Find The RSS Feed To Your Favourite Facebook Page

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1.  To get any page’s RSS feed, first you will need to grab the page’s ID number. For pages that do not have a customized username (http://facebook.com/username), the ID number will be at the end of the URL. For those pages that have a customized username, the quickest way to grab the ID is through the Open Graph. Simply take the page’s username and add it to the following URL -  https://graph.facebook.com/username

2. For example, the Open Graph URL for the Microsoft Facebook Page would be https://graph.facebook.com/microsoft  This will show you the following:

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3. To create the RSS feed, take the page ID number and insert it in the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/feeds/page.php?id=20528438720&format=rss20

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Twitter RSS

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Twitter RSS/Atom feeds can still be found here

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=hello and http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=hello

For profiles searches use:

https://api.twitter.com/1/favorites.rss?screen_name=jas 

https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=jas

To create a custom RSS/Atom feed all you have to do is change the last word in the above address (in this case hello) to the term you are searching for.

As an example, http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=xxxxxxxxx

But if you have a more complicated search you may need to “URL encode” your search terms. What this means is, if you are looking for any tweets with a specific #tag or tweets from a specific @user you will first need to change the # and @ signs into something Twitter can understand. This page over at Albion Research will do this automatically for you, all you have to do is copy in the search term and press “Encode” then copy the code it gives you into the address.

For hashtag searches, you need to put a “%23? before the word. For example, if you’re searching for #epicwin, the URLs would be

http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=search%23epicwin
http://search.twitter.com/search.rss?q=search%23epicwin

Twitter’s search API provides these links as examples for creating advanced search RSS/Atom feeds.  You can change the search terms to customise your search.

Now, this is where it gets complicated, say you want to search for tweets from a specific location containing a hastag. To do this you will have find the geocode for the location.  As a starter the basic address will look something like this, http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=40.757929%2C-73.985506%2C25km.

Imagine you want to see all the #technology tweets coming from within 25km of Dublin, Ireland.First visit this page and input Dublin, Ireland as a search term. This will give you two numbers – 53.344104 and -6.2674937 – this is the Latitude and Longitude for Dublin.

To turn this into a search RSS/Atom feed simply include these numbers in the above address, like this, http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode:53.344104%2C-6.2674937%2C25km.  The %2C25km in the address limits the search to users within 25km of Dublin, for miles change km to mi.

To search for any tweets using the #tag #technology within 25km of Dublin add %2C%23technology (“%2C” is a URL encoded comma and %23 is a URL encoded #). http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?geocode=40.757929%2C-73.985506%2C25km%2C%23technology

How to Browse The Web In #Privacy Mode

Google Chrome

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Google Chrome can be forced to run in “Incognito” – private browsing mode when you launch it, by adding a simple command line switch. In Windows, right click on the Chrome shortcut and select properties. In the target area, just add –incognito to the end of the string. For profiles, use:

C:Users<username>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe -incognito –user-data-dir=”..User Data<username>”

Mozilla Firefox

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Firefox can be made to run in default private browsing mode, by adding the command line switch –private to the end of the target.

Internet Explorer

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As with Firefox, add the command line switch -private to launch Internet Explorer in InPrivate mode.

Opera

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Since Opera has per-tab private browsing (unlike the others), adding the        -newprivatetab switch will load both a blank, private tab and whatever your startup preference is set to (last tabs, speed dial, etc.) in standard browsing mode.

How To Change The Default Search Provider in Firefox

How to change the default search provider in Firefox

Step1: Load Firefox

Step2: Type “about: config” in the address bar and press enter

Step 3:  Ignore the warning and click “I will be careful, I promise!

Step 4: In the filter text box at the top of screen type “keyword.url

Step 5: Double Click on the keyword.URL. It will open a pop up window asking you to “Enter String Value” . You can also right click on keyword.URL and click Modify

Step 6: To display search results, you need to replace the String with one of the following strings as per your favourite search engine.

Google: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=

Google Search (I’m feeling Lucky): http://www.google.com/search?btnI=I%27m+Feeling+Lucky&q=

Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=

Bing: http://www.bing.com/search?q=

Ask: http://www.ask.com/web?q=

AltaVista: http://www.altavista.com/web/results?itag=ody&q=

AOL Search: http://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_it=searchbox.webhome&q=

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search?fulltext=Search&search=

Step 7: Click OK when you are done.

Using Symbolic Links in Windows 7

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Using the mklink Command in Windows

The command that you need to use is mklink, which you’ll use from the command line. Just type it on the command line to see the options:
C:UsersJas>mklink
Creates a symbolic link.

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target

        /D      Creates a directory symbolic link.  Default is a file
                symbolic link.
        /H      Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
        /J      Creates a Directory Junction.
        Link    specifies the new symbolic link name.
        Target  specifies the path (relative or absolute) that the new link
                refers to.

For instance, if you wanted to make the folder C:UsersJasTest available from C:Test as well, you could use the following command.

C:mklink /D C:Test C:UsersJasTest
symbolic link created for C:Test <<===>> C:UsersJasTest

Now if you look in C:Test directory, you’ll see whatever files were in the other directory.

Understanding the Options.

MKLINK link target

Using the command without any extra options creates a soft link to a file.

/D creates a symbolic link, or a soft link.

This essentially acts like a shortcut to a folder in prior versions of Windows, except you don’t have to use an actual shortcut.

/H creates a hard link, which points directly to the file.

This option can’t be used for folders directly for some reason, you’ll have to use the next option.

/J creates a “Directory Junction”

A Directory Junction is actually just a hard link to a directory. This is a feature that existed prior to Vista as well. If you are trying to symlink to a directory using a hard link, then you should use this option.
Understanding Hard vs Soft Links

Hard Link

A hard link directly points to the file, and acts to the operating system as if it is the file itself. You’ll want to use this option the majority of the time if you are trying to fake an application’s directory.

Soft Link

A soft link is essentially a shortcut to a file or folder – if you are using Windows explorer, you’ll be redirected to the directory if you double-click on a shortcut, it won’t pretend its part of the filesystem. You can still directly reference or open a file with the symlinked path, and it mostly works.
Using Symlinks from a Network Share

One of the things that’s been extensively discussed is that you cannot use the Vista symlinks from another operating system (not surprising), but you cannot use them from a network share either. This is troublesome if you expect to use this feature on a web server or a file server.
Deleting Symlinks

To delete a symlink, you can just delete the link. Just make sure you don’t delete the original file.

How to disable Add-on compatibility checking in Firefox 7.0a1 Nightly builds

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Firefox have just updated their nightly builds to 7.0a1 and if you want to continue to use your existing Addons, you will be aware that some gentle browser hacking is required.

However, the usual Firefox hack involving extensions.checkCompatability.x now fails. I tried the following entries and the Nightly build ignored them

However, a great post from Daniel, discusses how to solve the problem.

To get your Addons working under Nightly 7.0a1:

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Type about:config in the address bar.
  3. Right click anywhere on the page and click on Boolean under New.
  4. Enter this as the preference name: extensions.checkCompatibility.nightly
  5. Click OK.
  6. Choose false and then click OK again.
  7. Restart your browser and all your add-ons should be runnable again.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Browsers

Ctrl + T (Open A New Tab) – Instead of right clicking and selecting or clicking the New Tab option, using the Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut will help you open a new tab in the current window.

Ctrl + W (Close the Current Tab) – Like Opening a New Tab in your browser, this will help you to Close the Current Tab you are working with.

Ctrl + N (Open A New Window) – This will help you to open up a new window in your browser.

Ctrl + D (Bookmark Current Website) – Bookmark your useful websites using this easy shortcut.

F5 ((Refresh)) – Refresh the Current Open Tab.

Ctrl + F5 (Hard Refresh) – Clear the cache of the current stored webpage and stores a fresh new copy. That’s what a hard refresh is for. Helpful when just posted comments don’t appear etc.

Ctrl + H (Show History) – You know it! Show the history of previously visited webpages.

Ctrl + L or Alt + D or F6 (Not For Opera) (Highlight Search Bar) – No need to move your mouse and click on the address bar to type a websites address in your browser again. Just use this quick shortcut.

Ctrl + E (Highlight Search Bar) – This will move the cursor to the search bar. Save the time you move your mouse over to the search bar!

Ctrl + (+/-) (Zoom In/Out) – Zoom in or Zoom out the current pages.

Ctrl + F (Find) – Instantly find a particular text on the current page.

Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V (Copy/Paste) – I bet you already know this!

Home / End (Top / Bottom) – These will help you to go to the Top or Bottom of a Page

CTRL + Click (Not for Opera) (Open Link in Background) – Open a link in a Background Tab without interfering your work.

CTRL + U (Source) – View the source code of the current website.

CTRL + left Click (Save Images (Opera Only)) – In fact this is a really a very handy shortcut that will save time. Why need to right click on an image and select the Save Image… option? Just Hold down the Ctrl key and click the left mouse button.

CTRL + Shift + T or (CTRL + Z also works in Opera) (Restore Tab) – This will help you to quickly reopen or recover previously closed Tab easily.

Some Additional Time Saver Keyboard Shortcuts

In fact these are some really useful shortcuts to save your time and energy.

You can save a lot of time by excluding the www., .com , .org, .net etc. There are simple keyboard shortcuts that can do these jobs very easily. We actually need to enter the name of the website only in the address bar of the browser.

Enter name of the website in the address bar and press CTRL + ENTER to auto-complete http://www. and the .com/ parts automatically.

Likewise SHIFT+ENTER will auto-complete the .net domains and CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER auto-completes the .org

Making Google Work For You

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Flickr Credit: SunnyMarry

Google is a very powerful search engine, however many of us only perform very basic searches. In the post, I discuss my favourite advanced searches that can be performed. This list was compiled from various sources on the web including various Google ‘cheat sheets’.

The Cache Command

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Google takes a snapshot of each page it searches and caches (stores) that page as a back up. The cached version is what Google uses to judge if a web page is a good match for your search query.The cache command shows the cached snapshot of any page on the web. For example: Cache of http://www.thewebpitch.com. Google typically caches the first 101K of a page and not the images. Its a great way to discover how a web page looked before it was updated.

The Filetype Command

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Google indexes more than just web pages, the filetype command is a great one to use if you need to identify a particular file type as part of your search. For example, here’s a search for PDFs that contain the word iPad.  The command works equally well for PPTX, DOCX etc.

The Site Command

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The site command restricts a Google key word search to a single site. For example, if I wanted to see all references to ‘Microsoft’ in my blog, I would type:  site:www.thewebpitch.com Microsoft

This is a very handy command, especially if you looking for certain keyword on a web site that has no search capability. The site command can either include or remove the ‘www’ in a web domain, removing the www will show all the sub domains from the domain which Google has found.

The Link Command

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Google’s link command lists pages which “link back” to the specified website. These links are also known as "inbound Links" or "IBLs". For example, here’s a link search for www.thewebpitch.com

In general terms, a site with more link backs is more of an authority than a site with fewer link backs. However, not all link backs are of equal ranking!

The Related Command

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The related command allows you to find pages which discuss a similar topic to a website that you have already found. For example, here’s a  related:www.thewebpitch.com search.

The Info Command

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This command shows some  limited information about a particular page that Google has in its index. Typically, the command shows the page snippet and title as well as links to the cache or related pages. For example, here’s an info search for www.thewebpitch.com

The Define Command

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The define  command displays Google’s glossary of definitions for a particular searched term, for example: define: Semantic Web results in definitions for ‘semantic web’ in a bullet point format with a link to the authoritative URL.

The Allintitle Command
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This command restricts a Google search so that all the listed keywords must appear in a page’s title tag. For example: allintitle: apple iPad shows a good example of this. 

The NCR Command

This command is particularly useful if you are abroad, and Google redirects your search page to the local country you are in. If you type /ncr after google address, no redirection is made.  For example:

http://www.google.com/ncr = google.com
http://www.google.co.uk/ncr = google.co.uk

This should equally work for other countries.

Other useful search commands include:
 
The Allinurl Command
Restrict a search so that all of the keywords must appear in the page results. For example, here is a simple search for pages with 720p and video in their URLs.

The Allintext Command
Restrict a search so that all of the keywords must appear in the body text  For example here is a simple search for pages with 720p and video in their body text.

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Amazon Hack for 75-99% Discount

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Tom Davenport has posted a great little hack for finding discounts between 75-99% on Amazon.co.uk

The hack involves finding a number of “node codes” on the site. See below for instructions.

  • Click on the store you want to buy from – for example, books.
  • Look in the URL for the number that follows “node=”. Copy it. For books, this is “266239”.
  • Paste this into your browser, replacing “number” with your five digit code:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search/?node=number&pct-off=75-99

  • The page that loads will show all the products in that category between a 75-99% discount. You can play with the discount range by adjusting the numbers 75 and 99.

Tom posted the following links below, which will take you straight to the discounts. Great find!

Books

Music

DVDsBluRays

Video Games & Hardware

Software

Home & Garden


iTunes – Your Way.

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Apple’s iTunes is the defacto standard application for syncing music to iPods on many PCs. As a result, many people also use iTunes to organise their music libraries, iPhone applications, podcasts etc. However, there is one big problem with the iTunesSetup.exe installation file. Apple have decided to bundle and install a number of other applications with the iTunes installation. The other applications include Bonjour, Mobile Me, Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support and Quicktime.

Many people do not want to install the other applications. However, Apple does not allow the option to install individual components. The good news, is that it very easy just to install the individual components that you want.

Firstly, you need to install Winrar. This application will allow you to ‘unpack’ your downloaded iTunesSetup.exe file. Locate your file, and right click on it. You will be presented with a number of menu options, select ‘Extract Here’.

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Winrar will now extract the iTunes installation package and will reveal the individual MSI setup files. You can now double click on the iTunes.msi file to install iTunes without the other applications.

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