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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 Open .daa Files?

Recently I downloaded a archive which contained a .daa file, this file is actually a CD/DVD image file also known as Direct Access Archive. The file is similar to a ISO file, but is a proprietary file format for disk image files which supports advanced features such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes.

Related: How to Open .iso Files? | How to Open .rar Files?

What are .DAA files?

Direct Access Archive, or DAA, is a proprietary file format developed by PowerISO Computing for disk image files. The format supports features such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes. Because of its proprietary nature, popular disk image mounting programs such as Alcohol 120% and Daemon Tools currently do not support the mounting of DAA images. – Wikipedia

How to Open .DAA file?

Like we said earlier, .daa files are proprietary and are licensed by PowerISO. PowerISO is a paid software, also they do not license out their format to others, so there are no freely available softwares to open .daa files.

We were able to extract the .daa file on Ubuntu using AcentoneISO a free software to mount and extract .daa files, for Windows users Techzilo has a nice tutorial on opening .daa files for free.

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.

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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.

How To Jailbreak iPhone on iOS 4, iOS 4.0.1

Quite recently we told you about a new jailbreak for iPhone which worked on every , and model available out there. This includes , iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone 2G, iPod Touch 3G, iPod Touch 2G and iPad 3.2.1.

Jailbreak iPhone/iPod Touch

To jailbreak iPhone or jailbreak iPod Touch running any iOS version including or higher just visit Jailbreakme.com through the Safari browser on your device.

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When you visit the site you will see a control similar to unlocking your iPhone 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 iPhone/iPod Touch is jailbroken, the Cydia app will be installed on your device.

Please note that Apple has released iOS 4.0.2 and iPad 3.2.2 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 blobs of iOS 4 or others iOS so that you can restore/recover the iPhone in future.

By the way, jailbreaking an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is completely legal according to US laws.

How To Delete/Deactivate Facebook Account Permanently

users are usually worried a lot about their privacy and what information is available online. Facebook does help users to setup simplified privacy controls, however, there have been a lot of controversies over Privacy at Facebook.

Delete Facebook Permanently. Quit Facebook.

If you are someone who is fed up of the privacy issues with Facebook or just want to delete your account, here are the instructions you will require to perform the task. If you are looking for an easier way, you might want to check out How To Delete your Account from Any Website.

Deactivating Your Facebook Account

Deactivating your Facebook account will not completely delete it, however, it will temporarily freeze the account and your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users.

Deactivate Facebook Account

However, when you deactivate your Facebook account, your profile information including friends, photos, status updates etc are still available with Facebook. You can use the deactivate option when you are looking to go on a temporary break or are not sure whether you really want to delete your Facebook account.

To deactivate your Facebook account, follow the steps given below.

  1. Login to your Facebook account
  2. Open your Account settings page
  3. Click on the "deactivate" link at the bottom of the page. You will be taken to another page where Facebook will try to defer you from deactivating your account and provide you with options on what you want to deactivate etc
  4. After you have made your selections, click on the "Confirm" button at the bottom of the page to "Deactivate your Facebook account"

The plus point with deactivating your account is that you will be able to reactivate it at a future date and get your profile back as it is.

Deleting Your Facebook Account

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Some users might just want to delete their account forever. If you are someone who has decided to delete your Facebook account forever, follow the instructions given below.

  1. Login to your Facebook account
  2. Head over to the "Delete My Account" page
  3. Make sure that you want to delete you account and then click on the Submit button.

Follow whatever steps you are asked to go through to close down and delete you Facebook account permanently. You can also read more at this help page on Facebook.

Defer Banner Ads/JavaScript To Load After Page Loads

There are many times when you might want a certain banner ad to load only after you page loads fully, however, not everyone is an expert in AJAX or JavaScript for that matter to make change code and make the code efficient.

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If you are a webmaster and have been worried about slow page load times, there is a easier way to defer certain banners or JavaScript code to load after the browser has rendered the rest of the page. This trick can be used for both inline and external JavaScript by using the "defer" attribute specified in HTML 4.01 and later.

To defer banner ads or any JavaScript code to load after the entire page has rendered, just add the attribute defer="defer" to the script tag and the browser will ignore the code within the script and load it after it has finished loading the rest of the content.

Here are some examples of using the defer attribute with a script:

//inline JS example
<script type="text/javascript" defer="defer">
//js code goes here
</script>
 
//external JS example
<script type="text/javascript" defer="defer" src="somejs.js"></script>

Using this trick will ensure that your non JavaScript content loads quickly enough so that it does not hinder a user’s browsing experience. However, it may not improve the overall page load times since the browser will continue to load the deferred JavaScript content after the rest of the page has loaded.

You will find some detailed description about Deferred JavaScript and its impact on the page rendering by visiting this informative post.

Switch Back To Old Gmail Contact Manager

Recently Gmail rolled out a new interface for all it’s users, however, unlike earlier, they haven’t provided a prominent option for users to switch back to the Old Gmail contact manager or interface.

Also See: How To Switch Back to Old Gmail Interface

The new interface includes an enhanced contact manager and some enhanced visual changes. However, change does not go down very well with many people, and unlike other email providers, Gmail does provide an easy way to switch back to the older interface.

Switch Back to Old Gmail Contact Manager

In order to switch back to the old Gmail contact manager interface or completely get rid of the new Gmail contact manager, scroll down to the bottom of the Gmail webpage and click on the "older contact manager" link to switch back to the old Gmail contact manager.

Yes, it was as simple as that. So if you had problems with the new Gmail contact manager click the link and you will be taken back to what you like. Have fun.