How to improve YouTube video quality

If you have tried YouTube at least once, you know how disappointing it is to watch a video sometimes. No matter what people upload, YouTube automatically re-sizes any format such WMV, AVI, MOV and MPG into a more handy 320 x 240 pixels, encodes the video into Flash at a data rate of about 250kbps, and converts the audio into MP3 (22.050KHz monophonic). This means that a barely acceptable video, becomes crappy on YouTube. Anyway there is a little trick, which is unknown to most people, which lets you improve the video quality, letting you enjoy YouTube even more. As you know a video on YouTube gets an address like this: This is the address YouTube gives to its videos after being resized. If you add the address this little code &fmt=6 (changing in this way the address into: you will be able to enjoy the same video at a resolution of 448 x336 pixels. You can get even more (but you need a very fast Internet connection) by adding this code instead: &fmt=18 (changing the address into: In this way YouTube will deliver you the same video but in a MP4 format (H264 with AAC audio), encoded at 480×360 resolution. Keep in mind that this trick doesn’t work for all Youtube videos.

JoinEXT Will Join Files via Windows Explorer Context Menu

How many times did you desperately need to join files? Do you use a dedicated tool having too many options & settings to go around with? If yes, take a shot of JoinEXT, which is free Windows Explorer shell extension to let you join files seamlessly. According to the author, it was especially designed for joining MP3s without much hassle & effort involved.
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