Z-index Youtube Embed Fix

I ran into an old bug when I added the page-following script to the navigation on the Milkdrop page. The embedded flash videos were covering up the navigation, masking it and rendering the following script useless.

Bugs to fix this have been around for a while, but Youtube has released a new embed code.

The fix I came up with was simple: Add &wmode=opaque to the end of the url

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/miUfEhInvtI?rel=0&wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>

The oldschool fix: so.addParam("wmode", "opaque");

Hopefully this will help other people.  It had been years since I  ran into that bug and I was surprised to say the least.


Youtube comment voting ‘feature’

Have you ever ‘thumbed up’ a comment on Youtube? Did you know if you re-visit that comment 6 hours later you will be able to thumb it up again – even if it’s your own comment? I was hesitant to discuss this because I knew Youtube was rolling out a new layout. Well, the new Youtube is here yet the bug is still present.Youtube voting up button

This isn’t something new. I’ve known about this for almost a year now, yet I didn’t realize how obscure this knowledge was until I tried googling it. You may ask, “What’s the point?” Well, some people are paid through Google’s Partner program which is connected to their Youtube Channel. Depending on the popularity of a video someone can drive their comment to the ‘top comments’ box on a video. Ultimately this would drive more users to their channel. If that user has an autoplaying video which they uploaded as their default channel media, then that means the view count gets a hit.

It might not seem worth it to you, but some people really obsess over their Youtube channels and it would not surprise me if this isn’t abused in many ways.

I hypothesize that Google does this for hardware reasons. Although Google has the largest server farms in the world, I’m willing to bet they save a lot of bandwidth and stress on their databases if their servers only had to remember a comment count without adding a name table to it. Side note: this ‘feature’ only works on comments – not video likes.

Font-smoothing: the good and the bad

What is font smoothing? Font smoothing, also known as clear-type, is a rendering method for showing text on your screen. Your computer will perform a sort of anti-aliasing on letters to make them seem rounded and less pixelated (see left image).

This can be a nightmare for people who are visually impaired. It’s a double-nightmare if the fonts are serif. Albeit, not all fonts are the same and not every computer is the same. Some people actually prefer font smoothing.

To Disable on Win7

  1. In the run bar type “clear” and select “Adjust Cleartype Text”.  Uncheck the box and click next through the remaining settings.
  2. Type “appearance” in the run bar. Choose “Adjust the appearance and Performance of Windows”. Scroll down until you see the option “Smooth edges of screen fonts” and uncheck it. It should be the fourth option from the very bottom.
  3. Type “window colors” in the run bar and choose “Change Window colors and metrics”. Go through each type of item and replace the font Segoe UI with a font of your choice. I usually opt for Arial or Verdana.


With font-smoothing turned off fonts become crisp and pixelated. For someone like me who reads an insane amount of information, crisp text is necessary.

Check out the Wikipedia Article