How to Hide Your Details in Shared Endorsements in Google Ads

When you +1 something, your name and photo will be shown to friends and others.These are called Shared Endorsements. Till October 10th, your details were shown only to +1’s done on places like Google Play.

Google updated it’s Terms of Service (ToS) on October 11th, 2013. 3 main changes have been announced.

  1. Your name and photo will be shown in ‘Shared Endorsements’ in Google ads, in addition to shown in other contexts like Google Play +1s
  2. Awareness on how to keep your mobile devices safe.
  3. Awareness on how to give your Google password safe.

Thankfully, Google gives us an option to opt out from this. You can choose to not show your name and photo on Google ads.

How to hide your details in Shared Endorsements in Google ads?

  1. Go to Shared Endorsements settings.
  2. There you will find an option to disable showing your details on Google ads.
  3. Un-check that and save the settings.

Google Ads Shared Endorsements Settings

Note : For those aged below 18, things are different. Their details will not be shown in the shared endorsements, but they may see shared endorsements from others.

Insert Your Signature into a Gmail Attachment With a Single Click

Usually signing documents online is a very tedious process. For example, someone wants your signature scanned on a document. Ideally you have to download the document as an attachment from your email account. Then we take a print out of the document and put a signature on it. Finally, we have to scan the same document and send it back.

HelloSign allows users to do this in an automated way. It works well on Chrome if you add their extension.

How HelloSign Works:

  • First log-in to your Gmail account and also install the HelloSign Chrome extension.
  • Then you will have to create an account with HelloSign. You can also use your Google account to simply sign up.
  • Enter a specimen of your signature and save it.
  • Now when you check your Gmail attachments it gives your an additional option to ‘Sign’.

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  • This will open up pop-up that allows you to insert your saved signature into the attachment.

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  • This inserted signature then is saved on your attachment. Send the attachment back to the person who needs your signature on a document.

This works great to insert not just signatures but also your initials. Additionally this is good for the environment as you do not have to take out printouts just to sign a document and scan it to send it back.

Do you know of any other similar services? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Hello Sign Extension

Convert Web Pages to PDF and Send to Google Drive

PDF have survived the the post-PC world. As a matter of fact, I think we will read a lot more PDFs because there will a lot more tablets being sold. Most websites do not publish content that really needs to be saved as a PDF file, but it might be necessary if you want to save a tutorial or a long 5000 word article.

As I accessing my files on different computers I tend to use Google Drive. Here is a handy Chrome extension I came across that converts a HTML page into PDF and saves it to your Google Drive.

HTML to PDF Save Google Drive

How it works:

  • Download and install the “Send to Google Docs” extension on your Chrome browser. The extension will show up a new icon next to the Chrome omnibar (address bar).
  • Now while looking up a website, just click on the icon.
  • The HTML page is converted into a PDF document. It opens a preview within Google Drive.

Some Negatives:

You have to be logged into your Google Account for this extension to work. Ofcourse that means we are not sharing our Google ID and passwords with a 3rd party, so it is not exactly a but drawback.

The files are stored by default in the root directory of Google Drive. Unfortunately it does not have the option of choosing a default folder to send the PDF to.

Also if you like PDF files and search for them try out these 5 tips for searching PDFs online.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Send to Google Docs (Chrome)

How to remove/block unwanted applications on Facebook

Most of the time we click on Facebook applications and install them which seems very interesting in the beginning but irritates a lot after some time due to useless notifications. This post will tell you how to block these unwanted Facebook applications permanently. You can also remove these applications but you will still receive notifications even after removing them so it’s better to block them permanently. For your information this block is only known as “permanent block” however you can unblock them anytime you want.

 How to block an app on Facebook?

1. Click on “Account” on the top right side of your Facebook profile page and select “Account settings” from the drop down list.

block facebook apps

2. Now click on “Applications” option on the left hand side of page. This will open the list of all apps installed on your profile.

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3. Now select the application from the list you want to remove or block and click edit for that. After that click on the application’s name that will open the main page for that app.

4. Clicking the name will redirect you to the main page of that application. On the bottom left side of that page you will see few links like “Add to My Page“, “Add to My Page’s Favorites”, “Subscribe via RSS” e.t.c. There you will find the required “Block app” and “Remove app” link. Use these links respectively to Block or Remove that app.

Drop a comment below if you’re stuck somewhere. Do check FbKnol for more tutorials :)

[How-To] Share your Facebook Photos on WordPress Blog

Facebook has become the place of interest for internet users to hang around, play games, network, share photos and more. It’s quite a common trend that everyone uploads their pictures on Facebook. If you are willing to show those photos on your WordPress powered blog, this is the right tutorial for you. :-)

Get the Plugin

We will be using a plugin to implement the feature on the blog. Fotobook is a WordPress plugin that will link to your Facebook account and import all of your photo albums into a page on your WordPress installation. It makes use of Facebook’s API so importing your photos is a breeze.
You can download the plugin here

Configure the plugin

Install the plugin from the admin section. and activate the plugin.
Once you activate the plugin, you can see something like in the following screenshot.

Link to fotobook settings

Click on the link and you’ll be taken to the Fotobook Settings page.

Fotobook Settings Page

Step 1: Authenticate

This step asks you to login to your Facebook account. This is the step by which you allow the plugin to access your account and fetch the images and publish to your blog. Clicking on the link opens a pop-up window as below. Enter your login credentials and click the login button.

This will take you to the next step, that is grant access.

After this step, you may close the pop-up window and proceed to the step 2.
Step 2 : Get Permissions
This step asks you to grant access for your photos and videos associated with your Facebook account.
Once you allow the Fotobook plugin to do so, you can close the window and proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Apply Permissions
By clicking this, you apply all the steps done before and save the settings. Once you click Apply Permissions your Facebook account will be added and you can see something like below.

 

Import Photos to blog

This will take you to the next step which is shown below.

Clicking on Get Albums will fetch from your Facebook account and list all the albums related to your account. By this time, the plugin have created the exact replica of albums on your Facebook account. You can even hide the albums if you don’t want to show that specific album by clicking the hide link.

That’s it, you are done. You can now access the albums at http://yourblogdomain/photos
The plugin also allows you to display photos in 3 styles.

  1. Color box.
  2. Embedded.
  3. Lightbox.


Select the style and you are all set. Do drop in your comments.

How To Create Widgets For Your Blog Using Wolfram Alpha

wolfram_alpha Internet today is dominant with search engines, with every search engine fighting hard to grab their share of market. But in this fight, there is one search engine that stands apart-Wolfram Alpha.

Wolfram Alpha, which was launched last year in May, has quietly created a niche for itself by providing calculable knowledge available to everyone.

In an attempt to let users use the computational knowledge of Wolfram Alpha on their site, it has recently come up with Widget Builder, which lets users create widgets easily. These widgets can then be used on blogs or websites or shared on various social networking platforms.

The widgets are built on top of Wolfram Alpha queries and anyone can create them without any programming knowledge.

In this tutorial we will see how to create a widget from scratch. We’ll create a widget to convert one currency to other.

How to create the widget

  • To create widgets you need to have an account with Wolfram Alpha. If you don’t already have an account create one here.
  • Once you have signed in, you’ll be taken to My Widgets page, where you can create a new widget and also view your existing widgets. This page also displays a chart that shows the number of people who have used the widget created by you. (to boost your ego :P).
  • When you click on Build Widget, you are taken to Query Template page. Here you write a search query as you would have done in a normal search engine. I queried for “US Dollar to Indian Rupee”. Now click on “Try it” button to see the result of your search query and if it is what you want then click “Use It”. If not, then modify your search query.

wolfram alpha search query wolfram alpha result search query

  • In the next step you’ll be asked to highlight the elements of your search query that you want to use as variable. I want US Dollar and Indian Rupee to act as variable so I’ll highlight those. This means that US Dollar and Indian Rupee are variables and can be replaced with any other currency in the final widget. So our widget will act as a currency converter for all currencies.

wolfram widget specify variables

  • Now you have to specify the label name and component type. Label name is what will appear before the variable field in the widget. Using component type you define whether you want to keep the variable field as “input field” or a “check box” or a “pop-up menu”. This might sound confusing now, but once we are done with the complete process, it will be clear.

wolfram widget specify label and field

  • The next step involves customizing the look and feel of your widget.
  • Now you have to decide the output you want to display. If you have used Wolfram Alpha before, you would have notice that unlike other search engines, it gives a detailed result for your query, which includes Interpretation, Assumptions, Result and other useful information. So in this step you decide whether you want to display all the outputs or some specific output. For our widget, I want only the result to be displayed.

wolfram widget output

  • In the next step you decide how you want the output to appear- as a pop up, or embedded below the widget. After that just enter the name, category, tags and description for your widget and hit Publish button. You are done. :D

Your widget will get published in the Widgets Gallery under a Creative Commons License. You can embed the widget on your blog or share it with others. You can see the widget created in this tutorial here.

wolfram our widget

Wolfram should be praised for making the entire process of creating widget so simple. Since this is still in beta stage, you can expect more modifications in the near future.

So go ahead and create your own widgets or modify the existing ones. But don’t forget to share the link of your widget with us :).

Do let us know if you found this tutorial useful. Will you use it to create widgets for your blog?

Create Restart Icon on Your Desktop to restart your PC with a single click

Restart, is the function that which makes us to start our computer again by clearing any pending errors, or to bring system to normal position in controlled manner, or after finishing downloads few of the software or drivers etc asks for restarting the computer and there are many other reasons for us to restart our computer.

Being such an important aspect which brings system to back normal condition, every PC user will use this restart button. For high configured system, this is not such an important function, but for low configuration systems, it is such an important function which helps the system to return back to its normal condition.

It would be really helpful for us to have Restart Icon on our Desktop to restart our computer with just a single Click.

Note : This trick is tested only with Windows XP Operating System.

This tricks enables you to set the time at which your PC will start the restart process. With just a single click on the Restart icon will terminate the entire running applications and starts the restart function after a predefined time.

Lets jump into the procedure for Creating Desktop Icon for Restart Function :

  • To creat the New Shortcut icon, right-click at any empty area on your desktop and proceed to New and then to Shortcut.

  • This creates a small widnows dialog box which will appear with name “Create Shoutcut“. In “Create Shortcut” window, type “SHUTDOWN -r -t 30“. This command begins with a 30 second count to restart your computer.

  • In the above command “t 30″ means “Time in seconds“. This command restarts our computer automatically after half minute.
  • Then click on Next Button and then type the name of Shoutcut “Restart” and click on Finish.

  • This creates a Shortcut Desktop icon for Restart function.
  • If you click on it, then a window dialog box will appear as “This system is shutting down. Please save all work in progress and log off. Any unsaved changes will be lost. This shut down was initiated by administrator”.

Benefits :

  1. Saves Time.
  2. Saves Power as well.
  3. Efficient in process. (100% safe)

In order to stop the times if once you click on the Shortcut icon, Open “Run prompt” and type “shutdown -a” which terminates the timer as well as stops the system from restarting.

Express your views after trying this Trick out, this is a valid trick for Windows XP, if possible just try it out on Windows 7, Vista  and comment about your experience.

How to Create or Find WordPress API Key

Few WordPress plugins like Akismet, Wp.com Stats needs your WordPress API key to work. For many new WordPress users, finding API key is tough at times. This post is useful for budding bloggers who stepped into WordPress recently. This post will guide you on how you can find your WordPress API key.

Create an account at WordPress.com:

WordPress.com is a free blogging platform by Automattic and you can create a free account by going to WordPress.com. Remember this is most useful step in order to get your API key.

Once you have created your free WordPress.com profile, login to your profile and click on this link. You will find something similar to this, I have blurred my API key in this screenshot.

Wordpress API key
Wordpress API key

Part, after Your WordPress.com API key is: Your API key, and this is the one you need to use to activate important plugin like Akismet.

How to Configure and Use Gocodes WordPress Plugin

In my earlier post I talked about Gocodes WordPress plugin which let you turn your affiliate links into sweet clickable links. For those who are still not sure about how to use this plugin to hide your affiliate URL.

Download and install Gocodes WordPress plugin from official WordPress page. Once this plugin is downloaded and installed click on Settings>Gocodes and configure the URL trigger part.

What is URL Trigger in Gocodes WordPress plugin?

URL trigger is that part which will be added before your affiliate link shortcode  in link generated using Gocodes WordPress plugin, By default it is /Go/, You can change it to Recommend, Suggested or any word which you like. In this example I’m using Go as URL trigger.

Ex: http://wpveda.com/go/Hostgator/

You can also add nofollow attribute from here and I will suggest that, since Google search engine don’t promote excessive usage of affiliate links.

Gocodes Settings
Gocodes Settings

Once you are done with this, go to Tools> Gocodes and add your affiliate link and word which you want to use your keywords to use for that affiliate link. In this example, I will be using my hostgator affiliate link which is ugly to the core and I will be turning it into pretty link.

Gocodes Redirection add
Add Gocodes redirection

Now you will see list of your affiliate links with no. of clicks on the same page:

Here is a simple example, my ugly-looking Affiliate link for Hostgator turned into following link:

http://wpveda.com/go/Hostgator/

Is in’t it easy? Now it’s your time to turn all your affiliate links into good looking affiliate link. Do let us know if you have any question, regarding this plugin.

How to Use Twitter Videos from Official Twitter Youtube Channel

Twitter starts teaching simple basics of twitter like how to tweet, what is retweet, what is timeline etc. They have started making video tutorials to help the newbies on twitter.

The recently launched Twitter help center has now some good howto videos on “What is Retweet?” “What is Following?” “What is a Timeline?” and “How to Find People and Be Found“. All these videos are made by Twitter and they have also set up a YouTube account for these videos.

Follow Twitter YouTube Channel – Link

Here are some videos from official twitter youtube channel –

1. Retweeting

2. What is Following ?

There are more videos on YouTube channel, If you’re a beginner then these videos will help you to understand much about twitter.

Do let us know what do you think about this initiative ? Are you using Twitter? You can follow Devils’ Workshop official twitter client @devils_workshop