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Turn Off “related videos” When Embedding from YouTube

May 13th, 2009

While embedding our YouTube videos in our WordPress blog posts located at www.thebizbros.com/blog and www.productivecomputing.com/blog we discovered an interesting nuance (A.K.A. “feature”). If you use the default “embed” code provided by YouTube, the video will be displayed with the ability for the user to preview “related” videos based on the tags you used when you setup your video on YouTube. This means that while the user is looking at YOUR video, they can peruse other videos not at all related to your video. Although there are times where this might be desirable, there are times where it isn’t.  The following article will show you how to remove the related videos for embedded YouTube videos.

The issue is this:

1) The user has the ability to click the button at the bottom right button (see fig 1).

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fig 1

The user can then select the “related videos” button (see fig 2)

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fig 2

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fig 3

Then finally, a list of related videos (not necessarily your videos, but anyone’s videos) appears (see fig 3).

The solution to REMOVE related videos is this:
You need to add the “related video” parameter and set it to “0.” So, when you add the embed code from YouTube, add the “&rel=0” at the end of the video name (see the red text in the following example – fig 4):

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fig 4

When complete, the related videos will no longer appear (see fig 5).

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fig 5

I found the tip buried deep on the YouTube help website: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hlrm=en-in&answer=75301

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Gather Your Acorns and Prepare for a Brighter Economy

April 29th, 2009

I have noticed in the last six or so weeks that the mood in the country is changing. Despite the fact that unemployment is high and predicted to move higher there has been some good news reported.

Wells Fargo predicts a $3 billion profit was the headline on April 9th. A bank that is making money, how can this be?

Goldman Sachs sells shares of its stock to pay back half of its TARP funds bailout and refers to paying the funds back as “its duty” to do so. What? A company paying back government loans – and so soon? The last time I heard this happened was when Chrysler paid back its government bailout in the 80’s. According to Lee Iacocca in his book “Where Have All The Leaders Gone” it took the government a month to figure out where Chrysler should send the check since no one had ever paid a government loan back before.

Since the stock market hit bottom on March 9th and closed at 6547, it has had almost a 25% rally closing at 8125 on April 16th. (Yahoo Finance) Doesn’t this give you the feeling that the panic is fading? Certainly the talking heads have toned down their gloom and doom predictions of another “depression like the 20’s and 30’s”. I have already doubled down on some of the stocks I own and have already begun to reduce the losses from last qtr’s investment massacre.

Whether you agree with the politics of the solutions or not, it’s tough to believe that dumping almost a trillion dollars of stimulus into the economic blender and pouring almost another trillion into the financial sector to loosen the credit markets will not have some positive effects.

Based on what I am seeing and reading it looks like we could be out of this funk by the end of the year. To many of you who are keeping up on current events this probably isn’t news but I for one am starting to believe it to be true.

So what does that mean to me as a small business owner? Well, if you had done what your mother had told you and saved your pennies for a rainy day when the sun was shining, you should have a nice little nest egg of reserve capital which should not only be big enough to weather the storm, but should be available for reinvestment back into your company to prepare for the next wave.

Our business, like many of yours, has felt the economic slowdown, but we aren’t wringing our hands over it. We have been using the breather the economy has given us to take a hard look at our business systems and processes to find ways to make them more efficient, streamlined and produce a more consistent and better quality product for the customer. I’m not talking about cutting the workforce to save money. I’m talking about actually hiring in the face of the economy and dumping some of the rainy day reserves into branding, marketing, R&D and infrastructure. One of the benefits of a down economy is that much of these capital investments can be negotiated at lower costs. When the sun comes out again, you will have positioned your company for growth and that is the important lesson for today. Even a down economy presents opportunities for those who have planned ahead.

In the next several articles we’ll talk about some of the ways you can use technology to improve your processes and position your company for growth into this economic recovery.

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The Great Social Marketing Experiment

April 28th, 2009

Are we late to the party? A month or so ago Marc and I and two of our managers went to a business seminar presented by Holly Green, author of More Than A Minute and she mentioned in her discussion how because of Twitter she managed to secure a guest appearance on the today show. What, the Today show? – I thought to myself. And what is this …”Twitter”… you speak of?

That day, Marc and I thought maybe we were missing out on something so we each signed up for a Twitter account and began posting – not really knowing what we were doing or how this plays in to our bigger marketing strategy. Marc being the less gullible and not as easily influenced business partner was and is more skeptical than I on how we can leverage Twitter and other social media however since then we have started formulating and weaving social marketing into our overall marketing strategy.

Right now this effort remains as ”The Great Social Marketing Experiment” but one that we have fully embraced to see where it might lead. This is what has given rise to a Productive Computing, Inc. blog that will cover some of the more technical aspects of our company’s products and a newly concocted business blog aptly named theBizBros.com.

While blogging has been around for a while, Marc and I have shyed away from anything that distracted us from the nuts and bolts production of our company. Now that much of that is being run by processes and infrastructure and talented individuals we have trained and mentored, we are looking where else we can leverage our own individual talents.

For quite a few years now we have been told that we are missing a brand that we were born with. We have noticed this phenomenon as well. Since we entered the professional FileMaker Pro scene in 1996 I think we can modestly say that we have become fairly recognizable not only as a respectable company within the industry but certainly as individuals on the trade show floor. Our, ahem, short stature and obvious family resemblance (no we aren’t twins) causes great confusion in telling us apart when you first meet us – and don’t even try to tell us apart over the phone. The fact that we don’t seem to ever be separated at events enhances our recognizability – so much so that when we walk into a room one of our favorite colleagues happily announces that “the evil twins have arrived”.

We have been wondering if this persona will be a good brand vehicle for delivering our business experience to the market place. We hope that by us sharing our business experience a dialog can develop with our followers that will lead all of us to learn something. Business is not work for us, it’s really fun and if you feel the same way, we are looking forward to sharing ideas with you in this new social medium.

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Productive Computing, Inc. Announces FileMaker Pro 10 Compatibility

March 9th, 2009

San Diego, CA – March 9, 2009 – Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, is proud to announce the compatibility of our products with FileMaker Pro 10. Please utilize the product links below to download the latest version of our plug-ins to ensure usability with FileMaker Pro 10.

Though the Core² Invoices did not require any updates, the Core² CRM did. For those of you using Core2 CRM version 1.0.9.0 or earlier with FileMaker Pro 10 please request a copy of the Core Fix Guide from our support department see email link below.

Please note the Fix Guide can be used on older versions of the Core² CRM since they typically adhere to the same standards, however we can only guarantee the results with Core² CRM v1.0.9.0.
A new version of the Core2 CRM is now available for purchase that is not only compatible with FileMaker Pro 10 but has a few new enhancements. The most noticeable enhancements include:

Added the SEARCH button/option to avoid the entire customer pull-down list for tasks, events or notes
Completely redesigned calendar
Added mechanism for handling “orphan” emails aka emails imported into Core from Outlook/Entourage that do not have an associated email address

Should you have any questions regarding the information above or would like to request the Core Fix Guide please contact our support department at support@productivecomputing.com.
Click on the links below to download the latest version:

Address Book Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.3.2: Provides a lightning fast two-way data exchange between FileMaker Pro and Apple’s OS X Address Book.
http://www.addressbookmanipulator.com

Change Printer Plug-in v3.0.3.0/3.1.2.1: Provides FileMaker® Pro the power to automatically change printers within your scripts. It can be used to coordinate large and complex print procedures and switch between various types of printers/drivers such as: inkjet, laser, label, and PDF.
http://www.productivecomputing.com

Core² CRM Solution v1.1.0.0: Allows you and your entire organization to intuitively manage all your company and individual contact information and can be used “as is” or can be customized to fit your specific needs.
http://www.core2crm.com

Core² Invoices Solutionv1.0.0.6: Completely customizable and preprogrammed to be tightly integrated with QuickBooks, this is a complete invoicing and payment module that can be added on to any FileMaker Pro database system.
http://www.core2crm.com

Entourage Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.0.5: Exchange data within Microsoft Entourage® Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Mail (POP Accounts ONLY).
http://www.entouragemanipulator.com

eSign Signature Capture Plug-in v1.0.3.0: Allows you to digitally capture and bind signatures to information stored in a FileMaker Pro database.
http://www.productivecomputing.com

Exchange Client Manipulator Plug-in v1.0.6.0: Contains all of the functionality of the Outlook Manipulator, plus the added functionality to access Exchange Server’s Public Folders.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

Exchange Manipulator Plug-in v1.0.6.0: Contains all of the functionality of the Outlook Manipulator, plus the added functionality to access multiple Exchange mailboxes and Exchange Server’s Public Folders.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

File Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.3.0/2.0.2.4: A simple utility plug-in that gives FileMaker® Pro the power to copy, rename, move or delete files and folders on local or networked drives.
http://wwww.productivecomputing.com

FM Books Connector Plug-in (for use with QuickBooks) v1.0.5.1: Allows you to exchange data between QuickBooks® and FileMaker Pro using only a handful of script steps that do not require any knowledge of XML!
http://www.fmbooksconnector.com

Outlook SendMail Plug-in v1.1.3.0: Sends plain text or HTML formatted e-mails with multiple attachments while suppressing the Outlook security dialog.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

Outlook Manipulator Plug-in v3.0.6.0: Exchange data with Microsoft Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Journal, Post Items and Mail.
http://www.outlookmanipulator.com

PDF Manipulator Plug-in v2.0.4.0/2.0.3.6: Allows you to extract all text from a PDF, push and pull data from PDF form fields, combine multiple PDF documents into a single PDF file and more!
http://www.productivecomputing.com

About Productive Computing, Inc.
For over 13 years we have created efficiency through automation by helping our clients increase their productivity via custom database development, plug-ins and packaged solutions as well as providing IT support and web development. Our staff of certified FileMaker developers can assist you with creating or customizing a solution to fit your specific business needs. We don’t assume to know your business that’s why we believe having you show us how your business works gives us the understanding to create a custom solution that is specific to making you more efficient.

Productive Computing, Inc.
Sally Schoonover
sales@productivecomputing.com

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