You cannot start the SharePoint 2010 Administration Service service

To work around this problem, configure the computer so that the network does not retrieve trusted and untrusted CTLs. To do this, use one of the following methods:
Method 1 
Validate that boundary firewalls, router access rules, and downstream proxy servers enable systems that have update 2677070 installed to contact Microsoft Update. For more information about this requirement, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base. (This includes the URLs that the CTL update accesses.)
2677070 An automatic updater of revoked certificates is available for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
Method 2 
Change the Group Policy settings. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Under the Computer Configuration node in the Local Group Policy Editor, double-click Policies.
  2. Double-click Windows Settings, double-click Security Settings, and then double-click Public Key Policies.
  3. In the details pane, double-click Certificate Path Validation Settings.
  4. Click the Network Retrieval tab, click to select the Define these policy settings check box, and then click to clear the Automatically update certificates in the Microsoft Root Certificate Program (recommended) check box.
  5. Click OK, and then close the Local Group Policy Editor.
Method 3
Modify the registry. To do this, follow these steps. 
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
  1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Locate and then select the following registry subkey: 
    HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftSystemCertificates
  3. Right-click AuthRoot, select New, and then click DWORD.
  4. Type DisableRootAutoUpdate, and then press Enter.
  5. Right-click DisableRootAutoUpdate, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  7. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
Method 4Increase the default service time-out. To do this, follow these steps:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows 
    Click 

  1. Locate and then select the following registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
  2. Right-click Control, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  3. In the New Value box, type ServicesPipeTimeout, and then press Enter.
  4. Right-click ServicesPipeTimeout, and then click Modify.
  5. Click Decimal, type the number of milliseconds that you want to wait until the service times out, and then clickOK. 
           For example, if you want to wait 60 seconds before the service times out, type 60000
  1. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

Top 10 SharePoint 2010 Configuration Mistakes — and How to Fix Them

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is a complicated beast, with more knobs and levels than you can shake a stick at. It’s no wonder we get some of them wrong from time to time. Over the past year and a half of installing SharePoint 2010, I’ve seen quite a few configuration mistakes, mostly at my own hands. In this article, I’ll cover 10 of these errors. I’ll explain what the correct configuration is, why it’s correct, and how to correct the setting in your farm. If you make all the changes in this article, you’ll have the beginnings of a beautiful farm — and one less likely to be ridiculed by your friends and neighbors.

Mistake #1: Scrimping on SharePoint’s RAM or Hard Disk Space

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times: a poor, defenseless SharePoint server working as hard as it can to keep users happy, but having its hands tied because of limited resources. This situation is usually a casualty of aggressive virtualization. Virtualization itself isn’t bad, but it must be done intelligently and without sacrificing SharePoint’s ability to do its job.
If SharePoint finds itself starved for RAM, it starts shutting off functionality so that it can fit into the available space. It also caches less in the web application pools and recycles those pools more often. Less caching and more recycles result in a degraded end-user experience, as SharePoint must compile the same ASP.NET code over and over. And no one likes unhappy users, not even their mothers.
The solution to this particular issue is easy: Add RAM. Microsoft has published the hardware requirements for SharePoint 2010 in the TechNet article “Hardware and software requirements (SharePoint Server 2010).”  These requirements state that at the very least, each SharePoint 2010 production server should have 8GB of RAM and a C drive with at least 80GB. In many cases, that won’t be enough. If your servers are in production, you can watch their memory utilization to see whether they use the entire 8GB of RAM. If so, they could use more. If your servers are not yet in production, you can use a variety of load-testing tools to simulate your intended load and see how the servers hold up. For example, you can download the Microsoft Load Testing Kit, part of the SharePoint Administration Toolkit.
As for your C drive, SharePoint itself doesn’t need much space, but Windows does. After all, your server has several years of Windows patches to look forward to. While you’re adding drive space to your machine, consider adding a secondary drive as well. This drive is a great place to store all the files that you use when you install SharePoint. All the third-party installation files can go there too. You can also have SharePoint put its log and Search index files on this drive. This approach takes some pressure off the C drive. Happy C drive and happy end users equal a happy SharePoint server administrator.

Mistake #2: Using Virtualized Microsoft SQL Server

As I said in mistake #1, virtualization isn’t bad. But virtualization allows administrators to make mistakes on a much grander scale. Take virtualizing SQL Server. In the context of SharePoint, this process can be especially painful. The main mistake I see when virtualizing SQL Server is overcommitting the host, be it through RAM, CPU, or drive space. Because everything in SharePoint is stored in SQL Server, if SQL Server is slow, SharePoint is slow.
The obvious solution is to move SQL Server to a physical box, on which it doesn’t need to share resources. Moving SharePoint’s SQL Server instance is easy, thanks to aliases. I’ve outlined this process, with pictures, at www.toddklindt.com/sqlalias.
If you can’t get a physical SQL Server box, then at the very least ensure that your virtualized SQL Server instance has a fighting chance. First, make sure that its virtual drives aren’t thin provisioned. I/O is one of the areas in which virtualized SQL Server struggles the most, and thin-provisioned drives exacerbate that problem. Also try to put the SQL Server guests’ virtual drives on their own spindles on the host. Doing so should improve I/O by preventing SQL Server from fighting other guests for time with the drives. Finally, you shouldn’t allow the virtualization host to overcommit its RAM. If the host must swap to meet its RAM obligations, then it’s slowing down SQL Server.
Brent Ozar has recorded a brilliant video on how best to virtualize SQL. Go get some wine and pizza, invite your fellow SharePoint admins, dim the lights, and watch that video. You’ll learn a lot.

 

Mistake #3: Using the Farm Configuration Wizard

Using the Farm Configuration Wizard was a pretty common mistake when SharePoint 2010 first came out but thankfully has diminished as our familiarization with SharePoint 2010 has increased. The wizard’s list of atrocities is long, so I’ll just cover some of the better known ones. First, and maybe most heinous, is that all the databases that the wizard creates have nasty globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) at the end of their names. The wizard also creates a content web app, at http://servername, that just doesn’t scale well. To add insult to injury, the wizard creates your My Site host on that same web app, at http://servername/my. Finally, the wizard encourages you to create service applications that you might not actually use. It’s tough to resist the siren song of those check boxes, I know.
The Farm Configuration wizard leaves its dirty handprints all over SharePoint, and it can be a challenge to clean up all of them. However, a few places can be easily fixed. Start with your web apps. Create a web app for My Site and give it a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), such as mysites.company.com. Create a My Site host at the web app’s root. Use the Windows PowerShell cmdlet Move-SPSite to move any My Site to one content database, and then attach that content database to your new web app. You’ll also need to adjust your User Profile Service and tell it about your new My Site location.
Next, clean up your service applications. Go through your list of service applications and delete any that you aren’t using. You gain no benefit from having a service application that you aren’t going to use for another six months. After you’ve deleted unnecessary service applications, stop the associated service instances (also called services on server) that power them. If possible, remove the GUIDs from the service application database names. The technique for completing these tasks varies among service application; the Microsoft article “Rename or Move Service Application Databases (SharePoint Server 2010)”  has directions for all the service applications. Of course, take good backups before doing any of this.

Mistake #4: Using an Incorrect URL when Creating a Content Web App

Like any relationship, SharePoint and Microsoft IIS have communication problems from time to time. Web app creation is one of those times. SharePoint doesn’t tell IIS about changes that you might make to a web app after it is created. For instance, if you create an Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) for a web app in Central Administration, you still need to go into IIS and add the host header for the new address.
The issue is compounded when SharePoint farms that you never thought would need to be accessible from the Internet suddenly need to be accessible from the Internet. Budding SharePoint administrators commonly give their web apps short URLs, such as http://portal, to save users some typing. Of course, that URL doesn’t route across the Internet, so the web app needs a fully qualified URL added to its stable of AAMs. Not only is this new URL not written to the IIS host headers, but it’s also missing from all the alerts, workflows, and anything else that saves URLs — all those items have the old URL hard-coded in. Because SharePoint didn’t write any additional URLs to IIS when they were created, it won’t write them to any new SharePoint servers that are added to the farm. Nor will SharePoint write these changes to IIS if the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application service instance is stopped and started.
This issue might not seem like a big deal, but it has bitten many people at the worst possible time: during an outage. In a few cases, administrators have lost or needed to rebuild a SharePoint server and forgotten about the host headers that they put in manually months earlier. SharePoint is up and going, but when browsing to SharePoint, end users get the blue IIS 7 splash page instead of the SharePoint page that they were expecting. Again, unhappy users usually mean unhappy administrators.
Because SharePoint writes host headers only when a web app is created, you can’t fixproblematic web apps. You’ll need to recreate them. That’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you won’t lose any of the content that your users worked so hard to create. The bad news is that you will lose all the settings that you worked so hard to create.
The first step is to make notes of all your web app settings. In most cases, there won’t be many, and you’ll be familiar with any changes that you made. Then, detach the content databases from your web app. Keep them safe; you’re going to need them. Next, make a copy of the web.config file for that web application. Some settings, such as forms-based authentication (FBA) and BLOB cache settings, are in that file. Finally, go into Central Administration and delete the web app. Tell SharePoint to delete the extra stuff. The scary part is over.
Now, recreate the web app, but do it right this time. First, enter the correct, fully qualified URL in the Host Header box. Do your end users a favor, and put the web app on port 80, as Figure 1 shows. Under the Security Configuration settings, accept all the defaults, even if you’re going to use Kerberos or SSL. You can change those settings later, and you want to make sure that the web app works correctly before you apply fancy security settings. Doing so helps in any troubleshooting that you might need to do. Under the Application Pool settings, pick an existing application pool. (I’ll explain why in the next section.)
Figure 1: Creating a new web app

Figure 1: Creating a new web app

 

It is important to give your content databases distinct names. You should be able to look at a content database name and know exactly which web app that database goes with. This is another one of those things that doesn’t usually seem important but is priceless in a disaster-recovery situation. If the content databases that you detached from the web app before you deleted it didn’t have such names, then take this opportunity to right that wrong when you recreate the web app. Give the new content database a good name, then use the PowerShell cmdlet Move-SPSite to move the site collections to that new database. If your content database already has a good name, enter it during the creation of the new web app. If you had multiple content databases, attach the rest after the web app is created.
After the web app is created, you can tweak settings as needed. Most settings can be changed in Central Administration. If you made any changes to the web.config file of the original web app, now is the time to copy those changes to the newly created web.config file. You can use a program such as Notepad++  to compare the two files. You should now have a well-created web application that you can trust in times of crisis.

Mistake #5: Running Web Apps or Service Apps in Separate App Pools

Web apps and service applications run inside of an application pool, which is a W3WP.exe process that runs on your server. Unless you have reason to do otherwise, you should run all SharePoint web apps inside one application pool; the same goes for the service applications. Running each web app in its own application pool makes inefficient use of the server’s memory. Each application pool has a minimum overhead of more than 100MB, and its memory footprint increases as it caches content that’s rendered frequently. Figure 2 shows multiple W3WP.exe processes running as sp_webapps, the result of web apps running in separate application pools. We’ve all experienced SharePoint slowing first thing in the morning because the app pools recycle overnight and need to warm up and cache that content again. Well, multiple application pools mean that the same content is cached multiple times. Most users are impatient. I’m sure that studies would show that they spend the time waiting for SharePoint to respond by thinking of ways to punish us for SharePoint’s poor performance.
Figure 2: Result of running web apps in separate application pools

Figure 2: Result of running web apps in separate application pools

For service applications, this problem is easy to fix. First, make sure that you have a good service application pool to use. I recommend calling this pool Default SharePoint Service App Pool so that it floats to the top of all your drop-down lists. Use a dedicated sp_serviceapps account for the pool’s identity. Most service applications allow you to assign them to a new service application pool by modifying their properties in Central Administration. If the option is unavailable there, look for it in PowerShell.
Web applications are a tougher matter. There’s no easy, out-of-the-box way to change the application pool that a web app is using. Fortunately, we have PowerShell at our disposal. The steps to this process won’t fit in this article, but I outline them in detail in the article “How to change the App Pool ID of a SharePoint 2010 Web Application.” 

Mistake #6: Using One Account for Everything

Security is complicated, and SharePoint doesn’t necessarily make it any easier. Using just one account — maybe even the coveted Domain Administrator account — is so easy. We’ve all done it, even though it’s a bad idea. When you use an existing account, you open up SharePoint to several security issues. Anyone who knows the account password can do anything in SharePoint, so you can’t separate duties. You also lose the ability to audit who made which changes. And if that common account password is compromised or needs to be changed, you jeopardize SharePoint’s uptime as well. Even if you use one dedicated account for SharePoint, you leave yourself vulnerable to attack. If that account is compromised via a security exploit, the bad guys will have access to everything in SharePoint.
To fix this mistake, start by creating the accounts that I outline in this blog post . Add the sp_webapps and sp_serviceapps accounts as managed accounts. Use the techniques that I describe in Mistake #5 to fix your web app and service application accounts. You can change the default content access account for the Search service application at the Search Service Application page. Under Central Administration, Security, Configure Service Accounts, you can change the accounts that other processes use as well. (You can even change the Farm Account there. I’ve done so in test environments but haven’t been brave enough to do it in production.) If you’re using the User Profile Service, make sure that your new sp_userprofile account has the correct permissions in Active Directory (AD), and recreate your AD connection in the User Profile Service.
You can also use the steps that I describe in “How to create a SharePoint 2010 admin account and stop using sp_farm” to give an account the correct permissions to administrate SharePoint, without needing to use another highly privileged account.

 

 

Mistake # 7: Keeping Default SharePoint Database Settings

When SharePoint creates its multitudes of databases, it makes some bad assumptions. Take the autogrow settings: The database files grow by 1MB at a chunk, almost ensuring that they’re going to autogrow with every upload. Not only does this slow down SQL Server (which slows down SharePoint), but it also results in database files that are spread all over your drives in itty-bitty 1MB chunks.
SharePoint also creates most of its databases, notably the Config and Content databases, with the recovery model set to Full. Although this is great if you want to recover data, you must manage the process correctly or those sneaky .ldf files will slowly, methodically fill your hard disk. If you think users get upset when SharePoint is slow because of fragmented databases, you should see how angry they get when SharePoint stops completely because the SQL Server drives are full.
To fix this mistake, set your databases’ autogrow settings in such a way that they don’t need to grow frequently. For most farms, I recommend changing the 1MB autogrow to something like 500MB or 1GB. Autogrow should also be a last resort. Someone, either the SharePoint administrator or a dedicated DBA, should pregrow your databases so that autogrow is unnecessary.
Your recovery model setting needs to be consistent with your disaster recovery plans. If you need your transaction logs, make sure you’re performing routine log backups to keep those .ldf files in check. If you don’t need your transaction logs, then consider switching your databases to the simple recovery model. Doing so will keep your .ldf files from swelling up like a nasty bee sting.

Mistake #8: Not Enabling BLOB Caching

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard an end user say, “SharePoint is too fast. Could you get it to respond a bit more slowly?” We all want SharePoint to get files to the users as quickly as possible. However, more often than not, I see SharePoint farms without BLOB caching enabled. BLOB caching is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve SharePoint performance. Not only does it help to get files to users more quickly, but it also eases the burden on SQL Server. Everybody wins.
This might be the easiest solution so far: Enable BLOB caching, of course! BLOB caching is actually a function of IIS; SharePoint just takes advantage of it. Therefore, to enable BLOB caching requires a change to each web app’s web.config file on each server. Fortunately, the setting already exists and just needs to be enabled. By default, the web.config files are in a directory under C:inetpubwwwrootwssvirtualdirectories. Each web app has a directory and a web.config file. Open one of these files and look for the following line:
To enable BLOB caching, replace “false” with “true” and save the web.config file. You should also move the file to a directory on a drive other than the C drive. The maxSize parameter is measured in gigabytes, with a default of 10GB. If the space is available, you might want to increase this size.
If editing this file in Notepad on all your servers isn’t your idea of fun, you can use PowerShell to automate the process. You still need to perform the process on each server, but using PowerShell is quicker and reduces the chances of a mistake. To begin, download the script and save it to a file named blobcache.ps1. This script contains two functions: Enable-SPBlobCache and Disable-SPBlobCache. Each function takes a web app from the pipeline and enables or disables BLOB caching on that app. The code to enable BLOB caching on each web application in the farm looks like this:
                              PS E:InstallScripts> . .blobcache.ps1                              PS E:InstallScripts> Get-SPWebApplication | Enable-SPBlobCache 


Mistake #9: Not Installing a PDF iFilter

Most organizations have a tremendous number of PDF files in their SharePoint farms, and those files represent a wealth of information. End users want to be able to discover that information by using SharePoint Search. Getting users excited about SharePoint Search is a great way to get them excited about SharePoint in general.
Installing a PDF iFilter is fairly easy. Adobe has a free PDF iFilter that you can install. You can find the download link and detailed installation instructions in the Microsoft article “SharePoint 2010 – Configuring Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms.” You need to install the iFilter only on those SharePoint servers that run the Search Index role, although installing it on the rest of your SharePoint servers doesn’t hurt. If you have a large farm and want to reduce the time needed to index your PDF files, you can use thePDF iFilter from Foxit. This product has better performance than the Adobe iFilter but isn’t free.

 

 

Again, you can harness PowerShell to make this task easier. Brian Lalancette, creator ofAutoSPInstaller, wrote a great script that automatically downloads, installs, and configures a PDF iFilter, and this script has become my preferred method. The script is part of a larger package, so I’ve stripped out the relevant parts and posted them on this page.  Save that file as pdfsearch.ps1. The file contains two functions: Configure-PDFSearch and Configure-PDFIcon. The former installs and configures the iFilter; the latter adds a PDF icon to the SharePoint interface. As I describe for the script in Mistake #8, install the functions by dot-sourcing the pdfsearch.ps1 file and then executing the function.

Mistake #10: Not Pointing Your SharePoint Servers at Themselves

When SharePoint works, it is magnificent. When it doesn’t work, it can be a nightmare to fix. For this reason, anything you can do to ease troubleshooting is time well spent. To that end, I make sure that every server in the SharePoint farm points to itself for all web apps. If I get sporadic reports about SharePoint not responding, I can easily use RDP to log in to each server and try to pull up SharePoint. If this attempt works, then I know that the server is working. If SharePoint does not come up, then I know in exactly which Microsoft User Location Server (ULS) logs to look for the relevant errors. No worrying about which web front end the load balancer sent my request to. The quicker you get to the correct log files, the quicker the problem is resolved.
Pointing your Search indexer at itself has another advantage: It improves performance for your end users. If you don’t point your Search server at itself, then when it starts to perform a crawl, it lets DNS do its work and then starts crawling whichever web front end DNS points it to. That server is most likely the same one that is sending pages to your end users. Making the server do double-duty means that everyone waits longer. Pointing the Search server at itself means that your web front end doesn’t need to handle that traffic and can get back to doing its #1 job: keeping users happy.
There is a simple fix for this mistake: Open the hosts file (C:windowssystem32driversetchosts) on each SharePoint box, and add all the URLs that SharePoint knows about. Point those URLs to 127.0.0.1, which translates to “this computer.” Figure 3 shows how this file looks in a typical SharePoint environment. This approach provides all the benefits that I’ve mentioned but uncovers a nasty beast: loopback detection. This monster, as well as how to defeat it, is scary and too long for this article, but you can read all about it in my blog post “Can’t crawl web apps you KNOW you should be able to crawl.” 
Figure 3: Hosts file in a common SharePoint environment

Figure 3: Hosts file in a common SharePoint environment

As you might have noticed, I’m a fan of using PowerShell to fix these mistakes, and #10 is no different. This script will automatically add all SharePoint’s URLs to your server’s local hosts file and fix the loopback detection beast in one fell swoop. Is there anything PowerShell can’t do?

Everybody Makes Mistakes

There are as many ways to screw up SharePoint as there are grains of sand on the beach. I ought to know; I think I’ve made them all. Twice. Although you might witness (or make) one or two of the mistakes in this article, the good news is that they can all be fixed. Just follow the instructions here, and your SharePoint farm will be tip-top in no time.
Reference: http://sharepointpromag.com/sharepoint-2010/top-10-sharepoint-2010-configuration-mistakes-and-how-fix-them

How do I fire an event when a iframe has finished loading in jQuery?

I have a strang requirement when I am working for the Sharepoint OOTB model Popup .
My Client wants to Hide default ribbons for the list.
So I thought about directly applying the css or jquery to hide that ribbon on the model dialog
but I found strange behaviour  from sharepoint , the ribbon is not hiding sometimes and due to that i got in some worse situation.
After some research about the jquery to use for hiding that ribbon using jquery I came across this useful link from stack overflow.
This is the function I have used to hide the Ribbon from the Iframe itself.

$(‘iframe’).load(function () {
// do something once the iframe is loaded
hideContactRibbon();  // My Custom function to hide ribbon
});

Basic Sitemap – Generate sitemap of WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr Blogs

Sitemaps are considered as the simplest and easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages or content on their sites. Making sitemaps can be complex but most times bloggers usually need only a basic sitemap generator. Basic Sitemap web app can be used to generate sitemap of blogs that are created on WordPress, Tumblr and Blogspot.

These sitemaps can then be submitted to Google and Bing webmaster tools for indexing.

Basic Sitemap Features

  • First of all go to Basic Sitemap. Then you can see page as shown in the figure.
  • In the left site you can see a text box. Enter the complete URL of your blog. For example http://example.blogspot.com. Avoid using country domains such as “.co.in” or “.co.uk“.

text box to enter blog address

  • Once the user entered the address of blog and press ‘generate sitemap’ button. Then it will automatically generate the link to sitemap.

automatically generate sitemap

  • Now copy the address generated by basic sitemap.
  • Open Google or Bing webmaster tools. For demonstration purpose I am using Google webmaster. You need to enter username and password of your Google or Bing account for opening webmaster tool.
  • Once the Webmaster site opens you can see your blog address as in the figure below. If it is not there press ‘Add URL’ or ‘Add Site’ button and add address of your blog. Now click on your blog address.

webmaster tool window

  • Now you are directed to new page. To the right hand side of the page you can see a Sitemap bar. Click on it.

Sitemap option

  • Then you are directed to new page. In this page you can see ‘Add/Test Sitemap’. Press it. In the popup window paste the URL that you copied. Then press ‘Submit sitemap’.

Submitting sitemap

That’s it, your blog’s sitemap is now submitted on Google. For more advanced web tools you can look up the official Google’s recommended list of 3rd party tools for creating sitemaps here.

Auto Refresh Chrome Webpages with Auto Refresh Plus

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 09:26 AM PDT

There are times when we need to constantly refresh a particular webpage just because that webpage is not loading or we want to see new content in that page. Hitting the Refresh button or the F5 button on the keyboard is the probably tiresome. In such cases, extensions like Auto Refresh Plus can be of some help to us.

Auto Refresh Plus is a nifty Google Chrome extension that can refresh a particular webpage for a pre-defined time interval. Auto Refresh Plus is also useful when you want to keep refreshing the page till that page shows some new content or lose some content. This feature is called Page Monitor.

Auto Refresh Plus is available for download on the Chrome Web Store. The extension is really simple to use. On installing, a small icon gets added to the top right of your Google Chrome browser. You can then set instructions with ease like so :

  1. Open the webpage that needs to be refreshed periodically.
  2. Then click on that icon and select the time interval. You can also set a time interval of your own.

auto-refresh-plus

That’s it. It was really simple to configure, right? Once done, that particular web page will continue refreshing automatically. You can now proceed your work with the other tabs. That tab will continue refreshing on it’s own.

Auto Refresh Plus comes with various options. You can enables sounds to notify you when Page Monitor triggers. You can also choose what sound is to be played by inserting the sound URL in the settings section. The settings section also shows options to auto start refreshing and also set a predefined URL to be refreshed.

You might also want to check out Notifycon, an extension that shows notification counts on pinned tabs.

If you are using Firefox, there is an addon that does a similar job.

Link: Auto Refresh Plus on Chrome Web Store

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Enable Two- Step Authentication for Twitter

Posted: 23 May 2013 08:45 AM PDT

Twitter_new_logo.pngToday, Twitter has rolled out an update that allows users to add a phone number to the account. The idea is simple. Every time a users signs-in there is added code that is asked. That code is sent to users via a text message.

So even if someone manages to guess a password, they would not be able to get the verification code from the users phone.

How to activate Twitter’s two-step authentication feature

  • Visit your Twitter profile on the browser and sign-in. Now on the right-hand corner you will see a gear shaped symbol.
  • Hover over it and it shows you the options to look up settings. Under Settings >> Account users can see a new option to titled Account Security.

account-security-cropped

  • We can add a phone number and also select the option to turn-on two step verification.

Here is a nice video demo by Twitter to help their users out

With this step Twitter joins Google and Dropbox in offering two-step verification for better security.

Do drop in your comments.

82 Useful keyboard shortcuts for Firefox

Table of Contents:

  1. Address Bar
  2. Search Bar
  3. Navigation
  4. Inside Webpages
  5. Search
  6. Bookmarks
  7. Firefox Features
  8. Firefox Windows
  9. Forms
  10. The Rest

minus1. Address Bar
alt+d or ctrl+l Jump to address bar
ctrl+enter Complete a .com address in address bar: adds "http" prefix and ".com" suffix to entry, then loads the page. Add alt to combination to load page in background tab.
shift+enter Complete a .net address in address bar: adds "http" prefix and ".net" suffix to entry, then loads the page. Add alt to combination to load page in background tab.
ctrl+shift+enter Complete a .org address in address bar: adds "http" prefix and ".org" suffix to entry, then loads the page. Add alt to combination to load page in background tab.
arrow up/arrow down in address bar Open URL history in address bar and navigate. Press enter to launch selected webpage
delete in address bar history Delete current entry from address bar history

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minus2. Search Bar
ctrl+k Jumps to search bar if installed (ctrl+e used to do so as well, but seems to be discontinued)
alt+arrow up/arrow down 
in search bar
Toggle search engines
arrow down/arrow up 
in search bar
Choose from previous searches. Press enter to choose selected search term
delete in previous searches Delete previous search entry

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minus3. Navigation
alt+home Jump to homepage
alt+arrow left/arrow right One page backward / one page forward
ctrl+t Open new tab in same window
ctrl+tab or ctrl+page down Jump to next browser tab
ctrl+shift+tab or ctrl+page up Jump to previous browser tab
ctrl+18 Jump to browser tab 1 – 8
ctrl+9 Jump to the rightmost tab regardless on how many tabs are open
ctrl+w or ctrl+q Close current browser tab
ctrl+shift+t Undo close browser tab

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minus4. Inside Webpages
alt+d, then press tab twice (or three times) Get "focus" on webpage for in-page keyboard navigation. Note the dotted frame around the page
arrow down/arrow up Scroll webpages up or down one line
page down/page up Scroll webpages up or down one page. space/shift+space does the same.
home/end Jump to beginning / end of webpage
tab/shift+tab Jump to next / jump to previous link
enter Open selected link in current tab
shift+ctrl+enter Open selected link in new foreground tab
ctrl+enter Open selected link in new background tab
shift+enter Open selected link in new window
alt+enter Download selected link
ctrl++/ctrl+ Increase or decrease text size
ctrl+0 Default text size
f5 or ctrl+r Reload page
ctrl+f5 or ctrl+r Reload page with cache override
escape Stop loading page
f6/shift+f6 Jump forwards / jump backwards between tab bar and page. To reach addressbar, press f6until reaching the tab (see dotted line around tab) and press tab
shift+f10 Open context menu of a hyperlink. Press arrow up or down or initial letter to select command
f7 Turn caret mode on or off (navigation with keyboard)
ctrl+a Select all, useful to copy and paste text out of webpages
ctrl+c Copy selected text
ctrl+p Print
alt+f, then v Print preview
ctrl+u Show page source
ctrl+s Save page as

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minus5. Search
ctrl+f or / Open "quick find" window and searches phrase as you type
' (apostrophe) Open "quick find" (links only) window
ctrl+g or enter or f3 Find next occurrence of search term.
ctrl+shift+g or shift+f3 Find previous occurrence of search term.
escape Close search window

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minus6. Bookmarks
ctrl+b or ctrl+i Show or hide bookmark sidebar
ctrl+shift+b Organize bookmarks
ctrl+d Add bookmark
ctrl+shift+d Bookmark all tabs. In the "create in" menu, use alt+down to choose bookmark destination
alt+b, then press az or number Open bookmark menu and press first letter of a bookmark name to load them. More than one entry with the same letter, requires to repeatedly pressing the letter and hit enter

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minus7. Firefox Features
ctrl+j Open or close download window
ctrl+h Show or hide browsing history
ctrl+shift+del Clear private data (menu)
ctrl+o Open file
ctrl+l Open Location
alt+f Open file menu
alt+e Open edit menu
alt+v Open view menu
alt+s Open history menu
alt+b Open bookmark menu
alt+t Open tools menu
alt+h Open help menu
ctrl+/ Show / hide Add-On Bar (holding add-ons)

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minus8. Firefox Windows
ctrl+n or alt+f+n Opens new browser window
ctrl+shift+w or alt+f4 Close browser window
alt+space Opens the title bar menu (default Windows feature)
alt+space+enter Restore Window (default Windows feature)
alt+space+x Maximize Window (default Windows feature)
alt+space+n Minimize Window (default Windows feature)
f11 Turn full page view on or off (default Windows feature)

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minus9. Forms
tab/shift+tab Jump to next or previous form element
space Activate or deactivate radio buttons and check boxes
alt+arrow down Select from a drop-down menu
ctrl+cctrl+x and ctrl+v Copy, cut or paste selected text (when working in forms)
arrow up/arrow down Select previously used form entries
shift+delete Delete previously used form entries

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minus10. The Rest
ctrl+shift+i Open or close webpage Inspector
ctrl+shift+j Open Java Error Console. Press escape to close
f1 Firefox (online) help

Yahoo’s Big Day: Buys Tumblr and offers 1 TB space with Flickr

Yahoo has just capped off a very significant day for themselves. Firstly they have announced the acquisition of the blogging platform Tumblr. In the second announcement, Flickr has now rolled out 1 Terabyte free storage for all users. This is a big deal for Yahoo which has recently struggled to keep its users and more importantly find new users.

The Tumblr Acquisition

Yahoo has bought Tumblr for a estimated $1.1 Billion. That is a lot more money than say Facebook shelled out for Instagram. So what does Yahoo gain from Tumblr?

Tumblr - Yahoo

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  • Flickr has 300 million unique visitors on it and has over 900 posts published every second.
  • The Yahoo+ Flickr deal will grow traffic by 20% and its audience will go up by 50%. This increases the advertising opportunities.
  • Mobile seems to be a focus for Yahoo with Tumblr’s acquisition.
  • Yahoo’s CEO in her own Tumblr blog announced that Tumblr will be treated as an independent entity and their CEO David Karp will remain. More importantly in her own words she assuaged the feelings of Tumblr’s community with the quote “We promise not to screw it up”.

Flickr gets 1 TB free space

Flickr is still very popular and its not surprising Yahoo chose to make big announcements with it.

Flickr - 1 TB Space

  • Flickr users get 1 TB storage space free. That means if you upload 6.5 Megapixel photo on Flickr, you can upload half a million of them and for free.
  • The big storage size means Flickr now remain relevant as a storage option especially with the rise of backup options from Google and Apple.
  • Pro Flickr account users will continue to get unlimited storage space and have stats show up for visits on their photos. But new users cannot signup for Pro accounts. That basically means Flickr Pro is more or less going away in time.

Flickr might have rebooted with huge storage space but it will be interesting to see how it manages to complete with the likes of say Google+ which offers to store photos from a phone directly to the cloud. This helps freeing up space on the phone without worrying about losing any photos.

What are your views on Yahoo’s big announcements today? Do drop in your comments.

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Fwd: [Devils Workshop] “5 Fun USB accessories that will transform your workspace”

Office life rarely comes with any included amenities, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with a drab and depressing work space. Our computers can also be used as a source of power for some very handy and fun USB accessories. Majority of these devices are readily available online over Amazon or Rediff for Indian readers.

#1. Drink Cooler – When You Need to Chill

Drink Cooler USBDrink Cooler USB

If your desk has a lot of tech equipment on it, you’ve probably noticed the unfortunate effect that your hot computer has on your ice-cold beverage. Never let the line between iced tea and hot tea get blurred again. Keep your drinks cold all day long with a handy USB drink cooler.

#2. Tengu – For Lonely Solo Projects

Tengu USBTengu USB

If talking to yourself is starting to feel a bit sad, enlist Tengu to keep your company. This little legendary Japanese creature plugs into your USB drive and mouths along with whatever he hears, whether it’s your voice or the sound of music. When it’s quiet, he’ll simply drift off to sleep.

#3. Mini-Fridge

Mini Fridge USBMini Fridge USB

Everyone likes to have a refrigerator close by but that is always not possibly in a big office. This mini-fridge plugs into your USB drive and keep your drinks safe at your desk. The tiny cooler is just the right size for a single can.

#4. Cup Warmer – Because Cold Coffee is Gross

Cup Warmer USBCup Warmer USB

Accidentally taking a swig of stone cold coffee can instantly ruin any day. Make sure this never happens to you again by keeping your warm drinks snug and cozy on a heated pad that plugs right in to your USB drive.

#5. Desk Lamp

Desk Lamp USBDesk Lamp USB

If your desk is in the annex, you may find that you mysteriously fall to the bottom of the maintenance team’s list when those buzzing lights dim and go out one by one. This USB desk lamp offers just enough light to keep you going.

With the right toys and gadgets, you can remedy the worst cubicle crises and keep your little corner of the office bright.

These USB gadgets are basically for fun and some are entertaining while others just fun. Ideally they are not the most efficient if used on a laptop. These sort of USB gadgets work best on desktop PCs which do not rely on a battery like a laptop or notebook.

Do you also have similar USB devices which are unique? Do share them with me in your comments

Add the icon (DocIcon) of the file-type to a custom xsl-template when using the ContentByQueryWebPart (CQWP)

by Eric Bartels

In one of my current projects it was required to show the recent documents inside the site collection along with its associated icon. Of course our friend theContentByQueryWebPart (CQWP) comes in.
But how do I get the icon of the document?

The result

CQWP with the associated document icon

Don’t do it again

One could start to use a long list inside an xsl:choose to fetch each extension… But why do a file-extension mapping again when this is already specified inDOCICON.XML?

Give me my icon

  1. Create your ContentByQueryWebPart (CQWP) and export it.
  2. Export the webpart
  3. Locate the CommonViewFields-property and change it from
    <property name="CommonViewFields" type="string" />

    to

    <property name="CommonViewFields" type="string">HTML_x0020_File_x0020_Type,Text;File_x0020_Type,Text</property>

  4. Edit the ItemStyle.xsl or even better create your own My_ItemsStyle.xsl and create a custom template which uses these new ViewFields.
    <xsl:template name="TitleOnlyWithIcon" match="Row[@Style='TitleOnlyWithIcon']" mode="itemstyle">      <xsl:variable name="SafeLinkUrl">          <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetSafeLink">              <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>          </xsl:call-template>      </xsl:variable>      <xsl:variable name="DisplayTitle">          <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetTitle">              <xsl:with-param name="Title" select="@Title"/>              <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>          </xsl:call-template>      </xsl:variable>      <xsl:variable name="LinkTarget">          <xsl:if test="@OpenInNewWindow = 'True'" >_blank</xsl:if>      </xsl:variable>      <div class="item link-item">          <!-- Here comes the icon -->          <span class="icon">              <img src="/_layouts/images/{ddwrt:MapToIcon(string(@HTML_x005F_x0020_File_x005F_x0020_Type),string(@File_x005F_x0020_Type))}" alt="{@DocIcon}" style="vertical-align: middle;margin-right:4px" />          </span>          <a href="{$SafeLinkUrl}" target="{$LinkTarget}" title="{@LinkToolTip}">              <xsl:value-of select="$DisplayTitle"/>          </a>      </div>  </xsl:template>
  5. Change the ItemStyle-property inside the webpart-definition to match your custom template. (TitleOnlyWithIcon in this case).
  6. Import the webpart

Again there is some magic

If you refresh your page I’m sure you get an error. The magic here is to tell the xsl-stylesheet where to find the MapToIcon-function which resides inside the ddwrt-namespace.

The MapToIcon-function does the mapping of the icon by taking the mapping-information from the DOCICON.xml. So even if your icon is not named like the SharePoint ones the icon will be found. My icon here was named icon-pdf.gif for the pdf-file.

Conclusion

The use of the MapToIcon-function is the best method to get the icons. No need for custom “xsl:choose-statements” or “/_layouts/images/ic{@DocIcon}.gif-hacks”.

The Mac Freebie bundle lets you download 8 paid Mac apps for free

Mac software is generally pricey, especially for Windows converts like me. Thankfully, there are app bundles which let you buy software at bulk and get discount. Sometimes you can get lucky and could get an app bundle totally for free – which is exactly what StackSocial is offering.

stack-social-mac-app-bundle

StackSocial is popular for giving discounts on software and they have just released ‘The Mac Freebie Bundle’ which essentially gives you 8 paid Mac apps for free.

The apps list include IconBox, Ondesoft Screen Capture, VidConvert, Image Smith, Wallpaper Wizard, ClipBuddy, TypeFu and Sweetie. As you may have guessed, it’s mostly productivity software and can be really useful.

Of all the apps listed, I already use Wallpaper Wizard (got it from another Mac bundle) and really love it. It lets you change your desktop’s wallpaper automatically from a curated list of wallpapers.

Even if you aren’t much of a productivity guy, nothing hurts from grabbing a bunch of paid apps for free. The offer will last for 15 days, the site looks slow from here, probably because of heavy traffic. You just have to register for the site, share on your social network and you’ll gain access to the apps.

Link: The Mac Freebie Bundle

R.I.P Aaron Swartz (Co-Author of RSS 1.0)



Aaron_Swartz
The world of tech has lost a great mind today. Aaron Swartz was a coder, geek and an internet activist. At the age of 14 he helped co-authored RSS 1.0 specification. He also founded a company which was later acquired by Reddit.

Aaron Swartz committed suicide today. He was only 26 years old.

Aaron Swartz was recently more in the news for his internet activism. He was a indicted in the US for allegedly downloading millions of files by breaking into JSTOR which was a subscription based service.

I spend hours online and a lot of it is dedicated to reading my feeds on Google Reader. I am sure a lot of you reading this post are doing so because you subscribed to our RSS feed. To think that a 14 year old was a major contributor to this technology, which is literally the backbone of online publishing is mind boggling.

To think that the the same person felt his life was not worth living anymore is very tragic.

(via Tech.MIT)

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PDF MIME Type support in SharePoint 2010

One of the more common questions about SharePoint 2010 is how to get PDF documents to open in the browser.  By default SharePoint only gives you the option to Save PDFs.  This is because the default configuration of SharePoint 2010 does not consider PDF documents safe for displaying in the browser.

If you do a search on this, you'll find lots of posts recommending that you turn off the Strict file handling in Central Admin to fix this.  The problem is Microsoft put this feature in to protect against scripting attacks, and turning it off for all file types is somewhat like turning off your firewall to get things to work.  It gets the job done, but it's not really the best approach.

The far better approach is to open up just the file types that you need.  PDFs are the most common, but certainly not the only ones.  We often need to store HTML mockups in SharePoint, and run into the same problem with them.

To resolve this just for specific file types, you need to set the AllowedInlineDownloadedMimeTypes property of the web application, typically through PowerShell.  Here is an example to change both PDF and HTML file types.

$webApp = Get-SPWebApplication("http://webappurl")
$WebApp.AllowedInlineDownloadedMimeTypes.Add("application/pdf")
$WebApp.AllowedInlineDownloadedMimeTypes.Add("text/html")
$WebApp.AllowedInlineDownloadedMimeTypes

To run this you need to be on one of the SharePoint servers for the farm, and open the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

Dropbox Releases App for Windows 8 Tablets

Dropbox has recently released an optimized app for Windows 8 users. This app is a tablet friendly one and available at the Windows Store. The Dropbox app will run on any Windows 8 platform which includes the hybrid laptops with touch-screens along tablets like Surface RT which do not support all applications that run on Windows 8.

Unfortunately Dropbox has still not released an app for Windows 8 phone platform.

Dropbox App Windows 8

Is Dropbox App in Windows 8 worth your time?

  • The app really is not all that useful if you already have the older version of Dropbox running on your Windows 8 PC. This is because this app is optimized only for the tablet interface and not the PC.
  • It allows features like sharing photos with Facebook and Twitter friends using the Windows 8 Charm Share feature.
  • It is very basic and if you have a Windows tablet then this is a must have app for you.
  • On the downside the app does not seem to support selective sync for folders which is very useful especially if your device might not have continuous connectivity.

A Dropbox app is still not available for Windows phone, but it should be available sooner rather than later.

Try out the Dropbox app if you have a Windows tablet and let us know your views in your comments.

Link: Dropbox for Windows 8

Get Advanced Stats of Your Gmail Usage – Gmail Meter

Gmail Meter is a useful service that helps you get to know statistics about your Gmail account. This tool shows information like how many emails a month you get or send,on which day you send more emails, how many contacts send you emails, who were the top 10 contacts who sent your emails, top 10 recipients, top threads, what was the send/receive ratio, number of people who sent you email previous month and so on.

Once you set up Gmail Meter, it sends you an email on first day of every month containing different types of statistics about your inbox which helps you in analyzing your emailing habits.

Gmail Meter Features

  • Traffic report. It lets you know about email activity in your inbox.

  • Email categories help users understand the volume of email that your are managing and how you are managing them. A pie-chart shows various how many emails are archived, in Inbox, with Labels and in Trash.

 

  • Volume statics shows the number of starred & important message, how many mails you received, number of people send you emails, what percent of them are directly sent to your inbox and how many email you sent.

  • Word count tells you about the size of emails you are writing. Top senders and top recipeints help you understand who you connect with most.
  • Most importantly it shows time before first response to emails that you receive.

 How it works:

  • Open the Gmail meter and connect it to your gmail account by clicking on “allow acess” link.
  • Then a pop up window will open asking you to authorize. Click on the authorize button to grant access.

That`s it Gmail Meter will automatically send you an email once they prepare your report.You can any time revoke acess to Gmail Meter from `My Account` section. You can also try out Gmail’s own account statistics report which is actually a lot less detailed than Gmail Meter.

Link: Gmail Meter

Fwd: [Devils Workshop] “Write more with less effort using Mou for Mac”

I was a Windows user since the day I started using computers, but over a six months back, I switched to OS X. I loved it and prefer it to Windows, but there’s one thing which bugged me, and that’s there is no good free blogging client for Mac. Sure, there’s MarsEdit but it costs over 40$, which I think is really costly.

Windows on the other hand has Live Writer – Microsoft’s own blogging client which is pretty good. This is where Markdown comes in, making blogging on Mac awesome.

mou-markdown-mac

So what’s Markdown?

It’s a light weight markup language which converts plain text into HTML.

It started as a project by John Gruber – famous for his blog, Daring Fireball.

The syntax is pretty easy to learn, for example, if you put a # before a sentence, Markdown turns it into a h1. Put ##, it’ll be turned into a h2.

To make a word bold, wrap it in two asterisks – **like this**.
These are just a few examples, the full syntax is available on Daring Fireball.

Blogging should be solely about writing stuff and not code, that’s why Markdown is ideal for it.

Mou for Mac

Markdown clients are in plenty for OS X (and iOS) and that’s apparent as Markdown is made by Gruber himself. I’ve tried many of them, but Mou impressed me with its minimal interface and features while still being free.

The concept is simple, you write marked text on the left column of app and it shows the live preview on right. After you’re done, you can post to Tumblr or Scriptogr.am if your blog is hosted there, otherwise you can just copy the HTML (that’s what I do).

In the preferences, you can change fonts, default CSS applied and theme used.

Mou can also be great for web developers who want to quickly write HTML without any fuss.

Link: Mou

Fwd: [Devils Workshop] “Twitter Introduces Option to Download Your Tweets Archive”

Twitter users have not really found it easy to look up their past tweets. Twitter’s search actually limits tweets to weeks rather than months and years. This is mainly done to keep Twitter’s search results as currently relevant as possible. It sort of makes sense considering, Twitter is more about current happenings rather than record of things shared from say a year ago. Today Twitter has introduced a new feature which will allow users to download all their Tweets like an archive.

How to download your Twitter archive?

Twitter Request Archive

  • Sign-in to your account on your browser and look up the settings page.
  • Right at the end of account settings there is a new option which is “Request your archive”.
  • An email with a link to download your archive is send to you when it is ready. Download it and skim through the archive to a timeline of your Tweets.

The archive will be rolled out slowly and gradually. So chances you will not see this option right away. If you have been able to download your Twitter archive, let me know your views in comments.

Fwd: [Devils Workshop] “Has Apple reached its Peak or hit a Plateau? [Infographic]”

Apple is the world most valued company. It is also one of the most profitable companies in the world. The profits really are raked in by the billions by the uber-successful iPhone.

There are also other trends likes less iPhone users want to buy another iPhone compared to previous years. Also Apple has missed the expected sales for iPhone 5. It was expected to sell over 6 million phones but ended up selling only 5 million.

After Apple stocks fell by record numbers over the last week, I thought taking a look at this infographic by Online Business Degree.

Apple_Peak_Plateau

Even if Apple has reached its peak, it still has a massive momentum. And this momentum will continue for atleast a couple of years. In the meanwhile, Apple could possibly open up new markets for itself in China. It might introduce a new device like a television set or even a wearable computer, which could keep Apple right at the top all over again.

Do drop in your comments.

India to Oppose International Framework for Net Censorship

According to Hindustan Times, today India would be looking to oppose the any form of internet governance rules set up under the UN.

Internet censorship already exists in many countries, in which many social networks, YouTube and search engines fine themselves blocked in countries.

But ITU’s plans are to take such censorship further in laying down rules for content published on the internet across the world. In effect it would take over all authority from ICANN and give itself censorship powers. ICANN itself does not do any content regulation and more or less confines itself to technical standardization.

The big supporters of the creating new internet governance rules at the UN are not surprisingly Russia and China along with few more countries. Some of these rules will also include issues of tariffs applied by governments on certain sites along with handing over registration of country specific domains like to the governments rather than ICANN.

The UN sponsored summit called World Conference in International Telecommunications at Dubai next month, where talks on setting up internet governance will be held between countries.

India’s flirtation with Net Censorship!

The government in India has not necessarily brought about heavy handed net censorship like that of China. But many internet users are worried with rising number of content removal requests from government agencies. Indian government in the past had actuallyrecommended manual screening of content on social media sites. NGOs and activists have also held protests against rising cases of net censorship in India.

But it a relief to see India not on the side of countries like Russia and China on issues of regulating content on the internet.

Who else is opposing Net Censorship?

Not surprising one of the biggest opposition to ITU’s plans is from the search giant Google. Google owns YouTube which is a favorite target of many countries which try to crack down on internet freedom.

Would you support content regulation by the UN? Do drop in your comments and views.

Microsoft to Kill Live Messenger in Favour of Skype

Last year Microsoft ended up buying Skype at an approximate price tag of US $ 8.5 Billion. Many were left wondering what will be the fate of Windows Live Messenger which was also similar to Skype. The Verge, has reported that Windows Live Messenger will soon be killed off by Microsoft.

A couple of days ago, I already saw the first signs of Microsoft’s plan which allowed me to integrate my Skype account with my Live ID (Microsoft Account). I came across this feature, when I upgraded to Windows 8 and used the new Skype app on it. From now on, I have to simply use my Microsoft account details to sign in and use Skype.

Alternately current users can also integrate their Skype accounts with their Facebook accounts. The idea behind this all will be for Microsoft to leverage and support one single service instead of two. Also Live Messenger is most used for text based chatting while Skype is probably a more popular voice client.

Skype does have its premium options for making phone/ video calls and group video calling. It might also face competition from Google Voice and Google+ Hangouts which offer some great features.

I doubt Microsoft will kill off Live Messenger suddenly and will probably do this over a few months in a organised manner. But it won’t be a bad idea to move over to Skype as soon as possible.

Do you use Skype or Live Messenger? Which one do you use more? Do drop in your comments.

[Tip] Block Yourself from Facebook Unless you have Notifications Pending

Facebook is a great way to connect with friends from school and college. It is also a great way to keep track of what is happening in the lives of people you know. But most people generate very little useful information on Facebook. I often find 90% of the updates on Facebook being a waste of time.
Most status update can be about mundane things like describing the weather or sharing jokes which often are not funny and the worst of them all sharing funny cat images. But the social networking website is a very addictive service and often I find myself wasting time on it. For someone like me, who works online this can be a catastrophic distraction. :-P
But I do not want to stop using Facebook completely and wanted to look up a online tool that helped me.
Facebook Nanny is a Chrome browser extension which allows users to only access their Facebook account, only if there is a notification pending.

A popup message shows up telling the user to get back to work and not waste time on Facebook. :-)
Users can also access their own profile on Facebook and messages but not their feeds and lists.
To allow yourself full access to Facebook, either you can login from a different browser, disable the extension or use incognito mode on Chrome.
Are there any other tools you use to stop yourself from spending more time on Facebook and similar sites?
Do drop in your comments.
Link: Facebook Nanny
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Online Tool to Help You Pronounce Names Correctly with Audio Files

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 10:50 AM PDT

The internet has brought the world closer. Today I have friends who are from different countries and different cultures. Usually with my friends in Europe or the US, I do not have any issues communicating with them, because English being a common language. But my name is not common and explaining someone how to exactly pronounce my name gets a little tedious.

Indian names often cannot be pronounced properly by people who speak only the English language. Pronouce Names is a online tool that helps users break down the names and also listen in to a audio file with the correct pronunciation.

Just search for a name you want to correctly pronounce. The result is usually with the name broken down into sounds.

Most names also have the option of listening to a audio file to listen to the name being pronounced correctly.

In case your name does not figure with an explanation and audio file, you can give the correct explanation and also submit a audio file. This way anyone can contribute to names being pronounced correctly.

Best part of this website is, it is also available as a mobile app on Android.:-)

I checked for similar pronunciations of names in Google Translate but they sounded a little robotic. Also Google translate does not always do a good job with names which can sometimes be pronounced differently in different places and both pronunciations are valid.

Try out Pronounce Names and drop in your comments.

Link: Pronounce Names | Android App

Three ways to tell if a .NET Assembly is Strongly Named (or has Strong Name)

Here are several convenient ways to tell whether a .NET assembly is strongly named(English language note: I assume the form “strongly named” is preferred over “strong named” since that’s the form used in the output of the sn.exe tool shown immediately below.)

Towards the end, this post discusses use of Strong Names with Silverlight.
Then in the final section of this post the often confusing – though very important – differences between Strongly Named assemblies and Digitally Signed assemblies are clarified.
But first, here are three approaches for telling whether a .NET Assembly is Strongly Named...

Approach #1: Testing for Strong Name on Command Line or in a Script

You tell whether an Assembly/DLL has been successfully strong-named using the Strong Name Tool (sn.exe) (which can be found somewhere like here: C:Program FilesMicrosoft SDKsWindowsv7.0Abinsn.exe) by running the following at the command line:
sn -vf System.Data.dll
Here are the results when running against a strongly named assembly, then one that is not strongly named.
  C:> sn -v C:WINDOWSMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727System.Data.dll
  Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Strong Name Utility  Version 4.0.30128.1  Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.  Assembly 'C:...System.Data.dll' is valid
  C:> sn -v C:WINDOWSismif32.dll
Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Strong Name Utility  Version 4.0.30128.1  Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.  C:WINDOWSismif32.dll does not represent a strongly named assembly
Since the return value from sn.exe is 0 (zero) when the strong name is in place, and 1 (one) if not correctly strong named, you can test for this in a script by examiningERRORLEVEL, as in the following (put it into a text file called “sn-test.bat” for example and run as “sn-test foo.dll”):
@ echo off
  if "%1"=="" goto END sn -q -vf %1 > NUL if ERRORLEVEL 1 goto NOT_STRONG
  :STRONG  echo Has strong name: %1  goto END
:NOT_STRONG  echo Not strong named: %1  goto END
:END
Note that this will tell you whether it has SOME strong name, but does not tell you which one. So this technique is not appropriate for all uses, but might help in, say, an automated script that checks your about-to-be-released assemblies to make sure you remembered to add the strong names to them. (See note below – “Strong Names not for Security”.)
If you need finer-grain control and wish to write low-level code to ascertain the strong-naming status of an assembly, you can do that too.

Approach #2: Viewing Strong Name Details with IL DASM

Visual Studio ships with a handy utility – the Microsoft Intermediate Language Disassembler (ILDASM.EXE (tutorial)) – which can be used for disassembling .NET binaries to peruse the contents, perhaps for viewing the method signatures or viewing the .NET Assembly Manifest. It is helpful to load an assembly using IL DASM and examine the manifest to see whether there is a strong name key available. Your first step is to load the desired Assembly using the ildasm.exe utility. On my Windows 7 machine, IL DASM is found at
C:Program FilesMicrosoft SDKsWindowsv7.0Abinildasm.exe
and you can load up the System.Drawing.dll .NET Assembly as in the following example:
  C:> ildasm C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727System.Drawing.dll
Once loaded, you will see a screen like the one below.
Note the MANIFEST section highlighted. Double-click on MANIFEST which load the following screen of manifest-specific data:
Find the section for the Assembly you’ve loaded – in this case, System.Drawing and following the section (which is marked with the “.assembly System.Drawing” directive highlighted above, and the content begins with the opening brace (“{“) shown above, and ends with its matching brace later in the manifest, and shown below.
The highlighted part of the manifest is the public key for this assembly. This public key can also be seen using the sn.exe tool, as follows:
C:> sn -Tp C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727System.Drawing.dll echo Not strong named: %1
Microsoft (R) .NET Framework Strong Name Utility  Version 3.5.30729.1  Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
Public key is 002400000480000094000000060200000024000052534131000400000100010007d1fa57c4aed9 f0a32e84aa0faefd0de9e8fd6aec8f87fb03766c834c99921eb23be79ad9d5dcc1dd9ad2361321 02900b723cf980957fc4e177108fc607774f29e8320e92ea05ece4e821c0a5efe8f1645c4c0c93 c1ab99285d622caa652c1dfad63d745d6f2de5f17e5eaf0fc4963d261c8a12436518206dc09334 4d5ad293
Public key token is b03f5f7f11d50a3a
Note that the Public key in the output from sn.exe matches the highlighted public key in the image immediately above it (of course you should ignore the spaces between pairs of digits in the screen shot).
If an assembly is not strongly named, the Public key will be missing from the manifest and will not be displayed by sn -Tp command.
Since IL DASM comes with both Visual Studio and with the .NET SDK, it is already on the desktop for most .NET Developers, and is therefore sometimes the handiest tool. The third option, .NET Reflector, is a third-party tool, though one adopted by many .NET Developers due to its awesomeness. Reflector conveniently shows more details about the strong name.

Approach #3: Viewing Strong Name Details with Reflector

You can load an assembly in the free version RedGate’s .NET Reflector and quickly see the strong name details – or lack thereof for non-strong named assemblies. In the image below, see at the bottom where the strong name string is highlighted. Note that the strong name has five parts (though the Culture is optional):
  1. Simple Name or Assembly name without the “.dll” extension (“System.Data” in case of assembly “System.Data.dll”)
  2. Assembly version (“2.0.0.0″ in case of “System.Data.dll”)
  3. Culture (“neutral” in case of “System.Data.dll”, but might be “en-us” for US English, or one of many others)
  4. Public Key or PublicKeyToken (public part of the cryptographic public/private key pair used to strong name the assembly, “b77a5c561934e089″ in case of “System.Data.dll”)
  5. Processor Architecture – Defines the assembly’s format, such as MSIL (intermediate language) or x86 (binary for Intel x86 processors)
Using Reflector to show strong name
In the next image, see at the bottom where the LACK OF complete name string is highlighted; this assembly does not have a strong name to display, so “Name” field includes a null value for PublicKeyToken. (Note that in the real world, Spring.Core.dll is in fact released as strongly named by the good folks on the Spring.NET project; the screen shot below was done on a non-production version of that DLL.)
Reflector shows missing strong name
While you are at it… make Reflector the default program for “launching” assemblies(actually would need to be for all files ending in the .DLL extension, but Reflector is smart enough to not choke on non-.NET assemblies).

Approach #4: (Bonus!) Viewing Strong Name with Windows Explorer

This post promised three ways to tell if a .NET Assembly has a strong name – but here is a bonus 4th way. Windows Explorer will not show you the strong name characteristics of an assembly, with one exception – for assemblies in the Global Assembly Cache(GAC), strong name data is included in the Properties dialog. If  you are examining the GAC, this can be handy.
Of course, if an assembly is in the GAC at all, it is strongly named by definition; assemblies are required by .NET to be strongly named to be allowed in the GAC.

Strong Naming for Silverlight

Silverlight also has support for strongly named assemblies, which is needed for theCached Assembly Feature introduced in Silverlight 3.0.
(Silverlight 4 also introduces supports for digital signatures on XAP files, created bysigntool.exe, which are validated by the Silverlight runtime for out-of-browser (OOB) applications running with elevated trust.)

Strongly Name Assembly != Digitally Signed Assembly

Strong Names and Digital Signatures are Orthogonal Concerns – Almost

Strongly Naming and Digitally Signing are largely orthogonal concerns. They have different purposes, different tools, and the digital certificates may come from different sources (for publicly distributed binaries, the certs for Digital Signing usually will come from a PKI source, though that is not essential for the Strong Naming certs).
The only dependency among them is that if the Assembly is to be Strongly Named, then the Strong Naming step has to happen before the Digital Signing step.
How do I check whether an assembly is Digitally Signed? You can run the following command to determine whether assembly “foo.dll” is digitally signed:
signtool verify /pa foo.dll
If you want to see the hash – for example, to compare with another assembly’s hash – then you can view it using the following command sequence:
  signtool verify /v /pa /ph foo.dll | find "Hash"
Of course, you can use sn.exe and signtool.exe together (one after another) to examine an assembly to ascertain both whether it is strongly named and whether it has been digitally signed.

Strong Names are NOT for Security!

Finally, a word of caution… Strong names are about versioning, not about security. Strong names are more about avoiding DLL Hell (which is largely an accidental concern) than about avoiding hackers (which is deliberate). While a strong name may help alert you to tampering, realize that strong names can be hacked, and Microsoft emphasizes that  strong-named assemblies do not give the same level of trust as digitally signing:
Strong names provide a strong integrity check. Passing the .NET Framework security checks guarantees that the contents of the assembly have not been changed since it was built. Note, however, that strong names in and of themselves do not imply a level of trust like that provided, for example, by a digital signature and supporting certificate.
Consider digitally signing your .NET assemblies if it is important to you or your customers that the origin of the assemblies be traceable and verifiable. One source of digital certificates that can be used for Digitally Signing assemblies is Verisign which has Authenticode Certificates.

Send Free SMS Directly from your Gmail Chat

Gmail has introduced a new feature that allows users to send free SMS directly from the Gmail chat window. As I logged into my account today, I saw a pop-up alerting me to the new feature.

How Gmail’s Free SMS works:

  • Previously we could send SMS to other users from our contact list. This feature allows users to send an SMS to just about anyone as long as your know their mobile number.
  • If you saw the message like above, you can simply type in a number in your chat box as seen in the image below.
  • Then you need to add the number into your contact list. Make sure you select the country correctly.
  • Type in your text message and send it. It will deduct 1 point from your SMS Credit. The SMS credit is back in increased by 5 if the person who gets your SMS replies. The maximum credit you can accrue is 50. It is basically a safeguard against spammers.
  • In India, I can see that the supported networks are Aircel, IDEA,Loop Mobile, MTS, Reliance, Tata DoCoMo, Tata indicom, Vodafone.

Might be some early issues with it but I could not send an SMS to any Reliance phone number at all.

You can see the entire list of supported mobile operators here.

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Use Indian Languages like Hindi, Marathi and Tamil with Gmail

Today, Gmail has expanded the number of languages it supports. The list is over 100 languages. It has also allowed virtual keyboards for using non-latin languages.

Languages written in different scripts like Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Gujrati are very popular in India. Gmail allows users to switch with a single click.

How it works:

  • Just look up Gmail settings and find Language section under General tab. There users can select “Enable input tools“.
  • A popup allows users to select through hundreds of languages. Select the languages and save settings.

  • On your Gmail layout, you will see a new button for changing the input tools settings.
  • This works not just for composing emails but also while chatting with your friends via Gmail.
Gmail will become more accessible to people who want to use languages which have different scripts compared to English and still use the normal keyboard available on most keyboards.

You can also use these languages on your browser with Google Chrome Extension for language Input Tools.

Source: Gmail Blog

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Google+ has 100 million Monthly Active Users

Google+ might not be as popular as Facebook and without previous data about daily active users, it was difficult to really claim it was successful. But today, according to Vic Gundotra (Senior Vice President, Engineering) of Google has revealed that Google+ has over 100 million active monthly users.

Google+ might have 100 million monthly active users but Facebook supposedly has over 900 million. What is more impressive about Facebook, is that it has over 500 million daily active users.

That said, Facebook is over 8 years old, while Google+ is just a year old.

What could be driving growth for Google+?

  • More and more people will keep visiting Google+, as the notifications show up on Gmail.
  • A host of Android users might be switching on saving photos to Google+ automatically. I use it often to create galleries of personal photos. I think a lot of people are not comfortable sharing their personal photos on Facebook because of its reputation with privacy (rather lack of it).
  • Google+ is a lot like Twitter, in the sense it seems a place to share public posts. That means these public URLS can be shared on other social networks and I see a lot of cross posting taking place. That might also be getting more people involved with Google+.

Google+ has become one of my favourite social networking websites. I also have seen a marked increase in my own activity and also the people I interact with.

That increase in activity sometimes can invite spammers and here is a quick guide on how to get complete control over who can send you notifications on Google+.

Do you think Google+ will ever challenge Facebook? Do drop in your comments.

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Beware! Your current profile picture is public on Facebook

Facebook is trying hard to make most of the user’s private content public. First they launched Cover Photos where we don’t have any option of making pictures private i.e. only friends can see them. Now they have launched another feature which will automatically make current profile picture public.

From now every time you upload a profile picture, it will be public by default. Even if your profile picture album is set to be private, the current profile picture will be public and it will be shown to everyone who visits your profile or opens up your profile picture album.

Thankfully we have an option of making profile pictures private. We will tell you how you can do it but first of all check your recently uploaded profile pictures whether they are private or not.

How to make a profile picture private again?

In order to make a profile picture from public to private again open your profile and go to photos. Now open your profile picture album and open a particular picture which is public. Then click on the Earth icon (in case the pic is public) given below your name and select your privacy level. See the screenshot below for more clarification:

From the drop down list you can select from the following four options:

Public: Picture will be public and visible to anyone on Facebook.

Friends: Enlarged Picture will be visible to your friends only. However anyone can see the thumbnail.

Only Me: Enlarged picture will be visible to you only.

Custom: You can select few friends who can or cannot see your picture.

Click on your desired option and close the picture.

So next time just make sure you do these necessary changes before you upload a new profile picture. 

The Top 10 Things Indians are Searching on Google Maps

In the next few years, India will see a great deal of growth among internet users. India is also a hot market for the mobile industry and so it is no surprise that a lot of Indians are using Google to search for useful information. Also Google Maps is also increasing used by Indian and Google has now revealed the top 10 Google Maps searches that took place from end of May 2012 to early September 2012.

I was surprised to find that a search for courier services ranked at no 6, ahead of banks, petrol pumps. It looks like courier services across India need to get some sort of online presence to reach out to more people.

What do you search for on Google Maps? Do drop in your comments.

(via Google Blog)

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Save Gmail Attachments to SkyDrive in a Single Click

A few weeks ago we wrote about saving your Gmail links automatically to a Google Drive. But if you are using Windows, chances are you might be interested in Microsoft’s cloud offering SkyDrive.

Microsoft is collaborating with Attachements.me for allowing users to upload or download attachments files from their SkyDrive account to Gmail.

How it works:

  • Download and install the Attachments.me browser extensions from here. It works with Firefox and Chrome.
  • The service will prompt you to connect your Gmail account to SkyDrive account.

Adding SkyDrive Files to Gmail

  • Now you can use files from SkyDrive while sending emails.

Save Gmail Attachments to SkyDrive

  • You can also download your attachments directly to SkyDrive.

I prefer having SkyDrive installed on my computer too, so the saved attachments are available locally.

Do drop in your comments.

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iCloud.com leaves beta with updated Notes and Reminders apps

When Apple first released iCloud, it was only available on Apple devices and not on the web. After a few months they released a web app with iCloud.com and it was in beta.

Now that iOS 6 is going to available for download soon, they’ve removed the beta tag and the service is now public.

icloud-com-web

The service now features Notes and Reminders which have been added to OS X Mountain Lion, along with update to Find My iPhone – which has remote lock, remote wipe and play sound features.

Also, you will see notifications synced via Notification center on iOS 5 (or later) and OS X 10.8.

The webapp is really neat in design, it will feel more like a native app instead. They should probably add iMessage to the list of apps, allowing you to send messages right from the website.

Getting your iCloud account hacked can be really nasty as the hacker can wipe out everything that’s there on each of your Apple devices, remember the story of Mat Honan?

You can setup an iCloud account with your existing Apple account via your iPhone/iPad or Mac’s settings.

Link: iCloud

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Enable Gmail’s New Multiple Account Login Page

If you are a regular Gmail user, chances are you have more than one account. We can toggle betweenmultiple Gmail accounts by using Google accounts manager. But recently as reported by The Next Web, Gmail is showing up a new login page to manage multiple sign-in in a more user friendly way. I managed to enable Gmail Multiple account login page for my browser and you can see the result below.

How to Enable Multiple Accounts on the Login Page

  • While you are log into your account, make sure you select “stay signed in” checkbox.
  • You can enable the feature by visiting this page.
  • Next time you visiting your sign-in page for Gmail, it will show another account you can add. If you add they will also show at the login screen.
Security Tip: Do not enable this option while accessing your account from a public or shared computer.

Do drop in your comments and views.

Link: Google’s Account Chooser

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Google Introduces Scientific Calculator on its Search Page


Posted: 25 Jul 2012 11:12 AM PDT

Google has many search tricks up its sleeve. For instance we use it as a calculator or even a unit converter. Google has recently updated both its calculator and unit converter to make it more interactive.

All you need to do to launch it is type in “2+2” on its search bar to fire up the new scientific calculator web app.

Considering how common scientific calculators are as free apps on almost all platforms, one could wonder what exactly was Google was trying to do.

But being a web based app on the search result page itself, the calculator can be used across platforms even on mobile phones and tablets.

Also as most smart phones and even Chrome on desktops allow voice input, one could potentially use this app without the need to type in stuff.

Google’s Recently Upgraded Search Features

Google has recently introduced a lot of new and interesting search features. If you search for “1 kms = miles”, it shows up new interactive unit converter. It means users do not need to type in search queries for converting units over and over again.

Another useful search feature is “google.com/movies“. It will show up a list of movies playing in theaters from around your city.

Also you can check up on international flight arrivals and departures with its Flights search feature.

Along with these search features you might also like to check using different operators on the Google search.

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My top 10 tools for a better SharePoint development experience

Sat, 12/03/2011 – 20:24

Hi,
The purpose of this blog post is to present some tools that I’m using in my day to day SharePoint activities. I will not talk about the very rich Microsoft tools such as SharePoint Designer, InfoPath et…I’d rather focus on tools that really help hardcore developers to be more efficient in both development and troubleshooting.
This list of tools can probably be largely extended, so don’t hesitate to add comments to present your favorite tools.

CKS Dev

Available at http://cksdev.codeplex.com/
CKS Dev adds very useful features to Visual Studio for SharePoint projects. It accelerates custom solutions deployment and helps in developing some components that are not proposed out of the box by Visual Studio 2010.
As you can see, a lot of valuable project items are made available:



On top of that, some extra contextual menu items are available and are very useful:

Most of these options allow you to deploy quickly components without being forced to deploy the full WSP. It is particularly useful when deploying artifacts such as .aspx pages, master pages etc…and very handy when debugging code-behind from SandBoxed , Farm solutions and even Timer Jobs.
It’s definitely an added value for every SharePoint developer.

Developer Dashboard

Documentation : http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff512745.aspx

This one is built-in in SharePoint 2010 and makes it easy to take some performance metrics, helps identifying heavy components and understanding what’s going on behind the scenes since it also shows how SharePoint queries its SQL databases.
Once enabled on the page, you get some results about the overall page payload, the database queries and much more other metrics:

Combining the use of the Dashboard with the built-in SPMonitoredScope class helps in getting a precise idea on how your components perform. As a practice, for important actions, you can imagine that kind of patterns in your code:

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IE6 Still Survives and Usage has Grown Over the Past Two Months!

Posted: 14 May 2012 04:12 AM PDT

Almost fourteen months ago, I wrote about the

IECountdown – which was like Microsoft’s official goodbye to IE6. It was a good initiative by Microsoft,
which is still trying to get rid of the bad reputation it received because
of a browser (IE6) stuck in time.

Last year,
Internet Explorer 6 still accounted for 12% of the world’s browser market.

I decided to check on some stats and see if things have really changed or is IE6 still proving very difficult for Microsoft to kill off.

I decided to use statistics from NetMarketShare the same source that Microsoft uses to show IE6 usage on the IE6 Countdown website.

Some Internet Explorer Shockers!

  • About 7.1% of the browsers are still on IE6.
  • That is not the surprising part. The browser share of IE6 has grown in the past couple of months from 6.8% in Feb 2012 to 7.1% in April 2012. Usually this share goes up during December when year ending accounts are done on enterprise computers which still often run only on IE6.
  • China still seems to be the biggest market for IE6. An astounding 23.8% of the browsers in China are IE6.
  • Internet Explorer was shipped as a default browser with Vista almost half a decade ago.
  • Strangely more people still use IE6 when compared to IE7.
  • Even though we are on version 10 for IE, the most popular version is Internet Explorer 8,
  • which was released in 2009.

Internet Explorer has a very fragmented market share based on their browser versions.

For example, most Firefox and Chrome users are on the latest versions of their browser.

On Chrome, users do not even really notice when their browsers automatically updates to newer versions.

I must say that Microsoft has recently woken up to the horrendous reputation of IE.

It even has called it the ‘Browser we love to hate’ in a advertisement campaign.

Hopefully the recent spike in IE6 usage is just a blip before its eventual demise.

Do drop in your comments.

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Google+ Hangouts Can Become Public Broadcasts!

Posted: 08 May 2012 08:27 AM PDT

Google+ started out pretty much as a much better designed copy of Facebook. The user-interface and privacy options certainly earned it some approval but people in general did not flock to it in droves. That is because, you cannot dislodge a leader (read Facebook) by just creating a clone of it.

Google seems to be realizing this and has started leveraging its one truly different product called Hangouts.
Yesterday, Google announced that users can publicly broadcast their Hangouts.

How to start Public Broadcast of Hangouts!

  • Start a hangout with your Google+ friends. A new option to broadcast Hangouts will be available.
  • Select it and start with the Hangout. The whole Hangout will be available on your Google+ profile publicly. Google+ users will be able to watch it live.
  • What makes Hangouts more interesting is that the public Hangouts will also be streamed on your YouTube channel. It can also be embedded on a website or blog.
Check the video below that shows a demo of public broadcast of a Google+ Hangout.

Skype needs to watch out!

I remember writing a post on 5 companies that Google+ could put out of business. One of them was Skype and that is because currently, it is used often to record online interviews. Hangouts could potentially replace Skype and its relevancy very quickly.

What are your views on Public Broadcasting of Hangouts? Do drop in your comments.

Related: 5 Advantages Google+ has over Facebook!

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How Rain Will Affect Cloud Computing! [Funny Video]

Posted: 20 Sep 2011 06:46 AM PDT

Cloud computing funny thumb How Rain Will Affect Cloud Computing! [Funny Video]Google does allow its users to store data in the cloud. Some people are still not so confident of storing data on the cloud for reasons of control, privacy and mainly offline access.

But I am sure that even Google would be stumped by these observations made by Vishwa Bandhu Gupta, a former additional commissioner on income-tax  in this video, who claims cloud computing will be affected when it rains.

Video

I am not sure if the person is serious, but he looks quite convincing.

Maybe he needs to attend ABC Cloud Computing – India Forum to be held in Mumbai for a free pass (which you can win by taking part in the contest). The forum will have presentations about Cloud Computing by many IT Heads from various MNCs.

Do drop in your comments.

Related: [Contest] Retweet and Win Pass for ABC Cloud Computing – India World Forum

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Find and Download Subtitles While Watching a Movie on VLC Player!

Posted: 19 Sep 2011 09:08 AM PDT

I often watch movies on my computer. It runs on Windows 7 and my favourite movie player is VLC player (Video Lan). One very useful reason to do so, is the feature of downloading subtitles from the internet and synchronizing them with the movie I am watching.

I came across a nice Add-on for VLC Player, which allows the user to download subtitles of a movie while watching the film.

Using Subtitle Finder

VLC Subtitles Finder thumb Find and Download Subtitles While Watching a Movie on VLC Player!

  • First make sure your VLC player is updated. The latest version can be found from here.
  • Now visit Subtitles Finder, and download the (subtitles-mod.lua) file on your computer.
  • If only code is shown, copy-paste it into a notepad and save the file as subtitles-mod.lua. Make sure File Type is selected as ‘All Files’, otherwise the file might end up being saved as a .txt file.
  • This file has to be added into VLC Folder in Program Files on your computer. Below is the exact path where the file has to be added.

Windows (all users): %ProgramFiles%VideoLANVLCluaextensions

Windows (current user): %APPDATA%VLCluaextensions

  • Now while you are watching a movie on DVD and do not find subtitles in English or any particular language then you can simply click on View >> Subtitles >> Download.
  • We have the option of searching but most times the subtitles are found without any trouble. Click on “Load Selected Subtitle” as you can see in the image above.
  • For older version of VLC player, you might have to look up the Subtitle Finder by clicking on View >> Extensions >> Subtitles.

Next time I am watching a movie, especially in a foreign language, this VLC extension will surely be most useful.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Subtitles Finder | Download VLC

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Backup and Restore Complete Browser Profiles of Chrome, Firefox and IE

Posted: 18 Sep 2011 11:00 PM PDT

If you browse internet from two or more devices, then you know the pain of syncing browser profiles, be it Chrome, Firefox or any other browser. Chrome sync, for example, doesn’t sync cache, form data etc. Firefox sync is even worse, it doesn’t even sync themes/personas and addons. That’s why there’s a need of software which can backup ‘everything’.

FavBackup lets you backup and restore browser profiles, supporting 6 prominent browsers including IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

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  • FavBackup is a portable tool (no installation needed) to backup and restore browser profiles.
  • It Backups almost everything, from cache to plugin data.
  • Restore works perfectly, I have tested it on Chrome 15.
  • If you’re using Opera then using FavBackup, you can also convert Opera profile from XP to Vista/7, 32-bit to 64-bit and vice versa.
  • You can even use FavBackup for syncing your browser profiles,all you have to do is, place the backup folder in your Dropbox folder and make sure you have installed Dropbox on all your Windows devices (as FavBackup works only in Windows).

Compatibility: Works with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and IE. Windows only.

Link: FavBackup

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Stabilize Shaky Camera Motion on YouTube Videos

Posted: 15 Sep 2011 08:30 AM PDT

YouTube not only has the latest videos on music, entertainment and current events, but it is very popular way for sharing home videos with friends and family.

Home Videos are often shot usually on hand-held cameras and one issue is the camera is usually not stable and appears to be quite shaky. This is very evident especially on videos shot from a mobile phone.

YouTube now allows users to stabilize shaky camera motions on uploaded videos with a simple click of a button in new ‘edit’ mode.

How to Edit Your YouTube Videos

Login to your YouTube account and look up the list of all the videos you have uploaded.

A new option ‘Edit’ will show up with every video. Click on it to get into the Edit mode for that video.

YouTube videos edit thumb Stabilize Shaky Camera Motion on YouTube Videos

In the ‘Edit’ mode of the video, simply click on ‘Stabilize’ button and the shaky video does improve a great deal.

YouTube video stabilize thumb Stabilize Shaky Camera Motion on YouTube Videos

Other than the stabilize feature there are other options like color correction, rotate video, changing color intensity and adding other effects.

If you edit a popular video which has been viewed more than a 1000 times, then a new video is created. All edited changes can also be undone if you are not happy with the changes .

See a video below with all details on Editing Videos on YouTube

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[Infographic] What Exactly Are Websites Made Up Of!

Posted: 06 Sep 2011 07:08 AM PDT

Websites madeof infographic small thumb [Infographic] What Exactly Are Websites Made Up Of!We might think the internet is outwardly full of images, text and video. But it is mainly many lines written in mark up languages along with being hosted on different servers.

Last week, we published a post on Internet in 60 Seconds which touched on data and content being shared and created online every minute.

This infographic by Six Revisions, is a nice presentation on all the popular mark-up languages, servers and hosting used on the web.

Click on image to get a larger version of it.

Websites madeof infographic [Infographic] What Exactly Are Websites Made Up Of!

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Gmail in Offline Mode Returns as a Chrome App

Posted: 01 Sep 2011 07:15 AM PDT

My favourite feature with Gmail was its Offline mode. With Google Gears, it allowed people to compose and draft emails from the browser even if the user was offline and not connected to the internet. This was useful to people who connected online for a limited time or if they did not have very good connectivity.

As Google dropped support for Google Gears, Gmail in Offline mode was also not available with Chrome browser. Thankfully Offline Google Mail App for Chrome browser solves the problem.

Offline Google mail thumb Gmail in Offline Mode Returns as a Chrome App

How to Use Gmail in Offline Mode

  • Install the Offline App on your Chrome browser from here.
  • Start using Gmail in offline mode. It allows searching, editing mails along with composing emails.
  • Once connected to the net, it will download all your email and also send all outgoing emails.

Do try out Gmail Offline App if you are a Chrome user and drop in your comments.

Link: Offline Google Mail Chrome App

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17 New Confirmed Features with Windows 8

Posted: 31 Aug 2011 04:00 AM PDT

Windows 8 Logo1 400x400 thumb 17 New Confirmed Features with Windows 8As the release date of Windows 8 (beta) gets closer, many new features of it end up being leaked and people couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. Microsoft couldn’t stop the leakage of Windows 8 screenshots and features, but I guess they’re now releasing information more willingly.

Here is a list of Windows 8 features, and these are confirmed ones, not rumors.

What’s new in Windows 8?

  • Windows 8 (beta) aka Windows Next(beta) is confirmed to release in September (that’s just a few weeks away), although the stable version will be available in 2012.
  • Windows 8 will support Tablets too, just like Android and iOS. So, the mobile OS wars won’t be boring anymore.

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  • Windows 8 will feature a customizable start screen showing tiles of most of used apps (as in the picture above), so you don’t need to keep those shortcuts on your desktop.
  • Windows 8 will support web technologies like HTML5 and Javascript. These apps will run just like the normal ones. If you haven’t experienced HTML5 yet, check out Beat The Boot, it’s a game from Google, powered by HTML5.
  • Windows Explorer will get a ribbon UI just like Paint, MS Office and other Microsoft products. It will also get a ‘up‘ button beside the forward button.

windows 8 explorer1 thumb 17 New Confirmed Features with Windows 8

  • Windows 8 will come preloaded with Internet Explorer 10, even though most of them might not be interested in it.
  • You can integrate Windows 8 with your Live ID, this means all Microsoft products like Hotmail, Live Mesh etc will be easier to manage. Although, this is optional.
  • The ‘Time Machine‘ feature which is present in the Mac OS is available as History Vault in Windows 8. With History Vault you can backup important files to another drive.

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  • Another feature ‘System Reset‘ will let you to restore system settings to default ones (factory settings). This is useful especially when you find your system unstable and unable to find which software is the culprit.
  • If you’ve a Pen drive of at least 16GB size, you can run Windows 8 from it! This feature named ‘Portable Workspace‘ let’s you run Windows 8 from a USB (which contains the setup files).

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  • Compared to Win 7, Windows 8 will take less time to boot with ‘Hybrid Boot‘. With Hybrid Boot, Windows 8 keeps certain files pre-loaded, thus, it takes less time to boot.
  • Another improvement in the interface section is ‘Aero Auto-colorization‘, with this you can predefine the color of the elements like Taskbar, Start menu, Windows Explorer etc.

Windows 8 Aero Automatic Colorization thumb 17 New Confirmed Features with Windows 8

  • You don’t need to use file copiers like Teracopy etc on Windows 8 as the File copying process is optimized, check the full article.
  • Windows 8 will support USB 3.0 which promises super fast file copying, as fast as 1 GB/ 5 seconds!
  • Windows Appstore is now confirmed, this also means that installing and uninstalling apps will be as easy as pie!
  • Built in PDF viewer, no more sluggish Adobe Reader. This is another feature Microsoft took from Mac OS.
  • Native ISO and VHD files support, you will no more need 3rd party tools to create and manage ISO files.
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Those are the confirmed Windows 8 features with leaked screenshots.

Will Windows 8 be another Vista? Do tell us what do you think.

Source: Building Windows 8

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Windows 8 Will Change The Way Copy-Paste is Done! [Video]

Posted: 24 Aug 2011 06:55 AM PDT

If you are using Windows 7, there is a good chance that while copy-pasting files from one folder to another, there may be two files with similar names. Considering copy-paste is one of the most used commands on any platform, Windows 8 tries to change the way people will approach copy-paste jobs.

With Windows 7, users get the options “Copy and Replace” , “Don’t Copy” and “Copy, but keep both files”.

Windows8 filemanagement copywin7 thumb Windows 8 Will Change The Way Copy Paste is Done! [Video]

I usually like to use the third option and then go over both files at some later time (which never happens icon razz Windows 8 Will Change The Way Copy Paste is Done! [Video] ).

Windows 8 is changing how people resolve conflicting file names. Users will get the option to choose the files they want to be saved individually (see image below).

Windows8 filemanagement copywin8 thumb Windows 8 Will Change The Way Copy Paste is Done! [Video]

This will help users to actually select which versions of the files they want or keep both versions. According to official Windows 8 post, they plan to let users manage all copy jobs from a single place.

Here is a video with further details on Windows 8 file management basics

Windows 8 will be crucial for Microsoft, and new approach to file management is a good idea. What are your views? Do drop in your comments.

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Get Incompatible Firefox Addons Working in Aurora and Nightly Builds

Posted: 22 Aug 2011 09:30 AM PDT

Sometimes, I just feel, Firefox is a bit too orthodox, you need to restart after almost installing any add-on and the add ons that work in the stable version may not work in the newer beta versions.

Bloggers like me would definitely want to try Aurora or Nightly builds but actually none of the add ons work in these builds. But fortunately, there’s a method to make any add-on work even in testing builds of Firefox.

Making incompatible add ons work in Aurora and Nightly

Initially, when you install Aurora or Nightly, it’ll check for compatible add ons, if any. After installing, go to the Add ons manager and it’ll show the incompatible add ons there.

Image 0002 Get Incompatible Firefox Addons Working in Aurora and Nightly Builds

  • Now, head on to Add ons store and get the Add-on Compatibility Checker.
  • Install it and after restarting Firefox, it will start compatibility checking tests, and after the tests are over (takes not more than 10 seconds), you need to restart once again.
  • Now, in the Add ons manager you can enable all the incompatible add ons (see image below)

Image 0011 Get Incompatible Firefox Addons Working in Aurora and Nightly Builds

  • You can also help the Mozilla team by sending them feedback about how the add on works in the testing versions of Firefox. For that, click on Compatibility > Select between This add-on still works and This add on no longer works.
Do you use Firefox Aurora or Nightly? What are your views on them?

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The best Uninstaller for Windows – Revo Uninstaller VS IObit Uninstaller

Posted: 19 Aug 2011 04:31 AM PDT

Many of my friends are fans of Revo Uninstaller; it’s nice but not perfect. The other day I was searching for a good alternative to Revo Uninstaller and here it is, IObit Uninstaller. I’m not a fan of IObit products but this one is worth a trial.

Note: Below is the comparison of IObit Uninstaller and free version of Revo Uninstaller, not the paid one.

IObit Uninstaller is better than Revo Uninstaller in…

Image 57 The best Uninstaller for Windows – Revo Uninstaller VS IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller is a lot polished in terms of features, below are some its features which are not present in Revo Uninstaller.

  • Portability: IObit Uninstaller doesn’t need installation, just run the downloaded file and start uninstalling!
  • Bulk Uninstall: This is a real time saver, especially for a blogger like me who installs tons of programs.
  • Uninstalling Toolbars: Freewares are often packed with toolbars like Ask Toolbar, Brothersoft Toolbar etc. These are of no use; they just eat the space of browser’s window. IObit Uninstaller lists all the installed toolbars separately and you can uninstall them like any other program.
  • Programs Classification: IObit Uninstaller classifies the installed programs into 4 categories: Toolbars, Recently Installed, Large Programs and Rarely Used. With this, you can easily know which program you need to uninstall and which you shouldn’t.
  • Just What You Want: Revo Uninstaller is packed with some unnecessary tools, for example, Autorun Manager. On the other hand, IObit Uninstaller does just what it promises, no more clutter.

IObit Uninstaller needs improvement in…

Image 001 The best Uninstaller for Windows – Revo Uninstaller VS IObit Uninstaller

Apart from the Hunter mode, the IObit Uninstaller has all the features that are present in Revo Uninstaller.

    • Hunter/Drag and Drop Mode: This is useful when the program you want to uninstall is not listed in the programs list. In Revo Uninstaller, just drag the program’s shortcut into the icon and select Uninstall from the menu.

Image 000 The best Uninstaller for Windows – Revo Uninstaller VS IObit Uninstaller

IObit Uninstaller is completely free, while Revo Uninstaller does have a paid version. Both the programs support Windows.

Link: IObit Uninstaller

Which one do you like? Revo Uninstaller or IObit Uninstaller?

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Super Quick and Simple way to Download YouTube Videos

Posted: 18 Aug 2011 05:05 AM PDT

YouTube logo1 Super Quick and Simple way to Download YouTube VideosInternet connections are not always broadband and sometimes it is better to download your favourite YouTube Video on your computer to watch it later.

I came across one of the simplest methods of downloading a video from YouTube thanks to a comment left of an older post by Andy.

Lets say you love our ‘How to become a Devil‘ video and decided to download it from YouTube.

The URL on YouTube is something similar to the image below.

YouTube URL thumb Super Quick and Simple way to Download YouTube Videos

Now in the URL of your address bar, type in ‘want‘ before ‘youtube‘. So the URL of will look similar to what is shown in the image below.

want youtube url thumb Super Quick and Simple way to Download YouTube Videos

This takes your to WantYouTube website and starts the download of the video you liked on YouTube.

Do try out WantYouTube and drop in your comments.

Link: WantYouTube

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5 Reasons Why I Would Never Switch to Firefox

Posted: 17 Aug 2011 01:30 AM PDT

Firefox copies Chrome11 5 Reasons Why I Would Never Switch to FirefoxNo doubt, Firefox is a good browser. But, in my opinion, it’s not the best. I personally love Chrome a lot and I often wonder why people don’t migrate to Chrome. I’m not against Firefox, I just want to tell you that there’s a better option. You may reverse question me, why don’t you switch to Firefox? I do have some valid points, read on!

#1. Interface

I love playing with Chrome tabs, they are that flexible. You can rearrange them easily, drag them or merge them. Firefox interface has evolved a lot, especially Firefox 4.0 was a real breakthrough.

You may know about the recent theme Firefox is working on, that’s Australis and the next versions of Firefox would come with that theme preloaded. Now Australis’ interface is appealing but it resembles a lot with Chrome, for example the curvy tabs and light colors are used by Chrome initially. It seems Firefox is also copying Chrome for its interface.

#2. Start Page

Start page or a New Tab page is one of the basic features the Chrome browser and Firefox doesn’t have one. I know, there are many add-ons like Speed Dial which can provide an elegant start page but like everyone but I don’t prefer add-ons in the first place. If you’re using Chrome Dev or Canary, you might know about the new start page the Chrome team is working on. It’s much better than the previous one in terms of UI.

#3. Apps

Apps are different from extensions/add-ons, they are actually introduced for Chromebooks but now they can be installed on the Chrome browser itself. You may consider apps as slightly modified websites, for example, the SpringPad app and the Angry birds app for Chrome gives offline access (which is not available in other browsers) unlike the native websites.

#4. Instant Pages

This is a Chrome-only feature by Google. Whenever you search on Google, it pre-renders the webpage of the first search result, so it will take only a nano second (that’s 10 to the power of -9) to load, irrespective of your internet speed (even on a Dial-up connection). Unless and until Mozilla teams up with Google to support this feature in Firefox, Instant Pages will be Chrome-only.

#5. Mozilla’s history of borrowing from Chrome..

Whenever any Chrome feature ends up as a big hit, Mozilla starts working on it. This is not new, there are many instances and here are some of them.

  • LessChromeHD: When Chrome released Compact Navigation feature, just then Firefox released LessChromeHD which can be found in Mozilla Labs.
  • Channels: Remember? Chrome was the first to classify browsers based on the frequency of updates, that’s channels and Firefox copied this very soon.
  • Firefox Sync: Chrome Sync is one of the oldest features of Chrome and Firefox started supporting sync with its 4.0 version.
  • Instant Preview: Chrome has developed Chrome Instant and it’s available even in the most stable release of Chrome, while Mozilla is working on Instant Preview which is still in Mozilla Labs.

Conclusion

These are just the major features Firefox is missing, but apart from these there are also features like Chrome Profiles (Profiles doesn’t have a GUI in Firefox), Auto-Translate, Auto-Fill, Cloud Print, frequency of updates and many more.

Chrome also misses some features like toolbar customization and Panaroma, but there are not many. Finally, at the end of the day, it all comes to personal choice but rising popularity of Chrome shows what people are choosing.

Which is your primary browser? Firefox or Chrome? Or something else? Do drop in your comments.

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[$12.5 Billion] Google Buys Motorola to Power Android!

Posted: 15 Aug 2011 05:28 AM PDT

Google has recently announced that it has acquired the mobile maker Motorola. This acquisition is valued at $12.5 billion. Google has bought Motorola with an eye towards powering Android. I guess they feel having a mobile manufacturer in their portfolio would make them less reliant on other manufacturers.

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Here is a quote from Google’s blog post about the acquisition.

Motorola’s total commitment to Android in mobile devices is one of many reasons that there is a natural fit between our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers everywhere.

What will this mean for competitors?

The problem with Android has been, that it has not managed to get manufacturers with really very successful smart-phones with the exception of Samsung. Also making the phone and the OS, does seem to have obvious profitability. iPhones actually make Apple a lot of money for this reason, that they are not reliant on other manufactures or OS. Owning the complete chain makes sense.

What are your views? Will this be a new chapter in the Android vs iPhone saga? Do drop in your comments.

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Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 03:20 AM PDT

Google plus logo thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!Google Plus has grown very fast over the past month and a half. It does not have a lot of features except sharing links, posts, images and nice Hangout feature. Last night, Google has started rolling out games on their new social network offering.

The new Games option will show up above the Streams. Click on it will take users to a different ‘Games’ page which will allow users to play online.

Google+ Games Features

The ‘Games’ feature will rest as a separate page and hence all the updates should be relegated to that page. I guess this is different from games on Facebook which end up updating achievements on the ‘wall’ and can upset a lot of friends who are not at all interested in playing these games.

Google plus games tab thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

The new games on offer will obviously impact Facebook or at least throws a direct challenge to them. One of the main reasons why people spend a lot of time on Facebook are games like Farmville and Mafia which had active followers in their millions.

Angry Birds already has a Chrome app and now seems to be closer to Google by making an appearance on Google+. It might also give some of these games the social element which was missing previously.

Initial games Google plus thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

The feature on Google+ will be rolled out soon, if you have it available do drop in your views about Google+ Games.

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Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

Posted: 12 Aug 2011 03:20 AM PDT

Google plus logo thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!Google Plus has grown very fast over the past month and a half. It does not have a lot of features except sharing links, posts, images and nice Hangout feature. Last night, Google has started rolling out games on their new social network offering.

The new Games option will show up above the Streams. Click on it will take users to a different ‘Games’ page which will allow users to play online.

Google+ Games Features

The ‘Games’ feature will rest as a separate page and hence all the updates should be relegated to that page. I guess this is different from games on Facebook which end up updating achievements on the ‘wall’ and can upset a lot of friends who are not at all interested in playing these games.

Google plus games tab thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

The new games on offer will obviously impact Facebook or at least throws a direct challenge to them. One of the main reasons why people spend a lot of time on Facebook are games like Farmville and Mafia which had active followers in their millions.

Angry Birds already has a Chrome app and now seems to be closer to Google by making an appearance on Google+. It might also give some of these games the social element which was missing previously.

Initial games Google plus thumb Angry Birds are Flying into Google Plus!

The feature on Google+ will be rolled out soon, if you have it available do drop in your views about Google+ Games.

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A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics – Visually

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Visualy directory infographics 200x200 A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics   VisuallyData can be visualised and understood a lot better when an infographic of it is presented. A infographic is basically a large poster like image, which presents data in a flow. Most people can learn a lot more from a infographic within minutes compared to reading about it.

If you are a web artist and have a penchant for checking out infographics or even creating them, then Visual.ly is a neat service.

Visual.ly Features

  • I could skim through several categories and look up relevant infographics or simply search on a topic. When you look up an infographic, it shows who created the infographic and where it was published.

Infographics explore visually thumb A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics   Visually

  • If you register with an account, users can also register their work with Visual.ly. This could be a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog.

I liked the fact, that people who painstakingly create infographics have a single directory to share their work. It can also help reach out to the highest possible audience.

Here is a video presentation on Visually.

Do look up Visually and drop in your comments.

Link: Visual.ly

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A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics – Visually

Posted: 05 Aug 2011 06:55 AM PDT

Visualy directory infographics 200x200 A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics   VisuallyData can be visualised and understood a lot better when an infographic of it is presented. A infographic is basically a large poster like image, which presents data in a flow. Most people can learn a lot more from a infographic within minutes compared to reading about it.

If you are a web artist and have a penchant for checking out infographics or even creating them, then Visual.ly is a neat service.

Visual.ly Features

  • I could skim through several categories and look up relevant infographics or simply search on a topic. When you look up an infographic, it shows who created the infographic and where it was published.

Infographics explore visually thumb A Search Engine and Directory for Infographics   Visually

  • If you register with an account, users can also register their work with Visual.ly. This could be a great way to drive traffic to your website or blog.

I liked the fact, that people who painstakingly create infographics have a single directory to share their work. It can also help reach out to the highest possible audience.

Here is a video presentation on Visually.

Do look up Visually and drop in your comments.

Link: Visual.ly

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Browser Wars: Chrome is the Only Browser with Growth!

Posted: 04 Aug 2011 06:48 AM PDT

The world of browsers has changed over the past few years. If you notice, most new features and updates are about Chrome in the blogging world. Firefox and Internet Explorer do get covered but a lot less.

This has been reflected in the growth of Chrome, along with the decline of Internet Explorer. Firefox seems to be stagnating and even declining a bit in the past six months.

Browser share jul2011 thumb Browser Wars: Chrome is the Only Browser with Growth!

Last year Internet Explorer was at 51% and has steadily declined to 42% by the end of July 2011. In the same time-frame, Firefox which was at 31% has also declined to somewhere around 27%. Chrome which was at 10% is now sitting at an impressive 22%.

This mean Chrome is the only browser which is actually growing.

Why is Chrome so successful?

Unlike Firefox and IE, which treat their browsers versions as reinvented new software released once a year, Google treats Chrome like ‘work in progress’. Small updates are made periodically every few weeks.

Chrome also has continuity for its users because of small but many updates. When people upgraded to Firefox 4, there was a big change from the UI of the browser to other features. The same could be said about Internet Explorer 9.

At the moment it seems like Chrome will soon become the most used browser, unless IE or Firefox comes up with something really different.

What are your views on the growth of Chrome and the decline of Internet Explorer? Do drop in your comments.

Source: statcounter

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Browser Wars: Chrome is the Only Browser with Growth!

Posted: 04 Aug 2011 06:48 AM PDT

The world of browsers has changed over the past few years. If you notice, most new features and updates are about Chrome in the blogging world. Firefox and Internet Explorer do get covered but a lot less.

This has been reflected in the growth of Chrome, along with the decline of Internet Explorer. Firefox seems to be stagnating and even declining a bit in the past six months.

Browser share jul2011 thumb Browser Wars: Chrome is the Only Browser with Growth!

Last year Internet Explorer was at 51% and has steadily declined to 42% by the end of July 2011. In the same time-frame, Firefox which was at 31% has also declined to somewhere around 27%. Chrome which was at 10% is now sitting at an impressive 22%.

This mean Chrome is the only browser which is actually growing.

Why is Chrome so successful?

Unlike Firefox and IE, which treat their browsers versions as reinvented new software released once a year, Google treats Chrome like ‘work in progress’. Small updates are made periodically every few weeks.

Chrome also has continuity for its users because of small but many updates. When people upgraded to Firefox 4, there was a big change from the UI of the browser to other features. The same could be said about Internet Explorer 9.

At the moment it seems like Chrome will soon become the most used browser, unless IE or Firefox comes up with something really different.

What are your views on the growth of Chrome and the decline of Internet Explorer? Do drop in your comments.

Source: statcounter

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Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print Preview

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 02:59 AM PDT

Chrome new logo 200x200 Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print PreviewIf you are using Chrome, you might want to check if your browser has updated recently. The new updated version showcases Instant Pages and Print Preview.

These features were not available with the stable version of Chrome but might be familiar to Chrome users who used their beta versions.

Both features will be enabled on the new Chrome version by default.

Instant Pages Features

Chrome uses the browsing history and search history (if you are logged into your Google account) to calculate which links you are most likely to click on.

Chrome will pre-render results when it calculates that a particular link is mostly liked to be clicked by a user.

This will be enabled automatically on your Chrome browser after it updates. To disable it, look up the Options under the wrench icon and under ‘Basics‘ check ‘Search’ section which allows you to uncheck ‘Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing‘.

A video below to showcase the difference Instant Pages make.

Print Preview on Chrome

Chrome also has Print Preview feature enabled in stable version. This will allow you to look up how print out would look. Good news is we can Print to PDF. Just right-click on a webpage or PDF and click on Print.

Print preview option should open up as shown in image below.

Chrome print preview thumb Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print Preview

This is available only on Windows and Linux while Mac users will see Print Preview enabled in the next update in all probability.

Do check out the new feature if you are a Chrome addict like me and drop in your comments.

Link: Download Chrome Stable Version

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Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print Preview

Posted: 03 Aug 2011 02:59 AM PDT

Chrome new logo 200x200 Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print PreviewIf you are using Chrome, you might want to check if your browser has updated recently. The new updated version showcases Instant Pages and Print Preview.

These features were not available with the stable version of Chrome but might be familiar to Chrome users who used their beta versions.

Both features will be enabled on the new Chrome version by default.

Instant Pages Features

Chrome uses the browsing history and search history (if you are logged into your Google account) to calculate which links you are most likely to click on.

Chrome will pre-render results when it calculates that a particular link is mostly liked to be clicked by a user.

This will be enabled automatically on your Chrome browser after it updates. To disable it, look up the Options under the wrench icon and under ‘Basics‘ check ‘Search’ section which allows you to uncheck ‘Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing‘.

A video below to showcase the difference Instant Pages make.

Print Preview on Chrome

Chrome also has Print Preview feature enabled in stable version. This will allow you to look up how print out would look. Good news is we can Print to PDF. Just right-click on a webpage or PDF and click on Print.

Print preview option should open up as shown in image below.

Chrome print preview thumb Update Your Chrome to Enable Instant Pages and Print Preview

This is available only on Windows and Linux while Mac users will see Print Preview enabled in the next update in all probability.

Do check out the new feature if you are a Chrome addict like me and drop in your comments.

Link: Download Chrome Stable Version

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5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:40 AM PDT

Chrome screenshots thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Bloggers, web-designers, content developers often spend a lot of time on their browser. They also take many screen-shots which they discuss with their colleagues or simply use as content in a blog post.

My first choice browser is Chrome, and hence I looked about for some extensions which were the best when it came to taking and editing screenshots.

#1.Screen Capture by Google

scree capture google thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Screen Capture extension is created by Google and works the best when it comes to taking simple screen captures. We can take screenshots of whole page, page region, visible content and screen regions. I could also set a folder where all the images saved should be stored. Users can also choose between default version of image being PNG or JPG.

Link: Screen Capture by Google

#2. Awesome Screenshot Extension

Awesome screenshot thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Awesome screenshot is a very popular Chrome extension, and good for capturing a visible part, selected area and also the entire webpage. It also has options for cropping, adding circles, arrows and text to explain the screenshot.

The image can be saved online on Diigo.com or locally on your computer.

Link: Awesome Screenshot

#3. Picnik

Picnik screenshot thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Picnik is mainly a photo editing tool but its extension can be used to quickly pick out images from a webpage and edit them online. The entire page can also be sent to Picnik to be edited later. It might not strictly be a screen-shot extension but it’s editing options makes it a must have on your Chrome.

Link: Picnik

#4. Lightshot

Lightshot chrome thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Lightshot may not take entire screen-shots but it is unique as it can take a screenshot from even outside the browser. That means users can take screenshot of the desktop itself and not just the webpage they are viewing. Also the image can be quickly shared on Facebook and Twitter or sent to a friend via email.

Link: Lightshot

#5. Minus

Minus screenshots thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Minus is a great website to upload screenshots or even photos and make galleries. They also have a nice desktop tool and now with Chrome extension, it can be used to take screenshots and upload it on Minus. The best part is it can be shared on social networks and users can add captions. Unfortunately it does not have other explanatory features like adding arrows or highlight options.

Link: Minus Chrome

Do try out these Chrome extensions and let me know if you have better options through your comments.

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5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!

Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:40 AM PDT

Chrome screenshots thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Bloggers, web-designers, content developers often spend a lot of time on their browser. They also take many screen-shots which they discuss with their colleagues or simply use as content in a blog post.

My first choice browser is Chrome, and hence I looked about for some extensions which were the best when it came to taking and editing screenshots.

#1.Screen Capture by Google

scree capture google thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Screen Capture extension is created by Google and works the best when it comes to taking simple screen captures. We can take screenshots of whole page, page region, visible content and screen regions. I could also set a folder where all the images saved should be stored. Users can also choose between default version of image being PNG or JPG.

Link: Screen Capture by Google

#2. Awesome Screenshot Extension

Awesome screenshot thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Awesome screenshot is a very popular Chrome extension, and good for capturing a visible part, selected area and also the entire webpage. It also has options for cropping, adding circles, arrows and text to explain the screenshot.

The image can be saved online on Diigo.com or locally on your computer.

Link: Awesome Screenshot

#3. Picnik

Picnik screenshot thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Picnik is mainly a photo editing tool but its extension can be used to quickly pick out images from a webpage and edit them online. The entire page can also be sent to Picnik to be edited later. It might not strictly be a screen-shot extension but it’s editing options makes it a must have on your Chrome.

Link: Picnik

#4. Lightshot

Lightshot chrome thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Lightshot may not take entire screen-shots but it is unique as it can take a screenshot from even outside the browser. That means users can take screenshot of the desktop itself and not just the webpage they are viewing. Also the image can be quickly shared on Facebook and Twitter or sent to a friend via email.

Link: Lightshot

#5. Minus

Minus screenshots thumb 5 Best Chrome Extensions to Take Beautiful Screenshots!Minus is a great website to upload screenshots or even photos and make galleries. They also have a nice desktop tool and now with Chrome extension, it can be used to take screenshots and upload it on Minus. The best part is it can be shared on social networks and users can add captions. Unfortunately it does not have other explanatory features like adding arrows or highlight options.

Link: Minus Chrome

Do try out these Chrome extensions and let me know if you have better options through your comments.

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Gmail Hints That Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo Are Outdated!

Posted: 28 Jul 2011 08:28 AM PDT

The latest public relations push by Gmail is called ‘Email Intervention’. If you visit your Gmail login page, it will show up a new feature asking users to ‘Save their friends from outdated email’.

Google is looking to tap into peer pressure from it’s happy users, to get their friends using other email services that it is time to move over to Gmail.

Gmail email intervention thumb Gmail Hints That Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo Are Outdated!

Check out the video below, where the presenter suggests that Gmail users should get their friends who use ’embarrassingly out of data address’ to move over to Gmail. The video also adds that these email services were around when people still used Floppy Disks, Portable Disc Player, VHS Cassettes. This is a reference to Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL which were around since the late 90’s.

Gmail’s Email Intervention Video

Why is Gmail pushing so hard to get new users?

Gmail is a great way for Google to get new members using its various other services. It also might indirectly give a push to Google+.

It might be poking fun at Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo as old and outdated, but honestly as a regular Gmail user, I cannot imagine moving back to the older email services and still wonder why some friends still do not use Gmail.

What are your views on Gmail? Do you have friends who still have not discovered Gmail? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Email Intervention

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Gmail Hints That Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo Are Outdated!

Posted: 28 Jul 2011 08:28 AM PDT

The latest public relations push by Gmail is called ‘Email Intervention’. If you visit your Gmail login page, it will show up a new feature asking users to ‘Save their friends from outdated email’.

Google is looking to tap into peer pressure from it’s happy users, to get their friends using other email services that it is time to move over to Gmail.

Gmail email intervention thumb Gmail Hints That Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo Are Outdated!

Check out the video below, where the presenter suggests that Gmail users should get their friends who use ’embarrassingly out of data address’ to move over to Gmail. The video also adds that these email services were around when people still used Floppy Disks, Portable Disc Player, VHS Cassettes. This is a reference to Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL which were around since the late 90’s.

Gmail’s Email Intervention Video

Why is Gmail pushing so hard to get new users?

Gmail is a great way for Google to get new members using its various other services. It also might indirectly give a push to Google+.

It might be poking fun at Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo as old and outdated, but honestly as a regular Gmail user, I cannot imagine moving back to the older email services and still wonder why some friends still do not use Gmail.

What are your views on Gmail? Do you have friends who still have not discovered Gmail? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Email Intervention

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Google Labs to be Shutdown: To Concentrate on Google+

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 10:38 AM PDT

Google Labs Shutdown thumb Google Labs to be Shutdown: To Concentrate on Google+Sometimes even if you are a very large company with billions of dollars in the bank, you need to cut out some fun and popular services to concentrate on something that is becoming popular and possibly profitable. Google released a lot of nice but still in beta products in Google Labs.

These services are different form the labs sections of Google Reader or Gmail and might not be finding as many takers. So Google has decided to shut down Google Labs.

Quote from Google’s blog post

Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs.

Disappointing decision!

Personally I liked looking up various services on Google Labs. Some of Labs products like Google Transliteration were quite useful. Hopefully Google will find a way to keep these services in a different format. This is not something new for Google who have in the past even done away with the much fancied Google Wave when it did not make any waves.

Do you like the idea of Google shutting down Labs project so they can concentrate on Google Plus ? I find it disappointing but probably a good move considering how Google+ is growing. Do drop in your comments.

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Google Labs to be Shutdown: To Concentrate on Google+

Posted: 21 Jul 2011 10:38 AM PDT

Google Labs Shutdown thumb Google Labs to be Shutdown: To Concentrate on Google+Sometimes even if you are a very large company with billions of dollars in the bank, you need to cut out some fun and popular services to concentrate on something that is becoming popular and possibly profitable. Google released a lot of nice but still in beta products in Google Labs.

These services are different form the labs sections of Google Reader or Gmail and might not be finding as many takers. So Google has decided to shut down Google Labs.

Quote from Google’s blog post

Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we’ve decided to wind down Google Labs.

Disappointing decision!

Personally I liked looking up various services on Google Labs. Some of Labs products like Google Transliteration were quite useful. Hopefully Google will find a way to keep these services in a different format. This is not something new for Google who have in the past even done away with the much fancied Google Wave when it did not make any waves.

Do you like the idea of Google shutting down Labs project so they can concentrate on Google Plus ? I find it disappointing but probably a good move considering how Google+ is growing. Do drop in your comments.

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[Alert] Google Search Page to Warn Users Against Malware

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 12:20 AM PDT

Google found out recently, they received some unusual search traffic. On investigating it further they realised that it was because of malware which infected computers, sends traffic to Google through a number of proxies.

To combat it, Google is proactively showing an alert to affected users (like the image below). This will warn users to connect carry out a system check and clean up, to make their computers safe.

Google search malware alert thumb [Alert] Google Search Page to Warn Users Against Malware

What to do if your computer is infected?

If you see such an alert why looking up Google search page, make sure you update your anti-virus software and also run a scan to clean any infections.

You might like to check some Free Anti-Virus programs with Windows and also a cloud based anti-virus software to make sure you computer is safe and secure.

Do drop in your comments.

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[Alert] Google Search Page to Warn Users Against Malware

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 12:20 AM PDT

Google found out recently, they received some unusual search traffic. On investigating it further they realised that it was because of malware which infected computers, sends traffic to Google through a number of proxies.

To combat it, Google is proactively showing an alert to affected users (like the image below). This will warn users to connect carry out a system check and clean up, to make their computers safe.

Google search malware alert thumb [Alert] Google Search Page to Warn Users Against Malware

What to do if your computer is infected?

If you see such an alert why looking up Google search page, make sure you update your anti-virus software and also run a scan to clean any infections.

You might like to check some Free Anti-Virus programs with Windows and also a cloud based anti-virus software to make sure you computer is safe and secure.

Do drop in your comments.

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Exploring Google Products Through A Single Search – WDYL

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 11:00 PM PDT

Google is a search engine and we can easily search for just about anything on it. But Google also runs an email service (Gmail), Google Reader, Google Groups, it owns YouTube which streams billions of videos and much more.

WDYL (what do you love from Google) is a search engine that searches for Google related services and links to them based on a particular search query.

For example, I searched for “India” on WDYL and it shows up a host of Google related links organised for me. It allows creating Google alerts, looking up ‘India’ related YouTube videos, India on Google maps and more relevant links for various Google owned services which are related to ‘India’.

WDYL Google thumb Exploring Google Products Through A Single Search   WDYL

I used it with a few more queries and I found it really useful to look up Google Books, Videos and setting up alerts and even read up latest related news and blogs. This saves a lot of time, when you are searching deep for content and information about a particular thing.

Here is a quick video from Google about WDYL

Do try out WDYL from Google and drop in your comments.

Link: WDYL

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Exploring Google Products Through A Single Search – WDYL

Posted: 18 Jul 2011 11:00 PM PDT

Google is a search engine and we can easily search for just about anything on it. But Google also runs an email service (Gmail), Google Reader, Google Groups, it owns YouTube which streams billions of videos and much more.

WDYL (what do you love from Google) is a search engine that searches for Google related services and links to them based on a particular search query.

For example, I searched for “India” on WDYL and it shows up a host of Google related links organised for me. It allows creating Google alerts, looking up ‘India’ related YouTube videos, India on Google maps and more relevant links for various Google owned services which are related to ‘India’.

WDYL Google thumb Exploring Google Products Through A Single Search   WDYL

I used it with a few more queries and I found it really useful to look up Google Books, Videos and setting up alerts and even read up latest related news and blogs. This saves a lot of time, when you are searching deep for content and information about a particular thing.

Here is a quick video from Google about WDYL

Do try out WDYL from Google and drop in your comments.

Link: WDYL

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Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension


Posted: 19 Jul 2011 05:45 AM PDT

Personallly I never really liked Facebook, but because all my friends are on it, I caved in and got myself an account. This also meant that when it came to sharing photos with friends, I chose Facebook. Now we have Google+ which I have started to like a lot. I wanted to move all my Facebook Albums on Google+ and needed a quick automated solution.

Thankfully, I use Chrome as a browser and the Move Your Photos extension is perfect to move my albums from Facebook to Picasa.

Moving from Facebook to Picasa

  • First download and install the Move Your Photos Chrome Extension. It’s icon should appear next to the address bar on Chrome.
  • Login to Facebook from the Chrome extension. Also make sure you are logged into Picasa or Google+ account on the same browser.

FB to Picasa login chrome thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

  • The “Request for Permission” page loads up for accessing your Facebook Albums. Click on Allow and new page loads which might take a few moments.
  • This new page has all your Facebook Albums listed with all photos in them being displayed as thumbnails. Users can select each album or even single photo from a particular album. After you have selected the individual albums and photos in them, click on Upload.

FB to Picasa select album thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

  • This will create the Albums and transfer the selected images with the same album names as they are on Facebook.

FB to Picasa Google Plus thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

This simple extension on Chrome, can quickly transfer and move your Facebook profile to Google+ and would suit ideally people looking to upload images in both services or planning to use Google+ albums as some sort of backup of Facebook photos.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Move Your Photos
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Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension


Posted: 19 Jul 2011 05:45 AM PDT

Personallly I never really liked Facebook, but because all my friends are on it, I caved in and got myself an account. This also meant that when it came to sharing photos with friends, I chose Facebook. Now we have Google+ which I have started to like a lot. I wanted to move all my Facebook Albums on Google+ and needed a quick automated solution.

Thankfully, I use Chrome as a browser and the Move Your Photos extension is perfect to move my albums from Facebook to Picasa.

Moving from Facebook to Picasa

  • First download and install the Move Your Photos Chrome Extension. It’s icon should appear next to the address bar on Chrome.
  • Login to Facebook from the Chrome extension. Also make sure you are logged into Picasa or Google+ account on the same browser.

FB to Picasa login chrome thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

  • The “Request for Permission” page loads up for accessing your Facebook Albums. Click on Allow and new page loads which might take a few moments.
  • This new page has all your Facebook Albums listed with all photos in them being displayed as thumbnails. Users can select each album or even single photo from a particular album. After you have selected the individual albums and photos in them, click on Upload.

FB to Picasa select album thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

  • This will create the Albums and transfer the selected images with the same album names as they are on Facebook.

FB to Picasa Google Plus thumb Move Photos from Facebook Albums to Picasa using Chrome Extension

This simple extension on Chrome, can quickly transfer and move your Facebook profile to Google+ and would suit ideally people looking to upload images in both services or planning to use Google+ albums as some sort of backup of Facebook photos.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Move Your Photos
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Find People on Google+ Directory!

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 09:00 AM PDT

When it comes to success of a new social network, it depends to a large extent on how excited are third-party developers are about the new service. I have already written about Google+ profile URL shortener and today I came across a directory for Google+ users.

Find People on Plus is a directory of Google Plus users. It indexes profiles and shows data like how many people are following that particular profile along with how many people that person follows.

It is ironic, that the most followed person on Google+ at the moment is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

findpeopleonpplus googlePLus directory. thumb Find People on Google+ Directory!

The directory also allows looking up people by location, gender, interests and other details. It also has some nice stats like what occupation is the most popular on Google+.

Also which city has the most Google+ profiles. At the time of writing this post, it had indexed just shy of a million profiles. Other than finding new people, I find it more useful to look up Google+ usage stats and trends.

Do try out FInd People on Plus and drop in your comments.

Link: Find People on Plus

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Find People on Google+ Directory!

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 09:00 AM PDT

When it comes to success of a new social network, it depends to a large extent on how excited are third-party developers are about the new service. I have already written about Google+ profile URL shortener and today I came across a directory for Google+ users.

Find People on Plus is a directory of Google Plus users. It indexes profiles and shows data like how many people are following that particular profile along with how many people that person follows.

It is ironic, that the most followed person on Google+ at the moment is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.

findpeopleonpplus googlePLus directory. thumb Find People on Google+ Directory!

The directory also allows looking up people by location, gender, interests and other details. It also has some nice stats like what occupation is the most popular on Google+.

Also which city has the most Google+ profiles. At the time of writing this post, it had indexed just shy of a million profiles. Other than finding new people, I find it more useful to look up Google+ usage stats and trends.

Do try out FInd People on Plus and drop in your comments.

Link: Find People on Plus

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Free Online Tool to Edit and Add Effects to Images – Imageoid

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 11:30 PM PDT

If you use only a single computer, there is a good chance that you have some decent image editors on the computer which can resize or add effects to images. If you use multiple computers and use different computers on different days, it becomes quite tedious to download and install new image editors.

Imageoid is one such online editor for images that allows resizing images along with adding a lot of effects and then downloading it.

Imageoid image editor online thumb Free Online Tool to Edit and Add Effects to Images   Imageoid

  • Upload any image file on the website and wait for adding effects on it.
  • I could chose through adding upto 32 different filters or image effects on the uploaded image.
  • Users can resize the image size down to a suitable size. This can be useful if you are looking to quickly resize the image down to manageable file size.
  • Imageoid does not require to register or signup.

Try out Imageoid to edit your images and drop in your comments.

Link: Imageoid

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Free Online Tool to Edit and Add Effects to Images – Imageoid

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 11:30 PM PDT

If you use only a single computer, there is a good chance that you have some decent image editors on the computer which can resize or add effects to images. If you use multiple computers and use different computers on different days, it becomes quite tedious to download and install new image editors.

Imageoid is one such online editor for images that allows resizing images along with adding a lot of effects and then downloading it.

Imageoid image editor online thumb Free Online Tool to Edit and Add Effects to Images   Imageoid

  • Upload any image file on the website and wait for adding effects on it.
  • I could chose through adding upto 32 different filters or image effects on the uploaded image.
  • Users can resize the image size down to a suitable size. This can be useful if you are looking to quickly resize the image down to manageable file size.
  • Imageoid does not require to register or signup.

Try out Imageoid to edit your images and drop in your comments.

Link: Imageoid

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Get Photos from Multiple Users in a Single Photo Stream with Liveshare

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

LiveShare phto sharing thumb Get Photos from Multiple Users in a Single Photo Stream with Liveshare

When a party takes place, people take photos on their phones. Then they tend to upload all these photos on the web on Facebook or any other social network or image sharing service. This creates a disjointed stream of photos and it becomes very tedious to get them all in one place.

LiveShare a product by CoolIris, allows sharing images in single photo stream by multiple users.

LiveShare Features

  • Users need to register for an account or just sign up with their Facebook credentials. If you are sharing photos on Facebook to signing up with Facebook is a good idea.
  • Then we can create Private or Public streams. Private streams can be shared with others via email. Other can also stream photos they take of the same event in that particular stream.
  • This creates a live stream of photos of a particular event from multiple sources.
  • I used the browser version to test my account, but it does have an iPhone, Android and Window 7 Mobile apps that can make sharing  and viewing via smartphones very easy.

Here is a video presentation about Live Share and its features.

Try out LiveShare next time you are partying out with friends and do drop in your comments and views.

Link: LiveShare

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Get Photos from Multiple Users in a Single Photo Stream with Liveshare

Posted: 11 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

LiveShare phto sharing thumb Get Photos from Multiple Users in a Single Photo Stream with Liveshare

When a party takes place, people take photos on their phones. Then they tend to upload all these photos on the web on Facebook or any other social network or image sharing service. This creates a disjointed stream of photos and it becomes very tedious to get them all in one place.

LiveShare a product by CoolIris, allows sharing images in single photo stream by multiple users.

LiveShare Features

  • Users need to register for an account or just sign up with their Facebook credentials. If you are sharing photos on Facebook to signing up with Facebook is a good idea.
  • Then we can create Private or Public streams. Private streams can be shared with others via email. Other can also stream photos they take of the same event in that particular stream.
  • This creates a live stream of photos of a particular event from multiple sources.
  • I used the browser version to test my account, but it does have an iPhone, Android and Window 7 Mobile apps that can make sharing  and viewing via smartphones very easy.

Here is a video presentation about Live Share and its features.

Try out LiveShare next time you are partying out with friends and do drop in your comments and views.

Link: LiveShare

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TubGet – Free Online Tool to Download and Convert Videos

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

People spend literally several hours a week watching videos online. YouTube and Vimeo are the big boys of online video streaming, and often users might like to download the videos or a song into a mp3 version for listening to at a more convenient time or when offline.

Tubget is an online web service which allows downloading of videos from YouTube and Vimeo.

TubGet Download video online thumb TubGet   Free Online Tool to Download and Convert Videos

  • Just type in the URL of the video from YouTube or Vimeo and click on start.
  • Once done, the video will be processed and will be ready to be downloaded. It also gives option for cropping the video before you download it.
  • Users can also select sound quality, video resolution along with the type of file you want the video to be downloaded into.
  • It supports AVI, MOV, MP4 and other popular video formats.

Try out TubGet and do drop in your comments.

Link: TubGet

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TubGet – Free Online Tool to Download and Convert Videos

Posted: 10 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

People spend literally several hours a week watching videos online. YouTube and Vimeo are the big boys of online video streaming, and often users might like to download the videos or a song into a mp3 version for listening to at a more convenient time or when offline.

Tubget is an online web service which allows downloading of videos from YouTube and Vimeo.

TubGet Download video online thumb TubGet   Free Online Tool to Download and Convert Videos

  • Just type in the URL of the video from YouTube or Vimeo and click on start.
  • Once done, the video will be processed and will be ready to be downloaded. It also gives option for cropping the video before you download it.
  • Users can also select sound quality, video resolution along with the type of file you want the video to be downloaded into.
  • It supports AVI, MOV, MP4 and other popular video formats.

Try out TubGet and do drop in your comments.

Link: TubGet

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Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 10:50 AM PDT

groovedown thumb Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Grooveshark, the popular music, radio streaming service doesn’t have an inbuilt feature to download songs.

Unlike YouTube video downloaders, there are not many Grooveshark downloaders available. GrooveDown, a freeware tool can solve this problem.

Features of GrooveDown

  • Search songs using the built in search feature (If you have no idea of what to search then take a look at the Popular songs from the Tools menu).
  • The Search list tab displays the search results, double-click a search result to add it to Download list.
  • Under Download list tab, click Download to start downloading the selected songs.
  • You can change the Download folder from the default folder to any place of your choice using Settings menu.

groovedown1 thumb Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Pros and Cons

Pros: No installation needed, so it’s portable. The relevancy of the search results is also good.

Cons: The log with time stamp (below the search bar) is not needed, it just adds to the interface clutter.

Is it Legal?

Unlike YouTube videos, downloading Grooveshark music is completely legal. When you listen to music on Grooveshark, the right side bar displays advertisements and a share of the ad revenue is given to the artist. As a user, you have the right to have a private copy of each song.

Private copy means, you can not sell, share or publish the song to some other site (source).

Do drop in your comments.

Link: GrooveDown

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Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 10:50 AM PDT

groovedown thumb Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Grooveshark, the popular music, radio streaming service doesn’t have an inbuilt feature to download songs.

Unlike YouTube video downloaders, there are not many Grooveshark downloaders available. GrooveDown, a freeware tool can solve this problem.

Features of GrooveDown

  • Search songs using the built in search feature (If you have no idea of what to search then take a look at the Popular songs from the Tools menu).
  • The Search list tab displays the search results, double-click a search result to add it to Download list.
  • Under Download list tab, click Download to start downloading the selected songs.
  • You can change the Download folder from the default folder to any place of your choice using Settings menu.

groovedown1 thumb Download Songs from Grooveshark Legally using GrooveDown

Pros and Cons

Pros: No installation needed, so it’s portable. The relevancy of the search results is also good.

Cons: The log with time stamp (below the search bar) is not needed, it just adds to the interface clutter.

Is it Legal?

Unlike YouTube videos, downloading Grooveshark music is completely legal. When you listen to music on Grooveshark, the right side bar displays advertisements and a share of the ad revenue is given to the artist. As a user, you have the right to have a private copy of each song.

Private copy means, you can not sell, share or publish the song to some other site (source).

Do drop in your comments.

Link: GrooveDown

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5 Advantages Google+ has over Facebook

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Google facebook thumb 5 Advantages Google+ has over FacebookI have been using Google+ for almost a week now and there is still a long way for it to go before it starts really competing with Facebook. I think they have really integrated Google products and services nicely into a social network.

I felt there are 5 key advantages that Google+ has over it Facebook which might just cause a lot of headaches to Facebook over the next few months and years.

#1. Money

Yes, Facebook also has a lot of money but Google has a lot more than Facebook. Google can invest half a billion dollars for then next 5 years in Google+ only to make sure Facebook’s rise is kept in check.

Facebook does not have that sort of portfolio and will have to out do Google+, as it cannot outspend it.

#2. No Dependence on 3rd parties

Facebook depends on Skype for improving it’s chat services along with having video chatting via the browser. This is mutually beneficial to both Facebook and Skype.

Google+ depends on technology they have built with Gmail and Google voice for powering chatting between Google+ friends and groups. Google also owns Android, Google TV and Chrome OS which can power a successful social product even more.

#3. Standalone products

Google+ has been built more like a common meeting point for all their services like Gmail, Chat, Maps, Voice, photo sharing with Picasa and YouTube. This means it’s a social network made for bringing together different services offered by Google.

With Facebook there are no standalone products for video or images. I cannot share images and albums with people without a Facebook account all that easily like I can with Picasa.

#4. Search

Google has its own search engine which everyone considers the primary source of traffic for almost any website. Facebook has some integration with Bing to have Social Search but the results are not as powerful as yet to really get Google worried.

But a powerful search feature built into Google+ will certainly give Facebook more headaches to deal with.

#5. No Pressure

Facebook started as a college product and with its founders quite happy to see it spread across universities in the United States. Facebook evolved without the pressure of competing with the big boys of social networking. MySpace and Geocities were the social services back then.

The lack of pressure to beat these large companies meant Facebook could keep innovating and changing without upsetting too many users. Now Google+ is in the same situation. It is not expected to defeat Facebook in a face-off and it can quietly improve its service, without worrying too much about how users might react.

Facebook’s really big advantage…

I do not mean that Google+ has won the fight against Facebook. Not by a long shot, as only recently Facebook announced it is used by over 750 million people. So how many people use Google+ will finally end up deciding it’s eventual success or failure.

What are your views about Google+ and Facebook when compared? Do drop in your comments.

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5 Advantages Google+ has over Facebook

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 05:00 AM PDT

Google facebook thumb 5 Advantages Google+ has over FacebookI have been using Google+ for almost a week now and there is still a long way for it to go before it starts really competing with Facebook. I think they have really integrated Google products and services nicely into a social network.

I felt there are 5 key advantages that Google+ has over it Facebook which might just cause a lot of headaches to Facebook over the next few months and years.

#1. Money

Yes, Facebook also has a lot of money but Google has a lot more than Facebook. Google can invest half a billion dollars for then next 5 years in Google+ only to make sure Facebook’s rise is kept in check.

Facebook does not have that sort of portfolio and will have to out do Google+, as it cannot outspend it.

#2. No Dependence on 3rd parties

Facebook depends on Skype for improving it’s chat services along with having video chatting via the browser. This is mutually beneficial to both Facebook and Skype.

Google+ depends on technology they have built with Gmail and Google voice for powering chatting between Google+ friends and groups. Google also owns Android, Google TV and Chrome OS which can power a successful social product even more.

#3. Standalone products

Google+ has been built more like a common meeting point for all their services like Gmail, Chat, Maps, Voice, photo sharing with Picasa and YouTube. This means it’s a social network made for bringing together different services offered by Google.

With Facebook there are no standalone products for video or images. I cannot share images and albums with people without a Facebook account all that easily like I can with Picasa.

#4. Search

Google has its own search engine which everyone considers the primary source of traffic for almost any website. Facebook has some integration with Bing to have Social Search but the results are not as powerful as yet to really get Google worried.

But a powerful search feature built into Google+ will certainly give Facebook more headaches to deal with.

#5. No Pressure

Facebook started as a college product and with its founders quite happy to see it spread across universities in the United States. Facebook evolved without the pressure of competing with the big boys of social networking. MySpace and Geocities were the social services back then.

The lack of pressure to beat these large companies meant Facebook could keep innovating and changing without upsetting too many users. Now Google+ is in the same situation. It is not expected to defeat Facebook in a face-off and it can quietly improve its service, without worrying too much about how users might react.

Facebook’s really big advantage…

I do not mean that Google+ has won the fight against Facebook. Not by a long shot, as only recently Facebook announced it is used by over 750 million people. So how many people use Google+ will finally end up deciding it’s eventual success or failure.

What are your views about Google+ and Facebook when compared? Do drop in your comments.

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[Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 08:28 AM PDT

GooglePlus thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users Google+ has been here for a week now. As we are exploring it, we are finding various tricks to add more functionality to Google+. We discovered a Chrome extension that lets you share Google+ posts and updates on Twitter.

We also came across an online tool using which you can create easy to remember short URL of Google+ Profile. Let’s now take a look at some of the keyboard shortcuts and tips to use Google+.

Google+ Shortcuts (Works for Mac and Windows)

  • Space: Scroll down
  • Shift+Space: Scroll up
  • J: Scroll down one post
  • K: Scroll up one post
  • Enter: Start comment

Google + Tips:

  • To write in:
    • Bold: *Bold*
    • Italics: _Italics_
    • Strikethrough: -Strikethrough-
  • You can also use a combination of all three, i.e., *_Bold and Italics _*

    googleplusbolditalic thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

    In fact, these are also the common auto correct options that are available in MS Word.

  • Tag people: Use + or @ before the name. You can even tag someone who is not in your circle- (just like twitter).
    gplustag thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Drag and drop to share your photos and videos – a feature similar to that in Gmail.
    gplusdragphoto thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Edit your post after publishing: The small arrow at the top right of the post is very useful. If after posting an update, you realize that there has been some mistake, you don’t have to delete it. Just click on the arrow, it’ll give you an option to edit your status. You can also edit your comments after posting.
    gplusdisablecomment thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Disable reshare:This option is also available from the small arrow at the top right of the post. This is useful when you send a message to a selected group of people, and you don’t want someone from that group to share it with others.
  • Disable Comment:Use this feature when a post is getting spammed with comments.
  • Mute others’ post to remove it from your stream.
    mutepost thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

Do you know any other shortcuts or tips? Share it with us through your comments.

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[Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

Posted: 07 Jul 2011 08:28 AM PDT

GooglePlus thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users Google+ has been here for a week now. As we are exploring it, we are finding various tricks to add more functionality to Google+. We discovered a Chrome extension that lets you share Google+ posts and updates on Twitter.

We also came across an online tool using which you can create easy to remember short URL of Google+ Profile. Let’s now take a look at some of the keyboard shortcuts and tips to use Google+.

Google+ Shortcuts (Works for Mac and Windows)

  • Space: Scroll down
  • Shift+Space: Scroll up
  • J: Scroll down one post
  • K: Scroll up one post
  • Enter: Start comment

Google + Tips:

  • To write in:
    • Bold: *Bold*
    • Italics: _Italics_
    • Strikethrough: -Strikethrough-
  • You can also use a combination of all three, i.e., *_Bold and Italics _*

    googleplusbolditalic thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

    In fact, these are also the common auto correct options that are available in MS Word.

  • Tag people: Use + or @ before the name. You can even tag someone who is not in your circle- (just like twitter).
    gplustag thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Drag and drop to share your photos and videos – a feature similar to that in Gmail.
    gplusdragphoto thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Edit your post after publishing: The small arrow at the top right of the post is very useful. If after posting an update, you realize that there has been some mistake, you don’t have to delete it. Just click on the arrow, it’ll give you an option to edit your status. You can also edit your comments after posting.
    gplusdisablecomment thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users
  • Disable reshare:This option is also available from the small arrow at the top right of the post. This is useful when you send a message to a selected group of people, and you don’t want someone from that group to share it with others.
  • Disable Comment:Use this feature when a post is getting spammed with comments.
  • Mute others’ post to remove it from your stream.
    mutepost thumb [Cheat Sheet] Google+ Tips and Shortcuts for Windows and Mac Users

Do you know any other shortcuts or tips? Share it with us through your comments.

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Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

Posted: 03 Jul 2011 05:20 AM PDT

googletakeoutlogo thumb Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

Google recently introduced Google Takeout, a new service which helps you to download all your data hosted on Google which includes your Picasa albums, Google contacts, your Buzz updates and even your Google+ updates.

The downloaded data is useful in many ways, for example, if you sign-up for a new social networking site, then you can use the Google contacts (.vcf) file to send invitations and get in touch with your friends in no time.

Downloading your data using Google Takeout

  • Head on to Google Takeout and sign in to your Google account.
  • Under the Choose services tab you can choose what all data you want to download, you will also get the estimated size of the files.

googletakeout thumb Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

  • After that, head on to Downloads tab and hit Download (note that you need to re-login).

Don’t worry about the size as you will get it in .zip format. All the formats are open, except the profile file which is of .json format.

You can’t download data from Docs, YouTube, Orkut etc using Google Takeout but there’s another service by Google known as Data Liberation which gives step-by step method to download your data from each Google service.

Drop in your opinions after trying Google Takeout.

Link: Google Takeout | Data Liberation

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Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

Posted: 03 Jul 2011 05:20 AM PDT

googletakeoutlogo thumb Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

Google recently introduced Google Takeout, a new service which helps you to download all your data hosted on Google which includes your Picasa albums, Google contacts, your Buzz updates and even your Google+ updates.

The downloaded data is useful in many ways, for example, if you sign-up for a new social networking site, then you can use the Google contacts (.vcf) file to send invitations and get in touch with your friends in no time.

Downloading your data using Google Takeout

  • Head on to Google Takeout and sign in to your Google account.
  • Under the Choose services tab you can choose what all data you want to download, you will also get the estimated size of the files.

googletakeout thumb Download your Data from all Google Services at Once

  • After that, head on to Downloads tab and hit Download (note that you need to re-login).

Don’t worry about the size as you will get it in .zip format. All the formats are open, except the profile file which is of .json format.

You can’t download data from Docs, YouTube, Orkut etc using Google Takeout but there’s another service by Google known as Data Liberation which gives step-by step method to download your data from each Google service.

Drop in your opinions after trying Google Takeout.

Link: Google Takeout | Data Liberation

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Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!

Posted: 30 Jun 2011 09:00 AM PDT

JoliPrint PDF thumb Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!I have some friends who do not like using bookmarks on the browser to read very long articles. I am often asked if it would be better for me to send them a PDF file of the article. Trouble is most automated tools do not simplify the design when converting from HTML to PDF.

With JoliPrint, which is a free online tool, I could create PDF file of content on any webpage within seconds.

JoliPrint Features

  • Just enter the URL of the web article you want to convert into a PDF file.
  • Users get a link to download the PDF file. A quick option is there to share this link on Facebook and Twitter or even email.
  • What I liked is how it converts the article into easy to read format. Below is an image that compares the two. The one on the right is the PDF format.

HTML PDF design thumb Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!

It also has a WordPress plugin along with a Blogger Gadget for webmasters to use this feature as a part of their blogs and websites.

Related: 5 great tips on searching for PDF files online.

Do try out JoliPrint, to download PDF files of your favourite articles online. This is specially useful to download manuals or tutorials. Do drop in your comments.

Link: JoliPrint

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Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!

Posted: 30 Jun 2011 09:00 AM PDT

JoliPrint PDF thumb Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!I have some friends who do not like using bookmarks on the browser to read very long articles. I am often asked if it would be better for me to send them a PDF file of the article. Trouble is most automated tools do not simplify the design when converting from HTML to PDF.

With JoliPrint, which is a free online tool, I could create PDF file of content on any webpage within seconds.

JoliPrint Features

  • Just enter the URL of the web article you want to convert into a PDF file.
  • Users get a link to download the PDF file. A quick option is there to share this link on Facebook and Twitter or even email.
  • What I liked is how it converts the article into easy to read format. Below is an image that compares the two. The one on the right is the PDF format.

HTML PDF design thumb Convert Web Articles into Easy to Read PDF Files!

It also has a WordPress plugin along with a Blogger Gadget for webmasters to use this feature as a part of their blogs and websites.

Related: 5 great tips on searching for PDF files online.

Do try out JoliPrint, to download PDF files of your favourite articles online. This is specially useful to download manuals or tutorials. Do drop in your comments.

Link: JoliPrint

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Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 02:17 AM PDT

Linux logo 200x200 Search and Find Games for Linux OnlineMost open-sourced Operating Systems are designed on the Linux kernel. Linux stands shoulder to shoulder with Windows when it comes to performance and User Interface. But it loses out when it comes to software compatibility.

Many such issues are solved by using open source alternatives which are not as good as the paid ones. Hence when it comes to gaming, everyone prefers Windows as it supports a lot of games.

Also, another drawback is we do not find a lot of games that run on Linux. icon sad Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Penguspy is a website that really good for looking up free Linux based games online.

penguspy 1 Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Penguspy Features

  • The site is very useful if you are predominantly a Linux user and feel the need to have Windows only for gaming needs.
  • The games are classified into several categories like arcade, action, adventure, puzzle, FPS, RPG, sim, sport etc.
  • You just want to select a category, select the game and you can see it’s trailer, ratings, some reviews and a link to download them.

If you are using Linux, try out Penguspy and do drop in your comments.

Link: Penguspy

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Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 02:17 AM PDT

Linux logo 200x200 Search and Find Games for Linux OnlineMost open-sourced Operating Systems are designed on the Linux kernel. Linux stands shoulder to shoulder with Windows when it comes to performance and User Interface. But it loses out when it comes to software compatibility.

Many such issues are solved by using open source alternatives which are not as good as the paid ones. Hence when it comes to gaming, everyone prefers Windows as it supports a lot of games.

Also, another drawback is we do not find a lot of games that run on Linux. icon sad Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Penguspy is a website that really good for looking up free Linux based games online.

penguspy 1 Search and Find Games for Linux Online

Penguspy Features

  • The site is very useful if you are predominantly a Linux user and feel the need to have Windows only for gaming needs.
  • The games are classified into several categories like arcade, action, adventure, puzzle, FPS, RPG, sim, sport etc.
  • You just want to select a category, select the game and you can see it’s trailer, ratings, some reviews and a link to download them.

If you are using Linux, try out Penguspy and do drop in your comments.

Link: Penguspy

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Gmail’s People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 08:38 AM PDT

More than a month ago, Gmail introduced the People Widget. It was being rolled out over a few days but then days turned to weeks and now after a month-long wait, most Gmail users have the people widget available on their accounts.

The People Widget has a lot of useful features like when we click on an email, it shows up on the right hand side with details of the contact. Users can look up recent emails and shared documents. I tested it out with my colleague from work and it seemed to be quite nifty.

Gmail’s People Widget

Gmail People widget test thumb Gmails People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

The obvious idea was to compare with with Rapportive, a Gmail widget that does similar things. I wondered if this People Widget hurt Rapportive. To be more objective I used both of them. After installing Rapportive I got a lot more information in the widget compared to people widget.

Rapportive’s integrated Widget

Rapportive gmail widget thumb Gmails People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

I took the image above, after installing Rapportive on my Chrome browser. Rapportive is far more informative and shows recent email from relevant contacts just like the People Widget. Best part about Rapportive is that it integrates with the People Widget.

Rapportive offers information on connecting to different networks more proactively, while for similar information to show up with People Widget, the use should have added different networks in this his Google account.

Where People Widget scores over Rapportive!

Rapportive works with the browser and so when you change your browser or the computer itself, users have to install it again. While Gmail’s People Widget will show up automatically as it is inbuilt within Gmail.

Google has announced a new Social feature for sharing information called “Google Plus”. This information shared might make People Widget a nifty tool.

In the meanwhile, I am sticking to Rapportive. What are your views? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Rapportive

Related: Review of Rapportive

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Gmail’s People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 08:38 AM PDT

More than a month ago, Gmail introduced the People Widget. It was being rolled out over a few days but then days turned to weeks and now after a month-long wait, most Gmail users have the people widget available on their accounts.

The People Widget has a lot of useful features like when we click on an email, it shows up on the right hand side with details of the contact. Users can look up recent emails and shared documents. I tested it out with my colleague from work and it seemed to be quite nifty.

Gmail’s People Widget

Gmail People widget test thumb Gmails People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

The obvious idea was to compare with with Rapportive, a Gmail widget that does similar things. I wondered if this People Widget hurt Rapportive. To be more objective I used both of them. After installing Rapportive I got a lot more information in the widget compared to people widget.

Rapportive’s integrated Widget

Rapportive gmail widget thumb Gmails People Widget fails when compared to Rapportive!

I took the image above, after installing Rapportive on my Chrome browser. Rapportive is far more informative and shows recent email from relevant contacts just like the People Widget. Best part about Rapportive is that it integrates with the People Widget.

Rapportive offers information on connecting to different networks more proactively, while for similar information to show up with People Widget, the use should have added different networks in this his Google account.

Where People Widget scores over Rapportive!

Rapportive works with the browser and so when you change your browser or the computer itself, users have to install it again. While Gmail’s People Widget will show up automatically as it is inbuilt within Gmail.

Google has announced a new Social feature for sharing information called “Google Plus”. This information shared might make People Widget a nifty tool.

In the meanwhile, I am sticking to Rapportive. What are your views? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Rapportive

Related: Review of Rapportive

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Send Yourself Reminders on Twitter, Email and GTalk

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 11:28 AM PDT

To remind myself of following up on certain tasks, I usually like writing things down on a white-board in my room, so I am constantly reminded about important tasks. This is a great way to remember things considering I am a tech blogger, I felt it is better to have a more technologically advanced solution.

As I spend most of my time online, I found Remindr quite helpful.

Remindr send reminders free thumb Send Yourself Reminders on Twitter, Email and GTalk

With Gtalk, you need to add the Remindr bot in your contacts and also follow the Remindr bot on Twitter.

Once done at the set time and date, you will get notified or reminded about what you needed to remember.

If you like services which send reminders, you might also like to check out Nudge Mail which allows users to set email reminders and also Memorari which allows sending reminders via SMS and Email.

Try out Remindr and do drop in your comments.

Link: Remindr

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Send Yourself Reminders on Twitter, Email and GTalk

Posted: 29 Jun 2011 11:28 AM PDT

To remind myself of following up on certain tasks, I usually like writing things down on a white-board in my room, so I am constantly reminded about important tasks. This is a great way to remember things considering I am a tech blogger, I felt it is better to have a more technologically advanced solution.

As I spend most of my time online, I found Remindr quite helpful.

Remindr send reminders free thumb Send Yourself Reminders on Twitter, Email and GTalk

With Gtalk, you need to add the Remindr bot in your contacts and also follow the Remindr bot on Twitter.

Once done at the set time and date, you will get notified or reminded about what you needed to remember.

If you like services which send reminders, you might also like to check out Nudge Mail which allows users to set email reminders and also Memorari which allows sending reminders via SMS and Email.

Try out Remindr and do drop in your comments.

Link: Remindr

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Riches to Rags: MySpace Sold For $30 Million!


Posted: 29 Jun 2011 05:18 PM PDT

MySpace Sold 33 million thumb Riches to Rags: MySpace Sold For $30 Million!News Corp had bought MySpace, for a jaw-dropping price of $580 million. Today, News Corp has sold of MySpace for a surprisingly low price of $30 million. This makes it one of the biggest riches to rags story on the internet.

Specific Media, a company into online brand advertising has coughed up the $30 million for purchasing MySpace.

What will happen to MySpace?

The details are still not crystal clear, but it is certain that, MySpace will not survive as a social network. It might be adapted into a social advertising platform.

MySpace music is also one very successful free music streaming services. It was probably one of MySpace’s biggest positive.

A case for not selling out!

When Facebook was still in its infancy and hardly popular, MySpace ruled to social networking world. It had a great buzz, but it died down particularly after being bought by News Corp. Orkut was bought by Google and its ascendancy stopped.

Facebook founders never sold their company and we see how it has continues to grow rapidly with valuation in several billions.

Twitter have probably received offers to be bought, but Twitter founders have resisted. Going by how MySpace and Orkut worked out after being acquired by larger companies, I guess they are doing the right thing.

What are your views on the MySpace sale? Do drop in your comments.

Source: MySpace Press

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Riches to Rags: MySpace Sold For $30 Million!


Posted: 29 Jun 2011 05:18 PM PDT

MySpace Sold 33 million thumb Riches to Rags: MySpace Sold For $30 Million!News Corp had bought MySpace, for a jaw-dropping price of $580 million. Today, News Corp has sold of MySpace for a surprisingly low price of $30 million. This makes it one of the biggest riches to rags story on the internet.

Specific Media, a company into online brand advertising has coughed up the $30 million for purchasing MySpace.

What will happen to MySpace?

The details are still not crystal clear, but it is certain that, MySpace will not survive as a social network. It might be adapted into a social advertising platform.

MySpace music is also one very successful free music streaming services. It was probably one of MySpace’s biggest positive.

A case for not selling out!

When Facebook was still in its infancy and hardly popular, MySpace ruled to social networking world. It had a great buzz, but it died down particularly after being bought by News Corp. Orkut was bought by Google and its ascendancy stopped.

Facebook founders never sold their company and we see how it has continues to grow rapidly with valuation in several billions.

Twitter have probably received offers to be bought, but Twitter founders have resisted. Going by how MySpace and Orkut worked out after being acquired by larger companies, I guess they are doing the right thing.

What are your views on the MySpace sale? Do drop in your comments.

Source: MySpace Press

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[Google + Project] Google’s New Weapon Against Facebook

Posted: 28 Jun 2011 11:45 AM PDT

Google plus thumb [Google + Project] Googles New Weapon Against FacebookThere is a popular cliché which is often repeated in the blogging world, that quote is “Content is King”.  If content is king, then surely Google and Facebook control much of the kingdom. Both are used extensively by people for discovering new content.

Search engines led the way for a long time, but lately people are getting their news, sharing photos and information on group events on Facebook. Facebook has forayed into search by tying up with Bing creating something called “Social Search“.

Google Plus, will be probably be the last time Google gets to challenge Facebook as a social network. If they get this wrong, we can safely assume Google just cannot crack the ‘social’ code.

Is Google on the right track?

Google actually has all services that Facebook offers. We can share videos on YouTube, send email and chat via Gmail and save our photos on Picasa. So why is Facebook so popular? The reason is that Facebook allows users to do all the sharing in one single place and with one single contact or friend list.

Google Plus will be on the right track if it can manage to bring all these services together but at the same time be simple and easy enough to use.

The answer to the question if Google will crack the social code, only time will reveal. But at here is a video about circles which is a feature of Google Plus.

If you want a demo of visit their official site and sign up to be invited. Google Plus will be rolled out gradually to all users.

Do you think Google Plus will be real competition to Facebook? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Google Plus

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