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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

FaceBook TimeLine : Make Attractive Cover Profile. - Tips to start/ activate your Timeline view, its advantages and how to make more attractive profile.

“Facebook TimeLine. Tell your story with a new kind of profile” – as explained by Facebook itself, Timeline gives a great look to your Facebook profile page.

You can manifest a lot more, share easily, and control the layout more coolly, in the new facebook profile avatar. For better explaination you can visit
Facebook Timeline Details and Description (FAQ)

This new profile design that has rolled out this month is different from previous Facebook design updates. Tis time users will just love it: Timeline lets them be a designer.

The Timeline view of your profile basically divides your profile into three categories
1. Your Cover
2. Your Stories
3. Your Apps

For example you can see the following Pic of a Profile page in Timeline view: (click to enlarge the picture)


You can use an stunning pic, (or any interesting one for that matter), as the cover of your profile. This will be shown in wide view. And the profile pic that was initially used will also be visible in left corner.

Your stories are your day to day happening in a time line format.
And your Apps, are the collection of your Apps that you use and its activities.

Cover Photo must tell something. Your cover is the first impression of you a user will get when he or she goes to your page. But remember, Your profile photo should be of you; your cover photo can be anything.
Edit your photos Please!. The cover is a huge space, so a high-res photo will look best. You must crop to make it better.
Click and drag on the picture so that it looks good. Tis will automatically happen when you hover your mouse over the cover picture. You will be prompted to drag and drop your picture so that u can let best portion of the Photograph to be viewed.
Be creative in choosing Cover photo.Use Web sites that help you design your own cover and share it. Sites such as MyFBCovers and SiteCanvas


It is important to note that Facebook said it will automatically push the timeline live seven days after someone signs up for the new feature. However, if folks are content with what's shared after reviewing it, they can push it live themselves at any point within that period. This was already accessible to Facebook App developers via OpenGraph API, but now Facebook itself has launched timeline feature in Full Public Release making it available to million of users together.

I am attaching a snapshot of my own profile in timeline view: (click to enlarge the image)


Activating Timeline View

How to switch / convert to Cover page View / time line view in Facebook

You can activate this type of profile by visiting the page described above.
Or simply click here...
Get Facebook Timeline View Easily in a Click
And click on "Get It Now"

Now first of all, lets see what is Facebook TimeLine. Facebook describes it as following:

What is a new Timeline view in facebook?

Your timeline is your collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story. Here are some of the things you can do on your timeline:
Add a cover
Edit your basic info
Jump to the past
View your activity log
See highlights from each month
Star stories you want to highlight
Add life events
Update your status
View and add photos
Share your app activity

This can be seen from the following page Help From Facebook Website Timeline


For example I have attached my Facebook Profile page. See the time line view in red circle.
Users can click on those places to go directly to specified time in your story. The new timeline feature will aggregate all your old Facebook stuff at one window and you/viewers will be able to switch between times (ie. month and year easily).

This new feature from Facebook, the largest Social Networking Website, is just awesome. And the entire outlook is just fabulous.

And just keep in mind, since this is new design, u will need time to get used to it. But during this time do not be forced to post something that u do not want everyone to see. For that purpose one simple question will pop up in ur brains that "How do I hide a story on my timeline?"
The answer is straighforward, To hide a story so that it no longer appears on your timeline:
Hover over the story and click button that appears on right of your post. (this is similar as before. only nomenclature has changed. !). Then Click Hide from Timeline.

Cheers to Facebook!
Cheers to the world!!
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Friday, December 16, 2011

How to set WinDbg as your Default Postmortem Debugger

In one of my my earlier post related to Microsoft Useful Apps and Powertoys for Windows, I already talked about WinDbg. WinDbg is a tool for debugging any Crash in a program. This tool automatically syncs up the required pdb files ie. The symols file from the MSDN and enables your machine to debug the problems. Refer http://http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/installx86.mspx You can have a dump of your crash and investigate, or contact your administrator. In addition, you can also log a radar (defect/bug) on the Microsoft. (Also See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WinDbg)

This time I m gonna xplain how to set WinDbg as a Default Windows Postmortem Debugger.

Usually Windows system has Dr. Watson as the default debugger. But undoubtedly, Windbg has upper hands.

So what you can do is as follows:
1. Try to Install the latest Windbg Debugging Tools for Windows:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/devtools/debugging/default.mspx
2. You can Set WinDbg as a default debugger by issuing the following command:
WinDbg -I
It is very important to note that the letter 'I' must be capitalized.



3. Create some folder where the dump will. Give it full read/write permissions.
4. Open Registry editor (Run->regedit at command line)
Go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AeDebug
It has the following value:
"C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows\windbg.exe" -p %ld -e %ld -g
Append this with following string:
-c '.dump /o /f C:\DMP\dmp1.dmp; q' -Q -QS -QY -QSY
The new key will have something like this :
"C:\Program Files\Debugging Tools for Windows\windbg.exe" -p %ld -e %ld -g -c '.dump /o /f C:\DMP\dmp1.dmp; q' -Q -QS -QY -QSY
[Lets assume here C:\DMP is the folder u wanna make dump creation folder]
5. Important to note the address of WinDbg, since it may vary depending on or OS being x86 or 64 bit.
6. Now it is set as postmortem debugger. In case of any crash now, windbg will pop-up saying the error is encounterd. Dump is stored in the folder allocated earlier.

You must remember the following:
a) Dump is not appended, so if there is some old dump, then that will be over-written
b) On some OS like Win Server 2k3, Win-XP XP and later, you can use the /ma switch instead of /f to save additional debugging information.

Readers can email me personally, as many regularly do, if they found the article helpful and wanna share how this helped them in their roles. Finding my email address is not at all any deal ;)
Cheers!!!
-Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz

GeoBing by Anwar Faiz: First Facebook App using Bing Maps

I have developed a new Facebook Application and wanted to post something about that.


Name of the Facebook App: GeoBing

Description: Use the GeoBing App to share your location on Facebook using Microsoft's Latest Bing Maps. Your Profile would get updated with your current location and map.

Importance: GeoBing Facebook Application is the world's first innovative way to share your Geographical Location over Facebook using Bing Maps. You can even do it from your Laptop and Desktop Browsers.!!

GeoBing FaceBook Link: http://apps.facebook.com/geobing/?ref=ts

Steps to use:
Step 1: Click this button Show map. [You need to click this]

Step 2: When prompted, allow your location to be shared to see Geolocation in action

Step 3: When you see your Location information on the Map below, Click 'Post to Facebook' button on the bottom.

Effect: Your geographical location would be posted over your Facebook profile page.

Help promoting this App. This was designed in curiosity to use Bing Maps. And I am happy and glad to let you all know, GeoBing is the first Facebbok Application that uses Microsoft Bing Maps to post your Geographical location. This works from your desktop, laptops, handheld devises, Samsung Galaxy S2, Iphone, Ipads etc.

Love u all.
Keep clicking advertisements. Keep reading more original contents.
-Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz

PHP Curl not working on GoDaddy Host : why and Solution

Problem is that sometimes PHP Curl library not works on GoDaddy Host. Why curl is not working and how to solve this issue is what this post is all about.

I was trying to use curl library in my php code. But was soon tired of seeing numerous failures. My code was pretty much neet [those who know me know that well. I like cleanliness!! ;) ].

Still I was getting timeouts or some or the other errors , as I tried playing between parametrs. It was after some research over the internet and the manual, I found out that the trouble was because of host. Actually, GoDaddy uses a proxy server.

Voila!! You got it!!

So now on, if anyone uses GoDaddy as host and wants to use the curl library in his codes, has to just tweak his code by some additional lines.

Let us assume that $hn is the curl handler.
Then you have to include this line in your PHP Code---
curl_setopt($hn, CURLOPT_PROXYTYPE, CURLPROXY_HTTP);
curl_setopt($hn, CURLOPT_PROXY,"http://64.202.165.130:3128");



Lets see an example..

<?php
$url = "http://www.meonshow.com/";

$hn = curl_init();
curl_setopt ($hn, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
curl_setopt ($hn, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
curl_setopt ($hn, CURLOPT_PROXYTYPE, CURLPROXY_HTTP);
curl_setopt ($hn, CURLOPT_PROXY,"http://64.202.165.130:3128");
curl_setopt ($hn, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT, 120);
$res = curl_exec ($hn);
if(is_int($res)) {
die("Error occured: " . curl_errno($hn) . " : " . curl_error($hn));
}
curl_close ($hn);

print "Target URL: " . $url . " " . $res;
?>


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