Find your Facebook stalkers

(This is not a scam and it works)

Find out who visits your Facebook page the most. This is not a stupid chain mail thing, it really works. You just need to know a little about computers.

To get a sorted list of friends who’ve visited your profile page you don’t need to install any applications or programs, just follow these simple steps:

1.
Make sure you’re logged into your Facebook account.

2.
Paste all of the following text into a web browser:

view-source:www.facebook.com

3.
Search the page of HTML code for the following words: InitialChatFriendsList

4.
Right after this keyword you’ll see the following: {“list”:[“1111111111″,”2222222222″,…,”9999999999”]}
These numbers are Facebook ID’s of your friends; the first number is the one who’ve visited your profile page the most and so on.

5.
Go see who the specific person is by going to the following link, replacing the X’s with the ID’s found.
www.facebook.com/XXXXXXXXXX

How to block a website for free, no software needed !

If you need to block a website from a computer you can buy expensive software or even hardware. But you can forget all that and use a feature that most, if not all computers have built right in to the operating system. It’s available on Windows, Apple OSX, Linux and others, the name of this feature? The Hosts file, that’s it, a plain old text file. Is that all I hear you say! Well yes, let me explain.

As you probably know by now all computers on the Internet use IP addresses. The basic idea is that every computer needs a unique address, a bit like a postal address. This is so the data you requested or sent gets to the correct computer.
Along time ago when computers first started using IP addresses, people got a bit annoyed at having to remember IP addresses of everyone’s computers. So a system was invented for the Internet to convert IP addresses to names, and names to IP addresses. The name of the system is DNS (Domain Name System), its just like a big telephone book.

Most computers have a little IP Address telephone book located on the hard drive for converting ips to names but normally its not used, as its better to use the DNS on the internet. But, if you want to, you can still use it to block some websites.

Every time you use a browser and go to a site, the very first thing your computer will do is check the little telephone book on your computer (it’s not actually called the little telephone book, it has a much more catchy name, the “hosts file”). Wow great name, well that’s it, the hosts file.

So, you could add a website address to the hosts file and give it the ip address of the wrong computer, or the better way is to use the ip address of itself. That way the request will never go anywhere, the ip address used for the local computer is always 127.0.0.1.

It would be in a loop, so for instance, add http://www.bannedwebsite.com to the host file and it redirects to itself!

Here’s how you do it:

On a windows XP machine the hosts file is located at  :C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\

The standard windows hosts file looks like this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost

Add your site you want to ban and the hosts file could look like this:

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost
127.0.0.1       http://www.bannedwebsite.com

Remember, anything starting with a # is ignored.

On a Mac its in the “etc” folder. To find that you need to open the Terminal application. You will also need to be logged in as root.



New iPhone jailbreak app goes live, but I found a bug and a workaround!

This is old now:

Those guys at the iPhone dev team have released a new Jailbreak for the latest iPhone OS.  If you try to use it I found that it just hangs, yes I know the website will be over loaded but even using a mirror site I still had problems.

The fix I found was to go into the Settings/Safari and clear the History , cache, and cookies. Then try the Jailbreak again.

Run the jailbreak from your iPhone safari browser here www.jailbreakme.com or if that’s busy try http://jailbreakme.modmyi.com

Water damaged iPhone or iPod touch? Check if Apple will fix it.

Apple will not swap or repair a water damaged iPhone / iPod touch even if it’s still in warranty.  As with most handheld devices, the iPhone has a built-in water damage detector (Blackberry has it next to the battery). It’s not a very technologically advanced detector but it does the job.

If you need to check your iPhone or iPod touch water damage indicator follow these instructions:

Remove the headphones from the device

Use a light and look directly down the headphone  socket

At the base of the socket is a water detector (it’s just plastic or paper that changes colour)

RED means water damaged

WHITE is no water detected

(The iPhone 3G and 3GS have an additional detector located at the bottom of the case near the screws)

If it’s white then take it back to apple and get it swapped out (Don’t tell them it got wet)

If it’s red then forget taking it to Apple. (I wonder if you could open the iPhone / iPod Touch and change the red detector for a white piece of paper?  If anyone manages to succeed let me know!

You can try and remove the water from it by putting the iPhone in a sealed bag with some uncooked rice. The rice will absorb the moisture over some time if you leave the iPhone in the bag and in a warm place.

How to reset an unresponsive iPhone/iPod touch and get it working again!

Sometimes the iPhone can lockup and stop working or just show the Apple symbol and not do anything else. But panic not, normally an app has caused the phone to crash and it needs to be restarted.

Here’s how you do it:

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the red slider. Normally, this is what you would do to power down your iPhone or iPod touch. In this case however, when the slider appears, release the sleep/wake button and then press and hold the Home button.

If that won’t work, try this:

How to Restore the iPhone

If you still have no success with the reset the only other option is to do a restore using iTunes. This will wipe your iPhone but should get it working again, follow these steps to get the iPhone into Restore mode.

Step 1. Turn off iPhone

Step 2. Hold down the power and home button.

Step 3. When you see the Apple logo, release the power button but continue holding the home button down.

Step 4. Open iTunes and wait for it to tell you that it’s in restore mode.

Alternative Method:

Step 1. Connect iPhone to USB then listen to the sound when it connects and disconnects.

Step 2. Hold the home and power buttons until you hear the disconnect sound then release power button.

Step 3. Wait until you hear another sound then release home button.

Step 4. Open iTunes and wait for it to tell you that it’s in restore mode.