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If you love to chat with your friends using Yahoo Messenger, you can simply download Yahoo Messenger and start chatting. But what if you have got two Yahoo Messenger user names and want to talk with your friends from two different user names at the same time? By default, Yahoo Messenger does not allow users to open more than one Yahoo Messenger windows at the same time, but we can do that by applying a simple tweak. This simple Yahoo Messenger tweak will help you in opening multiple Yahoo messenger windows at the same time and start using both of them.

Do note that this tweak will change the registry editor and hence I advise you to take proper backup before making any changes. This registry tweak will change the value of the number of Yahoo Messenger windows that be launched simultaneously.

Multiple Yahoo Messenger Tweak

Download the registry key, unzip it and then double click on it. If any confirmation window appears, click Apply to save the changes. This tweak works up to Yahoo Messenger 8.1 version.

[via Solid Blogger]

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Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin has a handy suggestion for making complaints—to customer support, bosses, or anyone, really—that will actually get heard and acted upon. The secret? Reverse your starting preface, and leave out the word “but.”

Photo by cote.

It’s easy to start off a complaint about your phone, your job, or your snow shoveling service by presenting your situation as an angry fact: “I’ve been a customer for X years, and this is ridiculous!” Seth suggests that starting your complaint with a positive assessment of where you’re at, followed by a little opening for improvement, will fare much better:

“In this economy, I’m lucky to have this job, and it’s almost perfect. It would be even better if…”

or

“I love owning this device, it lets me manage my life and contacts, and the one thing that would make it even better is…”

The important capping point is to never use the word “But” to make the transition between your satisfaction and your one niggling issue.

If customer service calls, in particular, are where you’re getting your high blood pressure these days, try a little reciprocity or being a “better customer”, in addition to some positive-thinking judo, to get your way.

Amplifying complaints [Seth’s Blog]

[via LifeHacker]

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We are all afraid of our email addresses being harvested and being used to send us spam. To overcome that fear, some bright person (who I don’t know) came up with an idea to use “email AT domain DOT com”, this essentially thwarted a spammer’s regex attack to harvest email address which were written as email@domain.com.

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However, spammers have gotten smarter, and using the above idea has gotten to be more dangerous than using your actual email address. Here is a very startling reason why, thanks to chris@localhost.

Search engines don’t index special characters, so an email of the form “email@domain.com” is protected from this sort of discovery.  The basic trouble is “email AT domain DOT com” is completely indexed by search engines, and its unique enough that whenever you see “at domain dot com”, you know its part of an email address.

So, rest assured if you continue to use this method to “protect” your email address, you might very well be saying hello to new spammers. Why? A simple Google query can give spammers access to at-least 1000 or more email addresses, and most spammers are usually good at writing decent regex to harvest emails.

How to Avoid Spammers and Still Share Your Email Address

Well, if you are already afraid of sharing your email address in public, let me tell you that there are several more ways in which you can actually share your email id online without having to worry about spammers.

Here are few ways in which you can safely share your email address online.

  1. Share your email address with reCAPTCHA Mailhide – One of the most effective ways (yet not foolproof) to put a halt to spamming is using a CAPTCHA. With the help of reCAPTCHA Mailhide, users will have to fill in a CAPTCHA before they can see your email address.
  2. Using Anonymous or Temporary Email IDs – Another efficient way of keeping away from spammers is to make the use of anon or temporary email IDs which cannot be linked back to your original account. If you think an anon ID is being spammed, simply delete it and your email will remain safe from spam.
  3. Email Obscurification – A good way to hide your email address on webpages is to obscure the actual email address and hide it behind a set of illegible code. This service provides a good way to obscure your email address using JavaScript.
  4. Using Images to Share Email – Another good way (yet not foolproof) of sharing your email address is to create an image with your email address and share it with others. You will find several online services to create images with your email address, Safe Mail is a good place to start out at.

[via Techie Buzz]

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  • Keep to your usual routine
    Follow your regular schedule as closely as possible before you fly. Make sure that you get enough sleep the night before you travel, and don’t do anything that’s particularly stressful or demanding. Keep your exercise regimen going – step it up a little, if possible – the week before you fly, and make sure your diet is healthy and that you are taking some good vitamin supplements and antioxidants. You don’t want to get sick before or during the flight, since this will make any jetlag feel worse, so keep your immune system up to par.
  • Get some sleep
    Jetlag seems to be worse after a night flight so traveling during the day may be preferable. However, if you’re flying during the night, it’s important to get some sleep. Just two or three hours will make a big difference to how you feel. Some people seem to have no problem with this, but I’m a light sleeper and find it very hard to fall asleep on a plane. You need to be reasonably comfortable – a Travel Pillow or Neck Rest can really help. Noise Canceling Headphones and a blindfold are really useful, too. Some airlines provide these, but they are often not very good, so it’s better to bring your own. All of these will halp ensure that you can screen out some of the noise of kids laughing, babies crying, people talking, etc.
  • Focus on comfort
    Airline seats are notoriously small and cramped, but it’s often possible to get a seat with more legroom – try to book an exit-seat, or look for cheap or free airline upgrades. Some airlines have a ‘premium economy’ service on their long-haul flights – these seats have more legroom and greater recline, and they aren’t necessarily much more expensive than economy class. Of course, you can sometimes get a good deal on or an upgrade to business class, which is an excellent service on most long-haul flights. The business class market is very competitive, and many airlines now have fully flat beds.
  • Keep hydrated
    Drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated, and don’t drink any alcohol, which has a dehydrating effect. I’m not sure why airlines seem to want to ply their customers with booze throughout the flight, but my advice is to say no to any alcohol that’s offered. Also, don’t drink much coffee or tea, since the caffeine might keep you overly alert.
  • Watch what you eat
    Some people try to manipulate their diet before and after flying, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence that this is effective. I think the best advice is simply to eat regularly at the usual meal times and to eat only small quantities – don’t have a heavy breakfast or dinner before or after flying, for example – stick to salad, fruit, a little meat, and avoid eating lots of starchy foods like pasta and potatoes. You don’t want to be hungry, but you certainly don’t want to feel uncomfortably full.
  • Get some exercise and stay fresh
    Try to get some exercise during the flight itself – walk around a bit, do some stretches. It can be very difficult to do much of this on a long-haul flight, but it’s very important to keep your circulation going. If you have to transit, walk around the terminal and try to get some fresh air, if possible. Also, keep fresh by cleaning your teeth and washing your face every few hours – it makes you feel better.
  • Jetlag remedies
    Several herbal and homeopathic preparations are available for beating jetlag. I have never tried these, but some people have told me they are effective. As with all such substances, it will be a matter of trial-and-error as to which, if any, works for you. The proper use of melatonin – a naturally occurring substance that regulates our sleep pattern – may also be helpful, but you do need to get the timing right, and I have personally not found this to be effective. The judicious use of more traditional sleeping pills may be helpful, but don’t overdo it, and be very careful about taking alcohol with such pills at high altitude – the effect will be magnified – and you don’t want to be sound asleep for many hours on a flight since this immobility will increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If in doubt, avoid such pills.
  • Be realistic
    Don’t expect to jump immediately and fully into your usual routine after your flight. Our bodies aren’t adapted for this kind of long distance travel, so it’s always going to be a little but tiring, whatever steps we might take. Take a shower, get some rest and, if possible, give yourself a day or so as a buffer so that you can recuperate before resuming your schedule.
  • Enjoy yourself and relax
    Travel can be a stressful experience, but it’s important to be as relaxed as possible to avoid feeling frazzled at the end of your journey. There are many things beyond your control – delays, baggage problems, the behavior of other people – and so the best thing is not to worry about these things. Just do what you can to make yourself comfortable, relax ad enjoy the experience. Even long-haul flights can be interesting and rewarding – you can have some time to yourself, to read, to write, to think – so why not make the most of it and enjoy the experience?

[via DLM]

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Google users will soon be able to upload any file type to Docs (as long as it’s under 250MB)—as opposed to the very limited slate of document types currently supported (like images, Word docs, PDFs, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations).

Photo from TechCrunch

Because Google Docs now supports files up to 250 MB in size, which is larger than the attachment limit on most email applications, you’ll be able to backup large graphics files, RAW photos, ZIP archives and much more to the cloud. More importantly, instead of carrying a USB drive, you can now use Google Docs as a more convenient option for accessing your files on different computers.

Tech news blog TechCrunch quotes Google Docs product manager Vijay Bangaru emphasizing that this is not the much speculated GDrive, but they appropriately point out that—regardless of what they’re calling it—it sure sounds like the GDrive people were expecting. Users will get 1GB of free storage to hold whatever they want, and they can buy more storage space for $0.25 per GB.

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Whether you’ve got a 10-foot cord that only needs to stretch one foot or you simply want to store your cords without worrying about opening your closet to a knotted mess, daisy-chaining your cords solves your problems with aplomb.

Productivity weblog Silver Clipboard details how to daisy chain your computer cords and demonstrates how doing so can be extremely handy for decluttering your cords. Apart from tangle-free storage, daisy chaining your cords is, as mentioned above, a great way to use a long cord in a short space without worrying about eight feet of extra cord cluttering up the space behind your desk. This isn’t quite the first time we’ve seen this idea, but it’s a slightly different application, and certainly worth revisiting.

[via Lifehacker]

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There are several times when you might want to just print certain text from a webpage. Instead of copying the text and pasting it in a Word or text file, you can use a simple trick to print selected text on webpages.

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To print selected tables on webpages, first select the text you want to print on a webpage and hit “Ctrl + P” to bring up the print dialog.

print_selected_text_printer_menu

In the printer dialog, select the radio button next to “Selection” if it is not already selected and hit the print button. That’s it, only the selected content will now be printed. If you are looking for more such solutions, you might want to check out how you can print only what you want in Internet explorer, or use the Print What You Like .

This trick has been tested in , and . Currently does not seem to support this feature, there is a lengthy discussion about the lack of this feature in Chrome, hopefully it should be added in the future versions.

[via Techie Buzz]

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