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I Got Ya!

I Got Ya!
by Gary Woods

How did we ever waste so much time before YouTube started giving us all these free videos? It's absolutely astounding how much time is spent staring endlessly at things like a cat flushing a toilet.

Now let's say you're not content to just play that video over and over again on the Internet. I mean what if somebody actually took one of your favorite videos down and you couldn't see it anymore? If you're a Firefox user there's a free plug-in called Download Helper ( When installed an icon appears next to Firefox's Address field. When you visit a site with downloadable content like YouTube with its Flash movies for example, simply select a movie and click and hold on the Download icon. From the contextual menu that appears, choose the movie; a Save dialog box then opens, prompting you to save the movie wherever you like.

To watch your new found treasure you can use the free Adobe Media Player or Apple's QuickTime Player. But if you want to take that next step and put those videos on your iPod or iPhone you'll have to purchase QuickTime Pro for $30.

If $30 isn't in your budget and you're a Mac user another conversion option that's free and doesn't require QuitckTime Pro's aid is to save iPhone and iPod ready clips is QTAmateur. You can get this program at

Okay, now when you've maxed out your Hard Drive downloading all these videos don't come running to me. Now get to downloadin'!

If you have any suggestions or questions for me please drop me a note at or see my column on the Internet at or call me at (805) 729-0910.

Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc