Archive for February, 2012

 

My YouTube videos not displaying in related / suggested videos anymore

I have a YouTube channel where I post videos from different strange things I am up to. Suddenly I noticed the video shows dropped significantly. The statistics (analytics) showed that the majority of my video views came from "related videos" (also sometimes referred to as suggested videoes). 

Some Googleing on the subject didn’t really turn up with a reason or solution but I found people with similar problems and someone said YouTube has a function to disable your videos from related videos if you view your own videos repead number of times, possibly trying to "boost" your view counter. 

This wasn’t happening in my case but I do use to visit my own channel as it is a quick way to see it’s number of views. The featured video on my channel is on autoplay – so yes, every time I visited my channel I also triggered one of my own videos. 

After that I haven’t visited my own channel for two months and last week the statistics starts to show that the views coming from related / suggested videos are climbing back to the levels two months ago. 

I haven’t been able to verify this with YouTube but my advise is – don’t visit your own YouTube channel or your own videos unless you are logged out from your YouTube account.

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Posted by on February 19th, 2012 No Comments

Windows Vista hangs on Welcome screen

I had a HP desktop PC running Windows Vista that sometimes hanged on the Welcome screen (displayed after entering the password to login). The problem occured randomly but started to occur more and more often causing trouble for the user. Just waiting for the Welcome screen to dissappear (for hours) didn’t help.

I applied different solutions found on the Internet including registry changes, uninstalling HP credential manager and others. One solution suggested on the Internet forums was to reformat the machine and factory install it. Not a preferred solution but ultimately the only thing left to try. 

The machine ended up in my workshop but before formatting it I opened it while running on my workbench. I noticed this machine had a built in flash drive used for Windows Readyboost (in order to make the machine boot faster and load programs faster). I was a bit curious since I hadn’t seen this solution before. The flash memory was connected to the motherboard through a cable. I accidently touched the cable gently and immediately the flash drive dissappeared and reappered in Windows opening the screen asking me what I wanted to do with the newly inserted flash drive. 

This made me suspect that the cause of the problems has been the readyboost located on a flash drive with a poor connection. I disconnected the flash drive completely and the machine have never again had the "hang on welcome screen" problem. Although it doesn’t load programs as fast as before it is way better for the user to have a machine that doesn’t hang on the welcome screen.

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Posted by on February 16th, 2012 No Comments