2 Simple Steps to Clean Up Your Facebook Profile and Hide Your Past Indiscretions

Facebook has come a long way since its humble beginnings almost eleven years ago. From being just a wall of posts, it has morphed into a powerful aggregator with a wide variety of content. The trouble is that somewhere beneath all the content that you’ve created over the years, there are all your past indiscretions waiting to be discovered. Did you go on a liking spree when Pages were introduced and Facebook invited you to become a fan of your favourite personalities and brands? Did you post silly nonsensical content when you were in your early teens? Chances are all of that history is still available online for anyone to discover. If you want to break free from your silly, old Facebook days, here are a couple of steps that should help.

Limit Old Posts

Hide Old Posts in Facebook
Hide Old Posts in Facebook

Head over to Facebook Settings and select the Privacy tab. Under the subheading “Who Can See My Stuff?” you’ll have the option to “Limit the Audience for Old Posts”. This option will change the visibility setting of all posts that are either “Public” or “Friends of Friends” to only “Friends”. Be warned though, this action is non-reversible. The only way to undo this will be to go through your previous posts and change their settings one by one.

Unlike Pages

Bulk Unlike Pages in Facebook
Bulk Unlike Pages in Facebook

Over the years your tastes have probably evolved. However, chances are that the pages that you became Fan of five years back are still a part of your profile. PageUnliker is a nifty website that fetches all Pages that you have liked, and gives you the option of unliking them. Save yourself the embarrassment and get rid of the things a younger you might have liked. You’ll also be tidying up your feed as posts from the pages that you unlike will no longer show up.

Three Android Apps That Will Help You Snap the Perfect Selfie

Selfies have already taken over the world, and this pop culture phenomenon is showing no signs of slowing down. Now, mobile manufacturers are also jumping on the selfie bandwagon with special selfie oriented devices like odd looking Xperia C3. However, you don’t need a brand new device to snap some kickass selfies. Here are three apps that’ll help you take the perfect selfie from your Android.

Best Selfie Camera Apps for Android
Best Selfie Camera Apps for Android

Bright Camera

Bright Camera - Selfie Cam
Bright Camera – Selfie Cam

This camera app comes with tons of filters, effects, frames, and test effects. However, what sets it apart from many other similar apps is that everything was created with selfies in mind. Several of the effects and frames are paid; however, there are plenty of free ones to keep you happy. It also features tight Facebook and Instagram integration including a photo stream.

Bright Camera - Selfie Editor
Bright Camera – Selfie Editor

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Selfie Studio

Selfie Studio - Overview
Selfie Studio – Overview

Selfie Studio lives up to its name and offers a wide range of features to appeal to the selfie addicts. Since almost all phones don’t have a flash for the front camera, Selfie Studio allows you to use the display as a secondary light source. You can easily tweak the color of the display to get the look you want. You can snap pics in either Instagram like square (1:1) or usual rectangular (3:4) aspect ratios. Other features include auto-reverse and countdown timer.

Selfie Studio - Selfie Cam
Selfie Studio – Selfie Cam

The bundled editor is powered by Aviary and offers gazillions of options. You can enhance and adjust the pic as well as apply effects, frames, and stickers.

Selfie Studio - Selfie Editor
Selfie Studio – Selfie Editor

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Frontback

Front Back - Image Stream
Front Back – Image Stream

Frontback is not your typical selfie app. This app takes two shots – one with the rear cam and one with the front cam, and merges them. However, unlike other similar apps, it doesn’t tuck away the selfie in a tiny rectangle at the side of the screen. Instead, it gives both the pics equal amount of space. This simple change can allow for some truly mesmerizing photos. You can view some of the best creations over here. The app is simple, and has very few options to tinker with. However, it works well. My only gripe with Frontback is that the app can’t be used until you signup for a free Frontback account.

Front Back - Selfie Cam
Front Back – Selfie Cam

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How to Easily Delete and Deactivate Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Other Web Accounts

Creating an account online is easier than ever before thanks to multiple open-id providers like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. In most cases you don’t even have to provide a username and password, and even for the rare cases where you’re forced to type in all the details, there are automated tools like Lastpass and Keepass. However, things often get a lot more confusing and obscure when you want to do the reverse. Whether you just want to delete your data from the company’s servers because you no longer trust them or you want to break free from your past and start afresh, cleaning up your online identity is a lot harder than you might think.

Some services like Facebook have the account deletion link buried deep within their interface, while others like Skype don’t even offer an automated option. An annoyingly large number of services including Skype, Amazon, and Adobe force you to call or email them for deleting your account. Even worse, some web apps like Evernote don’t allow you to delete your account, and only offer a temporary deactivation after making you jump through several hoops. Manually figuring out how to delete dozens of accounts can be a painfully slow and laborious process. Thankfully, there are a couple of websites that can lend you a helping hand.

JustDelete

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Just Delete Me – Home Page

JustDeleteMe is a directory of Account Deletion/De-activation page of various web services. It categorizes all entries into four buckets (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Impossible) based on how easy it is to delete your account. Often, it also has a brief snippet or a note about the account you’re trying to delete. JustDeleteMe also provides a Chrome extension, which adds a color-coded dot to the omnibar whenever you visit a website that’s in the database. The dot indicates how easy it is to delete your account on the website, and clicking on it directly takes you to the account deletion page.

AccountKiller

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Account Killer – Home Page

AccountKiller isn’t as pretty as JustDelete, and doesn’t have a browser extension. However, it does seem to have a bigger database. AccountKiller classifies websites into White, Grey, and Black categories depending upon the ease of account deletion or deactivation. It also provide a bookmarklet called SiteCheck. Clicking on this bookmarklet makes a bar appear at the top of your screen, which indicates which category the website that you’re currently surfing belongs to.

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Account Killer – Step by Step Instructions

If you are looking to clean-up your online profile, then another web app that you might find handy is KnowEm. This website has over 500 services in its database, and when provided with a username, it instantly lets you know which services that username has been registered on.

Save Ink, Paper, and Money by Cleaning-Up What You Print

Taking printouts of webpages can be an insanely wasteful exercise. Even though you might be only interested in a snippet of text, you can end up being forced to print everything including pictures and advertisements. Thankfully, there are a few nifty tools which can clean-up the content before you send it to the printer. By using these tools not only will you be able to cut down your printing costs, but you’ll also be responsible for fewer dead trees.

PrintWhatYouLike

This is my favourite tool since it allows me to manually select and retain the sections of the web page that I’m interested in. I can scroll through a page, delete elements I don’t want, and even tweak the appearance by changing color, width, and fonts. There’s also an AutoFormat option, but that can produce unexpected results. Thankfully, there’s also an Undo button to quickly revert any unwanted changes. Another handy option is the “Next Page” button, which leverages the PageZipper tool.

PrintWhatYouLike

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PrintFriendly and CleanPrint

If you prefer something more automated, you can use either PrintFriendly or CleanPrint. I prefer PrintWhatYouLike because automated tools can often go wrong. However, for most web pages, these tools will work well enough. CleanPrint is available as a browser extension for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. PrintFriendly is available as a web service, as a bookmarklet, and as Chrome and Firefox extensions.

PrintFriendly

CleanPrint


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priPrinter

This tool is likely to be an overkill for most people; however, if printing websites and documents is something that you do on a daily basis, then priPrinter might be worth exploring. This utility installs itself as a Printer driver, and allows you to preview and edit absolutely anything you print on your system. priPrinter has a strikingly feature packed document editor that allows you to reformat your data and remove unnecessary elements. It also comes with an ink saving mode, and can further save costs by printing multiple pages on a single sheet of paper. And if you are still not satisfied, this tool has its own scripting language, with which you can create buttons with custom actions, automate repetitive tasks, make custom layout or even automatically change pages before print preview.

priPrinter

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3 Free Windows Utilities to Reclaim Disk Space and Boost System Performance

Hard disk prices have plummeted over the years, and within a remarkably short span of time we’ve progressed from talking about storage space in gigabytes to terabytes. Recovering every little megabyte of disk space from the operating system is no longer as crucial as it might have been a few years back. Nevertheless, it still makes sense from a performance point of view to give your system a little spring cleaning. Of course, if you have shelled out the big bucks to get a Solid State Disk, disk space might still be a scarce resource for you. SSDs are now more affordable than ever before, but still expensive enough for storage space to be a constraint. Here are three free utilities to help you remove junk from your system.

CCleaner

There are plenty of junk cleaners, but CCleaner is probably the most popular and trusted one. I’m not going to dwell a lot on this tool, because chances are that you already know about it. Piriform CCleaner cleans up temp files, junk files, log files, memory dumps, and other unnecessary system files as well as temporary files left behind by third party apps. It supports over a dozen third party applications including Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, Nero, Microsoft Office, and all popular browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Flock, Rockmelt, Maxthon, Avant, and more).

CCleaner-Windows

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DiskMax

DiskMax is another disk clean-up tool. I reserve this for the times when I’m really short on space. It cleans up stuff that CCleaner leaves behind. They say that with more power comes responsibility, and that’s definitely applicable for DiskMax. The Detailed Scan deletes unused hibernation and page files, Microsoft Office installer cache, logs, .sav files, memory dumps, windows update backups, and more. If you want to reclaim even more space, it even offers a Deep Scan mode which cleans up files based on extension from all folders. However, I would advise against employing Deep Scan unless absolutely necessary. Even without Deep Scan I often end up reclaiming several gigabytes of storage space with DiskMax. You can find an earlier review here.

DiskMax

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Should I Remove It

If the sheer number of installed apps overwhelm you, then this tool is for you. It identifies and highlights apps that you can and should remove from your system. It lists all installed apps along with an average user rating and the percent of users that have decided to remove it. This can be really handy in identifying crapware, malware, and even apps that are just not very good or necessary. There’s also a “What is it?” button which opens up a webpage with more detailed information about a program, including the features offered by it and the risks presented. Here’s a sample information page. ‘Should I Remove It’ also supports real time monitoring. Once enabled, it will quietly run in the background, and alert you as soon as you try to install an app with a low rating.

Should-I-Remove-It

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How to Avoid Accidental TV Show Spoilers on Social Media [iOS, Android, Google Chrome]

Game of Thrones is back on TV, and has wasted no time in delivering the shocking game changers that it’s famous for. Over the past three seasons, the show has managed to amass a massive and vocal fan base. The HBO original based on the fantasy books “A Song of Ice and Fire” invariably manages to trend every week soon after it airs. However, for those of us who haven’t read the books and don’t watch the show during its initial broadcast, this poses a big challenge. Short of completely avoiding Twitter and Facebook, it’s almost impossible to remain spoiler free among all the #redwedding and #purplewedding chatter. Thankfully, as always, there’s a better and an easier solution!

Spoiler-Shield-Main

The first option is an Android and iOS app called Spoiler Shield. It is actually a Twitter and Facebook client, which automatically hides everything on your stream about the TV series that you don’t want to get spoiled about. Spoiler Shield also supports NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL, and other sports and live events. It ships with a list of shields, and all you need to do is enable the ones that you want.

Shields-in-Spoiler-Shield

Spoiler Shield is well designed, intuitive, and easy to use. However, quite obviously, it can’t replace dedicated Facebook and Twitter clients. It probably isn’t even meant to do so. You should probably only use it when you’re weary of getting spoiled. For example, the day of the Academy Awards, the day Netflix releases House of Cards, and of course the day Game of Throne airs. All the essential options including tweeting and retweeting for Twitter, and liking and replying for Facebook are included. Blocked posts are replaced with a shield, and in case you can’t hold your curiosity, you can double tap to reveal the hidden content.

Spoiler-Shield-Twitter-Stream

Spoiler Shield promises that a Google Chrome extension is also in the works. However, there’s another similar solution called Silencer that desktop users can use in the meanwhile. Silencer is a Google Chrome extension, which promises to filter spoilers from your social media feed. Like Spoiler Shield, it also comes with pre-configured block lists. Here, they are called Mute Packs. Once again, both TV shows and live events (AFC and NFC matches) are supported. The number of filter packs in Silencer is fewer than Spoiler Shield, but you can manually add terms that you wish to block.

Silencer-Mute-Packs

No automated filtering technology is going to be perfect. However, these two free utilities should make it easier to avoid accidentally spoiling yourself. Take them for a spin, and don’t forget to let us know how well they worked for you.

Keep Tabs on Your Online Spending with SlowPal

PayPal might not be the most loved online payment processor, but it’s still the biggest. And that means that if you buy a lot of stuff online, it’s kind of hard to avoid.

One of the many pain points of PayPal is its transaction log. PayPal’s transaction reporting system is better than my bank’s, but that’s not saying much. Its sluggishness coupled with the lack of meaningful filters makes it a major annoyance for frequent PayPal users. This is where a new web service called SlowPal comes in.

SlowPal pitches itself as a tool to free your PayPal account from reporting hell. It indexes your PayPal transaction logs and presents them in a clean and smart interface. It supports filtering based on transaction types (Authorization, Currency Conversion, Donation, Payment, Refund etc.), transaction status, and currency, in addition to date. Perhaps most crucially, SlowPal makes your transaction log completely searchable.

SlowPal

SlowPal might not be useful to all customers, since anyone but heavy PayPal users are unlikely to feel the need to analyze their PayPal spending in detail. However, it’s going to be a boon for merchants who typically process hundreds and thousands of transactions every day and have a pressing need to keep an eye on their transaction logs.

Right now SlowPal’s biggest shortcoming is that it doesn’t feature any graphical analysis. Since, its focus is on reporting, graphs and trend reports are two features that should be no brainers. Nevertheless, SlowPal is still a large improvement over PayPal’s transaction log. PayPal users will no longer have to take the trouble of manually exporting logs into Excel to perform the simplest of analysis.

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How to Create CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT, CBA Comic Book Archives?

We have been tellings users on how they can open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows or Mac, open CBZ, CBR, CB7 CBT or CBA files on Android and open CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT or CBA files on iOS or iPhone. However, what if you want to create your own Comic book archive?

Well, creating a comic book archive is definitely easy and you can do it yourself easily. The only hard work in creating a CBZ, CBR or CB7 file is first scanning or downloading the images and then naming them in sequence. We’ll take a look at what the exact process is below.

How to Create CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT or CBA Comic Book Archives

The most important step in creating a comic book archive is to first collect all the images you will be using to create the images. You can either download the individual images or scan them and store them some where.

Once you have all the images in place, you will have to rename them so that they are in sequence. For example, you can use the naming convention comicbookname-01.jpg, comicbookname-02.jpg, comicbookname-03.jpg and so on according to the page numbers of the book. Please note that the image extension may wary, so rename them accordingly.

Now once you have arranged the images you are ready to create a comic book archive. Please read the information below to understand how CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT and CBA comic book archives differ.

Important Information for CBR, CBZ and CB7 files

  • CBZ file is also known as Comic Book Zip file and are renamed from a .zip extension
  • CBR file is also known as Comic Book Rar file are renamed from a .rar extension
  • CB7 file is also known as Comic Book 7z file are renamed from a .7z extension
  • CBT file is also known as Comic Book Tar file are renamed from a .tar extension
  • CBA file is also known as Comic Book Ace file are renamed from a .ace extension

Once you have understood the above conventions go ahead and create either a zip file, rar file or 7z file and then rename the files to .cbz extensions if it is a zip file, .cbr file if it is a rar file and .cb7 if it is a 7z file (See: How to Rename File Extensions).

That’s it. Once you have renamed the archive, you can then view the comic book archives on Windows, Mac, Android or iPhone devices.

Bonus Tip: CBZ files are supposed to be the best for viewing comic books. However, you can experiment with different formats to see which one works out for you.

How to Send Books to Amazon Kindle or Kindle App?

I have used several different book readers including Google Books and iBooks but have found the Amazon Kindle app to be the best software to read books on the go. The Kindle Reader is also one of the best ebook readers you can come across.

Send Books/Documents to Kindle

However, there may be times when you already have books from other sources which you would want to read on your Kindle app or Amazon Kindle. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can easily upload books from your computer to your Kindle library by connecting it to your PC.

Also Read: How to Convert ePub Books to Kindle Formats | How to Open and Convert .lit Books

If you are using a Kindle app on Android or iPhone device, you do not have this feature. You can use several other methods though to upload your personal eBooks and documents to Kindle.

One of easiest way to upload your personal documents and books to your Kindle library is to send the books through email to your personal Kindle email address which can be found at this page. To be able to use this service, you will have to register your device for Personal documents and then also add approved email addresses from which you can send documents to your Kindle.

In addition to that, you can also use an app called “Send to Kindle” which will allow you to upload documents directly from your PC or Mac to your Personal Documents in Kindle library, while also allowing you to directly send those books or documents to your registered Kindle device.

While using the “Send to Kindle” app, your documents will be converted to a Kindle specific output which you can then read using the Kindle app or Kindle reader device.

Tips and Tricks: Clear Up the Clutter With Outlook.com

Microsoft has been touting its new take on an old service, Outlook.com. Basically, they are offering a preview of what will eventually take the place of Hotmail.com. Most of the changes so far are cosmetic however, there are a few features worth noting. Today, I want to show you how you can keep your inbox clutter free using some of Outlook.com’s cleanup features.

If you’re like me, you like to subscribe to blogs and newsletters in the hopes that *someday* you’ll get to read all of them. For me, that someday usually never comes. I usually end up with a cluttered mess in my inbox. Outlook.com has a really simple way to help you manage the newsletters. In the screenshot below, you can see where I’ve highlighted a couple of options that Outlook.com adds to your messages. Outlook.com can help you unsubscribe to unwanted mailings or it can schedule an automatic cleanup.

Cleanup Options

If you click on “unsubscribe” you will get something similar to the screenshot pictured below.

Block Message

In this particular instance, Outlook.com doesn’t recognize any unsubscribe information from the sender so it offers to block everything from this sender. Outlook.com will also delete everything from this sender to help you clean up space in your inbox. In my case, this seemed a little extreme so I clicked out of this box and chose the other option which is “schedule automatic cleanup”.

Pictured below, you can see the “Schedule Cleanup” window. You have a few options here. In my case, I really only needed to see the most recent message so I chose to “only keep the latest message from this sender”. Notice though, that you can choose to delete messages that are a certain amount of days old or you can move messages that are a certain amount of days old into a folder. Be careful with the last box on the bottom. It says “Do this for everything in the Newsletters category”. This means any message that Outlook.com recognizes as a newsletter, it will perform this same action from here on out. Use this with caution.

Schedule Automatic Cleanup

I hope this tip will help you keep your inbox clutter free and help you focus on the messages that are the most important to you. Keep coming back as we will certainly be doing more tips as Outlook.com rolls out new features.