Metronome

metronome is any device that produces regular, metrical ticks (beats, clicks) — settable in beats per minute. These ticks represent a fixed, regular aural pulse; some metronomes also include synchronized visual motion (e.g. pendulum-swing). The metronome dates from the early 9th century, Abbas ibn Firnas (810-887 AD), was patented by Johann Maelzel in 1815 as a tool for musicians, under the title “Instrument/Machine for the Improvement of all Musical Performance, called Metronome”.[1] – As per Wikipedia

Instead of buying the Hardware or Software for your Computer or Mobile, you could just type “Metronome” in Google search and Voila you have one Free of Cost🙂

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Save Mac Battery power by adjusting the backlit keyboard

If you wish to make your battery last a little longer on your Mac , you can configure the Backlit Keyboard to switch off after a predefined time, if it is not being used, heres how

1. Go to System Preferences ( by clicking the apple icon on the menu bar )

2. Click on the Keyboard Preferences

3. Tick “Adjust Keyboard brightness in low light”

4. then adjust “turn off when computer is not used for” to the time you are comfortable with ( mines at 10 sec)

Forgot your WiFi password? Confused what password did you use at work, home and other places ? there is an easy fix!

Fix 1


a) To view the Wi-Fi password or security key for the active connection, open Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel.

b) Click the Wireless Network Connection

c) Then Click on Wireless Properties, and click the Show characters check box.

P.S. This works on computers before Windows 8

Fix 2

WirelessKeyView utility from NirSoft recovers all wireless network security passwords  stored in your computer

Airtel Voicemail Setup

To activate voice mail in Airtel

Step1

Dial *321*671#
This will activate voicemail in your Airtel phone

Step2 

Dial 52555
Follow the instructions and enter your new 4 digit pin and change your welcome message

Step3

To activate call forwarding to voice mail during busy dial *67*9810098200#

If busy
Check Status: *#67*11#
Activate: *67*9810098200*11#

Deactivate: #67*11#

If no answer
Check Status: *#61*11#
Activate: *61*9810098200*11*[second]# choose anything 5 to 30 seconds

Deactivate: #61*11#

If unreachable
Check Status: *#62*11#
Activate: *62*9810098200*11#

Deactivate: #62*11#

Please note these are for Delhi, for other circles you may need to replace 98XXXXXXXX

Two Factor Authentication

Recent events have once again reinforced the need for security precautions for cloud / email services.

One of the best other than a strong unique password for each site protection is 2 factor authentication, which is now being offered by mostly all cloud service providers, including Google (Gmail), Outlook.com ( Microsoft), Facebook , iCloud (Apple) amongst many others.

The advantage is that one not only needs a password but another pin to authenticate, the ID.

Two factor authentication works many ways, the two most popular methods are:

1) SMS to a verified mobile number

2) Using a software on your mobile ( e.g. Google Authenticator)

Though google authenticator is a nice software, I have been testing “Authy” . It is a brilliant software which is easy to use, available on IOS, ANDROID and WEB. With chrome extension for us those who do use it

It is currently available on the above platforms and the best thing…it syncs amongst all of them.

This is what the official site has to say

Authy is the first strong authentication platform built for large-scale applications and built with the end-user in mind. 

With Authy you get all the benefits of strong authentication with the simplicity that you’ve always wanted for your customers.

Authy was founded on a simple, powerful idea: everyone should be able to use strong authentication. With most of the world’s data stored in the cloud, passwords are no longer enough. Unfortunately the alternatives are too complex and hard to use for most people, so only very few end up benefiting from stronger authentication methods. At Authy we want to change that. We believe that the solution lays between the intersection of security and humanities. By building on top of existing and secure technologies like HOTP and RSA, but making them accessible to anyone, Authy has helped over 800 businesses provide strong two-factor authentication to thousands of people.”

Google Play Store Android App

Apple App Store IOS App

Chrome WebStore 

New Facebook privacy settings: 3 things to do now

On August 23, Facebook announced big changes are coming to the site’s privacy settings over the next week. We’ve identified the following changes. Even more changes are hinted at in the accompanying videos.

  •  For adults, “Friends”, “Public”, or “Customize” are now the three standard privacy settings for sharing. “Friends of Friends” is no longer an upfront option.
  • “Everyone” is now “Public”, which is the maximum audience for any adult post.
  •  For minors, “Friends of Friends” is still the maximum audience for a post.
  • Inline profile controls will now allow adults to choose share status updates with “Friends”, “Public”, or “Customize”.
  • You can now set the privacy levels of the elements on your profile through settings actually located on your profile.
  • You can change the privacy setting of a status update after it has been posted.
  • You can now choose to approve all posts or a photos you are tagged before they appear on your profile with Profile Review.
  •  It’s a little easier to check how others see your profile with a prominent button on your profile.
  • You can now tag anyone on Facebook. If a non-friend tags you, it will only appear on your profile if you approve it.
  •  You can tag a location on “anything” you post to Facebook.
  • Places is gone—Facebook is no longer in the Foursquare business.
  • You can now remove a tag of yourself on a photo, remove a tag and ask a friend to take it down or remove a tag and block the person who tagged you.

If you think that list is long, check out Facebook’s Dig Into the Details chart to get a sense of how much these changes will affect your Facebook experience . Yep. Much is changing.

Some say that these changes are a response to Google+. However Larry Magid, who works with Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, says these changes have been in the works for months.

2. Make sure you are comfortable with your current settings.

It’s always a good time to check your Facebook privacy settings. The settings you have now will be converted into the new settings. You shouldn’t end up being shocked by what you’re sharing, unless you’re not aware of what you share now. Keep in mind that ‘Friends only’ will still exist in the new settings. Assuming you know your friends—which Facebook does, as stated in its recent Guide to Security (PDF)—“Friends Only” should be a safe route for most of what you share on Facebook.

 3. Be ready to opt-in into Profile Review
For  F-Secure Labs Security Advisor Sean Sullivan, the most promising new privacy feature is Profile Review. This feature allows you to approve of every photo or post that includes a tag of you before it appears on your profile. As you probably know, Facebook tends to opt you into any new feature, except if it prevents your from sharing. Hopefully as the changes go live, you’ll be asked to opt in to Profile Review.

If not, you’ll have to go to your Privacy Settings> Manage How Tags Work and click on “Change Settings”> Next to Profile Review click “Edit” > Click Turn On Profile Review. Note: This will not be available to you until all the changes have been completely rolled out to you.

 

 

 

 

courtsey: F-Secure Safe & Savvy 

Original article link: http://safeandsavvy.f-secure.com/2011/08/24/new-facebook-privacy-settings-3-things-to-do-now/#%2EU5BiC3KSxp0