YouTube Won’t Work in Full Screen

Why won’t my YouTube video work when I go to full screen mode?

I struggled with this for a while.

First, make sure you have the latest version of the flash player. That didn’t fix it for me even though I didn’t have the latest.

For some reason, on my computer, Flash wouldn’t work with my video card’s hardware acceleration when changing from the small to the full screen version. So, I turned it off and I can now go to full screen mode.

Here’s how to turn off the hardware acceleration:

1. Right click on the video you are trying to watch in YouTube.
2. In the popup menu, choose Settings.
3. Click the first tab if it isn’t already selected.
4. Now, unclick Enable hardware acceleration.
5. Click the Close button.
6. Refresh the page in the browser.
7. Now, click play on the video and then click the full screen mode and see if that fixed it.

Let me know if it did!

If you want something to try it out on, you can watch Shania. You can watch her here in a better quality version using Windows media player. It goes to full screen much better than YouTube.

Good Luck!

Posted in Fix

Repeated Character in a String in C#

How do I repeat a character in a string a given number of times in C#?

In VB and VB.NET, you can use the String(char,count) function to produce a given character a certain number of times. There is a similar solution in C#.

Just create the string using the constructor shown below:

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;

namespace RepeatedString
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            Console.WriteLine(new String('*', 8));

Here’s the Microsoft .NET documentation for this approach.

Posted in C#

Turn Off the Beep in XP

How do I turn off the really loud beep when I change my volume and do other things in XP?

The beep can be pretty loud when you are trying to adjust your volume.  So loud that it can annoy your cube mates–especially if you are trying to get the volume just right :).

I finally discovered how to turn off that beep and all other beeps that aren’t really tied in to the Windows sound interface. There is a "device" named "Beep" that you must disable.

Here’s how to do it.

1. Right click on My Computer.
2. Go to the Hardware tab.
3. Click Device Manager. The Device Manager window will open. If you know how to get to this window some other way, that’s fine.
4. Here’s the trick. From the View menu, choose Show hidden devices.
5. Under the Non-Plug and Play Drivers, find the Beep driver.
6. Right-click on it and chose Disable from the menu.

You may have to reboot after doing this. After you’re done, check it out. Go to the volume control and adjust away without bothering your cube mates (or your sleeping wife who’s been asleep since 10:00 and it’s now 2:00 am 🙂 ).

Selecting Text Vertically In Word

How do I select a block of text over several lines and paragraphs in Word without selecting the whole lines?

I new co-worker of mine introduced this nifty little trick to me yesterday in class. I saw this a long time ago and had forgotten it.

Just hold down the Alt key while you select and you can scribe a block on the page that is selected. It will look like this.

Selecting using Alt in Word

This should also work in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I find at times that I want to select text vertically on a web page—especially in tables—but Internet Explorer selects the end of the starting row and the entire subsequent rows of the table. Next time, I’m going to select the whole document, paste it into Word and then cut it up how I want to.

Thanks Daphne!