Saturday, 30 June 2012

Youtube fragments

by Flashopen

We have all already seen the parameters used by Youtube when we share a hyperlink to a video or when we embed it into a web-page.

Unfortunately only a few of these parameters can be set directly through the tiny interface provided in the video page.  All other parameters, and some are quite useful, must be set manually.

As an example, I will show how to share a fragment of a video by using the parameters start and end. I'm going to hide the controls as well, so we can't really get to know that we are only watching to a fragment. We set the parameter rel with the value 0 (null) so when the video finishes we won't see the suggestions to Youtube related video's. This parameter can actually be set in the the first checkbox by checking it (rel=1) or not (rel=0).

Therefore, here is the code for the iframe that embeds a video with the respective parameters:

<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="525" src="" width="700"></iframe>

You also can share the hyperlink by copying the url in src


Friday, 29 June 2012

Adding associates to manage your YouTube presence

by Konstantin Roslyakov

Many organizations have multiple presences on the web. For example, Webmaster Tools lives at, but it also has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel. It's important that visitors to these other properties have confidence that they are actually associated with the Webmaster Tools site. However to date it has been challenging for webmasters to manage which users can take actions on behalf of their site in different services.

Today we're happy to announce a new feature in Webmaster Tools that allows webmasters to add "associates" -- trusted users who can act on behalf of your site in other Google products. Unlike site owners and users, associates can't view site data or take any site actions in Webmaster Tools, but they are authorized to perform specific tasks in other products.

For this initial launch, members of YouTube's partner program that have created a YouTube channel for their site can now link the two together. By doing this, your YouTube channel will be displayed as the "official channel" for your website.

Management within Webmaster Tools

To add or change associates:

  1. On the Webmaster Tools home page, click the site you want.
  2. Under Configuration, click Associates.

  3. Click Add a new associate.
  4. In the text box, type the email address of the person you want to add.
  5. Select the type of association you want.

  6. Click Add.

Management within YouTube

It’s also possible for users to request association from a site’s webmaster.
  1. Log in to your YouTube partner account.
  2. Click on the user menu and choose Settings > Associated Website.
  3. Fill in the page you would like to associate your channel with.

  4. Click Add. If you’re a verified owner of the site, you’re done. But if someone else in your organization manages the website, the association will be marked Pending. The owner receives a notification with an option to approve or deny the request.

  5. After approval is granted, navigate back to this page and click Refresh to complete the association.
Through associates, webmasters can easily and safely allow others to associate their website with YouTube channels. We plan to support integration with additional Google products in the future.

If you have more questions, please see the Help with Associates article or visit our webmaster help forum.

Posted by Konstantin Roslyakov, Software Engineer

10 Popular Affiliate Programs for Small and Medium-sized Blogs

This guest post is by Charles Dearing of

As we’ve already seen today, affiliate marketing is a relatively trouble-free way for bloggers and other website owners to earn money. In fact, these days, even social media sites can become lucrative platforms for affiliate marketing campaigns.
Because affiliate marketing doesn’t require affiliates to offer their own products or services for purchase, but only to place promotions on their sites for other merchants’ products, it frees affiliates from many of the responsibilities and complications of traditional sales models.
Affiliate marketing programs typically work by having the merchant handle all the logistics involved in selling products or services, processing customer orders and payments, and shipping merchandise—all while the affiliate sits back and collects a commission for each agreed-upon action completed by the visitors the affiliate sends to the merchant’s website via an affiliate link. As long as the affiliate has done her homework and chosen a trustworthy affiliate program, she needn’t worry about non-payment.
Affiliate networks administer programs for individual merchants, handling all the work involved, while generally providing tracking and reporting capabilities to their affiliates to help them keep tabs on their revenues and determine which products or services are producing the best returns. These tools can be helpful to an affiliate in fine-tuning the line of products she decides to promote on her site and, ideally, increasing revenues as a result.
However, all affiliate programs are not created equal. Which are the most popular programs available today?

1. LinkShare

Reportedly the largest affiliate network, with over 10 million affiliate partnerships, LinkShare took the number-one spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for platform strength, support quality, and international capabilities.
LinkShare offers over 2,500 affiliate programs and lets you choose whether to have every aspect of your affiliate channel managed for you or whether you would rather manage your own program using the company’s various service and support options.

2. Commission Junction

Said to be the largest affiliate marketing network in North America (though it operates globally) and claiming the number-two spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being “the best at balancing the relationship between the merchants, the network, and the affiliates,” California-based Commission Junction, owned by ValueClick, Inc., offers affiliate, media, and tracking services and provides either a self-management or company-managed option for your affiliate relationships.
In addition to its regular pay-per-action affiliate program, the company also offers a convenient PayPerCall program to help affiliates “ensure they get paid commission for the leads they generate, thus further monetizing existing ad placements and having the opportunity to expand their promotional…online and offline campaigns.”

3. ShareASale

Claiming the number-three spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks for being the “overall best performance marketing network in the world today,” Chicago-based ShareASale has over 2,500 merchant programs and features brands such as HootSuite and PS Print.
ShareASale has received excellent ratings, with the company’s reputation/security, ethics, customer service, and ease of commission payment receiving glowing reviews.

4. Amazon Associates

Placing fourth in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, for a reporting system that “far surpasses other big networks,” this is one of the largest and most diverse affiliate programs available.
As most people know, offers such a wide array of products that there’s bound to be something to fit your niche. In fact, they offer over a million products from which you can choose to monetize your website or blog. Amazon Associates is a pay-per-sale affiliate program.

5. Google Affiliate Network

According to the network’s Overview page, “Google Affiliate Network helps advertisers increase online conversions on a performance basis and enables publishers to monetize traffic with affiliate ads.”
Google Affiliate Network is a pay-per-action network that pays commissions to its affiliates for driving conversions (sales or leads). The network requires a Google AdSense account for posting ads to the affiliate’s website or blog and facilitating affiliate payments.

6. ClixGalore

ClixGalore is an Australian PPA (pay-per-action) affiliate network that also has offices in the US, UK, and Japan. The company offers various types of programs, including PPM (pay-per-impression), PPL (pay per lead), PPS (pay-per-sale), and PPC (pay-per-click). Many programs pay in US dollars.
Some well-known brands that use ClixGalore for their affiliate offerings are Bluehost, Time Life, Trend Micro, Citibank, and Fox Sports Shop. While not as widely known as some of the other affiliate networks, ClixGalore is a solid network that offers thousands of potential merchant programs. The network also offers a two-tier network. By referring other affiliates to the network, current affiliates can receive a portion of their earnings.


PeerFly is a PPA network with its own proprietary software system. The network made the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, which stated regarding them, “They are courteous, helpful, and point you in the right direction.”
The network also took the number-four spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, for its high popularity, great staff, and excellent platform. PeerFly accepts publishers from all over the world and offers thousands of merchant programs.

8. ClickBank

A well-known affiliate network, ClickBank features digital products, such as e-books, software, and membership sites. The program reportedly offers up to 75% commissions on its tens of thousands of products. Commissions are paid weekly, and direct deposit is available to its affiliates.
Over the years, this network has remained popular, though some have questioned a few of its practices. Despite this, the company enjoys an A- rating with the Better Business Bureau.

9. MaxBounty

MaxBounty came in sixth in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks, though it didn’t make a showing in the Blue Book’s top 20 affiliate networks. In business since 2004, the network was founded on the philosophy of paying its affiliates more.
MaxBounty pays affiliate commissions weekly, and the company appears to have a good reputation among its affiliates. In fact, the network is popular among many top affiliate marketers and has received numerous positive reviews and writeups and critiques over the past several years.


Neverblue is a pay-per-action affiliate program that pays its affiliates for lead, download, and sale generation, as well as for new affiliate referrals. While Neverblue didn’t make the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 Affiliate Networks, it did take the number-one spot in the 2012 Blue Book of Top 20 CPA Networks.
Note: Neverblue’s parent company, Velo Holdings, Inc, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy earlier this year and now plans to sell the network at auction to pay its debts.
Despite this, the affiliate program has stated the following: “This filing will not impact Neverblue’s ability to meet client needs in any way—we intend to continue to operate business as usual without interruption. Neverblue’s business is fundamentally strong and we intend to make all affiliate payments on schedule, in a timely and reliable manner.”
Its management is just as confident that the sale will not affect Neverblue’s ability to meet its affiliates’ needs in any way. While this company tends to inspire high confidence among affiliates, you’ll have to decide whether to jump in now or wait a while to see how things go after the sale.

What’s your favorite network?

If you’ve been thinking of trying affiliate marketing to monetize your blog, consider testing these ten programs to see whether they fit your niche and audience. If you’ve used any of these programs, we’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments.
Guest post contributed by Charles Dearing, for – A review site and webmaster tool that enables you to discover which web hosting company any site is hosted with. They also provide information about all the popular webhosts like Blue-Host.

Originally at: Blog Tips at ProBlogger

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Os Galos de Portugal

Portugal tem tido alguns galos na sua história (não só futebolística) mas nenhum desses galos está relacionado com o nosso Galo de Barcelos nem com a sua lenda. Acredito assim que devemos desmistificar o significado da palavra 'galo' quando relacionada com o azar. Até porque essa lenda acaba com uma sorte do caraças. Portanto, Galo só há um, o de Barcelos e mais nenhum.
Somos uns felizardos em termos um galo como este.  Obrigado Barcelos!

Agora que os portugueses tomaram finalmente consciência da sua sorte, sinto-me mais aliviado e assim me atrevo a deixar aqui a minha seleção dos galos que vão jogar contra os castelhanos, catalões, galegos, bascos, andaluzos, enfim, contra essa malta toda!

Sinto-me também à vontade de adiantar uma estratégia galaróz que não pode falhar.
Eu sei, o Galo de Barcelos é uma grande fonte de inspiração para todos nós.
Então é assim: Sistema simples de 5-5. Portanto, tudo à defesa.
(Óbviamente, sem muralhas não seríamos quem somos hoje)

Jogar para um empate de 0-0, como não podia deixar de ser, e depois ir a grandes-penalidades.
Assim, ao fiarmos na virgem, não precisamos de correr muito e, como nós temos Fátima e os espanhóis não, ganhamos o jogo e vamos à final na boa. Pronto.

galo de barcelos
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Se perdermos é porque ficou claro que esta estratégia foi ignorada e que o não deveria ter sido.

Estas imagens foram obtidas da Google assim sem mais nem menos. Algumas teem direitos de autor e estarão aqui expostas a nível temporário. Por isso, não se ponham a copiar ao desbarato e a usá-las nos vossos 'profiles' no Facebook porque tal pode de facto estar sujeito a sanções penais ou a uma cabeçada do próprio autor. 
Isto, nunca se sabe.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

You Learn More With Music [Infographic]

by Staff Writers of Online Colleges

Satellite Eyes for Mac

by Flashopen
"Satellite Eyes is a simple Mac app that automatically changes your desktop wallpaper to the satellite view of where you are, right now".

This app is entirely for free and it was developed by Tom Taylor who points to some obstacles that he had to overcome regarding some Apple rules... and the Apple's Location Services bug fix! 
Read more here
You can download this app here or from the official site of Satellite Eyes

Satellite Eyes is fed with (the courtesy of) Bing Maps (Microsoft!), Open Street Map and it offers a set of design preferences authored by Stamen Design
I tried it myself and it is a neat app. However, changes in its preferences panel might not work immediately as you would expect to but they do work.

Screen-shot of my desktop wallpaper at the time of this publication

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Blast From The Past: Nook Touch Hacked to Run Mac OS 7

By Elizabeth FishPCWorld
Blast From The Past: Nook Touch Hacked to Run Mac OS 7: Missing the old Macintosh software you grew up with? Now you can use it again--on your touchscreen tablet.

Credit: Flying Toaster

Did Apple's recent developer conference make you long for the days when your Macintosh greeted you with a smile and could set flying toasters as a screensaver? As it happens, a developer managed to get a copy of Mac OS 7 running on a Nook Simple Touch.
"FlyingToaster" on the 68k Macintosh Liberation Army forum got the OS running on his Nook with a little help from other like-minded developers. Member "zydeco" got Mini vMac software running on Android, which you port onto your Android device. This will then let you use Mac OS 7 and 7.5, although FlyingToaster notes that 7.0 is more reliable than later versions. He then used Mini vMac for Android and hacked it onto his rooted Nook Simple Touch.
Of course, there are a couple of small issues. The screen of the Nook Touch can get a "ghosting" effect (that's where certain images burn onto the screen), and also suffers from the occasional flickering that apparently can render some applications unusable. Although the onscreen keyboard works well enough to let you use Microsoft Word and a paint program, it has no arrow keys, which can be annoying if you want to play some retro games.
Other than that, the software generally reacts to being touched as though it's being clicked. There are a couple of minute niggles, like the Apple menu being a bit awkward to select, but that is probably to be expected when the OS was designed for a little pointer rather than a finger.
To get a vintage version of Mac software running on your Android gadget, visit the forum. You can also see more images of the hack running on FlyingToaster's Imgur page.
*The "Mac OS" moniker didn't come into use until Mac OS 7.5.1; prior to that, it was typically called System 7

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A good idea and Arduino

By Gene Ryan Briones
Phil Tucker got tired of chasing off the neighborhood dog for constantly “pooping” on his front lawn. So, armed with a TRENDnet IP camera, an Arduino microcontroller, and a sprinkler valve, he created a personalized yard defense system. Tucker said that his yard defense solution has two benefits. First, it keeps his lawn healthy by setting it up as a timed watering system. And secondly, it sends offending dogs running home squawking and wet. Well, it seemed like the perfect way to deal with the neighborhood dog, without having to deal with the negligent owners.

The inventor explained that each time the IP camera detects motion in configured regions of its video stream, it triggers one of its General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) ports. Once it’s received the GPIO signal, the microcontroller will reportedly trigger a relay that connects a 24-volt power supply to the sprinkler solenoid valve. Then the valve will open and it will sprinkle at the direction where the motion was detected. The TRENDnet IP camera reportedly has the capability to send email alerts with snapshots, apart from recording video.

“Spaghetti” IP Cam / Arduino Motion Detect Sprinkler
By Phil Tucker
After a neighbourhood dog decided my front lawn was a fantastic place to poop on and his owners decided that they don’t care for bylaws I set upon finding a solution. Sure you could try cayenne pepper, mothballs, ammonia or even marking your own territory (take that!) but I already had an IP camera monitoring my front yard for security purposes, so I figured I’d just hook up an Arduino and a sprinkler valve. This yard defense solution has two added benefits, it keeps my lawn healthy (I can set up timed watering through this system) and it sends offending dogs home stinkin’ wet. From me having to shovel dookie off my lawn to negligent owners having to deal with wet dog — perfect.
When the IP camera detects motion in configured regions of its video stream (the rectangles in the screenshot) it triggers one of its General Purpose Input/Output ports (GPIO). The Arduino is listening for this GPIO signal and once its received the Arduino triggers a relay which connects a 24v power supply to the sprinkler solenoid valve. The valve opens when 24v is applied to it and “sprinkles” whatever was responsible for the motion.
The TRENDnet IP camera I employed works great as it already records video of events to network or attached storage, sends email alerts with snapshots and allows manual triggering of its GPIO.
The TRENDnet monitoring plugin only works in IE but after some reverse engineering and C# coding I had an easy to use web interface for all browsers and mobile devices.
If there’s enough interest I’ll post circuit and wiring diagrams. Ensure the valves you get are non-latching 24v solenoids, some 9v valves seem tempting but are magnetic and require a more complex circuit.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Why Do You Hate Football?

I'm a football (soccer) fan. I like the game for what it is... like a few other million people on this earth. However, all my Dutch friends hate it and I found myself watching football matches on tv all alone.

Sitting on my couch, drinking my beer, with the right pillows behind my back, with a little table under my feet... and I can curse anytime I want in three languages!

Nobody is there to listen to what I say, I don't have to listen to what I might not agree with and, I don't have to walk to the fridge when I am asked for a refill... great! What am I complaining about?

I always ask myself the same question: "Why do they hate football anyway?" I have asked them, obviously, but I always get pretty much the same answers:
1. "Too much money involved".
2. "Too much violence going around".
I agree. But then again, what does that has to do with the game itself? The answer is (should be) also obvious:
"I don't understand the game".

That I can understand!
I also don't understand Baseball so I will never be able to enjoy watching it. But, I don't hate it!
Those two reasons, mentioned above, are in fact the main reasons why people hate football or, their excuse for not understanding it!

1. Too much money! I explain... and I'll do it here in this blog, because when we speak about this behind the bar, the music is too loud and we are, most probably, already half drank ;)
Too much money is because too many people pay to watch it. Simple isn't it?

2. Too much violence! I explain... violence is not a football constant but it happens (shit happens all the time), specially where and when there are too many people who pay to watch a football match. It does sound like reason number one doesn't it? But in this one there is an extra: When you have too many people you get a bunch without brains too. Yes, you get those in rock concerts, disco's, etc. as well...
I hate it. But guess what, I don't hate music! I love it, actually.

Later on, in a couple of hours, I'll watch the match between Sweden against England for the Euro 2012 and I will cross my fingers for England because I like the way they play.

I'll be sitting in my couch, cursing perhaps... and there is no violence around here, not too much money either (unfortunately!) and I will enjoy the game for what it is, because I understand it.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Idéias Estúpidas

stupid ideas

!rezaf arap adan siam essevit oãn es omoc ,sadipútse saiédi moc racnirb a ue uos otsi euq oralC

On the 6th gadget on the right you can paste & work out the text above. Warning: It is in Portuguese!