10 Must Know YouTube Tricks


Watching YouTube is becoming an everyday ritual for some of us nowadays, yet we still don’t use it effectively. This is a ten section guide to enhance your YouTube experience and to teach you to extract more out of YouTube. Let’s take a look:

  1. Slow Motion- You can watch YouTube videos on slow motion! How cool is that eh? All you have to do is click on the video after it has buffered and then hold down the space bar button. Holding down the space bar will play and pause the video, creating a s low motion effect.
  2. Playing from a Specific Point- If you really value your time, and know the video you are watching inside and out, then skip straight to the point you want to watch. All you have to do is add #t=01m35s or #t=01m11s next to the URL, and the video will start from that point. Neat eh?
  3. Play Snake while the Video Buffers- Do you have nothing to do, while you sit and wait for your video to buffer? Then fear not, because you can play snake with the loading icon on in the video. Whilst the video buffers, simply use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys to get started, and chomp away at your food!
  4. Download YouTube Videos- Download your favourite YouTube videos seamlessly by adding “ss” just before the “youtube” in the link. So if the link were https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AqnCSdkjQ0, then to download the video add the “ss” in the link like this https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=0AqnCSdkjQ0. This will send you to an online YouTube video downloader that will do all the work for you. It will even let you select which format of the video you want to download!
  5. Know Your YouTube Shortcuts! – Ever feel too lazy to reach over to the mouse? If so, then learn to use these short cuts to YouTube to make your life easy. Press the spacebar or “k” key to play and pause the videos. The “j” key will rewind the video by 10 seconds, and the “l” key will fast forward it by 10 seconds. Last but not least, if you want to mute the video quickly then use the “m” key. The number “0” will go straight to the beginning of the video, and numbers “1-9” will jump to 10% to 90% of video.
  6. Control YouTube using the Keyboard- If you’re feeling super lazy one day or suddenly think that using the mouse is over rated then it’s time to move on. You can now control YouTube using nothing more than your keyboard. That’s right, all you have to do is type “/lean_back” next to the YouTube URL, and then you can literally lean back and use the user friendly interface to scroll through and watch your favourite channels using your keyboard keys.
  7. Make GIFs from YouTube Videos- To make gif images from your favourite YouTube videos, all you have to do is type “gif” before “youtube” in the URL like this https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=RDvCChbKGas.” Then you can even select the start and end time of the gif and make a meme out of it later!
  8. Customizing the Search Format- Well this isn’t exactly customizing the way YouTube displays the videos you searched for. Actually, why don’t you try searching for “Use the force luke” or “Beam me up scotty” in YouTube and see for yourselves!
  9. Disable Autoplay- The autoplay in YouTube can become annoying at times. To disable or turn of the autoplay feature, all you have to do is move to the top right corner of the YouTube screen and toggle of the autoplay button. That’s it!
  10. Karoake Time! – You can now turn YouTube into your very own Karaoke player. All it takes is just an extension download: Musixmatch to be exact. Download the Musixmatch extension for Google Chrome and see lyrics to your favourite songs overlap music videos.


Acer Aspire S7 Review:Beauty & Brawns


The Acer Aspire S7 is a one of its kind Ultrabook, that promises to amaze you in one or another way. This slim and gorgeous Ultrabook gives the Macbook Air stiff competition, and with the fine glass and aluminium finish it feels like a machine from the future!


Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U (dual-core, 3MB cache, up to 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Screen: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 IPS, LED backlit display with 10 finger multi-touch
  • Storage: 128GB SSD in RAID 0
  • Ports: 2 USB 3.0 (1 with power-off charging) ports, 1 HDMI, 1 combo headphone/mic jack, 1 Acer converter port, 1 SD card reader
  • Connectivity: Intel Centrino Advanced-N7260, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Wireless Display
  • Camera: 1280 x 720 HD webcam


Sweet eh?



Looks and Feel

The Acer Aspire S7 measures at 12.72 x 8.78 x 0.51 inches (WxDxH) and weighs in at 1.3kg. It is one of those kinds of notebooks that require only one glance to tell that it means serious business. The Acer Aspire S7 has this aluminium frame with these panels of stark whitened glass set into the lid. The S7 has a highly reflective screen, and its lid can even fold back a full 180 degrees, but I found that the only problem was that it doesn’t go all around, rendering it uncomfortable to use as a tablet.

Personally speaking I loved the backlit keyboard which lights up automatically depending on the ambient light conditions. It has this out of this world greenish tinge, along with the blue function keys which only add to the aesthetic appeal.


Performance and Battery

In terms of performance, the Acer Aspire S7 is a good contender when compared to the Dell XPS 13, and the 13-inch Macbook Air. Acer claims that the Aspire S7 can run for up to 7 hours, but when we had it run under a normal workload with over 12 tabs open in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome each, YouTube buffering at 1080p, an image heavy chat application, a PDF reader, and a Word Document open, the results were a bit disappointing. It ran for just about 5 hours, a whole 2 hours short of what the company claims.

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Even though the Acer Aspire S7 has proved itself to be one of the coolest and quietest out of Intel’s Ultrabook Class, it still needs some major work to do on the keyboard and its placement of keys, as well as battery life. It’s clear that the Aspire S7 wasn’t meant to be used by the normal office goer, or school student, as the price indirectly dictate so. The Acer Aspire S7 costs roughly Rs.1,00,000, which might turn some heads… but other than that the Acer Aspire S7 is a machine built for the future, and owning it now means, owning the future!


If you have any questions or queries related to which laptop you should opt for, or whether or not the Acer Aspire S7 should be your next buy, then scroll over to the Contact section or drop me an email on Contact.teqnation@gmail.com and and I’ll  clear every single one of your doubts!

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