Windows Live Mail Hogs CPU, RAM And Slows Down The System

I have been a Windows Live Mail user for a long time now, however, it looks like I am going to dump it and go for Thunderbird or maybe just use my to catch up on email from multiple accounts.

Windows Live Mail 2011

The latest version of Windows Live Mail which is included in Windows Live Essentials 2011, worked really fine for me for a while, however, it has become a pain in the posterior. I have 25 email accounts set up (don’t ask how I have that many, those aren’t even all) in it and it chimed well and downloaded all my messages without any trouble.

However, of late, whenever I start Windows Live Mail, my system (i7 processor/6GB RAM) becomes slow and crawls. This is annoying at best. I tried looking for solutions to the problem but couldn’t find any.

From my experience with Outlook, I am pretty sure that the problem is related to the disk storage. Outlook too used to crawl if the size of the PST file reached 2GB or higher (I am not sure about it now), but you could always fix the Outlook issue by creating a new storage file. That though is not the case with Windows Live Mail.

I absolutely love Windows Live Mail, but unfortunately I cannot seem to figure out how to fix the slowness it causes on the PC. I will continue looking at how to fix this issue and post updates when I come across them.

Do you use Windows Live Mail? Are you seeing similar issues when you have lot of email accounts or have tons of downloaded emails. Do let me know through your comments.

IS RSS Dead? Well No, It’s Powering Up Things Which Are Supposedly Killing IT

Before I start this article, I have to be very frank. I stopped using almost 16 months ago. I no longer read RSS feeds. However, that in no way means RSS in itself is dead. RSS lives on in every product we could possibly imagine using, be it mobile devices or tablets.

RSS is Not Dead; Biggest RSS Icon

I am having this discussion because I want to drive home a point. Website Syndication might be down, but RSS will live on. It will continue to be a way to deliver content to mobile devices, embedded devices, tablets and what not. The RSS platform in itself is not dead at all. It’s the preference on how users want to read their content is what is changing.

Earlier today, TechCrunch said that RSS is dying, and then declared a RSS war with the developer of RSS. The whole thing sounded amusing at best, but here is what the case is, MG Seigler is missing the point. RSS is a technology that provides a backbone to syndicating content, not feed readers. Just because you read news on your or Twitter or Facebook does not mean that RSS does not play any part there.

RSS provides an option to users to provide data in a structured format and many apps, apps and other mobile platform apps make use of this structured data to display data in a customized format, without RSS it would be very hard to pull in data if not impossible. Even and provide feeds in some form or the other, this is because other users or devices or apps make use of this data to provide you with data in a customized format.

Having apps designed to query your database directly when RSS exists is not only bad programming, it is stupid. Why? Because, RSS provides you with the same data without having to go through all the pain and is much more easier to consume.

Now here is a question? Where does most of the links in Facebook and Twitter come through? Sites like Twitterfeed and Networked Blogs, which well use RSS to post links to these sites. Of course, you might say that I post my own links, but have you researched how many links on Twitter or Facebook are actually posted by users verses these automated clients?

So, the matter of fact is that RSS is going to live through a long life. People will stop reading RSS in their feed readers, but they will continue reading RSS on their phones and Twitter and Facebook and continue proclaiming RSS is dead. That you don’t notice it does not mean that it is dead, it means that you don’t know what you are talking about. Feed Readers are getting extinct for God’s sake.

These are just my 2 cents about some opinion that is not just flawed but also puts the wrong perspective into users mind. I would suggest you read Matthew Ingram’s article about RSS being dead too.

Update: RSS is rocking, well, Google is putting RSS leechers on top of actual content writers, which is good sign for content stealers who steal other’s work and post it on their own website. This would never be possible without RSS. You cannot blame Google for it, for the past 16-18 months they have been tackling the same issue, but it looks like they are still clueless about it.

Google is F**ked UP

Check the screenshot above, you will spot my name in the top two articles, my signature bad writing et al, but not Techie Buzz where I write? But this all thanks to RSS.

How To Block Tynt Read More Links While Copy-Pasting From Websites

I love the concept behind Tynt, it is a service which adds a Read more link when you copy content from certain sites. However, the problem here is that it is also truly annoying and hurts my productivity, since I have to keep deleting all that additional data added to my copied text.

To restore my productivity levels I searched for ways to disable them from adding the additional content to my text. First of for Users, there are couple of which block the Tynt script. You can download the Tynt Blocker extension from here or also try out the Tynt Blocker 2 extension from here.

Unfortunately there are no Tynt blockers for , and Internet Explorer. However, I did find an alternative to block Tynt completely on all browsers thanks to Daring Fireball. All you have to do is edit your hosts file and add a new line to it as shown below.

If you are not sure how to edit an host file, you might want to read a previous guide on using hosts file to block websites or also download a Hosts file manager to easily edit the file.

Gmail Priority Inbox’s First Bug, An Invisible YouTube Video

Looks like Google had to rush through to release the Priority Inbox feature to users because of a broken embargo. The release faced a small glitch where a automatic video started playing when a user loaded , apparently only in .


This is happening to users for whom Priority Inbox has been enabled for. Here is what the problem users are (or were) facing:

Whenever I sign into my Gmail using Chrome, music automatically starts playing. This is a new issue. It’s like old time dance music. Occasionally there will be a sound effect like a click, a bubble, cards shuffling, a dog growling. There is no music running on my computer. It only occurs in Google Chrome on one of my Gmail accounts, it does not occur in Firefox on anything.

And what was causing it? Apparently this:

Hey, I figured it out. Weirdly, that little "New! Priority Inbox (Beta)" automatically starts playing a youtube video that you can’t see. when you click on it you’ll see that.

It looks like Google employees are aware of this issue are working on a fix as per this thread on Google support forums and the suggested fix is to use for time being (Hotmail Part Deux?). Nevertheless, looks like Google panicked because of the broken embargo by eWeek and rolled out a code with an auto-play YouTube video. Nothing major, but goes to show that even the biggest company can make mistakes in haste.

(h/t @iVinay)

Disable Facebook Places Tagging And Stop Friends From Checking You In

recently revealed a new feature called Facebook Places which allowed you to check-in to places you visit, but trust Facebook to make a Privacy mess out of everything, irony huh?  The Facebook Places feature is already annoying users because Facebook allows your friends to check you into places by default.

This is definitely a huge privacy issue for people who do not want to get themselves checked in maybe a bar or uhm a strip club by their friends. Thankfully, Facebook does provide users with an option to disable people from checking you into places.

To do that, head over to Facebook and from the "Account" dropdown in the top right corner, click on Privacy Settings and then click on the "Customize Settings" link. Now follow the instructions below to disable the Facebook places tagging from appearing in your timeline or stopping your friends from checking you into places.

Disable Facebook Places Check-ins from Appearing in Your Timeline

Disable Facebook Places Check-in From Timeline

To do this, select the drop down next to "Places I check in to" and click on the "Customize" option. Select "Only Me" in the "Make this visible to" drop down list, this will ensure that your check-ins are not visible to anyone else.

You might also want to uncheck the checkbox next to "Include me in "People Here Now" after I check in" so that you are not clubbed along with other people for check-ins.

Disable Friends from Checking You into Facebook Places


Facebook Places allows friends to check you into places by default, now this could be very annoying since you have no control over it unless you explicitly change your privacy settings.

To disable friends from checking you into Facebook Places, Disable the option from under "Things others share => Friends can check me into to Places". This will ensure that no one except for you can check you in to Facebook Places.

There you go, you can now have your peace of mind back knowing that no one is going to check you into a place you did not want to Smile.

Warning: Scam Hitting Facebook

Quite recently one of my friends wrote a weird message on my wall. It said that he had made some dollars in a day and got paid thanks to a site called

Facebook Cashreport Scam Message

Facebook Cashreport Scam Message 2

Now that in itself is not fishy, but the same friend also wrote on several other people’s wall citing different amounts of money he made all credited to the website The screenshots above are from two different profiles.

Facebook Cashreport Scam

When I went out and checked my friends profile, he was busy writing the same thing on several other people’s wall as you can see in the screenshot above. Though I am not sure how exactly this message was sent out or what my friend did prior to sending out those messages, I am pretty sure that this is a spam message that might be spreading over Facebook.

I have sent out a note to my friend to ask him whether he visited any website or granted access to any app earlier today. However, keep away from this site, though it is not flagged as dangerous there are few users who have marked it as a scam or phishing on McAffe. The whois record for this site also says that it was registered on June 12, 2010 which is why there are very scarce reports about it.

Please be aware of what link you are clicking or what application you are allowing access to your data on Facebook. Do spread this message to your friends to keep away from this site.

PayPal Re-enables Electronic Withdrawal Service in India

PayPal India has built quite a reputation for pulling nasty surprises out of the blue. Three days back, they suspended indefinitely electronic withdrawal services or direct deposits in India. The good news is that something changed, and PayPal has re-enabled the crucial electronic withdrawal services.


As always, PayPal’s official announcement offers little explanation and simply apologizes for any inconvenience. “We want you to know that our customers are our #1 priority and we are working non-stop to improve our service to you”, wrote Dickson Seow from PayPal’s Corporate Communications team. The previously announced $5 refund for cheque withdrawals will also be continued for Indian users.

Needless to say, these out of the blue jolts have seriously damaged PayPal’s reputation. It’s hard to imagine PayPal being happy with the current situation either. Although we don’t know what caused the latest flip-flop, I will be surprised if the Indian government and regulatory bodies didn’t have a hand to play.

PayPal Suspending Direct Deposits/Electronic Withdrawals in India

After suspending personal payments in India, making PAN Cards compulsory and putting a lot of Indian website owners and others at hassle, PayPal is now going to stop Electronic Withdrawals or Direct Deposits in India.

PayPal Logo

PayPal India has just sent out a notice to all their users stating that Electronic or Direct Deposits to banks in India will no longer be available after July 29, 2010 for an indefinite period. Once again this is because of problems it is having with the Central banking authority in India also known as Reserve Bank of India.

The official note from PayPal to Indian users says this:

In accordance with regulatory instructions, we would like to notify you about a change in our withdrawal functionality in India starting on August 1, 2010. At present you can request for either an electronic or cheque withdrawal of funds from your PayPal account if you are an India user.

From July 29, 2010 onwards, you will only be able to request for a cheque withdrawal of funds from your PayPal account.

While we are working hard to restore the electronic withdrawal service, in the meantime, we are bringing this matter to your attention so that you can plan your future withdrawal activities accordingly.

Though there is no note on why the Direct Deposits are being stopped or when they will resume, it is more likely that the Indian Government is cracking on the free flow of money to India through PayPal. However, what beats me is the they can easily track the transactions even if they are direct deposits, so why put everyone through an hassle with a cheque?

The one silver lining in this entire news is that PayPal will refund the $5 fee which users have had to be paid if they were using a cheque withdrawal.

iPhone 4 Reception Problem Lies In Your Hands

A lot of people who got their today have been complaining that placing their hands on the corner of the phone was causing problems with reception and dropping the connection bars.

This is not just a one-off problem and many people have been facing the issue if they put their hands on the steel bands. Ironically, according to Apple and Steve Jobs, the problem lies in your hands and the way you hold the phone and not the 4 itself or the latest .

Steve Jobs iPhone 4 Reception Problem Email

Engadget posted a reply to an email sent to Steve Jobs about the issue. In his usual short and sweet reply, Jobs said "Just avoid holding it in that way".

Apple has also released a public statement with regards to the iPhone 4 reception issue. It reads as such:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

So now to fix the issue, you will have to train your hand to not touch the taboo part of the phone or better yet fill Apple’s coffers with a few more bucks by purchasing a case for the iPhone 4. So typical Apple right?

Nevertheless, this is a genuine issue and had also happened with the iPhone 3GS, however, that issue was later on fixed with an update. Here is a video of the iPhone 3G  in 2008 having a reception problem.

(Image and Other Credits to Engadget)

Gmail Users Facing Service Disruption

One of our staff members out here has had some problem sending and receiving emails from his Gmail account. It turns out that Gmail is down for several people and they are having problems sending and receiving emails.


However, Google seems to be aware about the issue as the Apps Status Dashboard shows a "Service disruption" message for the Google Mail service. However, these is no indication as to which parts of the world the outage is affecting users.

Gmail has had a long run with problems where several users have been affected in the past too. If you are unable to access Gmail, you can always try out these tricks to access Gmail or check out some alternative modes to access Gmail.