Category Archives: Google

Viewing a Cached Copy of a Webpage with Google

Have you ever wanted to roll back the clock. Maybe to a time when you were younger, more fit, and had more energy. I know I have. Now Google can’t help you with that, but it can roll back the clock on the internet. Google automatically caches copies of each webpage it scrapes. It does this for many reasons that are unimportant to us, but it can be helpful to see how things were. The resulting view is not always perfect, but neither is time travel.

Step One: Search for Your Site

Simply go to google and search for your site. I am using Tooele as my example so I am searching for USU Tooele in my Google search. The website should be the top result. Hit the quite large double arrow to the right of the search result as shown here. Then click on “Cached”.

Step Two: You’re Done

And that’s pretty much it. You can now review the old links and add them back to your new homepage menu in case you forgot to do so. Who said time travel wasn’t possible?

Embed Only Audio from YouTube Videos

This post is primarily for Jan as she is going to be posting a audio file on the website for the Business Resource Center in Moab, but it could be useful in the future for those of you who may need to embed audio files. This isn’t the “best” way to embed audio files, but it is probably the easiest from a coding stand point. The first step, which I will not go over, involves creating a “movie” with the audio file and a background image. I used iMovie to make the video, and then uploaded the video to YouTube. So we’ll just assume you already have a YouTube video that you want to embed, but you just want the audio portion and either don’t want or don’t need the video to play.

Getting the Embed Code

The first step as always to embed a YouTube video is to get the embed code from the YouTube website. Go to the page where the video you want to embed is located and click on the “share” button. A second menu should drop down where you have a few options. The only thing that is necessary to change is the size of the player. The problem is that we don’t want to keep the correct ratio of the player because we are trying to hide the video and just have audio. If you want to, you can set the desired width, but we might be changing that later anyway, so it really doesn’t matter what you choose. I am going to change it to 300 pixels wide, however, because the end result looks good around 300 pixels, however as I said, you can always adjust this later.

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For Maps Sake

Recently Steven contacted us and told us that he was doing inventory and noticed the RCDE locations map was still on his Google account and asked that it be moved to someone’s account that worked at USU still. I was the obvious choice and he exported the map and I imported it into my account. I updated our page but forgot to tell everyone else. This was mainly because I didn’t realize everyone was using the same map. I decided this would be a good idea to write a short note on how to create or alter these maps on your pages and diagnose issues with them as I had to do when I noticed the A’s were all missing on the campus sites.

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