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BudURL Review & Alternatives

Posted by 16 March, 2011 (0) Comment

I recently had a chance to try out BudURLservice, it is basically a URL shortener like bit.ly except for some additional so called features. I won’t go into much details, just tell you that I will not recommend BudURL to basic users, with just a single reason which factors the most for me:

Premium Click Stats, BudURL’s service – which is supposed to give IP address, referrer etc. of the visitors, the number of clicks this advanced information is showed for is VERY limited i.e. starting from 500 for 8 US$ / month. Now, when I signed up, I knew very well what this meant, the advanced stats only show for 500 visitors but I was under the impression that after the 500 clicks, it WILL be showing the basic information which all redirect services are offering i.e. basic details of the clickers like country they visited from – which is a standard with all free URL shortening services but to my surprise, they do not offer this. Only the following information is shown after your Clickstream quota runs out.

As you can see from the above screenshot, once your Clickstream/Premium Clicks quota runs out, you won’t get any information at all except the number of clicks! My clicks ran out on the very first day and I knew that would happen but after that day (12th March) there is virtually no information given about the clicks except vague numbers about the clicks.

If you are looking for a simple URL shortener that gives you extra information like IP address, Referrer etc. It’s just better to use a URL shortener service on your own hosting account/domain name, something like YOURLS should do. A reliable shared hosting with unlimited domains, bandwidth and good up-time should cost you less than 4 US$ per month so why spend 8 US$/500 clicks, 12 US$/2000 clicks and 49 US$/50000 clicks.

You CAN get the advance information of IP addresses/referrer etc. from your RAW logs or the stats service which will come with your hosting account.

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KB971033: How to hide and uninstall Windows piracy check update?

Posted by 24 February, 2010 (27) Comment

Microsoft has just pushed Windows 7 piracy check update, which is also called Windows 7 Activation Technology Update by Microsoft, to Windows Update. It has been tagged as important by Microsoft so if you have set to install important updates automatically, it will be installed without any prompt. This post is about KB971033 update by Microsoft, it will tell you exactly what to look for, how to hide the KB971033 update and how to uninstall the KB971033 update, if it has already been installed. If you don’t want the update, change your settings and hide the update. Here’s what to look for:

For Windows 7 64-bit
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033)

For Windows 7 32-bit
Update for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB971033)

Description of the Update as it appears in Windows Update:
This update to Windows Activation Technologies detects activation exploits and tampering to key Windows system files. These exploits try to bypass regular Windows activation and are sometimes included with counterfeit copies of Windows.

There are some concerns about the said update, it is supposed to block 70 or so methods present for breaking Windows 7′s activation but it will also keep checking in on Windows even if it passes as Genuine the firs time.

How to Hide the KB971033 update?
1. Go to Windows Update by clicking Start, typing Windows Update and running it.
2. Right click on the update “Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033)” or “Update for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB971033)” depending on the version of Windows 7 you are running.
3. Click Hide

How to uninstall the KB971033 update?
If you face a problem with the said update or you simply don’t want the way its going to keep checking your Windows, you can uninstall it by following these steps.
1. Go to “Programs and Features” either through Control Panel or by typing it in Start Menu.
2. Click “View installed updates”
3. Look for update KB971033, right click and click Uninstall. Restart might be necessary.

According to user reports, they are not able to uninstall the said update. I am looking into this and the post will be updated accordingly.

Links:
-Genuine Windows Blog entry about the said update
-Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies/KB971033 information from Microsoft

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Display and Highlight Code in your WordPress blog without any plugins

Posted by 24 February, 2010 (7) Comment

If you have ever tried to add PHP or some other programming code like CSS, HTML etc. in your WordPress blog, you will know what happens, WordPress will run it instead of showing it as code if you put it using HTML editor. There are many WordPress plugins out there to make the job easier but I wanted the functionality of displaying and highlighting code in WordPress posts without having to use any plugins.

WordPress will only show the code properly if characters are used for code elements, see below:

< = &lt;
> = &gt;
/ = &#47;
] = &#93;
[ = &#91;
" = &#34;
' = &#39;

Displaying Code properly without using any Plugin

Its not very simple to use characters instead of the code elements. What you should keep in mind is to always write your post/paste code in Visual mode of the WordPress editor instead of HTML, it will convert the code elements into characters automatically, displaying it correctly within code tags.

Highlighting Code without using any Plugin

Now the code will be shown correctly on your blog but thanks to easy CSS management in WordPress, you can add/edit a few lines of code in your theme’s stylesheet (style.css) to highlight the code so it stands out from rest of the post. Edit your theme’s stylesheet either by FTP or within WordPress Admin area and look for:

code {
font-size:12px;
}

You can edit it to your liking, setting background colour, text colour, border, margin, padding, everything that CSS can do for you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments.

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How to remove comment author’s URL from your WordPress blog?

Posted by 22 February, 2010 (14) Comment

I recently came across an excellent read about the secrets of comments.php in WordPress by Gilles Maes at Net-Tuts, and I thought of testing this immediately, how to remove comment author’s URL from your WordPress blog. Now it is there for a reason, and I do not really recommend doing this but then the quality of some links is extremely low. I usually edit out questionable links from author and allow the comment when reasonable but I can’t imagine doing that all the time and certainly not on a blog with very big audience.

You can also simply remove URL field from comments.php but I won’t do that if I were you, simply because down the line some day you might want to get them back, so let them live in the database but not show if you have a problem with it.

Now in order to remove comment author’s URL, link or website, look for the following code under comments.php of the theme you are using.

<?php comment_author_link(); ?>

and remove _link so it looks like,

<?php comment_author(); ?>

that’s it, you are done. If you are having any trouble then feel free to ask me.

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How to turn off Google Buzz

Posted by 14 February, 2010 (0) Comment

Update: Seeing the strong reaction by its users, Google has made it more privacy friendly now, when you click Turn Off Google Buzz in the footer or Google Options, you will be given choice of taking all your public profile listings off line as well and then disable it.

Thanks for being so generous Google as to enable Buzz on my Gmail account without asking me first and thanks for the great feature :sarcasm: “Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail.” which will sound better if it reads “Automatic invasion of privacy”. I thought Facebook was pretty bad privacy wise but Google Buzz has topped it, as soon as I clicked Buzz in my Inbox today, to see whats it about, I find out I am already ‘registered’ for it and not only that, I am following people and I am being followed and there was no sort of notification about this, no kind of permission needed… it just did. So I’m bidding farewell to Google Buzz, I don’t need it. Here’s how I turned off Google Buzz.

Step-1: Don’t just scroll down to your Inbox and click “Turn off Buzz” because if you have made your profile, updated your status and buzzed around, those will not vanish but remain public to your followers. So the first thing you should do is delete all the buzzes and status updates you made. Luckily, I did not make my profile.

Step-2: When you click Buzz, you will see your Profile image and text box for buzzing i.e. sharing, above that you should see a link to your followers, click that and unfollow everyone then block.

Step-3: Now you are safe, scroll down in Gmail and click “turn off Buzz”.

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Adding music, movies, pictures to iPhone and iPod Touch without iTunes

Posted by 14 February, 2010 (1) Comment

Apple has tightly integrated its devices like iPod, iPhone and iPod Touch with iTunes which is without a doubt big reason for their immense popularity because of the iTunes store and various options that the software gives to its users but I would like to add media to my iPod without the use of iTunes itself sometimes. It’s easy to do on some of other Phones and MP3 Players, they pop up as a USB drive in one’s computer and the media can be simply dragged to its desired folders but this is not possible with Apple iPod, iPhone and iPod touch.

But there seems to be a free software that will let you manage the Apple device, be it iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone directly, called the iPhone explorer. This has many uses, for one if I want to copy the media to another computer, it’s not possible with iTunes. One cannot connect iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone to just any other computer with iTunes either but iPhone explorer it seems has solved all the problems.

With the iPhone Explorer can you look into the file system of your iPhone and down- and upload files by USB connection, regardless of whether file format. Within this function can use your iPhone as “USB-Stick”. The program supports also a direct access to the photos directory of the iPhone. Herewith can you photos easily and simple copy to the computer. The same function is also available for videos, music (from iPod) and ringtones. The highlight of the iPhone Explorer yet is the creating of own ringtones with the ringtone editor from MP3, WAV, AIFF and M4A audio file formats.To this can you copy audio titles from iPhone music archive or from local computer. However the song length is not limited to 32 seconds as iTunes.

Supported iTunes and iPhone versions

* iTunes 7.x, 8.x, 9.x
* iPhone 2G
* iPhone 3G
* iPhone 3GS
* iPod Touch

Download and see it in action yourself

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