Find When People Unfriend You On Facebook

and are both great social networks to find friends and communicate with them. However, both these networks do not notify users when someone unfollows or unfriends them.

Facebook Unfriend Alert Notifications

Twitter does have several options to know when users unfollow you, however, what about Facebook? How do you figure out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Turns out there is a way to do that too.

Unfriend Finder for Facebook is a script which tracks your Facebook friends and then notifies you whenever someone decides to unfriend you on Facebook.

Facebook Unfriend Menu Notification

The script tightly integrates within Facebook and sends you notifications whenever someone removes you from your list. It also alerts you when someone ignores your friend request.

The only problem of the script is that it is browser specific and only works on , , Safari and right now. There is no support for Internet Explorer yet, but you can read up some tips on running Greasemonkey scripts in IE.

This post answered a question our reader asked us, if you want to get your questions answered use the contact us form or post it on our forums.

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Podcasting for Beginners: Recording, Mixing, Software and Tips

PodcastingNot a very long time ago, people would sit together in their rooms, stare at their television sets and wait for their favorite programs to start. They would often put on hold other chores, rush through the traffic or hastily put their kids to sleep so as to catch their favorite television show in time.

What you read above may be said for years gone by, and for some, may stand true today itself. But the truth is, not many people now have the time to wait for the shows they want to watch or listen to. Some people have completely abandoned watching TV and usually resort to downloading their entertainment dose through the internet and enjoying them at a time of their choice.

Now if the new media consumers are getting ready, how can the producers be left unprepared?

Ever since Apple added support for podcasts in iTunes, in about 2005, their popularity has soared unceasingly. When RSS aka news feeds had popularized, they were thought of as a quick and intuitive way to read articles and follow up news updates and several other texts in a short span of time. Instead of going to the news, people now had news coming to them. After text, media followed. With the advent of the media-in-newsfeeds idea, podcasts took birth. Now instead of going to their shows, people could now get, and watch them whenever they wanted. Several podcast popularized, iTunes had a platform where everyone wanted to be.

That’s probably enough of history you would want to know about this thing called podcasts. For more, see Wikipedia.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a combination of a media file audio or video combined with a RSS newsfeed. The name itself is a compound of the words broadcast’ and iPod’, even though Apple didn’t invent the term. Think of it this way. If you subscribe to a podcast, whenever the person who publishes it wants to broadcast a media file audio or video you will get hold of the file as soon as he publishes it. Now that you have the broadcast file in your possession, you can access it whenever you want. This is just a non-geeky explanation, feel like digging more? Go here. Now, that media file you just downloaded, could be a comedy show, a drama, a DJ music show, a talk show, an interview, a science piece, or anything on politics, movies or technology. It’s just radio. But better.

How is it different from other forms of media?

They’re live. This is not. You can miss TV or radio shows if you don’t listen or watch them when they air, you can’t do that with podcasts. You can listen or watch them anytime!

How to create your own podcast?

Now think of it. Creating your own podcast can be both easy and difficult. Easy if you think of yourself as a common Joe who wants to get his word out. It’s just about speaking and recording right? Or think of yourself as a competition to the real media guys, the TV. Then you’d have to push some skills up your sleeve. Podcasting can be done in two ways: Audio or video. Most things discussed in this guide are for the audio podcast producer, however, many may apply to the video producer too.

This guide will be divided in two parts. Beginner and Skilled. Take the Beginner option if you just want a podcast out there, or choose Skilled if you’re willing to put some extra time to go the extra mile. Also, there are some things common, that you will have to take care of no matter what route you take.

Automatically Turn Off the Touchpad When Using a Mouse

[for Windows and Mac OS X]

Do you use a laptop or netbook? How many times have you accidently hit your touchpad while typing? When it happens, you end up typing somewhere else or not at all. It’s aggravating, but it’s not something you need to put up with if you listen to our advice.

Last year, Keith wrote about a free little app that lets you disable the touchpad while typing. That application is called TouchFreeze (Windows Only), and it does a good job of keeping your cursor on track. Whenever you start typing, your laptop’s touchpad is automatically disabled.

I recently decided that I’d try TouchFreeze, but first I figured it would be a good idea to investigate my options. The first place I looked was in the mouse pointer options. Any Windows user can normally access the mouse settings by going to the Control Panel and double-clicking on the Mouse icon. Below you can see those Mouse icons as they appear in WinXP and Win7.

control-panel-mouse-winxp

control-panel-mouse-win7

Mac users with a Trackpad can access their settings by clicking System Preferences, selecting  Keyboard & Mouse, then switching  to the  Trackpad category.

I’m guessing that 99% of the time I use my laptop, I already have a mouse attached to it. I’ll admit that I’m still hooked on using a mouse. I’ve never gotten comfortable using a touchpad all the time.

I found out that my touchpad is a Synaptics device. Apparently, Synaptics touchpads are used on many major brands of computers, such as Dell, Samsung, Acer, HP, and Toshiba. The surprise for me, was that Synaptics already has a good solution for keeping my touchpad disabled when I don’t need it.

You can find the settings for your Synaptics touchpad in the Mouse settings on the last tab. The Synaptics settings include the option to turn off the touchpad whenever a mouse or other pointing device is attached.

This setting is labeled Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached.

synaptic-settings

You may also be able to access the Synaptics settings by double-clicking on the Synaptics icon in your system tray. The Synaptics icon may look like one of these two icons below.

synaptic-icons

For the Mac users with a Trackpad, the same setting exists. Here you can see it at the very bottom of this image (from Apple.com). It says “Ignore trackpad when mouse is present”.

apple trackpad

That’s my solution to the problem. I like it because I don’t have to load any additional software on my laptop. TouchFreeze is great, but I don’t need it most of the time.


Fix Syslinux No Default or UI Configuration Error While Booting from USB

Quite recently my laptop’s backlight stopped working and I had to start using an older laptop whose HDD no longer works. I created a Live CD USB drive using Pendrive Linux’s utility for Linux Mint.

However, while booting with the pendrive I got an error saying:

SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20 CBIOS Copyright (c) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot:

This error kept happening no matter what I did. I tried to use another USB drive to create a new bootable drive, used different flavors of Linux but had the same problem. I searched around several forums but the solution for it wasn’t easy.

However, I did find the solution and wanted to post it here so that other users who face this problem can find it easily. In order to fix this problem, you will have to plugin the USB drive into another computer and then rename the “isolinux” folder to “syslinux”. In addition to that also rename the “isolinux.bin” and “isolinux.cfg” files in the same folder to “syslinux.bin” and “syslinux.cfg” respectively and try booting with the USB drive again.

If the above solution does not fix your problem, you can try formatting your drive as FAT instead of FAT32. And by the way, I would be getting a Dell XPS Studio 1645 soon, so you can expect a review of the monster laptop soon :-)

SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20 CBIOS Copyright (c) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al

How To Migrate Windows Live Spaces to WordPress

Microsoft recently announced that they would be shutting down Windows Live Spaces and moving all users to WordPress.com. If you are a Windows Live Spaces user, Microsoft has made it very easy to move your data elsewhere, so how do you move it to WordPress.com? Take a look at the steps listed below.

Step 1: Login to your Windows Live Spaces account.

Start Windows Live Spaces Migration

Step 2: When you view your Spaces account, you might see a notice which will prompt you to Upgrade your blog, click on the "here" link to start the migration process.

Live Spaces WordPress Migration

Step 3: Read the information on the page. Once you are done click on the "Get started. Upgrade my blog to WordPress.com!" link. Read the agreement on the next page and click on the "Confirm" button to continue.

How To Insert SIM Card in iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS

Quite recently, one of our readers emailed us about inserting a SIM card in . 4 does not have a slim slot like traditional phones, so you will have to do it a bit differently.

Install SIM iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS

According to Apple iPhone Manual, inserting a SIM card in iPhone is pretty easy, all you need is the SIM eject tool provided by Apple. If you do not have a SIM eject tool you could also use another blunt object like a paper clip.

To Insert/Install SIM Card in iPhone 4, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Insert the end of the paper clip or SIM eject tool into the hole on the SIM tray. Press firmly and push it straight in until the tray pops out.

Step 2: Pull out the SIM tray and place the SIM card in the tray. The angled corner of the SIM ensures that the card fits only the correct way in the tray.

Step 3: With the tray aligned, carefully replace the SIM tray containing the SIM card in iPhone.

Once you have inserted the SIM card into the device iPhone will recognize it and allow you to use the device.

How To Enable Direct Downloads For RapidShare Premium

RapidShare, one of the largest online file sharing service has recently made several changes, one of the most annoying one though was that they have now disable direct file downloads for RapidShare Premium accounts.

Rapidshare Logo

This means that, even if you are a Rapidshare premium account user, you will have to click at-least 3 buttons/links  before your actual download begins. If you are one of the users who is angry about this, here is a way in which you can enable direct downloads for Rapidshare premium accounts.

Step 1: Login to Rapidshare Premium

Step 2: Click the "+" symbol next to "Settings" on the landing page after your login.

Enable Rapidshare Direct Downloads

Step 3: Click on the checkbox next to "Direct downloads, requested files are saved without redirection via RapidShare"

Step 4: Save the settings. You should now be able to directly download files without having to go through multiple clicks. Enjoy.

How To Uninstall Internet Explorer 9 (IE9)

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 a few days ago. If you have installed the browser and find it buggy, you cannot directly go back and uninstall IE9 from the add/remove programs.

Internet Explorer 9

In order to uninstall Internet Explorer 9, you will have to follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel and click on the "Uninstall a Program" link

Step 2: You will not see an entry for IE9 in the main program list. Click on the View installed updates link in the sidebar to see the installed updates.

Step 3: Scroll down till you see a section for Microsoft Windows and find "Windows Internet Explorer 9" in it.

Uninstall IE9

Step 4: Right click on the entry and click on the Uninstall button to uninstall and remove Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) from your PC.

After the update is removed you will be reverted to the last installed version of Internet Explorer on your PC. The above steps will work as it is on both and .

How To Disable/Turn Off Gmail Priority Inbox

Google recently rolled out a new and interesting feature called "Priority Inbox" to all users. The new feature sorts important messages giving you different views so that you can scan all your important messages.

Priority Inbox does not take over your old Inbox and you can easily view the full Inbox by clicking on the Inbox link in the sidebar, however, if you want to disable the Priority Inbox feature in , you can also do it through the settings.

To disable or turn off in Gmail, visit your settings page (click link to directly go there) and click on the "Priority Inbox" link at the top. Scroll down to the bottom of the page till you see "Show Priority Inbox" and select the radio button next to "Do not show Priority Inbox" and click on the "Save Changes" button.

Disable Gmail Priority Inbox

That’s it, you will no longer be shown the Priority Inbox in Gmail. If you want to enable Priority Inbox, go back to the settings page and click on the radio button next to "Show Priority Inbox".

How To Disable/Enable Google Instant Search

Google Instant is a new real-time search experience which provides results even before you can type and also allows you to quickly view results for autocomplete suggestions.

Google Instant Weather Results

Google Instant not only provides you with Instant search results, it also provides you with instant autocomplete suggestions to enhance your search experience. Google Instant will be rolled out to users across the world in a phased manner.

If you want to disable or enable Google Instant Search you will need to visit your preference page, and you can turn off Google Instant by clicking the link next to the search box on any search results page, or by visiting your Preferences page.

You can enable the Instant Search by visiting the Preferences page and clicking the link next to the search box again.

Tip: As a temporary solution, if you cannot enable the search right now, you can visit http://www.google.com/instant and click on the "Try it Now" button to enable it. You might have to clear cookies in order to disable it later on.