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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

YouTube is redoing the way comments are posted on videos

Posted by David Bernstein

 You might have noticed that when you go to watch a YouTube video that there are comments underneath and many of them are either irrelevant to the video’s content or just negative comments that are posted for no other reason but to be negative.

Google is now changing the way YouTube comments are shown to make them a better and more relevant experience for the viewers of that video. This will also cut down on trolling and spam like comments that don’t have anything to do with the video.

Comments will change from having the newest comment on top to the most relevant comments being at the top of the list. And people that you know that post comments will get top billing on your video’s page. If you post a comment on your own video it will also get more attention than other viewers. YouTube will also be using Google+ to personalize what different people see based on their friends and which other posters they interact with the most.

And if you don’t have the time to weed out the comments you don’t want shown on your videos page then you can use their new tools to filter out unwanted commenters or certain keywords that you choose. You can also have the option to hold these comments for review in case you decide later on that you want to post them.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Windows 8.1 pricing released

Posted by David Bernstein

You may or may have not “upgraded” to Windows 8 and may or may not ever plan to. If you are planning on buying a new Windows computer then you will be stuck with Windows 8 unless you format the drive and put a different version of Windows or a whole other operating system on it.

You may have also heard about Windows 8.1 which brings back the Start button but not the Start menu which is borderline pointless. But it will let you boot to the traditional Windows desktop if that’s what you like to see when you first log in.

If you are already running Window 8 then you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free but if you don’t then you will have to pay. Starting on October 17th you will be able to download Windows 8.1 or buy it on a DVD for $119.99 for the Standard version and $199.99 for the Pro version which will let you connect to a corporate network and use features such as Remote Desktop.

As of now Windows 8.1 is an upgrade only but when the 17th comes around it will be available as a full download for clean installations. If you are doing an upgrade then it’s best to upgrade from a Windows 7 computer since Vista and XP upgrades are not recommended and may not work that well because files, settings and programs will not transfer.