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How to stop your activity on Yahoo news being followed and posted on facebook?

January 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments | Posted in Facebook, HowTo by admin

Recently you might have noticed that your Yahoo news surfing activity is being posted on your wall. Back in September, at it’s f8 conference, Facebook announced a new kind of app, with the ability to use “frictionless sharing” — basically a fancy way of saying that users’ activity can be shared without users specifically clicking a “Share” button. Yahoo news Washington post news and many others are partnered with Facebook.

Below are step-by-step instruction to stop your activity being followed and further, stop posting it on your wall

1) Log in to Face book and click on drop down box (next to “home”) at top right corner

2) Click on “privacy setting”

Face book privacy setting

3) Once you click “privacy setting”, you will see following screen. Click on “Edit setting” from “apps and website section”

apps and website setting of facebook

4) Once you click “Edit setting”, you will see list of website and apps that can access your information and post message or your activities on their website to your wall.

5) Simple remove those annoying apps

6) That’s it. You are done.

Hope this helps. Enjoy!

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How to create password protected zip file (compressed) in Mac OSX

January 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment | Posted in Apple, HowTo by admin

There is no need to buy third-party tool to compress or to Zip file. Mac OS interface comes with built in functionality of compressing file. There are two ways to to compress Or zip files.

if you want to compress the file:

Method 1: Compress the file without password protection

1. In finder, locate the file.
2. Do a right click on file name
3. There is an option “compress” in the contextual action menu.
4. Click on “compress”, you will find compressed (.Zip) file in same directory

Method 2a: Compress (.Zip) the file WITH password protection

1. In “spotlight” (click top right “magnifying glass”), Search for “terminal” and open it.
2. Go to the directory where the files are stored that you wanted to compress
3. type following command
4. “zip -e myzipfile.zip file1.txt file2.txt” (notice the ‘-e’, it means: encrypt)
5. Once you enter the command, system will prompt you to supply password twice. Just enter the password you wish to set, and it’s done!
6. You should see myzipfile.zip appear in the directory.

if you want to compress the directory:

Method 2b: Compress (.Zip) the directory WITH password protection

1. In “spotlight” (click top right “magnifying glass”), Search for “terminal” and open it.
2. Go to the directory where the Directory is stored (directory consist more then few files) that you wanted to compress
3. type following command
4. “zip -er myzipfile.zip DirectoryName” (notice the ‘-e’, it means: encrypt and ‘-r’ means: recurse into directories)
5. Once you enter the command, system will prompt you to supply password twice. Just enter the password you wish to set, and it’s done!
6. You should see myzipfile.zip appear in the directory.

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Maximize iphone 3G’s Battery Life With OS 3.0

June 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Apple, DIY, HowTo, iPhone by admin

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I was excited about iPhone OS 3.0; no complaints so far but one thing I notice that my iPhone consumes more battery power that earlier and reduce live battery time. Personally battery life with 3.0 is not what I had hoped for; need to recharge the battery frequently than what I used to. Battery issue is not new for any gadgets; see what battery live your laptop is giving you.

With iPhone 3.0 release, Apple stated that “Depending on how they are configured, a few features may decrease your iPhone battery life.”

At the same time Apple gave some valuable suggestion to save battery and keep your battery life bit longer.

Here is a nice list of twelve battery saving ideas, courtesy of Apple:

Turn off 3G if you are not very speed freak.
Minimize use of location services.
Fetch new data less frequently.
Turn off push mail.
Auto-check fewer email accounts.
Minimize use of third-party applications.
Turn off Wi-Fi.
Turn off Bluetooth.
Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas
Adjust brightness
Store and use the iPhone at room temperature
Turn off the music equalizer (EQ)
Lock Your iPhone

IPhone battery life

Via Apple.com

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How to Save your Kodak Gallery Photos for free(?)

April 12th, 2009 | 10 Comments | Posted in HowTo, Tech Tips by admin

Kodak Gallery (Ofoto) is an online photo sharing site where anyone can upload pictures for free. However, today I received an email from Kodak.com that if I don’t buy anything from them, like, order pictures or picture CD or anything, they will delete my pictures. I hate when company do malpractice to keep customer with them by any means. This might be a good business model for some thrift market but not for corporate like - kodak.com. Unfortunately Kodak Gallery is a closed service and so there are no API or tool that will help you to move your photos from Kodak to other free services like Flickr or Picasa Web.
So what you can do to save your pictures? Possibly Free?
Option number 1: If online photos use less than 2 GB storage, you must make annual purchases of at least $4.99 from Kodak
Option number 2: If online photos use more than 2 GB storage, the minimum purchase requirement is $19.99 per year
Option number 3: This is my favorite: (Possibly free option) They have premium gallery option, in which you have an option to download all your pictures with its original resolution. Premium gallery option will cost you $2.50/month but you can download all your pictures and upload to free service like flickr and google’s picasa web. For monthly subscriber, first 30 days are trail period so once you have a copy of your images on the hard drive, cancel your Kodak subscription. This is what happens when company abuse their customers. They should not forget a supreme mantra: “Customer is God”
Option number 4: Order all your pictures in CD. This is bit anexpensive option but hey you got all your pictures back in original resolution.

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Get unlimited email addresses from Gmail.Google.com

August 1st, 2008 | 17 Comments | Posted in Google, Google Gmail, HowTo, Tech Tips by technologymadness

You must have experienced how Gmail is cool and better than its peers. But do you know that you can create unlimited gmail address for yourself from your primary account. Let’s say, my email address is – technologymadness@gmail.com. Here are three different ways you can get unlimited Gmail address and still get your mail to your primary account.

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Tip 1: Insert one or several dots (”.”) anywhere in your email address.
technologymadness@gmail.com is same as technology.madness@gmail.com, tech.nology.mad.ness@gmail.com (you can insert as may as dot you want and create a new email address) so on and so forth. All these email variants ultimately delivers emails to my main-primary account: technologymadness@gmail.com

Tip 2: Append a plus (”+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address.
So technologymadness+Craigslist@gmail.com (email comes from my craigslist listing), technologymadness+family@gmail.com (email comes from my sister/brother/parents) and technologymadness+junk@gmail.com (email comes from my ex or boss)– all these emails ultimately delivers your mail to your primary account. So next time when you are registering on a site or a forum or any freebees sites and all you need to give them their email address with (+) varient, and later you can create a filter for the specific email which comes from that address to skip the inbox and get archived. Cool, isn’t it?

Tip 3: You get 2 email addresses automatically!
If you got abc@gmail.com, you automatically get another email address which is abc@googlemail.com. And yes, it’s the same as abc@gmail.com-your primary account. So Now you can apply tip 1 and 2 (above) to your googlemail.com email address and have some more emails.

You can start organizing all your emails effectively using above tips. Let me know how is your experience about it?

Additional Gmail Tips:

Update (08/03/2008):

I notice that several sites do reject addresses with a plus sign. You might use other services like Mailinator for disposable addresses instead. Also, you can use the services like SpamGourmet, which redirects mail to your real address. Good Luck!

Via [gmailblog.blogspot and Know more about gmail @digisteps.com]

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MindBites.com: Where real people teach real things: like knife throwing

Do you know that you can sell your skills (like, how to cook Indian curry? Or how to buy a used car? or How to Act on Camera?) in form of instructional videos?

Austin, TX based MindBites.com, a social marketplace and publishing platform for instructional video, has raised $1M for your skills to show case to the world. MindBites has a paid content model where instructor can upload the video lesson and user can purchase it; using credits priced from $1.69 to $1.99, handing $1 of that to the instructor, users can watch it online or download it to their PC or iPod.

I believe this is bit expensive especially where competitors including 5MIn, VideoJug, ExpertVillage, Howcast, WonderHowTo, Graspr, Sutree, Sclipo and Zippidee are around. It is also noticible that they launched such business where iTune and youtube are market leader. (Reference here) Isn’t everything on the Internet trending towards free? (Extra reading: Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business: here)

This Startup’s founder and CEO is Jason Reneau who was VP Kiva.org

Everyone here at the MindBites team is excited to be building our social marketplace and publishing platform for video instructional content. One of the fundamental reasons we decided to build MindBites, was that we simply believed that there needed to be a platform and marketplace to enable the millions of talented people out there who have something to teach. A paid content model is the most direct way for users to compensate authors for their knowledge, innovation and creativity. We are also (unsurprisingly perhaps) big fans of PaidContent, and proud to be joining the fray in the belief that there is a place for paid content models on the Web. Thanks again, and we look forward to keeping the PC community informed of our progress and learnings. - Jason Reneau At paidcontent.org

Similar reading:

Not every video tutorial site would show you, step by step, how to beat the crane game in your local movie theatre, or how to make a fire using only potatoes, salt, and some toothpaste, but Wonder How To is completely willing. Only a few clicks from a video that explains how to cheat on any test is another video that teaches you how to make a perfect omelet. If this doesn’t sound like traditional fodder for a site that offers instructional videos, there’s a reason for it: Wonder How To is completely crowd-sourced, allowing anyone who wants to show the world how to do something to post a video or submit another video they’ve found elsewhere. There’s some editorial checking, but not as much as some other competitors in the instructional Web video space…. Continue reading here

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Via [MideBites blog and here and Appscout]

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Grandcentral –- mother of all phone services

Recently grandcentral.com (one phone number for life – humm… may be like social security number? Hu?) is came out of beta. After less than a year in beta condition, this service (it’s free so far) getting known to users who is looking an alternative number for home, to control/filter incoming calls. This service allows you to select your phone area code of your choice, pick the phone number that will stick to you as long as you want regardless of your existing or any future phone carriers you use. (free local US phone number from 47 states) Then connect your existing (and future) phone number to your grandcentral.com number so that all of your phone number will ring when that (grandcentral.com number) is called.

1. It offers centralized voice mail, verity of music while caller wait for you to pick up, including different customizable tunes)
2. you will get an email with the voicemail attached as a WAV file.
3. Personalize your voicemail greetings by caller or group.
4. Record calls on the fly and access recordings online
5. Receive voicemail notifications via email or SMS
6. Let people call you from a web page without showing your number
7. One number that rings different phones based on who’s calling
8. And More …

Greandcentral is offering tons of features (you won’t get this much even if you want to pay to your existing phone company.) See all these features here: http://www.grandcentral.com/howitworks/


The best of my knowledge, it is working as advertised. However, some of the linkedin users expressed few concerns regarding GrandCentral free phone number service:

1) You can only get one number at this time
2) Since the service is free, you feel some insecurity about your future use of the number
3) SMS “Text” messages don’t work through GrandCentral, I can’t give it as my “only” number. I have to say: use XYZ number for sending me text messages, and ABC number for calling me.
4) No voice recognition for prompts, so it’s impossible to use while driving and/or using a Bluetooth headset.

As a side note, GrandCentral is also helping those (who can’t afford a phone service) in need stay connected by offering individuals a local phone number and voicemail box for life through project CARE initiative, GrandCentral is providing, free of charge, a local phone number and voicemail box to members of the homeless community in San Francisco and hoping to extend this program nationwide as they build out this service.

How you can get your (free) telephone number? Reserve it here

Extra info for small business owner:

If you are looking for similar high quality, functionality rich telephony/VOIP PBX system for your business, ring central is the answer for you. Read more here: RingCentral Small Business Phone Service

Extra reading:

1. Chan, Wesley. Official Google Blog: All aboard. Google.

2. Pogue, David. One Number That Will Ring All Your Phones, The New York Times.

via [Ringcentral blog and linkedin.com/answers, mymoneyblog and Top 10 Telephone Tricks]

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Most polular “Google Reader” shortcuts

February 28th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in DIY, Google, Google Search, HowTo, Technology Talk by admin

Google Reader is well-known for its keyboard shortcuts. It is one of my top tier feed reader. Recently Reder blog published which shortcut/key has been used the most by google reader. As per google reader blog, the “j” key (which takes you to the next item) is perhaps the most well-known keyboard shortcut. Below are the top used shortkeys:

Key \ Description
j \ next item
n \ item scan down
k \ previous item
m \ mark as read/unread
t \ tag item
p \ item scan up
shift-n \ next subscription
v \ view original
o \ expand/collapse item
s \ star item

you can see them all in this list, here (It shows you a google reader cheat-sheet of all the other shortcuts)

Jaxtr is out of Beta, Free International Calls

February 26th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in Digital home, HowTo, Phone, Skype, Tech/Biz News, VOIP, Voice Over IP (VOIP) by admin

Jaxtr was launched in March 2007 by Phillip Mobin and Touraj Parang with the operation to get voice to social networks and blogs. With the free jaxtr service, users can link their phones with their online network to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private. Jaxtr is claiming 10 million users worldwide in 50+ countries. Tonight jaxtr officially came out of beta and adapt the “1.0″ status!

Jaxr is a widget that users can put into their social networking sites or blogs. When someone has a jaxtr widget, it means you can call them in real-time. Jaxtr members assign a specific number to their widget.

When a caller sees that widget, they can click it and jaxtr will ask them for their own phone number. The caller’s phone will ring, and when the caller picks up, jaxtr will ring the recipient who originated the widget. If the recipient was not available, jaxtr will notify them that they have a voicemail that they can access by calling into their jaxtr service.

Things to note in the 1.0 jaxtr service:

• Free International and national calling and receive phone call to/from other Jaxtr member.
• Free International Text Messaging: You can now log into your jaxtr account and send text messages to your family & friends in over 30 countries for free
• Cafe Jaxtr Talk Network: It’s a social communications place; they have built a global network of users where any user calls to other user. Of course you have to set your privacy setting accordingly. For example, routes a call from unknown callers to your jaxtr digital voicemail box, so that only people you approve can call your phone through jaxtr. Users can list photos of themselves and interests at café jaxtr and things they like to talk about.

How to get started?
It’s simple! Sign-up to create your FREE jaxtr account, link your existing phones, and post your jaxtr link or Call-Me! widget to your favorite social network or blog.

The first time a friend uses your jaxtr link, they are connected to you for free through jaxtr’s automatic call-back feature. They also receive a local number which they can use to call you directly in the future, regardless of where you live in the world. Click here to see how jaxtr works!

In order for someone to call you, they must first use your jaxtr Call-Me widget. (Register here to get one) Send them your jaxtr link: e.g.: http://www.jaxtr.com/YOUR_SCREEN_NAME (like this) or direct them to your favorite social network or blog where you’ve posted your jaxtr widget. The jaxtr widget can be easily posted to popular sites such as Facebook, Orkut, MySpace, LinkedIn, Blogger, LiveJournal, Xanga, Flickr, Craigslist, eBay, and many others.

When using your jaxtr widget for the 1st time, jaxtr will automatically connect the caller to you through jaxtr’s Call-Back feature. Jaxtr will also provide them a special jaxtr number they can use in the future to reach you directly.

How to make it work for you?

1. After registering, link your regular phone(s) where you want to receive/make calls.
2. Invite your friends.
3. You are all set.
4. When you plan to call one of your friends, just create a number for them in your account. (Remember, you have to provide your number when it says, ‘Call me Free’, you don’t have to enter your friends’ phone number.)
5. Jaxtr will assign a number for your friend so that you can call them anytime you want for free. (Of course your cell phone or regular phone charges apply, depending on your cell phone plan)
6. Every month you get 100 free jax minutes. (Currently, they do not sale more minutes, even if you want to, may be in 2.0 version?)

Via [Jaxtr Blog]

View PDF Files in Your Browser with PDFMeNot

February 20th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in Amusing Stuff, Creative innovation, DIY, HowTo, Reviews, Website of the week by admin

The PDF as a file format has really helpful when interchanging documents with friends, family and clients. I would prefer to send it via PDF document rather than assuming they have Microsoft Word or OpenOffice. Generally it’s not a problem, but many people hate having to fire up Adobe Reader. And sometimes, loading it within a browser can even make the browser crash. PdfMeNot is a service/tool that converts PDF files into Flash files on the fly. It means you can view any PDF file as if you are visiting any other website without PDF viewer plugin, and needn’t to have Adobe software to view them. You can also zoom in and out and proceed page by page through the file. PDFMeNot allows you to submit PDF web URLs and local files for converting them into pdf and viewing. Pdfmenot also packs a few more features with a Firefox extension, a bookmarklet and blogger scripts. You can visit the site here.

So what’s the downside: You can not search through document (yet.) PDFMENOT is still in beta. There is already an option for Adobe acrobat viewer, like, Foxit Reader. It is a free PDF document viewer and printer, with incredible small size.(only 2.1 M download size) Pdfmenot is one step ahead as you don’t need any plugin or software to view PDF document. (I am assuming that you have an internet access all the time)

pdfmenot

via [readwriteweb]