How To Open .DAT Files?

There are times when you might receive files with unknown extensions, one of them maybe a file with a .DAT extension. DAT files are basically data files which can be opened with different software, however, it is very tricky to decide what to use.

One of the most common DAT files is Index.dat, which is a Internet Explorer history file which stores your browsing history.

Another common type of file a .DAT file could be CSV or Comma Separated Values. This can be opened with either notepad or any other text editor along with Microsoft excel. Video files found on CDs and DVDs also use the DAT format very often.

You can also try opening DAT files on Windows Media Player or any other video player you use. Other than that you can try to open DAT files using notepad or any other text editor.

Again DAT files contain arbitrary data so it really hard to tell what data is contained within it. As always try using notepad or another text editor to open the file or use Windows Media Player.

How To Unblock Craigslist From Work/School ?

IT departments at some companies and schools are more strict than others when it comes to browsing. If your workplace or school has blocked access to Craigslist as a part of their policy, here are a couple of things that will work.

The first option is to try some general methods that would work for 90% of the users like using a proxy or playing around with your IP. But if nothing works, just head over to CraigLook.com. CraigLook is like a mirror site to Craigslist that has all the CraigsList’s content but with tons of extra features.

CraigLook lets you search Craigslist by simply entering your zip code and the keyword you are looking for. For example “TV” in “Dallas” would automatically scan all the listings and grab the ones that have the keyword TV. It will show you total number of results along with the results in each category such as “Sale’, “Jobs” , “Services’ e.t.c. You can check the box next to any of the categories to only include results from that category.

You can also restrict search results by specifying the radius you want to search in and even specify a price range you are looking to be in. You can also choose to hide listings that don’t have an image and sort the results based on date or price. CraigLook also displays information for new items from Amazon.com.

However, the most useful features of CraigLook is the ability to save your search and even set up alerts so you receive an email any time a new listing matches your specified criteria. CraigLook can also be used to post new listings without actually going to CraigsList.

How To Watch Apple September Event in Windows/Linux

Apple will be live broadcasting their September Event about music, iTV and iPod Touch for the first time. However, the conference can only be viewed by users who have a Mac, , or .

Apple September Music Event

Though Apple has suggested that the protocol they are using is an industry standard, only a few companies have implemented it, so you have a very small chance of being able to watch it on , , on or Linux.

If you have a Windows or Linux based PC you will not be able to watch the videos, however, there are a few workarounds for them.

If you are a Windows user, you can download Safari for Windows from here http://www.apple.com/safari/ and load this streaming video sample in it to see if you are able to watch it. If you are, then you are all set and can watch the live streaming of the Apple September 1 event on your PC.

If you are not able to do it then Mac Rumors suggests using VLC Player. To use VLC to watch the Apple event you will have to insert the stream URL as a playlist into VLC. For that Go to "View -> Playlist" and click on the "+" button and select "Advanced Open" from the options.

Once you do that, select the Network tab and add the Apple Event stream URL into the available textbox and click on "Enqueue" button. This will enable you to view the Apple September Event live on Windows or Linux. We will try and find more solutions to watch this Apple September Event in Windows and Linux and post it here.

Update: Apple is explicitly blocking the live broadcasting on Apple.com even if you have both Safari and QuickTime installed. You could use the Firefox user agent switcher, however, you will still require QuickTime. Alternatively you could also use the embedded video below to watch the event live.

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View NSFW and Blocked Websites with Google Mobilizer

google-icon Last night, something strange happened. Somehow I ended up in a mobile version of my Gmail account while using a regular PC. I don’t recall how it happened exactly, but I noticed that whenever I clicked an outgoing link, the link began with a Google URL. Here’s what it looked like.

http://www.google.com/gwt/x?u= [website address]

When I viewed sites that began with this Google address, I noticed that most of the advertising was stripped away and even the images were being served by Google. In other words, I could be viewing images at any site, but my browser thought the images were coming from Google. That could be useful for people who are at a business or school which blocks certain web sites.

I did some research and found out that this service was called Google Mobilizer. Google Mobilizer was designed to make it easier to read websites on small screened mobile devices. Here’s the address and a glimpse of what the page looks like.

( http://www.google.com/gwt/n )

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As you can see, it has a place for you to enter a web address and a place to do a Google search. Using either box will keep the resulting page in mobile mode. Even after you are on other sites, most of the links will still keep you in mobile mode.

I did notice that many websites simply will not work correctly in mobile view. Any site that requires Javascript or Adobe Flash may not work correctly. For instance, neither MSN Hotmail, nor Youtube worked for me in this mode. However, most blog sites worked just fine, and most Google services seemed to recognize it automatically and adapt. Here’s what Techie Buzz looks like when mobilized.

techie-buzz-mobile

Despite the fact that Mobilizer was designed for small screens, this service might be useful for getting past workplace and school firewalls. Just keep in mind that it’s not going to work at all websites. It’s also not going to hide the addresses you visit from any monitoring services that your work or school have running.

Website Google Mobilizerhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n

Be sure to check out some of our past tips on viewing blocked websites.

If you have your own tips on bypassing blocked sites or similar problems, be sure to comment below or email me.


How To Disable Firefox 4 Tab Previews In Windows 7

Mozilla has been doing some really good work with , however, some of the features might not be liked by users, specially the tab preview feature in .

Firefox Tab Previews in Windows 7

If you are using 4 on Windows 7, you can easily disable the tab previews by using a simple trick. The trick involves change some Firefox configuration using about:config.

To disable Tab Preview in Windows 7 for Firefox 4 or other Firefox versions, just type in about:config in your address bar and hit enter. On doing that, you might see some warning message saying that "You may void your warranty!", you need to press the button "I’ll be careful, I promise" to move to the configuration for Firefox.

Disable Firefox Tab Previews in Windows 7

In the Filter textbox, type "taskbar.preview" without the quotes and hit enter. You will see 3 configuration options in the search results. In that right click on the text which says "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" and select the "Toggle" option.

That’s it, once you toggle the value close the about:config page. The settings will be applied without having to restart the browser.

How To Search Twitter Direct Messages

provides users with an option to send direct messages which can only be read by the person you are sending the message to, however, if you receive a lot of DMs, it definitely becomes difficult to find old messages from users.

The problem is that Twitter does not provide users with an option to search direct messages. This might become painful when you want to look at a message which was sent to you a few weeks or months back. However, you can easily easily archive and search all your direct messages using a neat trick.

Get Twitter DM as Email

The trick involves  making sure that Twitter sends all your direct messages to you as an email to an email address by selecting the checkbox under "Settings -> Notices" and using your email service to search for the direct messages.

Search Twitter Direct Messages

For example, I use a Gmail email address for Twitter, whenever someone direct messages me, I receive and email. Now to search for the direct message, I simply use the wild card text "twitter-dm*" as the "From" email (this remains constant) and type in the words I am search for the "Has the words" text box.

You could use the same trick with any other email service which provides you with a search option and use the wildcard search as I did with Gmail above provided that your email service supports wildcard characters. It your email service does not provide you with wildcard search, you can open a direct message and copy the email address (which is similar for all DM emails) and use it to search your direct messages from Twitter.

Blank Page in WordPress, How To Fix It and Where To Look

If you are a WordPress user there might be a chance that you might have come across a blank screen on your website or blog. For those who are not in the know a blank screen appears on a website or blog running WordPress whenever there is an Fatal PHP Error with a plugin or theme.

Blank WordPress Error Message

Several users might see blank screen in WordPress after they have upgraded to a new version of WordPress, installed a new plugin or changed their themes. Many users are perplexed when they see a blank screen and do not know what to do. However, a blank screen only appears when there is a fatal error while running a PHP script.

The reason users see a blank screen and not error messages is because WordPress hides all PHP related error messages. So the first thing to do after you see a blank screen on your website or blog is to turn on error reporting on WordPress.

To turn on error reporting, login to your FTP server and edit wp-config.php and add this line to it.

define('WP_DEBUG', true);

Once you have added this line to the wp-config.php file, refresh your website and you will see the error messages that are causing a problem with WordPress loading your website.

blank_wordpress_error_messages

This will make it easier for to figure our what is wrong with your site. Once you know where the error is, you can delete or remove the offending plugins or have someone look at the error messages to rectify the problem that is causing your site to not load.

Make sure to delete the WP_DEBUG line from the config file after you have fixed the error, or else you might also start seeing PHP Notices and Warnings.

How To Jailbreak iPod Touch 2G, 3G With Jailbreakme.com

A few days ago Jailbreakme.com made it’s second appearance allowing users to jailbreak all Apple devices using Safari. The new jailbreak for iPod Touch also works on the and on every model available out there. This includes , iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 2G and iPad 3.2.1.

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If you are looking to jailbreak iPod Touch running any iOS version including or higher, open Safari on your device and visit Jailbreakme.com. You will be shown a screen similar to the one below where you can read through the information.

Jailbreakme.com Safari

To start the jailbreak, just slide the arrow key over the text "Slide to jailbreak". Doing that will start the jailbreak process for the iPod Touch. It will take a few minutes to complete the jailbreak after which it will install the Cydia app on your iPod Touch.

Please note that Apple has released iOS 4.0.2 to patch PDF exploit, if you upgrade to iOS 4.0.2, the Jailbreakme.com site will no longer work for you. Also don’t forget to backup your SHSH blogs of iOS 4 or others iOS so that you can restore/recover the iPod Touch in future. By the way, jailbreaking an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is completely legal according to US laws.

How To Open RAR Files?

In the past we have told you How to Open or View RAR Files. RAR files are similar to Zip files, however they use a different proprietary compression algorithm which is why they cannot be opened by Windows or by using WinZip.

In order to open RAR files you will either require to download WinRAR software from RAR Lab here http://www.rarlab.com/. Though the software is paid, you can continue using even after the time limitation is over.

In addition to that you can also use a 7Zip, which has the ability to open, browse and extract files from a .RAR file. You can download a 7Zip from here.

You can also use a website to Open zip and RAR files online, however the above software are free to use and do the job so you might not even require to use the online option.

In future you can also use a software called OpenWith to find out which application can be used to open unknown files.

How To Jailbreak iPad 3.2 With Jailbreakme.com

Last week @comex released a new jailbreak for Apple devices Jailbreakme.com. The new jailbreak for iPhone and iPad works on every , and device available out there. This includes , iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 2G and iPad 3.2.1.

Earlier you could jailbreak iPad with one click using the Spirit jailbreak tool. You can now also jailbreak iPad in one click without any software with Jailbreakme.com

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To jailbreak iPad running any iOS 3.2 or 3.2.1 open Safari on the iPad and browse to Jailbreakme.com. This will open the jailbreaking site with instructions and information on Jailbreak.

Jailbreakme.com Safari

You will also see a slider similar to what you see when your device is locked which says "Slide to jailbreak". Just slide the arrow to the end and the jailbreaking process will start. It might take a few minutes for the entire jailbreaking process to get over. Once the iPad is jailbroken, the Cydia app will be installed on your device.

Please note that Apple has released iPad iOS 3.2.2 to patch PDF exploit, if you upgrade to iOS 3.2.2, the Jailbreakme.com site will no longer work for you. Also don’t forget to backup your SHSH blobs so that you can restore/recover the iPad in future. By the way, jailbreaking an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is completely legal according to US laws.