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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Get Popular on the Internet

We all wish to be popular. But unfortunately, getting popular is not so easy in the real world. However, in the cyber world of which we all are part of, it is not so tough if you follow some tips given below. Now what are you waiting for? Bring your pen and paper start taking notes on how to become famous.

1.  Start a Website: You might have heard the cliche, "everyone popular has a website." But fortunately, you don't have to be famous to have a website. You can have your website made from a specialist or can make it yourself. Just choose a topic you like, get your pen...err... keyboard ready and start creating killer content for which people would come back again and again.

2.  Start a Blog: Some bloggers are ridiculously famous. No matter what they write, people like it and start praising them. Although such wizardry would have no reason in the real world, the cyber world has a reason for everything. To become one such popular blogger, the basic thing required is killer content. The second most important thing is being regular in posting articles, and probably the most important thing required is humility. You can have your self hosted blog or choose any of the free blog hosting platforms. The two leading ones are Blogger and WordPress.



3.  Join Facebook: Facebook is the second most visited website on the internet after Google. Almost everyone is on Facebook. Having so much traffic each day makes Facebook a potential advertising target. Just join Facebook, add everyone you know as a friend and also add the friends of your friends to your friends list.

Create a Facebook fan page and add a link to your website and blog on it. Observe what people like on Facebook and start a postathon of posting such articles. 'Like' other people's posts and give genuine comments on them. There is a good chance that they might get to your fan page and start following you.


get popular online

4.  Join Twitter: Twitter helps you share the latest buzz on the internet. Everyone well-known is on Twitter. Be it Tom Cruise or Sachin Tendulkar, Twitter has left no one untouched. So why shouldn't you be on Twitter too? Join Twitter and start following people. It is more than likely that they will follow you in return. Be controversial but only to a limit. Moreover, tweet on any latest buzz you might see on the internet. e.g. Octopus Paul was the fairly popular on the internet in World Cup 2010. A lot more than many people tweeted about it. Most of them are popular on the internet.

5.  Join Social Networking Sites: Aside from Twitter and Facebook, join all the social networking sites you can think of. Try to be an active member of the community and take part in discussions. People will eventually start liking you and will be pulled to click on your profile. Have an amazing profile and do not forget to add a link to your website, blog, Facebook fan page and Twitter account.

6.  Join Forums: Be helpful in forums. Welcome new members and don't discourage newbies. Always encourage them and remember that there are people on the other side of your computer reading what you are typing. If you do all this, people will feel that they are under a charm and will click on your profile. Again don't forget to add a link to your website, blog, Twitter account and Facebook fan page in your profile.

7.  Your Profile:  Having a well written profile for uploading in social networking sites, your blog and website will help make you notorious much sooner. Remember to have a descriptive profile, with a slight comic touch. People will praise your profile and will be attracted to you like bears to honey.

8.  Start Commenting: Give intelligent comments on other blogs/websites with a link to your website/blog. But remember not to give spammy comments followed by a link. Use the Name/URL field to give a link. Try to correct other blogs and suggest improvements in the posted articles but remember not to become too much of a corrector. People don't like such commentators.

I am pretty sure that if you follow all of the suggestions given above, you will also become popular on the internet in no time and would also join the elite group of famous people.
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Use Keyboard as Mouse [How To]

If your mouse is not working and you don't wish to wait till you get a new mouse, you would definitely like to know how you can use your keyboard as mouse. It is easy to use your mouse as keyboard in Windows using the On Screen Keyboard utility, but it is also possible to do the reverse.


Keyboard Mouse

All you need to do is:

Windows XP Users:-
  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Then click on Switch to Classic View.
  3. Then Click on Accessibility Options.
  4. Then Click on the Mouse Tab.
  5. Select Use MouseKeys.
  6. Click on OK.
  7. Then activate NumberLock (by pressing the NumLk key).
  8. You should hear a beep sound.
  9. Now you can control the mouse pointer using the arrow keys on the numeric keypad.
use keyboard as mouse


Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista Users:

  1. Open Ease of Access Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking Ease of Access Center.
  2. Click Make the mouse easier to use.
  3. Under Control the mouse with the keyboard, select the Turn on Mouse Keys check box.

You can also increase the acceleration and speed of your mouse movements according to your needs.

You can alternately press the Alt+Shift+Num Lock combination to instantly activate Mouse keys.

Laptop Keyboard Mouse

For laptops, this will only work if your keyboard has a numeric keypad or alternate keys which you can enable by pressing the Number Lock or the Function key.

On my laptop, number 6 key of the numeric keypad moves the mouse pointer left, number 4 key moves the mouse pointer right, number 2 key moves it down, number 8 key moves the mouse pointer up, number 5 and + key serve as right click while the number 0 key works as left click.
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Blogging Your Way into an Admissions Office

Blogging’s humble roots started with individuals basically keeping online journals they opened up to share with the world. They’ve come a long way and are now considered an excellent news source as well as a great place for reviews, previews and general reactions.


Stepping into that arena requires a ton of organization, leadership abilities and excellent writing skills.
Admissions counselors and internship supervisors are becoming more likely to check for your online footprint before accepting you. Having an established blog can be a great boon to your resume, since it automatically tells them something about you that your MBA degree can’t.

You’re a strong writer.

Weak writers don’t become popular bloggers anymore. The internet is flooded, and sub-par blog posts aren’t the ones that will be read. If your page authority is above a two, it’s incredibly likely that you’re either a strong writer or you’re talking about writing code, which is about the only subject that still harbors poor grammar.

In addition to that, it shows versatility. One week you may write a review of “Trueblood,” and another week you may be talking about the implications of a new policy change in your community. Even your ability to handle a topic in several different ways will show that you’re able to adapt your writing to different circumstances.

If you add more than just words to your blog, it can also show your photography talent or ability to speak clearly in front of a camera.

You have serious networking talent.

Blog Networking
People—especially those in Academia—will talk about networking until they fall over. But it’s a skill that can’t really be taught. Networking relies on being able to reach out to your fellow human being and make a connection. A process that simple can’t be formulated and pass along in career development packets.

If you’ve ever guest posted, or had someone else write a guest post for you, you’ve networked. Likely, you’ve done it frequently. Having someone feature one of your posts or contacting another blog owner about sharing ideas is all networking.

It’s a nuanced skill set, and most people aren’t lucky enough to have a portfolio full of examples at their disposal. While other candidates flounder around for an example of a time when they’ve networked, all you have to do is name your URL and show them all of the times you’ve made connections.

You’re responsible.

Responsible blog owners post at least once a week. They make a point of responding to their commenters and carrying on civil dialogue. If their site is popular, they may even end up moderating their comments and deciding who to censor.

None of those acts are light on time commitments. Some of them require tackling complex moral issues that even professional newspapers haven’t quite figured out yet.

Blog owners are also responsible for the content they post. If they don’t do their research and point to something as a fact, they’re deliberately misleading their readers by way of their negligence. Bloggers have a duty to report the facts, and most of them take this seriously. 

And you’re smart enough to read this caveat:

Blogging admissions resume
If your blog is politically inflammatory, all about your stuffed animal named Fred or your attempt to become the next relationship writer for Salon Magazine—do not link it in any way to your name or your e-mail address. Start a new e-mail address to apply to colleges with, and don’t use your former one as a recovery e-mail address.

A bad blog will show admissions staff exactly the opposite of what you want them to see. Consider deleting posts you regret and putting some refining touches on posts you may not have spent much time considering before pressing “publish.”

On the other hand, you may want to consider starting a “best of” series so you can bump your best posts to the top, in plain view of whoever may be searching for you. If you’re proud of your blog, don’t be afraid to list it with your contact information on your resume. 

Keep your blog clean and well-written, and your resume just may jump to the top of the pile.
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Connect a Laptop or Desktop Computer to a TV Easily

Suppose you wish to watch a movie or share a slide-show of pictures with your family on your PC but have a screen that leaves much to be desired. In such a situation, you can connect your computer to a television screen to allow your entire family to enjoy comfortably.


Connect Laptop Computer to Television
There are many ways in which you can connect your laptop/ computer to a television. However, the overall video quality will be different for different methods. You can choose which one to use based on the quality or the availability of hardware. The first step is to know what type of ports and connections your TV and computer have. If you already know the type of ports and connections available on your hardware, you can directly jump to Step 2. If not, then the different types of ports are explained in detail below:-

Connect PC or Laptop to TV
Different types of PC to TV connection ports
1) RCA/Composite: The oldest and the lowest quality connection available. They are the Yellow, Red and White connections most of us are familiar with. Yellow is used for composite video, white for left analog audio and red for right analog audio.

2) S-Video: S-Video or Super Video offers slightly better quality than Composite connections. As it is one of the oldest type of connections available, most televisions and computers have it. There are two types of S-Video ports, one containing 4 pins and the other containing 7 pins. This type of connection is used only for video. So you will need to connect an audio cable from your computer's headphone jack to the red and white audio inputs on your TV if you want audio to work.

3) VGA(Video Graphics Array): Most computers and televisions have a VGA port. It offers much better quality than S-Video and should be preferred if you have a HDTV. Older CRT TVs however, will not have a VGA port and will require a PC to Television converter. Just like S-Video, VGA also does not support audio and will require an additional audio cable.

Laptop Computer to TV
Different types of connecting cables to connect computers to TVs
4) DVI: Digital Video Interface offers much better quality than VGA connections. Most laptop computers and HD TVs will have these connections. Just as the name suggest, this type of connection can be used only with digital TVs. Also like the previous two, DVI connections also require the use of an audio cable for audio to work.

5) HDMI: The highest quality connections available. Most HD TVs will have this connection, however, chances are that your computer would not. If your computer happens to have a HDMI connection port, this should be preferably used. If your computer doesn't, you can use an HDMI to DVI adapter to convert HDMI to DVI.
connect laptop to tv

Step 2: Once a common type of port between the two devices is recognized, you will need the right connector cable to physically connect them. The different types of connector cables are pictured above. If you do not find two matching types of connection ports, you will need an adapter to make the connections type match.

Step 3: After connecting the two devices, on your TV, select the external input with which your TV is connected to the computer. It may be HDMI1 or AV1 depending on how you have made the connection. This is much similar to how you select input from your DVD player.

If you have followed the steps correctly, your TV should now be displaying your computer's screen.

Important: If your computer is not recognizing the external display, you must connect the TV before starting your computer. If the picture appears distorted, you will need to change the screen resolution of your TV by altering the display settings from your computer. Most older TVs will support only one display resolution while newer TVs will support plenty of them.
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How To Get Started With Video Marketing

Video marketing is basically a concept where companies or individuals come up with videos that are useful to the customer and also have some marketing message somewhere in the content. It could be an email address, a website or a telephone number. Usually, it is a very effective way of marketing; below is how to get started with it.

Video Marketing
What Kind of Video Content Do I Need?
Make sure your content is short. Typically, viewers have a lot of material competing for their attention. If your material is too long, there is a big chance that they will not see it to the end. Generally, your video should not be more than three minutes. Ideally, the shorter the material, the more likely the viewer will view it to the end.

Keep It Simple
Make everything simple, easy to follow and on point. Precise material is generally what people are looking for; beating around the bush is never a good idea. If you are bringing in a new product in the market and want to show users how it works, present it in a manner a layman can follow; in short, keep everything as simple as possible.

Video Placement
Make sure that your video is placed on strategically important websites. As a rule, if you are a fisherman, you will only throw your net in waters perceived to have more fish. This is not that much different in this business, putting your material in websites that viewers are likely to visit basically increases the chances of them actually viewing your content.

The Call to Action
Make sure your video has some call for action somewhere at the end. This could be a prompt to visit a certain website or contact a certain email or telephone number. This is important because it gives your target audience a chance to contact you while the idea is still fresh in their mind.

Editing is Everything
Hire an expert editor. A specialist is able to edit your content into something that can easily become a viral video. If you are unable to hire someone because of financial issues, you can always use a do it yourself software. In short, your material needs to be edited professionally to give it that perfect look.

Promote It Socially
Make sure you distribute your content to several social media networks. Dispensing your material in popular Social media networks is a big plus in your efforts to land potential clients. In social networks, it is very easy to receive thousands of views if you are providing helpful material.

Use the Right Text Descriptions
Take advantage of keywords. Generally, you should put five to seven keywords that are relevant to what the content is talking about. If a person were to search for a video with a keyword relevant to your material, chances are that your content would get a hit.

Invest in Good Equipment
Use the right equipment. While anyone can take a video with their phone and upload it, doing the same in marketing is never a good idea. You need to buy or hire a camera; lighting equipment and other tools that will make your videos look refined. This will give your content that touch of class you are looking for. Also, people will take your material more seriously if it looks elegant, special and professional.

Content Really Is King
Consult on how to get content that will appeal to the audience you intend to communicate to. It is not an easy thing to find material that will charm a particular group of people. You could be offering the right content but if it is not attractive to the target audience, they will not view it. If your target audience is the youth, using a young person or an influential personality they consider hip can be a good way to get their attention.

Summary - What We've Learned
In conclusion, to get started in this marketing strategy, you must offer content that is actually useful; people want solutions to problems, helpful material is basically what they are looking for. Secondly, you need to keep things short, precise and on point, nobody wants to watch a fifty minute video. Third, place the content on strategic websites; this way, viewers are able to access it with ease which is essentially what you want.

Fourth, any marketing content should have a call for action at the end. This basically presents the viewer with an opportunity to reach you. Fifth, you need to work with professionals; they have a way of making the material look better. Other things you should incorporate include use of keywords, using the right equipment and appealing to the target audience. Basically, that's how to get started with video marketing.

About the Author
This is a guest post by Jacob Dorcas. He works for Online Clock.
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Facebook Scams and How to Tackle Them

Online scams are ever increasing. Almost in every phase of the online world, you will come across scams. Social networks are no exception for such malicious activity. Recently, millions of accounts from LinkedIn and eHarmony were compromised. Facebook seeing danger has updated its security and is advising its users regarding various scams and how to fight them back.


Facebook Scams

‘Please send money scam’
An unknown account sends a message stating that he/she has been mugged. Descriptions of events seem accurate including real names and places. Finally, the sender requests a certain sum, which will enable him/her to return home safely.

Facebook has attributed such scams as ‘Please send money scams’. The sender’s account is either fake or has been taken over by cyber criminals. On receiving ‘please send money scam’ messages, Facebook advices to report/block the account.

Phishing
Phishing is a common way to to hack account(s). Phishing links are sent within messages or through chats.

Phishing links through messages:
A message, which has scrambled words with funny fonts, is the first indication of a Phishing attack. Typo errors and misspelled words are other significant signs to look for. Such messages will be themed around offering gifts such as coins, jewels or any other artifacts. Finally, you will be asked to click on a link placed at the bottom of the message. Immediately report accounts who send such messages.

Phishing links in chats:
If any strange links appear while chatting, then beware. The account through which phished links appeared while chatting is probably compromised. Report the link immediately. However, doing so will not affect the account. Only the link will be considered for review by Facebook’s security team.

What to do if I had clicked on Phishing link accidentally?
If accidentally, a phishing link is clicked, go to password settings  in your profile and change your password immediately. This will eliminate any Phishing threat. It is important to ensure that your new password is hard to crack.

Malicious Script Scam
Often you will come across Facebook applications requesting to copy a certain script and paste it in your browser. Such scripts are malicious in nature. For instance, some applications will provide a list of your profile visitors when the script is pasted in your browser. Apart from showing recent visitors, these applications send events and messages to your friend list. These applications and scripts should be avoided. A screenshot of one such application is shown below:

Malicious Scrip Scam

Suspicious emails:
Occasionally, some emails will request to reset your password, give a warning or will be about notifications. These mails are so convincing that they appear to be from Facebook. A request to click at the link provided at the bottom of the message should alert you. To check the validity of the link, right click and copy it. Later paste it on a separate tab and make sure that the URL starts as www.facebook.com.

Note: Facebook will never request your password through emails.

Suspicious Notifications:
Never click on links within suspicious notifications. For instance, you will receive a notification stating that you had requested a password reset albeit you never had requested. Other suspicious notifications include the ones notifying you of registration of a new Facebook account. With the help of your email provider, mark these mails as spam.

Cyber criminals are on the rise. It is your responsibility to safeguard your Facebook account. Next time you are using Facebook, be extra cautious.
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How to Unblock Websites at School, Work, Home or Anywhere

Internet censorship has grown drastically over the past few years with countries like China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran taking the lead over others in blocking sources of free unbiased information. China is known to have even forced Google to filter its search results. Government censorship is not the only reason why websites are blocked. Some network administrators also prevent users from accessing certain websites which they believe are of no use in places such as schools and sometimes, even offices. In such times, you may need to access a website that is blocked. This article explains how.

Which websites are most commonly Blocked?

Unblock Websites
The most commonly blocked websites include websites about pop culture, health, medicine, women, religion and politics. Social websites are also often blocked and include the likes of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit, Digg, Hulu, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Blogger (Blogspot), MySpace, Bebo, Flickr, Yahoo! Messenger, Typepad, Technorati, StumbleUpon and Delicious. Sites like Google News, Wikipedia, Wikileaks and eBay are also blocked at certain places.

Access Blocked Websites at School, Work or Anywhere

There are many genuine reasons for which you might want to visit blocked websites at your school or office. Given below are the ways you can use to regain access to the blocked website you wish to visit.

1. Cache method: Most search engines maintain a cache of web pages indexed by them. You can search for a website on Google , Yahoo! or Bing and click on the cached link that is given next to the result. To load the web pages more quickly, you can visit the text-only version. Since the website is provided from the search engine's servers, it can be used to overcome IP address and URL based filtering.

2. Using Google Mobile Search: For users browsing on a slow mobile internet connection, Google Mobile search removes all CSS styling and JavaScript to present a stripped down version of the web page from Google's own server. As the content is provided from Google's servers, the blocking software feels that you are visiting Google, whereas in reality, you are viewing the blocked website. Go to Google Mobile Search. To visit the website of your choice, just replace tweakandtrick.com in the URL with the address of the website. Despite the name, Google Mobile Search can be accessed from your PC as well.

3. Access blocked websites with Google Translate. You can use translation service from Google to visit blocked websites. To do so, enter a language different from the website's language in the 'From' field and English in the "To" field. You can also use this method to bypass software that block websites on the basis of specific keyword mentions. Just translate the URL you wish to visit in a different language to overcome the keyword block.

4. Create a 2 layered unblocker: Go to Google Translate, open any proxy website inside it and then use that proxy website to access your blocked website. In this way, you can achieve two layered website unblocking.

5. Use RSS Readers for accessing restricted blogs: All blogs syndicate their content via RSS feeds which you can subscribe to in web based RSS readers like Feedly to access blocked content. For example, the RSS feed of this blog is located at http://feeds.tweakandtrick.com/tweakandtrick.

6. To access a blocked website, you can enter its IP address instead of the URL in your browser's address bar. This can bypass most basic forms of website blocks. Although if the blocking software maps the IP address to the website domain, the website will still remain blocked. You can find the IP address of any website by pinging the website domain name in the Command Prompt in Windows (Terminal in other operating systems) and noting its IP address. Execute ping www.tweakandtrick.com in the Command Prompt to ping www.tweakandtrick.com.

7. Use IP Address to Decimal conversion: If you cannot access your blocked website by entering its IP address, you can enter the decimal equivalent of the URL's IP address to get access to it. Search Google for IP to Decimal + IP Address of the banned website and Google will convert it into decimal. Enter that into your browser's address bar and see if the blocked website opens.

8. Nyud.net: To unblock blocked websites, just add nyud.net to their URL. For example, if this blog (www.tweakandtrick.com) is blocked, you can visit it by going to www.tweakandtrick.com.nyud.net.

9. Opera Mini Simulator: Opera Mini, the mobile browser for users with a slow internet connection, can be installed on your computer. You can use this PC version to visit blocked websites as Opera Mini accesses content from Opera's servers instead of accessing it from the servers on which the website is hosted. Most websites will load through this method, although the quality of the results obtained may not be that good for JavaScript heavy websites.

10. TOR: TOR or The Onion Router is a free software that protects the privacy and security of its users by channeling data through multiple nodes so as to prevent the original data from being unscrambled. Although browsing through TOR is a bit slow, it is one of the most effective ways of bypassing restricted websites and protecting your privacy.

11. Proxy websites: There are many proxy websites (anonymizers) which open blocked websites on their servers and present the data to you. This hides the address of the website you are trying to visit from your internet service provider. Few popular free ones include Anonymouse and KProxy.

12. VPN software: VPN or Virtual Private Network software can be described as a tunnel under the public network that offers more anonymity than proxy websites as it also encrypts the data transferred by the blocked website thus, offering complete anonymity. Although most VPN software are available as paid software only, HotSpotShield is a popular free alternative.

13. IP hiding software: Sometimes, websites block users on a particular IP address from visiting themselves. In such cases, free IP hiding software like UltraSurf can be used to visit them. While free software offer very less features as compared to paid ones, they are still effective for overcoming most common blocks.

14. Changing DNS servers: A common way of blocking websites is preventing DNS servers from giving the locations of the blocked website's servers. In such a scenario, changing your DNS servers to those of OpenDNS or Google DNS will be your best option to get over the block. As an additional advantage, this can also increase your internet speed.

15. Edit your host files: Some malware and blocking software edit your host files and add a website's address in them to prevent you from visiting it. In such a scenario, you can edit your host file with Notepad by visiting “C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc” if C is your system drive. In Windows 10, Windows 8(.1), Windows 7, a warning from UAC might be displayed.
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