How to apply Facebook profile picture filters & overlays


Applying Filters, Overlays or frames to your social media profiles  to show support or compassion with current events has recently became a global viral trend, so we’re here today to show you how to find and apply profile filters to your Facebook or other social media accounts.

Facebook itself rarely makes any profile picture filters available, so we’ve have looked around for the best sources where you can get profile filters and we found Cheer-share.com

the concept is pretty simply, so here it is in 3 simple steps:

3 steps to get Facebook Profile Picture filters

STEP 1:

go to http://www.cheer-share.com/ , browse and select your cause, it can be a country’s flag, a game, or some other event or holiday.

facebook-filters-step1

Step 2:

Connect your facebook Account: just click connect when it asks you to, facebook will show you its usual confirmation page telling you this app will not be able to post on your behalf, which is good.

Step 3:

Get your filtered profile picture! you can download it, share it, or send it directly to your Facebook wall.

sample-1

 

Update: if you’re here for Haiti profile filters, they now have them on cheer-share, just click the link and apply it.

 

Happy filtering

How to recover Opera Wand passwords

Opera was a great browser, but I decided to let go of it a few months ago. The only problem was that I was using Opera for a very long time, and I was depending on its wand feature to store all my passwords, now I’m stuck because I don’t remember many of those passwords, and some of them are tricky to reset (PayPal for example), so I came up with a method to reveal or uncover the wand passwords into clear text.

First you’ll have to use Opera and open the website with the stored wand password, for example paypal.com. Then click the wand shortcut (ctrl + enter) or click the log-in button (key symbol)

opera password recovery wand

Quickly, stop the page loading after the wand username and password are added in the page.

Now the password is loaded on the page as dots ….. , the next step will be to reveal them as text.

right click the password field and select “Inspect elements”

On the developer console that appeared on the bottom of the page find the line below (it should be already selected if you right clicked the password field when you selected inspect element)

opera wand reveal the password In that line change the following ( type=”password” ) to (type=”text” )

Now for the ahhhh moment, your password should now be visible in clear text in the password field, read it, remember it, and just walk away.

opera password uncovered

Goodbye Opera

I’ve been an Opera browser user for far more than I can remember (I’ve used it on a dial-up line if you want to get an idea), Opera was one of the first applications that I download when I get a new computer, it was one software that is never closed on my home PC, it was the safe for my digital life, but today and thanks to the new version 15 I’m ready to say #goodbye-Opera

So why did I stick with Opera for so long?

It’s not like opera was the best browser, it has its flaws, mostly compatibility issues, slow scrolling, slow startup, memory eating. But still I loved it, first of all because of the password manager (the wand),  which can get you enslaved to it if you use if for long enough, many times I read a website that I have no idea of ever being on before, and clicking ctrl-enter would simply get me in! sometimes I wondered if the passwords were carried from a previous life of mine. The Opera Link system which was added recently made the password manager just unbeatable.

The second thing is that Opera is not a very popular browser, it is not IE, FireFox or Chrome. most of the black hat techniques of passing scripts and pop-ups would just fail to get to you, just becasue these people didn’t bother with working on the Opera compatibility of their techniques. Also the page element blocking feature was a great addition, you can simply hide the annoying ads on the pages you visit frequently.

And last but not least I loved Dragonfly, the Opera developer troubleshooting utility, for me it “was” much better than Firefox’s or Chrome’s one, I think many devs would agree.

What was so wrong about Opera 15?

Where to start! The password manager is gone!! they have changed to a new Firefox like “save password” feature which will only save one password per page, and it can’t be synched with Opera Link, I know that this is most likely to be fixed in future version but to hell with it, no version of Opera should have been released without it.

Also where is CTRL-ENTER ???????? I was shocked to see that it is not working on the default configuration, every browser that I have ever used had it, why would you take it away? do I have to feel awkward every time I want to open a website??

Somebody also must have stepped on the DragonFly! Also the Developer tool have changed for worse, it is not just an unpleasant version of Firefox’s Firefly. what ruined it for me was the removal of the” click to select” in the element debugger. which is what I loved most about it

Last but not least, bugs, bugs, bugs, I guess nobody tested Opera under a bad internet connection, for example when you try to type a link, most of the time it would just open a blank page deleting everything you wrote.  I don’t want to talk about Youtube cause that will be just sad.

 

I know that most of these issue may be solved in future version, but I’m taking this opportunity to recover from My Opera addiction and move to a solid browser that I can rely  on. I chose Google Chrome, What’s your daily used browser?

Goodbye-Opera

Bitcoins, the currency of the future

Bitcoins; a term that has started to sound more and more familiar around forums, IRC, and the rest of the internet’s underworld, is a new digital currency that doesn’t depend on any central bank or organization, instead it depends on a P2P (peer to peer) network built between its users. Unlike any real currency, or other online payment form, it does not get its value from reserves of gold or other forms of money, so why should anyone invest in bitcoins?

 

An accountant would highly advise you to stay away from bitcoins, they’re not real, they don’t have a fixed value, and are not really safe. While an anti-corporate geek will tell you that it is the currency of the future, and that it doesn’t depend of the economical, or political status of any country.

Our regular money gets its value from real gold stored at banks, but why does gold have any value? you can’t eat it, use it to build weapons, houses or cloths, it’s not even that beautiful! it is just valuable because it’s limited, and because society said so, thats where real money meets bitcoins.

While gold is found at mines, bitcoin transaction depend on blocks of data that are found using a complex process requiring huge processing power, this process is conveniently called “bitcoin mining”, the miner is rewarded an amount of bitcoins that is paid from bitcoin transaction fees.

Now lets talk about bitcoin mining, you need to dedicate your computer’s processing power to the calculation of hashes, you can work solo or as a part of a group called a pool, if you work solo, you’ll need to find your blocks alone, which is much more rewarding but almost impossible with regular computers now a days, as the process of finding new blocks gets harder every day. Working in a pool means that you just handle a portion of the work, the reward is then destribution among miners according to their contributions to the calculations.

While you can mine with your CPU, GPU mining is much faster and much more rewarding. My Core i7 2.67 ghz can do a humble 14 mega hash per second, while my ATI radeon 4890 OC is able to get around 120 mega hashes at stock frequencies. Usually ATI (AMD) GPUs are the best for mining due to their architecture nature, nVidia preformance is rather scarce  .

The mining process on a GPU is very heavy and the temperature of the GPU and PSU will sky rocket in just a few seconds. Sove people are investing in mining by building mining dedicated machines using many GPUs on crossfire, reaching up to 3G hash/s, an investment that is looking more and more futile as the income of the investment is constantly decreaing due to the increase in the number of miners and the increasing complexity of the mining process. After a couple of hours of abusing my GPU at 75 C degrees and its fan running at 75% speed (LOUD) I only made 0.02 BTC which is 0.14 dollars at todays rates, so mining doesn’t look to be worth your time or electricity anymore.

So bottom line is, don’t go rushing into bitcoins, take a long time to read and understand everything there’s to it before doing anything, investing in mining hardware is generally a bad idea after 2011. let us know what you think.

 

R.I.P Megaupload. it was a good run.

If you are wondering what the internet would look like if SOPA / PIPA where to pass, then take a look at this pretty screenshot taken today from the homepage of megaupload.com a 1 click file hosting website. One may argue that Megaupload.com was loaded with copyrighted material: movies, games, software, that are all available for download for free illegally, at the same time, Megaupload was making tons of money selling premium accounts and displaying ads to millions of daily viewers. But the thing is: why megaupload? how is it any different from rapidshare, filefactory, and hundreds of similar websites? Megaupload, like every other website took down any file after receiving a claim from a copyright owner, and that’s how all file hosting solutions survive. Was Megaupload just the first of many to come? will we still have any free file hosting service after all of this is over?

At least Megaupload got it good, they went to court, they got a lawyer, and they had their chance. But what of the rest? what will happen after SOPA (stop online piracy act) is in effect? man we should really get used to the sight of this FBI notice.

The elite hackers group Anonymous retaliated to the shutdown of megaupload by attacking the Depatement of justice, the FBI and some other copyright websites.

Many megaupload users are  furious for the loss of their legal contents and their subscriptions money,while users of other started packing their belonging stored with other  less than fully legal file hosting services.

This is just pre-taste of the bitter days to come,  where no information is safe, where websites get imploded into oblivion with the snap of a corporate finger. Rest in peace Megaupload, it was a good run.

Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) – Reasons to Say NO

You must have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). A bill that  aims to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods, by giving copyright holders the right to shutdown any US hosted website they claim infringing to their copyrights. for non-US hosted sites, the site will be restricted by blocking it from ISP DNS databases ( IP access may still be possible), also the site will be removed from US search engines (all search engines?) , prohibited from using US based payment solutions (paypal, most credit card gateways), and finally advertisers will be banned from placing ads in that domain (removal from Adsense and similar). The copyright holder wouldn’t even have to set foot in a court.

What if SOPA was to pass?

If this the Sopa bill was to pass, then we can all say goodbye to the internet we once loved. Webmasters will live in constant fear of pissing off the wrong corporation. most blogs, forums, social media, file sharing, will change or disappear, as merely linking to an infringing  website may open the gates of hell for the website owners. Allowing the US goverment to pass SOPA will ruin the internet for the entire planet.

You cannot let this bill pass. The DMCA ruined the internet once before and we can’t allow that to happen again. allowing SOPA is killing the Free internet.

Microsoft’s Vision of the Future

Microsoft has released a new video describing its vision of our digital life 5 years from now. The video features multiple aspects of how we will communicate, interact and share in every day’s life.

According to this video, Touch based application, 3D graphics, and real time collaboration will be the future of computing. Most of the technologies shown in this video are based on real technologies already available today.

So sit back, relax and enjoy, a sneak-peak from your future.

 

 

 

steve jobs

Steve jobs chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. and father of the iPad, iPod, iPhone died today at the age of 56.

steve jobs picture

Apple.com has announced the sad news today with this message.

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” the text read. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

We are all sad here for the loss of such a brilliant man, and we send our warm condolences to his family and friends . Rest in peace Steve Jobs

news7inightly.com & news7idaily.com Scam

I was shocked yesterday night to find a bunch of “Delivery failure” notices and auto replies in my Gmail inbox. Apprearantly someone or something was able to get my contacts list and send them all a forged email that appear to originate from my Gmail with invitation to news7inightly.com & news7idaily.com, a couple of work at home scam sites. The emails were personalized with the real contact name and many providers passed them to “inbox” and not Spam folders.

A sample of the emails that were sent:

[NAME]  I thought of you when I seen this http://wvw.news7idaily.com/ get back to me

Digging deeper I discovered than it was not my Gmail that was compromised, but my Yahoo. some of the persons recieving these emails were not a part of my gmail contacts list. but the emails were forged as if they originated from gmail. I guess the reason for that is that my yahoo profile indicates the gmail address as the primary one.

If this happend to you too, here is what you need to do:

Find out exactly which email address was hacked. do not jump to conclusions assuming that the source of the emails sent is actually the one. compare to contacts list of each email to be sure.

Change your email’s password immidiately.

It is fair to assume that whoever pulled this off now have a database of you and all your contacts. and he can and will send more emails in the future. there is nothing we can do to stop him, but to pray every night that he dies a painful slow death soon.

As of how this happend to me, I’m not sure, but I have a few assumptions

1. The email was simply hacked. probably by using passwords from shady sites that I might be subscribed to.

2. I used an IM software, or logged in to my email through a virus infected computer.

3. One of the social sites that I gave my emails passwords to got hacked

I will be able to narrow down the exact reason with your help. please tell me why are you reading this page? what kind of email was the source of the spam? and any other idias you might have.

+1 if this was helpful.

Kaspersky Anti-Banner, So unfair

Did you know that Kaspersky products have the ability to block banners? think this is a good thing right? Ok, if it would only block Big, noisy, gambling related ones.

This Kaspersky my dears is also blocking Google ads, like the nicest ads ever? ads that provide for poor webmaster kids.

This is so unfair you guys, having the ability to just enjoy the content provided by hard working webmasters for free without even allowing them the few cents they are expecting in return from you.

Isn’t that like stealing?

If you have a kaspersky product don’t enable the anti-banner. it is just not right