profiles (.icm files):
Acer AL2416WD LCD Monitor_warm.icm
Acer AL2416WD LCD Monitor_cool.icm
Acer AL2416WD LCD Monitor_user.icm

But you don’t have to use those, you can use the default windows one which tends to work pretty well.

Anyway, since you are having issues, whatever the default color profile is, you should probably changing it. So click on the Advanced tab on the top:
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Then on the bottom click on the Change System Defaults button.
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A new window will open that will allow you to make changes to the Color Management. Click back to the Devices tab and click the Add… button at the bottom left.
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Then select the appropriate ICC Profile or WCS Device Profile the click OK.

That will close the window and now you can select the new profile and click Set as Default Profile as highlighted in blue below.
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Oh and one last thing, make sure to Reboot or you won’t see the change. And they say computers aren’t easy.