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5 tips for using Priority Inbox


It’s been a week since Gmail launched Priority Inbox, and now that you’ve hopefully had a chance to try it out, Gmail Blog wanted to share some tips to help you manage your email more efficiently. Here are five ways you can make Priority Inbox work even better for you:

1. Customize your sections
By default, Priority Inbox has three sections: “Important and Unread,” “Starred” and “Everything Else.” But that doesn’t mean you have to leave them that way. You can make a section show messages from a particular label (like your “Action” or “To-do” label), add a fourth section, or change the maximum size of any section. Visit the Priority Inbox tab under Settings to customize your sections, or do it right from the inline menus.

2. Train the system
If Gmail makes a mistake, you can help it learn to better categorize your messages. Select the misclassified message, then use the importance buttons at the top of your inbox to correctly mark it as important or not important.

For those of you who can’t live without keyboard shortcuts, don’t worry, you can use the “+” and “-” keys to adjust importance as well.

3. See the best of your filtered messages
You can set up Priority Inbox to show you not just the best of your inbox, but also the best of messages you filter out of your inbox and might otherwise miss. Just change your Priority Inbox settings to “Override filters” and Gmail will surface any important messages that would otherwise skip your inbox.

With this option turned on, you can use filters to archive more aggressively and worry less about missing an important message.

4. Use filters to guarantee certain messages get marked important (or not)
If you read and reply to a lot of messages from your mom, Gmail should automatically put incoming messages from her in the “Important and unread” section. But if you want to be 100% sure that all messages from your mom (or your boss, boyfriend, client, landlord, etc.) are marked important, you can create a filter for messages from that sender and select “Always mark as important.” Similarly, if you regularly read messages from your favorite magazine, they should automatically get marked as important. If you’d rather they end up in the “Everything else” section, you can create a filter to never mark them as important.

5. Archive unimportant messages quickly
One of the features that can help make you more efficient is the ability to archive all of the visible messages in the “Everything Else” section at once. Just click on the down arrow next to “Everything Else” and select the “Archive all visible items” option. If you want to be able to archive even more messages at once, you can increase the maximum number of messages that show in that section from the same drop-down.

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How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook


How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook With Facebook’s ever-growing popularity, it’s not surprising that fake accounts are after your online friendship. Here are some tips for detecting and avoiding friend spam.

Check Recent Activity

How to Avoid Friend Spam on FacebookWhen you receive a friend request and you’re not sure if it’s real, check the person’s profile to see their recent activity. If they’ve added an inordinate amount of friends very recently, there’s a good chance they’re spam.

Do You Have Friends in Common?

How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook One good thing Facebook does to help you out is let you know who else is friends with anybody else. If you don’t know who someone is but your friend approved the request, send them a message to find out before you add this person to your list. Perhaps your friends know them and can give you some background information, or maybe they just added him or her arbitrarily. Either way, it’s a quick means of finding out who might be at the other end of the request.

Be Wary of Suggested Friends

How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook
People You May Know is Facebook’s way of identifying some possibly worthwhile friends. While it’s been pretty accurate for me about half the time, the other half is filled with people who seem to have sprouted out of nowhere. Inevitably you’re going to have a friend who has a friend who’s really just spam. As a result, you’re going to get friend spam suggestions here and there. Be sure to check out people you don’t know before you add them.

Be Wary of Actual Friends

How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook
While a lot less common, spammers have actually taken data from real people and repurposed it in a fake account. When you receive a friend request from somebody you know, it takes about ten seconds to visit their page and see if anything looks a little off. If it does, send them a message first and make sure it’s really them. Chances are this isn’t going to be an issue you run into very often, if ever, but it’s always a good idea to check out friend requests before you approve them.

Validate Your Identity

How to Avoid Friend Spam on Facebook
A more extreme measure, mysafeFriend is a Facebook app that lets you validate your identity so friends know it’s you. Of course, they can’t truly know for sure, but it’s a more secure way of proving your identity. You just add the app to Facebook, click the big red “Validate Your Identity Now” button, and go through the first three levels. To validate further will cost some money, which seems to be their business model, but the first three levels are free and should be sufficient to prove that you are who you are. If your friends do this as well, you can be more confident that you’re dealing with real people. Of course, this is quite a bit of work on everyone’s part and is a pretty extreme measure for avoiding friend spam.


Got any great tips for avoiding Facebook friend spam? Let’s hear ’em in the comments.

PC health check


An essential guide to improving your computer’s performance.

A computer hard drive

Clearing out your computer’s hard drive can improve its performance

As time goes by, your computer’s performance can start to suffer as lots of different programs and websites fill up its working areas, and every so often they need a good clear-out.

It is just like servicing a car, and as such there can be quite a bit to remember.

All operating systems work best when at least 20% of the drive is kept free. You can make room by deleting unwanted photos, music and documents or by archiving your data on to removable storage like writable CDs.

Alternatively, with the cost of hard drives falling all the time, try buying a second drive to store your documents separately to the operating system.

DEFRAGGING YOUR HARD-DRIVE

Over time your hard drive can become disorganised with some files split into several chunks and stored in different locations on the disc. Defragging will shuffle the data around to store it more efficiently and improve access times.

Microsoft Windows has a good defrag tool built in, but make sure you have quit all other applications before hitting the Defragment button. This is a long and boring process, so have a cup of tea at the ready.

Apple says that its systems are less susceptible to disc fragmentation but nevertheless there are commercial defrag programmes available for the Apple Mac.

CACHE CLEAN-UP

Every time you load a webpage your browser will save it to your hard drive, meaning it is quicker to load on your next visit.

But this dump of pictures and text can become very large so follow your browser’s options to delete the cache or, as Microsoft Internet Explorer prefers to call it, your Temporary Internet Files.

MEMORY MANAGEMENT

To run smoothly, applications need plenty of short term memory – or RAM – so investing in another gigabyte or two will give you an instant boost.

But because the amount of RAM you have is finite, keep an eye on how many applications you have got open at any one time and quit any you are not using.

And on that note, check which programmes run automatically when your machine starts up.

In Microsoft Windows this is set in the System Configuration Utility. You can find this by going into the Help and Support Centre and selecting Tools. On an Apple Mac, right-click an icon in the dock and un-tick Open at Login.

SPYWARE

Not only does spyware put your personal data at serious risk but it also hijacks some of your processing power.

Windows users can use Microsoft’s Defender to clear out these dodgy programmes. but other spyware detectors are available for both the Apple Mac and PC.

They all work in the same way by searching your system and removing any offending data.

DRIVER UPDATES

Downloading the latest drivers for your hardware could give you a noticeable speed boost, especially if you have not done it since your machine left the shop.

POWER DOWN

Despite what you might think, the off button on the front of your machine is unlikely to be connected to the power supply, so pressing it might send your system to sleep rather than turning it off.

To change this, go into the Control Panel where you can find Power Options. In here you can configure what a thumb to the off button actually does: sleep or shutdown.

Get Notified When Your Facebook Account Gets Hacked


These days hackers and some other are so smart that may steal your account passwords and you never get to know about it, as they keep on logging to your account from other computers without your knowledge and peek into your account without your permission.

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In order to get rid to this worry that whether some one else is using your Facebook account, you should better enable the security option in Facebook which allows you to register your computers and mobile phone from where you access your Facebook account.

So, if any one else login to your account from some other computer other than the registered one or the some other mobile phone other than your registered mobile phone you will get notified via email.

Follow the procedure below which shows how to enable this security feature in Facebook

1. Login to Facebook in any Internet browser

2. Go to Facebook Account Settings

3. Locate Account Security under Settings and click Change and the check yes to enable this feature and click submit button.

4. Next time you login to Facebook it will ask you register your computer, you will need to enter your PC name.

Note: Now when someone else login to your account, you will get notified via email and via SMS also if you are subscribed for it.

Create Synchronicity Is a Tiny, Portable Backup and Sync Utility


Create Synchronicity Is a Tiny, Portable Backup and Sync Utility Windows only: Portable, open-source backup utility Create Synchronicity is a tiny but powerful way to run backups or synchronize folders on your system, an external drive, or to another PC on your network.

Once you’ve launched the utility, you’ll need to click on the New Profile icon and type in a name for the profile, which will open up the settings window where you can choose the source and destination folders and choose the other options you might want. Once you’re done, you can easily run the backup profile, or setup scheduling options to happen automatically. Create Synchronicity is free and open source, works on Windows systems only.

EVO and The Worst of PTCL


Few days ago While I was siting in my Office I asked my teacher , “Sir How’s your EVO going??” and his reply was, “I can’t use it on windows 7. Drivers are not compatible and I went to PTCL office twice for the solution and finally they said to me that EVO is not designed for windows 7. So I am going to Install XP also.”

At that time I was like “How is this thing possible?” Then I played with that for some time and found out a very simple solution for that. I just ran the EVDO software on windows 7 in compatibility mode using Windows XP SP3 as compatible environment and it worked fine. I am still not getting this point that the Biggest tele communication company in pakistan don’t have any solution for this problem. They are selling a product and they don’t have the drivers at all and no technical assistance is available.

I’ll write a tutorial on this soon for those who don’t know how to do this.

Want to be the GOD of windows 7???


Here’s a neat Windows 7 trick that’s been doing the rounds on the Internet. It enables “GodMode,” a term devised by the Microsoft development team, which provides a single place to access all Windows settings without needing to browse options and folders in the Control Panel.

To use it:

  1. Create a new folder.
  2. Rename the folder to GodMode windowGodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}(note that you can change the “GodMode” text, but the following period and code number are essential).
  3. The folder icon will change — double click it to show the GodMode window:

The window shows nearly 50 sections with quick links to configuration options. Strictly speaking, it’s not a God Mode since all the options are available elsewhere. It’s more akin to an “all tasks” list — but you may find it easier than stumbling through Windows numerous screens and panels.

Big Red Warning!

The trick appears to work on both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Vista 32-bit and Windows Server 2008 32-bit should also work. However, it is known to crash 64-bit versions of Vista — and you may need to boot in safe mode or to the command line to delete the folder.

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