Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Facebook.com is the most popular social media site that connects people and allows them to upload photos, videos and share links. It is currently the second most visited site in the world (just behind Google) and the best and number 1 social networking site worldwide. Launched in 2004, it has quickly grown through the years and has now over one billion active users around the globe with the reputation as the most used social networking service in the world.
Not easy to download albums within Facebook interface
Behind the success of Facebook, are the account holders, its own users. It is fairly easy to upload your pictures and videos in Facebook, however, it is a pain and grief to download your own photos and videos that belong to you. The old fashion way of saving photos in your computer is the Right-click > Save image as procedure. This method is time-consuming and very labor intensive. The process allows you to save only one image at a time. What if a user has albums with hundreds of photos in each album? It will take you forever to download them all! What a shame. This is something that Facebook staff, developers and programmers have to work on and improve upon. Remember that it is the users that made Facebook the best photo-sharing site so Facebook must also provide an easy way to download a group of pictures in a user's album. Because the pictures are the users' own property, Facebook must provide a convenient and easy way to download Facebook albums. Sadly, this is not the case.
Ways to download Facebook albums
There are a few methods how to download your albums from Facebook. One way is register to a site, login and then find your photos and download (Pick and Zip). Some site offers applications for photo downloading but at the same time include a toolbar coupled with numerous annoying offers (fbDownloader). Other sites allow you to create photo book and download features (Blurb). This is extra work.
Best way to download Facebook albums
Among the options mentioned above, the easiest way to download facebook albums is through your browser. There was a Firefox plugin called FacePAD which allows one-click download of Facebook albums. Unfortunately, it is now unavailable because it has been removed by the author. The good news is, there is a better and easier alternative, the facepaste Firefox addon. The best of all, is that it is free, easy and it is through a Firefox browser plug-in. This means you don't have to register to a site and create another user account, no malicious and deceptive toolbars, no annoying software or advertisements which often install suspicious programs in your computer, a frustrating waste of time, effort, space and computer resource.
How to install facepaste Firefox plugin (Facebook album downloader):
a. Open Firefox internet browser.
b. Go to Tools > Add-ons > On the search bar, type facepaste.
c. Install facepaste. This awesome and powerful Firefox browser addon by Delan Azabani is simply the best, fastest and easiest Facebook album downloader.
d. Restart Firefox.
e. Login to your Facebook.com account.
How to download single albums in Facebook using facepaste Firefox plug-in:
1. Open the album you want to download in Facebook.
2. Right click on any picture on the album.
3. Select Download Facebook album(s).
4. On the Albums white box, click on the album you want to download.
5. On the Options, Save Photos to, click the ? button and select which folder in your computer you want your photos or videos to be downloaded.
6. Select the Output file naming of your pictures.
7. Choose which action when album folder already exists in your computer.
8. Click Start button.
How to download multiple albums in Facebook using facepaste Firefox add-on:
1. Click on the Album button in Facebook.
2. Once all your Photo Albums show in Facebook, right-click on any album and Select Download Facebook album(s). Facepaste will load a list of all your albums available for download on your PC, tablet, or laptop.
3. Click on the albums you want to download. For multiple selections of albums, press and hold the CTRL (Control button) and click on the albums for downloading.
4. Follow steps 5 to 8 on the Procedure for single album downloads above.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This is an example of blocking a device from accessing an ip address so that it can not download information from a specific ip address from the internet. I have a WD LIVE TV streaming media player and it is popping up to update to a firmware, however, after reading from the WD support forums, numerous users complained of so many problems after the firmware update. Most of them have to revert back to the original firmware. To prevent the message from prompting to the device or your smart TV, the ip address of support.wdc.com must be blocked in your router. Here is the procedure below:
How to block an ip address in your router:
5. In the command prompt, type the following:
6. Note the ip address 126.96.36.199
7. Open internet browser
8. Type 192.168.0.1
9. Press Enter
10. Login to your router
11. Enter your admin password
12. Go to Firewall (or Security) depends on the brand of your network router
13. Click Access Control (or Filter) depends on the brand of your home router
14. On Customer Defined Filtering Table, Add 188.8.131.52
For HTTP: (port 80)
LAN IPs: single address
Start IP: 184.108.40.206
From port: 80
To port: 80
For HTTPS: (port 443)
LAN IPs: single address
Start IP: 220.127.116.11
From port: 443
To port: 443
Do the same instructions and steps with the other Western Digital ip address 18.104.22.168
14a. On Firewall > URL Blocking:
Put a check mark on Enable Keyword Blocking
On Keyword/Domain name, press ADD KEYWORD and type the following keywords:
After doing all the steps above, you should see the two ip addresses BLOCKED. To check this, open an internet browser and type:
your browser should provide a message saying:
This page has been blocked based on your settings
To continue browsing, either use your back button or enter a new web address
The blocked page:
matches the following signature:
The router will block support.wdc.com so that your TV and the WD TV LIVE will not update with the new firmware software.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Skype is one of the best free video calling program, no doubt about it, tried, tested and proven through the years, being used by millions all over the world to communicate with loved ones. Because of this popularity, the developers of Skype are taking advantage of the people. One serious complaint by millions of users is the Skype update right after start up. This is so VERY ANNOYING & FRUSTRATING. Don't bother people on updates! To make it worse, the program has no way of setting up to disable prompting auto-update notifications in its Tools, Options, or Preferences. This is real nightmare to pop up updates everytime!
The solution to this problem is not within the program, what a shame. To stop this update popup, disable it in Windows services.
How to disable Skype Update service:
1. Click Start
3. Type services.msc
4. Find SKYPE UPDATER
5. Right click Skype Updater
7. Startup type
Friday, December 28, 2012
Saving Bookmarks in Firefox:
1. Click Bookmarks on the menu.
2. Show All Bookmarks.
3. Import and Backup.
5. Choose filename (.json).
Restoring Bookmarks in Firefox:
1. Click Bookmarks on the menu.
2. Show All Bookmarks.
3. Import and Backup.
5. Choose file.
6. Select the file you saved on Backup (e.g. bookmarks-2012-12-28.json).
7. Click Open.
8. Revert Bookmarks: This will replace all of your current bookmarks with the backup. Are you sure?
9. Press OK.
10. On the Mozilla Firefox browser, click View.
12. Bookmarks Toolbar.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
1. Open up a Google web search.
2. On the search box, type "site.yourblogsiteurl.com/". Note that the http:// is removed.
3. Your deleted post is still on Google's cache. From the search results, find your deleted post that you want to recover from the cached version.
4. Press CTRL + U or Right Click and select View Source.
5. On the html, press F3 or CTRL + F to search for the postID.
6. Copy the postID.
7. Sign in to your Blogger.com (Blogspot.com) account.
8. Go to your Dashboard.
9. Edit on any post on your blog. This is to open the Post Editor.
10. On the address bar, replace the postID with the postID of your deleted blog post.
11. Press Enter.
12. The Post Editor will recover the original content of your deleted post. You can then edit and Publish your post again. The comments will be recovered as well as the original Permalink of the deleted blog post.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
How to clean up, clear up, and secure your Mozilla Firefox internet browser and Internet Explorer browser
How to clean up your Internet Explorer browser:
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. On the menu bar, click Tools.
3. Click Internet Options.
4. On the General tab, under Browsing History, click Delete.
5. Put a checkmark on those you want to clean/clear up:
a. Preserve Favorites website data (cookies and temporary internet files that enable your favorite websites to retain preferences and display faster)
b. Temporary Internet Files (copies of webpages, images, and media that are saved for faster viewing)
c. Cookies (files stored on your computer by websites to save preferences such as login information)
d. History (list of websites you have visited)
e. Form data (saved information that you have typed into forms)
f. Passwords (saved passwords that are automatically filled in when you sign in to a website you've previously visited)
--- this is highly recommended to clear up or clean up to disable automatic logins. If your laptop or desktop computer is stolen or borrowed by someone else, then your personal information and other private important data will be stolen also because they don't have to know the passwords because they are automatically signed in...this is COMMON SENSE that is not so common. Disabling this automatic login and automatic saving of passwords is a very important procedure to secure your browser, computer, and to keep your personal information safe thereby avoiding identity theft.
g. InPrivate Filtering data (saved data used by InPrivate Filtering to detect where websites may be automatically sharing details about your visit)
6. After putting a checkmark on those you want to clean up or clear up, click Delete.
To disable the option to save a password on Internet Explorer (for advanced users only):
1. Click Start.
3. Type regedit to open the Registry Editor.
4. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER --> Software --> Microsoft --> Windows --> CurrentVersion --> Internet Settings
5. Right-click Internet Settings --> New --> DWORD Value.
6. Name it as DisablePasswordCaching.
7. Right-click DisablePasswordCaching --> Modify
8. Under Edit DWORD Value --> Value data:
9. Set the value to 1.
How to clean up your Mozilla Firefox internet browser:
1. Open Firefox.
2. Click Tools then Error Console.
3. Click Clear.
4. Click Tools then Clear Recent History.
5. Under Time range to clear, select Everything.
6. Under Details, select those you want to clean up or clear up:
a. Browsing & Download History
b. Form & Search History
e. Active logins
f. Site Preferences
7. Click Clear Now.
Disable the automatic remembering of passwords to secure your browser & computer:
1. Click Tools.
2. Click Options.
3. Click Security.
4. Under Passwords, make sure to UNCHECK:
a. Remember passwords for sites
b. Use a master password
For additional cleaning on the Firefox browser:
1. Search for the Firefox add-on Vacuum Places Improved.
2. Install the add-on Vacuum Places Improved.
Description of Vacuum Places Improved by Luca Niccoli:
Defragments your Firefox "Places" database (history/bookmarks)
This greatly reduces the lag while typing in the address bar and the start-up time.
This extension features configurable automatic cleaning, periodic reminder, and internationalization.
For further security on your Firefox browser:
1. Search for the Firefox add-on NoScript.
2. Install the add-on NoScript.
Description of NoScript by Giorgio Maone:
The best security you can get in a web browser!
Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
Hosting your own web server may not be practical and economical, unless you have a viable reason for doing so. It takes some expertise, a great deal of time and often it is slow and unreliable which will make you lose visitors to your site. Your home server most probably will experience slow download or upload speeds which would annoy your visitors. Your ISP or Internet Service Provider may not allow you to host your own site at home and block your port number 80. Port 80 is the default port where your home web server is communicating with the world wide web or the internet. Or, in most cases, your ISP may 'throttle' your connection speed. Also you may end up losing money rather than saving dollars. Running a home web server is also a threat to your security. Hackers may gain access to your sensitive files and is therefore a security risk. Generally, it is more economical, not to mention 'peace of mind' to simply sign up for paid hosting company and let your website be hosted by paying a few dollars per year on web hosting sites. Just make sure to check the reputation, quality and value of service of the hosting site where you will get your website hosted. On the other hand however, some people or group would like to host their own website so that they have absolute control of the content and they have the money to pay for fast, reliable service to accomodate great traffic and massive visitors.
How to setup and host your web server from home: (Windows computers)
1. Get a Broadband with high-speed internet connection.
Sign up for an internet connection with a decent download speed especially for video and audio files.
2. Get a DNS hostname.
Obtain a DNS hostname absolutely FREE by going to http://freedns.afraid.org/
Follow the instructions.
3. Get a static IP address.
You will need this to have a permanent address for your home web server. If you have a router, it will automatically assign a non-permanent IP address, that is why you need a permanent address so that people who would like to visit your home web server will be able to access it.
4. Setup your router to allow port forwarding on port 80.
5. Allow Windows Firewall to have exception on port 80.
6. Choose a web server program.
Apache and IIS provides the best quality web servers. Other good alternative web server programs include Nginx, LiteSpeed, Lighttpd, Hiawatha, and Cherokee.
7. If you installed Apache, open a web browser and type http://localhost/.
You should see the default Apache home page. If this is working, then you can change it to your own home page. This is the page where visitors to your website will be directed to.
8. Edit the contents of your website.
If you installed Apache web server, the folder for your web pages will be here:
C:\Program Files\Apache Group\htdocs
The htdocs folder is where you will put your web pages, videos, music, and images, and other files. You can then edit and make updates, add files, change or delete files as you wish. You can then design your own website. Note that your home page should be named "index.html". This is the landing page when visitors access your home website on your own home web server.
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