We use Proxy websites and tools to surf the web anonymously and hide our I.P. address. Sometimes it is also used to bypass location or IP based filter on servers.
As you know that Proxy services changes our IP address which helps us to hide our real IP address from the websites. There are many online proxy websites are available which allow users to surf the web with some fake I.P. without charging a single penny. Only we need to go to the proxy website and enter the URL which we want to access.
But there is a nice Google Chrome proxy Extension, Hide My Ass addon which adds this proxy service to Google and Chrome and thus allows users to change their IP address anytime without going to a separate page for proxy.
How to use Hide my ass Chrome Addon
First of all dowload Hide My Ass! Web Proxy to your chrome browser. After installing this extension, you will see an h icon on the tool bar and it will redirect you to the hidemyass extension settings page.
This settings page allows users to select the proxy services and servers. There are various proxy services and servers are available to choose. After selecting the options, simply save the settings.
Whenever you wich to access a website with the help of proxy, open a blank tab and click on the h icon in the toolbar. When you click on the icon, it will pop up a box which asks for the URL you want to access and click on Proxy. Your URL will open with the I.P. address from the server location you have selected.
You can also check your IP address from WhatIsMy I.P. service. First, go to the whatismyip from the normal connection and then from the proxy. You will see different IP in both cases.
If you’re a Mac user, you know you have to do things a little differently than the people who use PCs. That’s okay, but it can lead to some confusion and annoyance – especially if you’re a new Mac user and having trouble getting what you need.
Want RealVNC? Check.
A great interface? Check.
Plenty of good programs? Check.
A fast processor that can help you do everything quickly and efficiently? Check.
In nutshell, Mac is an awesome OS, and like once you start using iPhone, you don’t look at other phones, similarly when you start using Mac, you will never look at windows or Linux. You should consider reading: 11 reasons why I love mac.
Now, if you are one of those who recently shifted to Mac and looking to get all the software’s installed on your system, there is already a list of must have Mac apps. Now, just to make work easier for Bloggers and webmasters, I’m creating a list of FTP clients for mac, which are not only easier to use but are one of the best in the app market.
Paid and free FTP Clients for mac
Transmit has been around for a while, but it’s still popular. Why? Because it works and it has everything that you would need. It has basic FTP as well as iDisk and Amazon S3 support. This FTP software offers many advance options like multi-connection transfers, Bandwidth limiting, Send SSh command, View security certificate, pane switcher and many more. <Check out transmit>
Cyberduck is another popular FTP client for Mac. It does everything that you need to do with it, and it’s got a decent interface. It won’t wow you with its looks, but it’s not complicated to use and it works. Also, if you are one of those coder who like to edit codes while using FTP, this software will let you edit them using your preferred editor. It also supports, Google cloud storage, rackspace cloud files. Also, if you are a Google drive user, you can manage the same with Cyber duck.What more could you ask for? <Link: Cyberduck>
Flow is another one of the most popular FTP clients for people who use a Mac. All the required features are there, and the interface is fluid and smooth. That makes it easy to work with. The only downfall is that it can be a little unstable, leading to more crashes than some other programs have. One interesting feature about Flow is Droplets, which let you quickly upload files by dragging and dropping. Once file is uploaded, you can automatically copy the link to your clipboard. The only downside is this is a paid app and it cost $10, but again as we know quality always comes with a price tag. You can download Flow directly from Mac app store here.
FileZilla works and will do what you need it to, but it’s a bit ugly and clunky. It doesn’t look like a lot of time was spent with the interface, especially when it came to making it look pretty so it would be inviting to use. You might want to give this one a pass based on that, although it does work properly if you don’t mind the look of it. Though, I use FIleZilla on my Windows OS, and love it, but for Mac, I suggest you to check out other alternative, which matches with elegant design of Mac.
Fetch looks much better, but that’s mostly because it’s a minimalist design. That keeps it from being cluttered, and you can make the size of the window large or small. It doesn’t have a second pane, though, or any extra support features for Amazon or iDisk. It’s strictly basic FTP, and costs a bit much for what you get. It supports Mac OS X 10.5 and above and is a paid tool again. Though, they offer 15 days trial which is good enough for you to get started. Like flow, it also offer droplets for quick uploading and supports wide range of FTP servers.
Speed Download is one of the most common download managers for Mac. Now it handles FTP, too, making it a good bargain and something that a lot of Mac users are already familiar with. Though, it’s a paid mac app and you need to purchase it for $25. Though, you can always buy in bulk for multiple macs and get it for cheaper price.
7) Yummy is another one of the mediocre offerings. It does what it should, but there’s no flair to it. They offer 30 days free trial or you can buy it for $29, I would rather spend $10 in buying Flow app. For the price, there are plenty of better options.
Web-hosting is one of the most crucial parts of any website. A bad web hosting may bring lots of downtimes, and it’s not good for your online business. WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms and no doubt it’s memory hogging software.
Especially if you are using free web hosting, within some time, you might face lots of issues with your hosting. Best advice would always start by picking one of the best WordPress Hosting sites.
This tutorial is for all those who are looking to migrate their server from one host to another host. Migrating WordPress blog from one host to another is not some rocket science, and with a good piece of tech knowledge, you can perform the hosting migration yourself.
1) Taking Your Database backup
Login to your host cPanel
Go to your MYSQL/PHP MYADMIN, where you have the actual database of your site
Click on Export in PHPMYADMIN
Take a backup of all the tables in SQL format
2) Downloading a copy of Wp-content folder
Login to your FTP
Go to your WordPress files
Download Wp-Content folder to your hard drive (Even you can drag wp-content folder to your Desktop to download)
3) Installing WordPress on new server
Install WordPress on your new host (Automatically through Fantastico from cPanel or WordPress Manually)
Now login to your new host FTP
Delete wp-content from the set of WordPress files
Transfer the backed up Wp-content folder via FTP to your host
4) Import Database
Login to your new host
Go to MYSQL/PHP MY ADMIN
Click on Import
Select the exported file using CHOOSE FILE option
Click on ‘Go’ to import it
5) Change Name Servers
Login to your client area of Domain Registrant.
Go to Domain Management.
Look for DNS and go there.
Change the name servers to your new host.
Name server changes will take some to propagate and reflect worldwide. So wait for 2-24 hours for complete name server propagation.
If you use Google Apps for business, then Gmail may be an important part of your everyday activities. Your Gmail inbox can include communications from your coworkers, employees, superiors and even business associates from around the world. Gmail is convenient because you can access it from multiple locations and all your company’s employees can access email from the same interface, even if you use POP or IMAP to route messages from your company’s domain name to your Gmail account.
It’s a good idea to get to know the features and limitations of Gmail, especially if you use Google’s server space as your sole method to backup your emails. For instance, Gmail does allow you to restore Gmail emails that you have deleted that currently reside in your trash folder, which can help you to save effort and face if you accidentally delete messages, but sometimes data becomes permanently lost to you. Knowing what situations cause this can help you to prevent data- and message-loss that can have a high cost.
Prevent Gmail data loss by knowing it’s limitations and Features
30-Day Trash Limit
According to Google, messages can only remain in your trash box for up to 30 days after you have added them. Thus, if you think you may need to restore Gmail messages, you should keep the messages in your inbox rather than moving them to your trash folder.
Permanently Deleted Email
Once you click the button to permanently empty your trash folder, the data that was in it becomes lost forever. Google itself will not be able to retrieve this information for you. Take care not to accidentally click this button if there is any data that you might want to keep in your trash folder.
Archive, Don’t Delete
Prior to Gmail, users like yourself didn’t have many options besides simply saving emails that you might need sometime in the future or deleting them. However, Google has included the ability to archive messages and data with their mail service. This will remove messages from your inbox without placing them in your trash folder. Archiving messages is a great way to keep them but also keep them out of the way, if you’re not sure if you might need to use that data again. You can still search through the messages with Gmail’s search feature.
Remember to Back Up Your Data
A recent study on google apps data loss by Backupify evaluated the reasons why businesses lose data and found that 63% of occurrences are due to user error. While Gmail itself does make it easier to retrieve deleted messages than many services or programs, you might want to consider other alternatives. For example, one of the Google Apps for business users is a vault service that allows you to create a data backup from Google services like chat and mail to make it easier to organize and find data during times of litigation. Third-party programs like Backupify help you to back up one or more Gmail accounts and save that data to a separate, secure online archive. When the information is important, backing up is also important. Also read, Gmail apps FAQ’s
Bonus tip: Do enable Gmail 2 step authentication to ensure safety of your account. You can find details here.
Accidents do happen, even if you’re comfortable using Gmail. It’s good to be prepared for potential viruses, user errors, glitches or unauthorized access to your Gmail, all of which can result in permanent data loss. Being able to recover that information with a few clicks certainly brings peace of mind.
Since the invention of the cheap and yet powerful laptops, one should say, that they have brought a kind of revolution in the way people are communicating with each other. With the invention of LED technology, which is now used on Led TV , has improved greatly the efficiency and lowered the prices. Though a hard core computer professional or a gaming enthusiast may need a laptop with top features, for other people, who have to perform lighter tasks, huge array of excellent but cheap laptops are available.
Tips to choose Excellent & cheap Laptops for Office-
When you are buying laptop for your office worker or for light work, there is no point of investing a lot on laptop features which you may not need. For example, now a days many laptops like Macbook Air comes with SSD (Solid state drive), which makes your computer faster and takes less space, but at the same time it increases the cost of laptop by a great extent. Same goes with Processor and RAM of laptop. More over, when you are working on saving money and get a budget laptop for your office employee for work like Word Processing, data entry you might not need a high end processor, upgraded RAM, graphics card, Webcam and so on.
There are many entry level laptop offered by companies like Dell,HP, Sony which you can purchase and save considerable amount on your laptop purchases. Here are 3 important tips and parts of a laptop, where you can save money.
Choosing a Budget Processor
People who use laptop for normal activities such as, doing some office work, surfing, sending emails, and playing games with ordinary graphics might want to go for an Intel dual core processor. This is embedded in most of the computers that are being used now. Also, people who work in IT companies, that involve lighter work can use it, as it a versatile version and can cope up with most of your work, unless and until you have to perform some heavy duty work. Many laptop manufacturing companies like Acer, HP, Dell, etc use it and are available at considerable prices. Just to let know, a laptop as powerful as the one, using a dual core processor can serve the purpose for most consumers.
RAM – Want to have the cheap and best?
RAM, which is known as Random Access Memory, for a cheap and best laptop will be around 2GB. RAM, can be quantified as per the number of random applications a laptop can perform. More intensified users who are interested in latest videogames with plenty of graphics and computer professionals who access random applications and perform hardcore programming and multimedia mat require a greater RAM capacity. But normal users and professionals from other departments, who do not perform hardest of the tasks, 2GB RAM should be adequate. Hence this is a normal requirement and is employed in most of the notebooks, which targets professionals from a huge sector and this is the best and affordable alternative for most of them.
Another good thing about RAM is, you can always upgrade it if required. You don’t need to spend a lot when buying bulk laptop for your employees and you can simply upgrade RAM at later stage if required. Many manufacturers like Dell, HP offers cheap RAM upgrade option which sounds very lucrative, but before investing on it ask yourself: Do your employee work really require that much of RAM? I’m sure you giving laptop for work and not for entertainment. Right?
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) – Don’t go for more than needed!!
This is yet another important factor that drives the price of your lappy. For most of us, a standard memory hard drive will be acceptable because, even a HDD of standard size can store heaps of data. Hence there is no need to spend those extra few hundred dollars for something you might not need. In case, if you find in future, that you have to store more data, you can always buy an external hard drive and connect it to your system externally which will also serve the same purpose as the internal one. This is a better idea to buy some time, if you are unable to buy a notebook with huge memory, when you have limited funds.
A basic 150 GB HDD is enough for your employee and if require in future, you can always take help of extrenal HDD to extend the storage. Also when it comes to enterprise setup, you can take advantage of cloud storage instead of local storage for quick access of all files.
The above mentioned three are the important factors that rule the price of your next laptop. With the above mentioned configurations, there are a huge number of laptops available in all most all the top selling brands, as these are the most wanted ones. Though the above mentioned information is quite handy, it is recommended that you do as much research as possible from your side, to find the best laptop that fits you. After all it’s your money and we care for it as much as you do!!
Bookmarking is the way to save the important links on the browser for further visit. Almost all modern web browser support this feature. But Bookmarks accessible to all the users using your browser. Sometimes we do not want to show our saved links to all the persons. In this case, either we not links to another file or try to remember the website. Save links to another file is easy but not remembering.
For solving this problem, I will suggest you to use password to protect your bookmarks. If a user want to see the bookmark, Chrome will ask for the password. Now you can share your computer to any person without fearing of bookmark disclosure.
But how to add password to Bookmark because Google Chrome does not support for this feature? To add the password protect to bookmarks, you will have to install an extension called Secure Bookmark.
Secure bookmark Password protect Chrome Bookmarks
Go to Google Chrome Webstore and install Secure Bookmark extension to your browser. After installation, you will see a star icon in omni bar. Clicking on this icon for fist time will take you to a new page where you can set the password.
When you wish to save bookmark in the password protected list, click on the star icon and then create a new bookmark button. Now save links to the list. Drag and drop also works for changing the location of a link in the list.
You will see three icons just above the list which can be used to perform some specific tasks.
First icon is for deleting the link from the list.
Second icon is for visiting the settings page
Third icon will sign off the extension and hide the list from other user.
Whenever you are going to give your system to other user, you should use sign off button to hide this list from other users. So next time when someone tries to access the bookmark list created by this extension, it will ask for the password.
There is one important thing you must know about this extension is that there is no way for password recovery in this extension. So you must remember your password otherwise you will have to reset the extension and you will lose all your saved links.
This extension also works in incognito mode. But you need to allow this extension for incognito mode. For this go to Tools and then in extension tabs, Find Secure Bookmarks. Now, Tick the ‘Allow in incognito’ checkbox.
I’m huge Apple fan boy and I love the crispy clear display of iPad. When it comes to watching videos, reading or even better playing Games on iPad screen, there is no match to it. With the amazing Touch and screen quality, you will not only be glued to screen for hours, but you will find it hard to leave your iPad away. There are unlimited free iPad games out there in the market and some of them are highly addictive. Doesn’t matter if you are a kid or you are an adult, these games are something that will keep you addicted.
We have already covered many paid and free iPad games before, and if you have missed them, check out below links to find new games for your iPad:
So, lets start with another series of games for your iPad, which are not only addictive but are free too.
1. RipTide GP
I would say that this is the best game that I have played on my iPad so far. The graphics are just stunning and the gameplay seems almost like what we experience in a gaming arena. The user plays the role of a jet ski surfer and can take a wild ride through the number of rivers & canals, ultimately attempting to out speed the other players. The game offers plenty of challenges in the form of various obstacles, and players can perform a variety of jaw dropping stunts as well. The game includes Retina support on iPhone 4S and iPad as well.
For those of you who like to stop by gaming parlours and try your hands on the popular Air Hockey machines there, you would surely have a wonderful time getting the same entertainment right on your iPad. Unlike the free air hockey games available on the Android platform, this one is much more visually soothing and the graphics are quite realistic as well. It almost feels like you are playing the actual game on a real table. The best part is that apart from playing with a computer opponent, you can also make use of the multiplayer option and compete with your friend! This game has the potential to provide fun for hours on the go. Probably that’s why it’s rated as one of the best sporting titles for iPad.
With over 4 million downloads so far, 10 Pin Shuffle is easily the best bowling game on the iOS platform. Boasting enhanced high detail graphics and an impressive gameplay with shiny chrome weights, shadows and reflections, this game almost makes players get hooked onto it and believe me, once that happens, you’ll find it difficult to stop playing it! Also one of the USP’s of this game is its simplicity as all you need to do in order to get the ball rolling is just pick up the ball and flick it. Various animation rewards, sound effects and crowd reactions are also something that make this game worth playing.
Probably one of the most popular games on the iTunes market with over 13 million downloads, Hit Tennis 2 certainly packs a punch when it comes to providing hours of fun on the go. The game lets you use your fingers to hit the ball just like you do in real tennis by swiping across the screen to swing the racket. As a player, you can move up in the tennis circuit in the game from Club to Pro by defeating the various computer opponents. The best part is that you can even play it with your friends thanks to the 2 player split-screen mode!
A rather gory yet exciting game where you get to control a shark in the Antarctic and have the goal of satisfying its appetite by feeding it with fishes and humans, ultimately helping it become the most formidable predator of the seas. This game is undeniably addictive and simple to play yet it requires quick thinking and action on the part of the player. This is one of the few games that I continually play and the excitement almost never seems to go away! You can literally play this game for hours without ever getting bored. There are also various achievements that can be unlocked by completing 10+ challenges. And when you think you’ve had enough of it, you can download some of the other parts of this game which are equally thrilling and have loads of fun to offer!
Twitter is perhaps the most addictive social network. Your whole Twitter feed can change in a matter of seconds – and who knows what will happen if you’re not there to RT @KourtneyKardash’s announcement that she’s finally popped out the latest addition to the most horrendous family on Earth?
Whereas posting a Tweet an hour used to be considered excessive, nowadays it’s merely considered healthy contribution to the Twittersphere. But how do you know if you’re Tweeting a little too much? How do you know when your “healthy contribution” is, in reality, morphing into addiction?
Believe it, you have Twitter Addiction!
If any of these 25 signs of Twitter addiction strike a chord with you, you might want to seek professional help immediately.
You will one day find and kill the person that got to your rightful Twitter name before you. Damn you @JamesDuval…
You are the sole reason Twitter got blocked at your workplace.
You cried when you realised what your boss had done, until you remembered that you have a smartphone.
You repeatedly stall amusing conversations with the sentence “I need to Tweet this!”
Whenever you post an amazing Tweet and no one RTs you, you spend a full 24 hours contemplating if life is worth living anymore.
You did quit Twitter for a day… only to be overcome by a migraine, shivers, sweats and heart palpitations.
You pray for red lights whenever you drive. #tailgatingdouche
You consider Tweeting a justifiable reason for stopping on double yellow lines.
The first thing you ask any new acquaintance is “What’s your Twitter?”
The first few times someone answered “I don’t have an account” you tried not to pass out. Now, you just leave the room – I mean, what’s the point in people if they’re not on Twitter?
Your social circle has reduced dramatically after you insisted that if your friends aren’t Tweeps, they’re no friends at all.
You Tweet questions rather than Google them – you get better advice that way, right…?
You will tell your grandkids about the time @MissAmyChilds Tweeted you back.
With news, your rule is: If it’s not on Twitter, it’s not true.
You sink into a depression every time someone unfollows you.
Techmeme is undoubtedly the best Technology News aggregator in the world. Gabe Rivera, the founder of Techmeme has really made it simpler and easier for the people to get all the hot Technology News of the day at one place. It’s an incredible way to stay up on the present buzz occurring in the tech blogosphere.
“Where do tech journalists go to read tech journalism? Techmeme doesn’t offer any original content, but it offers a well curated aggregation of some of the best industry coverage the Web has to offer,” according to PC Magazine, which included it in one of the top 100 Websites of 2010.
If you are running a Tech News Blog, then you would love to get your Blog on Techmeme for number of reasons including targeted Traffic, Promotion and quality Backlinks from high authority sites.
Inclusion of news stories depends on many factors. Previously, stories were included by Techmeme bots so it was more an automated process but now a few human editors have been added who also review news stories before addition to Techmeme.
It’s not easy to get your blog featured on Techmeme but if you will follow below tips then chances are higher that your blog will be included.
5 Tips to get popular on TechMeme
1. Become a news breaker. Write breaking news related to Tech giants such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter.
2. If you blogged about some unique piece on your blog E.g “Mark Zuckerberg’s Beijing Adventure”, you can tip Techmeme about the story and your story would have good chances to get indexed on the site.
3. If you are re-blogging some news story, then most probably your news wouldn’t be included, but if you are providing some unique context that is missing from the current Techmeme Discussion then it can get featured.
4. If your blog is already indexed by Techmeme then your blog can become the part of the Techmeme Discussion section by just blogging about the current news. This is not always the case but the chances are pretty high.
5. In order to inform Techmeme about your breaking news or some exclusive piece on Tech, you can tip them using Twitter or through Email to Editorial team at [email protected]. Tipping them through Twitter is more preferable. Include “Tip @Techmeme” in your tweet along with the Title and the URL of the news story you’d like to appear.
If you would like to include any other useful tip in above mentioned tips feel free to tell us in comments.
Google seems to be poised to take over the world, and this is not limited to the Internet. Google applications and functions are now coming to schools and universities. Google’s Apps for Education is streamlining education around the world, making it easier for teachers and administrators to connect with each other, their students and their peers; and, it is all offered all for free.
What Google Apps for Education Offers
When designing Google Apps for Education, the team at Google looked at the increasing productivity and satisfaction that personal users had with the technological innovations at their disposal, and compared that to the technology being implemented in schools. What they found was that, while individual consumers were increasingly happy with the technology at their fingertips, schools were not reporting the same level of satisfaction. With Apps for Education, Google is changing all of that.
Google’s Apps for Education offers schools free use of collaborative programming, such as Google Docs, a personalized start page and Google Sites, as well as communication tools, like Google Talk, Google Mail and Google Calendar. This combination of programs provides numerous benefits to educators.
Benefits of Google Apps for Education:
Real Time Collaboration through the Cloud
What Google Apps for Education provides that few other services have is a way for students and faculty to interact in real-time. Real time collaboration makes working as a group more efficient. This is seen particularly well in online classes, where teachers and students do not meet face to face.
In this scenario, a professor can assign a project to a group of students and place the file within the system for all to access. Students, regardless of their geographic location, make changes to the file in real-time, and when the group is finished, they submit the final draft to the professor via the Google App. The professor can oversee and make suggestions throughout the process, if necessary, because he or she will maintain real-time access to the file.
Schools and universities that have implemented Google Apps for Education give their educators greater accessibility to stored data. With the program, which is entirely secure, educators can access their data and documents with any Internet-ready device. If a teacher wants to check on a project or have a conversation with a student while on a laptop at the local coffee shop, no problem. The Google Apps for Education platform can be accessed anywhere, at any time, as long as the individual has an Internet connection.
Better Communication with Students and Colleagues
One of the foundational features of all Google Apps is communication. The Apps for Education program fosters faster, more efficient communication between teachers and their colleagues and students. A teacher can instantly message the entire class to alert them to a change in an assignment, and colleagues can make plans for school events through instant messaging and email technology.
Google estimates that 14 million students and teachers around the globe are currently using Apps for Education. By providing greater collaboration opportunities through the cloud, better communication and improved accessibility, Google is becoming an integral part of the modern education system, and today’s teachers are thankful for the changes it has brought to their classrooms. How many of you feel that modern education system should be out of School and should happen in real world. Here is an interesting video by a student against schooling. You can find full text here:
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