RecordTV: Complements XinMSN

It’s no longer cool to just watch TV shows on the TV anymore. The increased demand for shows anytime, and anywhere, have seen the improvement of services such as Toggle and Xinmsn. As an alternative to Xinmsn, there’s RecordTV which offers a Digital Video Recording (DVR) service in the cloud / internet.
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Bootable Ubuntu USB Stick

Ubuntu, a popular Linux OS, can easily be loaded onto a USB thumbdrive and run from there. Using Linux might sound scary to people but the interface has been improved significantly and could be easily operated by majority of people familiar with windows or mac-based users after a initial learning curve. There are a number of advantages to loading Ubuntu and running it from a thumbdrive.

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32 / 64 Bit Drivers for Linksys WUSB54 Adapter Windows 7 / 8 / 10

If you are looking for 32 / 64 bit drivers for Linksys WUSB54G Wireless G USB Adapter WUSB54G ver 4.0, look no further. I upgraded an old computer to Windows 7 recently and chooses the 64 bit version but it was a painful process trying to find drivers for the Linksys WUSB54G Wireless-G Adapter. It was an old WiFi adapter but still working well. If you use an Ethernet connection, you can get the drivers for it over Windows Update. I didn’t had that option available and had to search the net a fair bit looking for the driver. To cut a long story short, I found it and currently hosting it on my Dropbox to help out fellow users.

These drivers have been verified to be compatible with Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 as well!

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Google Now! How to add Google Calender Entry

Do you use Google Now? Thanks to the folks at XDA they have compiled a very helpful list of the cards and their respective commands to trigger them. There might be some you may not have known so check it out and give them a try. Deep inside, we all know that it’s fun to talk to a machine and hearing a synthetic voice in response.

Now (pun intended!), it seems that Google might have missed out on adding calendar entries to the list of Google Now functions. Blasphemy! It can tell you what time to leave for your next appointment but it ain’t smart enough to add one to your calendar.  Would this have stopped the folks at XDA? Clearly not, as they have came up with a simple workaround to get it to work by sending an SMS to Google servers and it’s very accurately detailed in Post #3. However, this method is not available to the rest of us that live outside the United States.

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Custom Jelly Bean for LG Optimus 2x (root)

The Jelly Bean version of Paranoid Android for the Optimus 2X is amazing. The LG Optimus 2X was not a popular phone in Singapore but it served me well as a decent dual core Android phone, However, the lack of updates from LG has been plain disappointing. Till now, there is no official graphics driver support beyond Gingerbread Android OS 2.3 and official news releases of them publishing an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM has kept delaying. For this reason, I would not consider buying the LG Optimus 4x, despite the comparable hardware specs to the other top phones like S3 and HTC One X. Thankfully, the community is very strong and they have been very active in developing their own instead.

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Facebook Open Graph: How to get your FB Shares and Likes to Appear Right

I had a problem with the site where if a reader were to share a post or like a page, the resulting box that appeared on Facebook had the wrong thumbnail and shared post excerpt. It was frustrating to see the wrong information being submitted. Luckily, we have since been able to resolve this! This helps to resolve Facebook using the wrong thumbnail and summary for the pages that you share.

Well, the best way to ensure your WordPress site gets recognised by Facebook is to include the Open Graph tags. Facebook Open Graph protocol allows you to share your blog content not only with your readers, but their Facebook friends as well. The best part is whenever someone liked your content(s), it will be published on their Facebook profile and shared with their friends. But that’s not all, Open Graph has a few more advance features which we might explore in future. It allows you to explore more interesting ways to interact and engage with your readers (such as watch a movie, or ate at a restaurant, instead of just liking everything). Ultimately, if this is done right, it builds up your brand and increases your site’s traffic.

HongKiat.com has a very good article that clearly explains  how to integrate Facebook Open Graph with a self-hosted WordPress in a detailed step-by-step guide. It will require editing your existing WordPress theme and creating a Facebook application (if you don’t have one).

However, you may encounter that even after doing this step, when you try to share your old URLs, the information that Facebook displays is inaccurate. If that is the case, it likely means that the Facebook had already crawled your website and created the little preview that you see when you try to share a URL into its cache. This can be frustrating when you are trying to integrate the Facebook Open Graph into an existing website. Other tips recommend that you add slashes to your URL or use a URL shorterner but those just messed up your Facebook analytics. It turns out you can force Facebook to re-crawl or re-cache your site and update its cache by putting your URL into this tool: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug. That seems to shake the cache out.