Open Sourcing the YouTube Download Script? Yea or Nay?

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Every once in a while, I get either the urge or an email begging me to Open Source the Download from YouTube script.  The idea of doing so has been in the back of my mind for quite some time although managing yet another project isn’t on the top of my list. (Anyone remember that Supermarket script I wrote a few year back?)

The idea of doing so was raised in a pair of emails this morning that showed up in my inbox.  One of them basically consisted of “PLZ!!!! U SEND ME YOUTUBE SCRITP?  ME WANT NOW!!!!!”  That really makes me want to do it.

A couple of years ago, I got offered $500 for both the site and the domain.  Silly me turned them down as I kind of liked the idea of having something of my own to work on.  I had plans for the domain as well.

One of the problems with releasing the code is the question of licensing of the actual code.  The original code that I downloaded many years ago didn’t include any licensing with the file.  I’ve tried to contact the original author on a number of occasions, both with questions about the licensing as well as fixes for the code.  Since the code file that is still available still consists of the original code that no longer works and the developer has never replied, I don’t think he’s too interested in the project any more.

The code is a mess though.  I’ve built onto the original download with my own code and there’s a lot of hacks in there.  Doing a complete from the ground up rewrite would probably be best.  Get around any licensing issues as well.

I have to admit that I’ve had a bunch of additions I’ve always wanted to add on to it.  A thumbnail of the video would be great. (The Download Videos from Dailymotion site has this.) Stats like the last ten videos downloaded or what’s popular would also be a plus.  Stuff like that I’ve wanted to add in would be great.  Actually having instructions would also be a plus.

Anyone care to weigh in? (Hopefully with an intelligent response?)

How Popular Is Your Site? Find Out With This Link Popularity Checker

im_popular_on_the_internetThis script comes from the fine folks over at Site Expert. (Oooooo, they even have a color chart.) Using this tool, you can check to see how many indexed backlinks lead to your site in such search engines as Google, Yahoo, Bing, and a number of others.

The cool thing about the tool is that is actually gives you the numbers on the result page.  Some link popularity checkers only give you the links to the search engines themselves or make you jump through hoops to get the report.  This tool actually shows you the number of indexed links back.

So tell me how it works.  Feel free to brag about your link popularity numbers in the comments if you want.

Link Popularity Checker

Don’t forget out the other tools such as our Youtube Video Downloader, the Whois lookup and the new DailyMotion Video Downloader.

Image from here: I’m Only Popular on the Internet and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic.

Have You Been Penalized By Google? Find Out With Seo Penalty

peopleA common question folks ask is if their site has been penalized by Google and it’s Googlebot.  It does happen if webmasters use too many tricks to promote their website and if and when Google catches on to what they’re doing.  Things like hiding links, overloading pages with keywords, bugging Google with update notifications, and the like will tick off the search engine giant and get your site removed from Google’s database.

Is there an easy way to check?  Head over to SEO Penalty and put the domain of the site in question in their form.  You’ll receive a rating back ranging from 0 to 10 on how much Google has downgraded your site.  Zero means fine and dandy while a ten means they’ve caught on and you need to clean up your act.

Want to know more about Google Penalty and how to deal with it?  Give this article a read.

Google AdSense Payments Team Wants to Hear from You


We all love Google Adsense, don’t we?  Ever want to let the Adsense team know how you feel about the program?  Well now you can.  Adsense is currently running a survey to learn more about their publishers’ satisfaction
in regards to the available payment methods that they offer. So if you hate getting a check every month and for whatever reason can’t hook up your bank account to your Google Adsense account, now’s the time to let them know.

The survey has been available for quite a while now.  It’s still active although it doesn’t always work and doesn’t always work for some.

How to Filter Unread Email in Gmail


I have hundreds if not thousands of emails saved in my GMail account.  Every so often, I get an email that I look at the header or who it’s from and just bypass it.  I don’t need to read it but, for one reason or another, I still need to save it.  Since I get hundreds of emails every day, I now have hundreds of these unread emails sitting in my inbox and assorted folders within GMail.

A quick Google pulls up hundreds of blog posts and how tos on how to do this.  Unfortunately many of these are actually incorrect or missing a step. Hopefully I can show you how to do this correctly. (And maybe remember myself since I have to look this up myself every so often.)

  1. Log into your GMail account. Boy, that’s easy. 🙂
  2. In the “Search” bar, enter the following: label:unread. Click on “Search mail.”
  3. You’ll get a listing of the first 20 emails that are still marked as unread.  That’s where most other sites get it wrong.  You have to flip through the pages to see all of the posts.

If you want to mark the emails as read like what I wanted to do this morning, click on the All link within the Select line.  It’ll tell you that the shown 20 emails are marked and give you an option to mark all of the emails matching your search pattern.  I click on that option to mark all of them.

I hope this helps other folks.

Is Money Missing From Your Google Adsense Account?


I have to admit that most mornings, in addition to checking my email, I check to see how much I earned in my Google Adsense account.  I must admit that I don’t make a whole lot off of it but getting that check every couple of months is a big help.

Imagine my surprise this morning to find about $40 missing from my Google Adsense account’s running total since my last payment.  In fact it actually brought me under the $100 requirement to receive a check from Google Adsense at the end of next month.  With ten days left until the end of the money, there’s plenty of time to get back over that requirement but that’s still a chunk of change.

I’d be lying to say I wasn’t concerned.  I only find a few folks talking about the missing money from their Google Adsense accounts but it’s a recent thread.  Most folks are reporting that the money is only disappearing for a couple of hours and reappearing a short time later.  There’s no mention of a problem on the Google Adsense blog and no reports on the user side of the Google Adsense account

My forty bucks has been missing since I checked at about 7:30 am this morning.  That makes it about 5 hours for me.  How’s everybody else doing with their account?  Find any cash missing?  Or did all the missing money show up in your account? (And are you going to keep it?)

Update: The money is back in my account.  I noticed also a large number of clicks added back into that total as well.  Hopefully this is the last of it. 🙂

Update #2: Gone again but today’s clicks are in there.  Ain’t this fun?

Han Solo, P.I.

HanSoloLong story why I haven’t been around much.  I’ll discuss it another day.

This video came across Twitter a few days ago.  I have to admit that I was a fairly big Magnum, P.I. fan growing up.  Whoever did this put a fair amount of time into pasting up the video and matching it to the original opening credits of that show.

You can watch Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo) play a decent Tom Selleck (otherwise known as Thomas Magnum) after the fold.

And remember, you can download the video on the YouTube Downloader (Yes, it works again.  Sorry about that.) as an *.mp4 file.  It’s supposed to be available as an HD *.mp4 file but I can’t get the link to work right.  Maybe it’ll work for you.

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The YouTube Video Downloader Gets an Upgrade, Part 2


Following up on the YouTube Downloader upgrade from a couple of days ago and per a couple of requests, I;ve added a method to download YouTube videos as *.3gp files.  Those are video files for your mobile phone.  Or at least that’s why folks tell me.

Would love some feedback outside of links to other downloaders and programs that will also download Youtube videos.  Does it work for you?  Any problems?

The YouTube Video Downloader Gets an Upgrade

youtube_logo.jpgThe YouTube Video Downloader we have here has been a love hate relationship.  It works for a bit and then it breaks.  And then I fix it.  It works again and then it breaks.  Over and over again.

Anyway, someone dropped me an email a few days ago letting me know that it was broken again.  It took a bit but it’s working yet again. Went almost 9 months on the last fix.  I wonder how long this one will last.  It appears to now be tagging the download link to the requesting IP address. (And yes, that’s all the details I’m giving out on that.)

The cool thing I’ve discovered is with YouTube now doing video in what they call high quality, the links for those videos are different.  I was able to work out the different URLs and how they were coded so now things are a bit different over on the YouTube download site.  You can still download from YouTube in *.flv format but you can also download from YouTube in *.mp4 file format as well as download from YouTube in *.mp4 High Definition.

Yes, I still have to write out some instructions.  I’ll hopefully get to it this weekend.  I really want to redo the whole site as that orange and whatever color those lines are doesn’t do it for me.

Oh and I fixed the file naming issue.  You no longer have to worry about making sure the file extension is correct.  Videos will now download with the correct *.flv and *.mp4 file extension.  The rest of the filename will have to be changed though as they’ll all be called “video.*”

Any problems?  Please feel free to leave a comment here.

MSN Live Search Adds A Captcha

msn-searchYes, I know the previous post published without being finished. I’ll have to fix that some time soon.

For some strange reason, I can’t get to Google today.  No Google search, no Google Adsense, no Google webmaster tools, no GMail which really is an issue.  Nothing.

So anyway, I still have things to do today.  I guess I have to to use another search engine to get some work done.

I’ve used MSN a number of times previously, usually to see how different search engines compare with certain search terms.  So I headed over to to give it a try.

Imagine my complete surprise when the above captcha pops up. Not once, not twice but every single time I did a search.  And it wasn’t an easy captcha either but captchas with other characters in the background, making it harder to read. (At least for me.)

Now, I’m not a big fan of captchas.  I’ve noticed that they really don’t work and are easy to beat.  MSN isn’t alone with their use either.  Google’s done it before, recently as well, and they’re not that easy to read either. (Rather long if you ask me.) I don’t see it that often though on Google.  And it didn’t take 5 tries that it did with some of MSN’s.