Get Rid of Explore Feature in Google Reader

Google recently added a new feature to called Explore, which suggests new feeds to users based on their reading habits.

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Many users apparently did not like this new feature, and there is no way to opt-out of the Explore feature as of now. If you are one of the disgruntled users, who do not want to have this thrown on your face, you can get rid of Explore in Google Reader by using a script for .

This works on too, however you need to add a new start switch to Chrome. You can find the instructions on how to install Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. You will need to edit the script, once you have saved it in the User scripts folder for Chrome.

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Just change the .tld to whichever Top level domain you use to access Google Reader in Chrome, in my example I changed .tld to .com. You might have to do the same in Firefox too. Thanks Shiva

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Access Wolfram Alpha Free in iPhone & iPod Touch

Wolfram Alpha just released a new app in the Apple app store for $50, we thought it to be a ridiculous price and asked users to vote on it. If you are looking to access Wolfram Aplha from your iPhone or iPod touch, here is how you can save yourself $50 and do it without having to buy the expensive app.

It is a pretty old trick, but still many of you might not know about it. You might not be able to access all the features available in the application, but what the heck you are saving $50. So here goes.

Adding Wolfram Alpha to the Home Screen as a App link

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Step 1: Open Safari and browse to http://wolframalpha.com/iphone.

Step 2: Click on the + symbol in Safari to add the site as a bookmark. In the bookmark options click on the Add to Home Screen button.

Step 3: Give the bookmark a appropriate name and click on the Add button.

Once you follow the above steps, you will see a new icon in the home screen, which will allow you to directly access the Wolfram Alpha site.

Search using Wolfram Alpha for Free on iPhone & iPod Touch

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Step 1: Go to your home screen and click on the Wolfram Alpha icon. This will open the Wolframalpha.com webpage in Safari.

Step 2: Click on the search box and enter your query and click on the Go button.

Wait a few seconds for the results to come up, it will be pretty similar to the results that the $50 Wolfram Alpha iPhone app will display to you. There, we saved you 50 bucks. Have fun and enjoy.

How to Find Your iPhone/iPod Touch OS Version?

Want to know which version of iPhone/iPod Touch OS you are using? No problem, all it takes is a few seconds. Follow the steps given below to find the version of OS installed on your iPhone or iPod touch.

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Step 1: Click on the home button on your iPhone and go to settings. In the settings screen, click on General.

Step 2: At the top of the general screen click on About. Scroll down a bit and you will see your current OS version.

How to Uninstall/Remove Apps from iPod Touch & iPhone

Apple has a huge app store, full of useful apps and games. Sometimes, you might install apps just to try them out. However, what if you don’t like the app? How do you uninstall or remove them?

Turns out that, uninstalling or removing apps is not pretty straightforward on an iPod Touch & iPhone. Here are some easy steps for uninstalling or removing unwanted apps from your iPod touch & iPhone.

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Step 1: Click and hold a app icon for a few seconds. Once you do that, you will see a remove icon on all the apps. In addition to that the app icons will start to shake.

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Step 2: Click on the close button on the app, which you want remove from your iPod touch or iPhone. Click on the Delete button in the confirmation message to completely remove the app.

Step 3: The app icons will continue to have the remove icon, even after you have deleted the app. To go back to normal screen, click on the home button.

How To Take Screenshots in iPod Touch & iPhone

I just got hold of a brand new 32GB  iPod Touch, and have been playing around with it, installing apps and listening to music. There have been so many things that I am discovering with it, so expect a lot of and how to posts in the future.

I was trying to look for an app to take screenshots on the iPod Touch/iPhone. However, I did not find one. Turns out that it is pretty easy to take screenshots on an iPod Touch/iPhone.

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To Take a screenshot on a iPod Touch or iPhone, press the power button on the top and the home button simultaneously. When you do that, the phone will flicker for a second and you will hear a sound.

That’s it, the screenshot has been taken. It will be saved in a new album named as Saved Photos.

Creating Strong Passwords & Dealing With Hacked Accounts

Do you remember how we had told you about generating strong passwords and using the best tools for generating strong passwords, Those tips would help you to create a strong password that you can remember.

Since several thousand Hotmail passwords were hacked, we thought it best to revisit this area, and come up with some more on generating strong passwords, that you can remember.

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What to Avoid in Passwords?

As far as possible, avoid your birth date, telephone number, spouse name, dad’s name, nickname and whatever else that can be easily guessed or known by several people.

On the other hand, 1234567890 and abcdefgh are not passwords. They are just ways to tell kindergarten kids, Hey, I don’t care about my account. Here, take it and do whatever you want with it.

Oh, and lest we forget here are some of the lousiest passwords used on the Internet.

Ninja Combination Passwords

Before you read ahead, you might want to read my earlier post on substituting characters with random letters or symbols in passwords, once you do that, you will understand the process better.

Find the Best and Worst Combinations

A good way of creating passwords is to combine two drastically different things to form a combination, and then use it to create a password. For example, your favorite actor and your worst apartment, your favorite vacation spot and your most hated boss, your favorite restaurant and the worst pharmacy.

Once you have a combination, write it down on a paper. Now, say my favorite actor is Nicholas Cage and my worst Apartment address was 104 Some Building.

We can take these two words to form a combination, which becomes Nicholas Cage 104 Some Building. A strong password usually consists of 8-10 characters, so we take the first two characters out of each of these words and form a lowercase combination nica10sobu.

Ninja Character and Numbers Replacement

Since you have your strong password right, lets complicate it a bit further. Lets come up with a chart to replace alphabets with numbers and symbols, here is the updated password n1c4!)s0bu.

What I did here was replace letters with similar numbers, ilooks like 1, alooks like 4, olooks like 0 and so on. In addition to that, I replaced numbers with corresponding symbols on the keyboard, which I typed by holding the shift key. So 1becomes ! and 0becomes ).

Note: Follow your own Ninja conversion chart for replacing characters and numbers with something that you are comfortable with.

Final Touches to Your Strong Password

The password above is really strong, but lets add some finishing touches to make it really deadly. Considering the length of the password, come up with two numbers in between them, that you like and capitalize them. You won’t be able to capitalize numbers and symbols, so choose 2 which have characters in them.  Let’s say I like 3 and 7, so my final password becomes n1C4!)S0bu.

Voila, you have a strong password that 99.99% dictionary attacks can’t guess, but what about you? You should remember it too right? That’s easy, just write this phrase somewhere. The best actor and the worst apartment. My favorite numbers are 3 and 7.

Using a simple trick, we came up with a pretty complicated password, that is very easy to remember.

Changing Passwords Frequently

Creating strong passwords will keep you ahead of hackers, and other people trying to pry information from you. However, you have to keep a notch ahead of them too.

Keep changing your passwords every three months or so, you can decide your own schedule. Considering how easy it is to create strong passwords from things you will remember, this shouldn’t be a hard task, should it?

Different Ninja Everywhere

Well, if a Ninja went to several places, there is a chance that he might be spotted and recognized, by chance or otherwise. Similarly using the same password for several services would put you in a vulnerable position. As far as possible, use different passwords for banking and email.

Setting up Password Recovery Options

Many email providers give you the ability to set up password recovery options, such as adding  a secret question and providing temporary emails. Some including also allow you to setup SMS password recovery.

Make sure to fill out this information accurately, as in case of your account being hacked, or if you forget your password, you will need to provide this information in order to recover your account.

Another important thing, is to use a proper alternative email address, this is very important since many email providers deactivate email accounts after a certain period. Someone else could easily claim that email account and compromise both your accounts.

In addition, don’t ever try and use the “remember passwords” when logging into a web service  in public. If you do that, take a moment to read, when you should remember your passwords in public places.

Don’t forget to share your tips with us on creating strong passwords. We would love to try those out.

How to Tweet/Send/Customize WordPress.com Posts to Twitter & Yahoo?

.com recently introduced a feature called Publicize, which allows users to send their blog posts to and as status messages. If you are a WordPress.com user, here are some instructions, on how you can send out your posts as twitter and Yahoo updates.

Enabling Twitter & Yahoo Updates in WordPress

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Step 1: Login to your WordPress.com account and click on the My Blogslink in the sidebar.

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Step 2: In the blog listing on the right hand side, select Twitter under the Publicize column. You will be shown a message to Authorize Twitter, click on it and follow the steps to authorize your twitter account.

To authorize your Yahoo account, select Yahoo and follow the steps to authorize your Yahoo account.

Once you have authorized both your accounts, your posts will automatically be sent to twitter and Yahoo.

Customizing Tweet/Update Messages

WordPress.com will create a automatic status update message based on your post. However, you can edit the message and customize it. While creating a new post you will see a new Publicize message in the sidebar.

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To customize your publicize message, click on the edit link. You can now customize the message that will be sent out to Yahoo and Twitter.

Disabling WordPress.com Posts From Being Sent out as Updates

There are certain times, when you may not want to send out your posts as updates. To do that, just click on the edit link in the sidebar for Publicize, and deselect the services you do not want to send out an update to.

Many WordPress users may argue that there are several plugins that already do this. However, WordPress.com users cannot install plugins, so the Publicize feature is definitely a very good thing for automatically sending out posts as updates.

Only View Unread Message/Emails In Gmail

Whenever you login to your account, you will be displayed a hierarchal list of emails based on received date. However, what if you want to only view unread messages in your Inbox?

In previous editions of , we have told you how to mark all unread messages as read, and also how to sort unread messages based on dates. Using another simple trick, you can only view the unread messages in your Gmail inbox.

The tip involves performing a search and saving the URL as a bookmark. Here are the steps involved for viewing only unread messages in Gmail inbox.

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Step 1: Login to Gmail and perform a search using is:unread in:inbox. Use the exact terms without the quotes and click on the Search mail button. The search will display all the unread emails from your inbox.

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Step 2: Once the search has loaded, bookmark the URL. (Hint: Pressing the Ctrl + D, should do the trick in most browsers). Give the bookmark a appropriate name and save it.

The next time you want to view the unread messages in your Gmail Inbox, click on the bookmark. You do not need to create multiple bookmarks for different accounts. When you click on the bookmark, it will display the unread emails, for the account you have logged in to Gmail with.

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Create Magazine Style Widgets For Your Blog Using Netvibes

When I redesigned the theme, I added a few magazine style widgets to the blog. Many of you emailed me to ask, how you can add a similar magazine style to your blog. In this post, we will look at how you can create your own magazine style widget using Netvibes.

Magazine Style Widgets

The entire tutorial consists of two processes. The first process involves creating your custom Netvibes widget. The second process involves customizing and adding the widget to your blog.

Creating a Netvibes Widget

Step 1: Sign in to your Netvibes account. You will need to create one if you don’t have an account.

Step 2: Once you have signed in to your account, click on the Create or submit buttonin the navigation bar.

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Step 3: Click on the Create widgetbutton in the overlay that pops up.

Step 4: Choose whether you want to create a Blog/News widget or a Multifeed widget. In this tutorial, we will deal with single blog/news feed widget.

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Step 5: Enter the feed URL into the text box and click on the Next step button.

Step 6: On the next page, enter all the details about the feed and choose whether or not you want to publish the widget to the ecosystem, and click on the next step button.

Step 7: If everything goes fine, a link to your new custom widget will be displayed to you. Please make not of the link as we will be using the link in the future.

Adding a Netvibes Widget to Your Blog

Once you have created the widget, you can now add it to your blog. Follow the steps given below to customize and add the widget to your blog. For this example, we will make use of the Techie Buzz Netvibes widget.

Step 1: Copy and paste the link you got from Step 7 in a new browser tab or window.

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Step 2: Click on the Share link in the widget sidebar, this will take you to a new page where you can customize the widget.

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Step 3: You can customize the widget by adding a title to it, changing the height and modifying its color.

Step 4: Under Widget preferencesselect Magazine from the view dropdown to create a magazine style widget. You can also configure other things such as, number of items to display, whether links should open in new windows.You can also choose to display the post data and excerpt.

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Step 4: Once you have configured the widget, go to the bottom of the page to get the widget code. You will need to paste the code into your website for the widget to be displayed.

Using the above steps you can build as many magazine style widgets you want and customize them using several options. Of course, Netvibes also providers users with many different styles to choose from.

Looking for more for your website? Don’t forget to visit the section to learn more.

How to Download Videos From YourFileHost?

YourFileHost is a video sharing service, where users can upload and watch videos. However, YourFileHost does not provide users with a easy way to download the videos.

If you are looking to download videos from YourFileHost, follow the simple steps given below.

Step 1: Copy the URL of the video you are looking to download from YourFileHost.

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Step 2: Open ClipNabber.com in another browser window and paste the video URL into the text box and click on the Nab Video button.

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Step 3: Right-click on the FLV download link, and select Save Linked Content from the options to download and save the video to your local drive.

The downloaded videos will be saved in FLV format. You can either view FLV videos in Windows media player or download standalone FLV player to view the files.

Download Videos from Other Popular Sites

Looking to download videos from other popular sites like , Megavideo and more? We have you covered there. Check some of our previous posts to download videos from popular video sharing websites.