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A group for us Geek and Nerds to talk about things we like. Technology, sci-fi, movies, TV, collecting, games, comics, science, etc.

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You have no privacy

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Open Air Plasma Ring

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Your TV is getting creepy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 10. 1 Reply

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Tags: corporate intrusion, TV stalking users

Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

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Comment by Steph S. on April 27, 2015 at 3:54pm

Dulce Rubio welcome to the group.

Comment by Plinius on April 16, 2015 at 12:55am

Thanks Steph!

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2015 at 9:19pm

Plinius welcome to the group.

Comment by Joseph P on April 14, 2015 at 3:17pm

Hmm, the volume that various YouTubers output at is definitely inconsistent.  If I'm watching a playlist made up of various, random videos, it can be a pain in the ass balancing it against other audio sources on my computer.  I usually watch YouTube while playing a game of some sort on the other screen, since I have a dual monitor setup on my desktop computer, including the television, so turning the main volume up or down isn't a solution.  Of course usually, I'll be watching a series put out by one YouTuber, for a couple of hours, so the volume will be fairly consistent.

And yeah, I do have my desktop hooked up to the surround sound system, but even on my laptop, with the external speakers I have hooked up or with headphones, I don't have that issue.  Not sure.  Has your hearing just gone that badly?

Do you mean that the videos are too dark, relative to other things on your computer?  I haven't noticed that at all.  Have you used a gamma adjustment tool to adjust the brightness on your monitor or the gamma slider in your video settings?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 10:05am

I notice YouTube leaves the audio slider where I put it, for any other video I watch, but only most of the time.  

I usually check the slider on each video I watch because most YouTube videos have a maximum volume that is still too low, whether I use the computer speaker or earphones.

 I've been saying for 20 years that I'm going to connect my computer to my movie system to get as much volume as I want, but it doesn't get done.

Another problem I have with YouTube videos, is many of them are much too dark.

Comment by Joseph P on April 14, 2015 at 1:35am

It wasn't anything that anyone did.  It's just a glitch that YouTube throws, from time to time, for some reason.

Just like with any other tech support issue.  Do we know why certain glitches happen, even when it happens in the same situation when the user does a certain thing?  Sometimes, but usually not.  The best explanation for "Why?" that we get for most issues is, "Yeah, that program screws this up sometimes.  No idea why.  When it does that, you just do this, and it clears the error."

Comment by sk8eycat on April 14, 2015 at 12:42am

@Joseph &Cat:  Something worked!  I don't understand how the slider got all the way over to the left, but it did.  (I'm not the only one who uses this computer....)  Anyway, as a Thank You, here's one of my favorite pieces of music....I hope you enjoy jazz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca7jDsG4DO4

The first time I heard this, I was driving home from work at the Cat Hotel, late at night, and I nearly stopped the car in the middle of the street so I could get out and dance...

Comment by Joseph P on April 13, 2015 at 6:14am

YouTube doesn't really run on Flash anymore, assuming you're using a browser that can handle HTML5.

You're aware of the volume slider on the YouTube video itself, in the bottom left corner of the video, right sk8eycat?  I've had videos come up with the slider at maybe 5%, sometimes, for some reason I've never been able to determine.  It's probably either that or the mixer.  Your ISP shouldn't have any impact on the volume that YouTube videos come through at.  The data is just data, nothing that your ISP would be able to tamper with.

Comment by Grinning Cat on April 13, 2015 at 4:16am

sk8eycat, here's something to try for the video volume problem (assuming you're using Windows):

Play a video, but keep the physical volume on your speakers at a normal setting that works for game websites and your music collection. Make sure the volume in the YouTube player (hover over the speaker icon) is all the way to the right.

Click the speaker emblem, then click the word "Mixer" under that volume slider. You'll get a panel with the master volume going to the speakers, and separate sliders for different "Applications" such as System Sounds and your web browser. If "Adobe Flash Player" is significantly lower than the others, raise its volume to match the others.

It might be easier to keep everything in proportion if you (first pause the video, then) raise the master speaker slider to 100%, then make sure the other sliders are all at 100%, then put the master volume back where you want it.

(If you want certain programs' sounds to be softer than others, you can make those settings.)

Close the mixer with the X in the corner, and things should be fine. (I hope!)

Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2015 at 2:38am

PS: I forgot to add that the music I've loaded from CDs works fine, too.

 

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