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Posting YouTube Videos

posted 16 Dec 2015, 01:48 by JR inTawa   [ updated 16 Dec 2015, 01:52 ]

1st step when your in edit page screen click <Insert>
- on the bottom right of the sub window that opens click <YouTube> 
- in the Insert YouTube Video sub window that opens cut and paste the YouTube share link into the “Paste the URL of your YouTube video” box.  Now here’s the rub, make sure you use the link you get from the “share” click down on the YouTube page.  Sometimes the link at the top of your browser looks the same but the link actually ends with “&”  which is not apparent depending on what browser your using.  Alternatively when you paste a link in the box just delete the “&” bit at the end.
- if the link is working a picture from the video appears in the right of the sub window.
- Still in the “Insert YouTube Video” sub window under Display I selected 560x315 from the “Video size” drop down box.
- leave the tick box “Include border” with tick in it
- leave tick in the Include title if you want a title (I prefer to use a title) and in the box that says “YouTube Video type your title.  I used “Tralee and Dingle Railcar in Action”
- click <Save> and your done.  Well apart from clicking the blue <Save> at top right to save the editing work you’ve just done.

Google Multiple Sign-in

posted 7 May 2011, 02:19 by JR inTawa   [ updated 7 May 2011, 03:51 ]

by JRinTawa  7th May 2011

With the Google Apps transition as of early May 2011 for those of us with several different Google accounts (i.e. YouTube, Picasa, and the Garden Railway Club etc) which we access via different User names and Passwords it is necessary to either use two separate Browsers to use the different accounts at the same time of make a simple change to each of your Google accounts..

Browser Option.
If you have two (or more) different Web Browsers, i.e. Firefox, Safari, Chrome or IE; then sign into the Garden Railway Club (GRC) in your first choice Browser then open a different brand of Browser to sign into your Picasa picture account or your YouTube account.

Multiple Sign-In Option.
This option requires a few more mouse clicks, simple enough for GRC and Picasa, a bit longer winded through your YouTube account.  In my case some time ago Mr Google linked my Picasa and YouTube accounts and I did my changes to the Multiple sign-in via the Picasa account and it automatically took care of my YouTube account.

Step one, sign-in to the GRC - okay silly me your probably sign-in already reading this!  Sign-out though from any other Google accounts, not sure if you realy need to but I did just to be safes.  (Click on any of these attached pictures to see them full size and more readable)

Step two.
Click on My Account up in the top left hand corner.

Step three.
You'll now be at the Google accounts window which, if like me, it has opened in a new browser window like the one in the screen shot pictured below. 

 Find the line which says: -   Multiple Sign-in  Off - Edit  In the screen shot picture attached below I had already done my changes so the line says "On-Edit".  I guess if your already is "On" too then, umm your already sorted and you won't need to change anything in this particular account.
Okay assuming your line says "Off" the click on the "Edit"  

Step four
You will now be at a window that looks like the screen shot picture below.

Click the check circle next to "On - Use multiple Google Accounts in the same web browser"  and also check (click in) all the four checkboxes in the yellow pannel as I have done in the sample screen picture below then click "Save".

Step five
Having clicked save you'll be back at the Google account window ( If I remember correctly) and you should then close that  window to get back to GRC where you started. 

Step six
 Now sign out of GRC and Sign-in to you Picasa account and repeat the operation Step one to four.  In the case of not having a Picasa account linked to your YouTube account, or only having a YouTube account I'll walk you through the extra steps to get to the Google account window once your signed into you YouTube account.
So Sign-in to YouTube and get to your My Video page like my one pictured below or one of the pages where your user name is up near the top right corner and click the drop down arrow next to your Username and then click "Account".

Step seven
You now be at the Account Setting window, and click "Activity Sharing"

Step eight
The next window is about Activity Sharing, click the blue word "here" in the end of the paragraph about Activity Sharing...

Step nine
You should now be at a window which titled Google accounts and at the top right of this window next to your Username or email address is "My Account" just like on the GRC page and thus you click "My Account" and you will be taken to another Google account window just like the one in Step three above and you repeat steps three to five.

It will take you less time to do than it's taken you to read down to here...I hope.

This Multiple Sign-In is not perfect, I find if I've got YouTube or Picasa going along with GRC and I Sign-Out of one it is inclined to sign-off of them all, most times but not always (I'm still working that bit out).  This is a very non IT persons understanding of what to do.  Please add what you found and/or correct my bodgers way above.
and this link talks about using two different browsers

I hope this is helpful and not to difficult to follow.

Picture resizing

posted 23 Mar 2010, 14:23 by John St James

There are lots of ways to resize pictures and this is not intended to be a definitive guide.

One way for Windows XP users (like me) is to use the simple Windows Image Resizer available from Microsoft in the Powertoys section, currently at 

This is a simple little tool which installs another right-click menu in Windows Explorer and allows a lot of flexibility in resizing to three standard pixel sizes plus a custom option.

Forcing a link to open as a new tab/window

posted 12 Feb 2010, 13:41 by Bruce H&DLR   [ updated 13 Feb 2010, 08:57 by Flatland Cheeseminer ]

When inserting a link, there is an option down in the bottom left hand corner to open the link in a new window. If you don't check this box, the link opens in the existing window... and you are taken away from the GRC site. Which may be fine, and it depends where you want to take your reader, but I've noticed both styles of link here and thought it worth a mention (not least because I prefer links that open in a new tab/window!).

(Agreed. I've incorporated this in the new Editorial Guide. Kevin)

What Backups are there?

posted 10 Feb 2010, 01:45 by John St James   [ updated 13 Feb 2010, 10:10 by Flatland Cheeseminer ]

The site is copied regularly to a backup but please don’t use it to store unique material without making a backup yourselves. Google have a solid backup regime so the potential for loss of data is confined to something like a well-meaning but mistaken edit by another Contirbutor. This could be serious if you have put a lot of work into a page without any backup. Depending on timing, we can’t guarantee to reinstate everything.

How do I recover deleted files (ie undoing mistakes)?

posted 10 Feb 2010, 01:42 by John St James   [ updated 10 Feb 2010, 01:44 ]

In the "View all" section of "Recent site activity", there is a "Recover" option against deleted items. Very useful - although we have discovered it doesn't work with "Comments"..
You have to click on the link against where it says, eg "John St James deleted Site matters". Site matters is a hyperlink and if you click on that, there should be a "Recover page" button. So it's better than an Undo because you can be selective about what you recover.

How can I see recent posts/changes?

posted 10 Feb 2010, 01:39 by John St James   [ updated 10 Feb 2010, 01:42 ]

The heading "Recent site activity" appears on the left below the links sidebar. If you click the "View All" link at the bottom of that list, you can see a complete list of all the  changes made and by whom, with links to the pages concerned. There is more than one page of these so if you haven't been around for a while, you can click through the older pages (links at the bottom) to see what happened for quite a while back.

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