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Facebook backing up your iPhone contacts behind your back!!

Most of the Facebook users who own an iPhone, they use Facebook Application for easier connection and social networking experience.

Recently some users realized that the phone numbers stored on the phone are uploaded to Facebook, without us knowing about it.

to check  this, Go to the top right of the Facebook screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, on the left side of screen click CONTACTS.

You will see all phone numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) are published. TO REMOVE, go to the right column, click on this page which will take you the page shown below:

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Click on REMOVE to remove the uploaded contacts.

Also you need to disable the SYNC option on your iPhone by going to Facebook App, as shown below:



How to Burn a Lion Install DVD and Create Bootable Thumb Drive

Lion is Apple’s first disc-less distribution of Mac OS X. While that’s great for folks with broadband, for others it can be a pain. You could wait until August and get a USB drive from Apple for $69 or you could download Lion once and create an install disc or drive.

Please note: After Lion is installed on your Mac, the installer file in Applications will automatically be deleted. Because of this, you will want to do this procedure before upgrading your machine. You can also move the installer from the Applications folder. You should also note that booting with a DVD will take significantly longer than booting from your hard drive, so be patient while loading up your install DVD. Using a USB thumb drive instead will greatly improve the installer loading speeds (see Step 4 below).

What You Will Need:

>> A blank DVD-R or 8GB or larger USB Thumbdrive 
>> Lion Installer

1. Crack Open the Installer File

The first thing you need to do is located the “Install Mac OS X  Lion” application icon in the Applications folder on your Mac.


Right-click on this application and select “Show Package Contents.” In the resulting folder that appears, navigate to Contents > Shared Support. There will be a file called InstallESD.dmg. Drag it to your Desktop as this is the file that we will burn to the blank DVD. 

2. Open Disk Utility

If you are using a USB Thumb drive, you can skip this step and go directly to Step 4.

Insert your blank DVD and launch Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities). Click the “Burn” button in the top left of the Disk Utility toolbar. A file chooser dialog will open. Select the InstallESD.dmg disk image that we just dragged to the Desktop.


In the resulting window, click the Burn button to begin the burning process. This process will take a while because there is over 3GBs of data being written to the disc.


3. Burn, Baby, Burn… It’s a Lion Inferno


After the disc has been successfully burned, it will be ejected from your Mac and ready to be placed in another Mac for installation. Insert the disc and restart your Mac while holding down the C key to boot into the installer disc you just created.


4. Portable Lion

If you don’t have a blank DVD, or want to create a bootable USB thumb drive installer instead, Disk Utility will gladly oblige. Open Disk Utility and select your thumb drive in the sidebar, and then click on the Restore tab.


For the Source area, click on the Image button and select the InstallESD.dmg file on your Desktop. Next, drag your thumb drive from the sidebar to the Destination field. When you have done this, click Restore to have the image “burned” onto your thumb drive. The only thing left to do is to plug it into you Mac, boot up your machine while holding option and choosing your thumb drive to install Lion.

How to remove unneeded programs in Windows XP


The removal of an unneeded programs from a computer with a Windows XP operating system can be accomplished by using two different methods.  The first method should be used by anyone with considerable knowledge or is comfortable with recognizing files associated with certain programs.  The second method is using the Control Panel to remove unneeded programs, and it is the most practical method used for program removal on a computer with Windows XP.

The first method is more of a brute force way of removing unneeded programs.  First step, you should locate the source file of the program by clicking on start menu, and navigate your way to the heading titled My Computer. You would click on the icon that resembles your hard drive, and is usually labeled with a “C”.   Your next step would be to click on the folder labeled Program files.  You would click on the file that contains the program that you are trying to delete.  The folder is usually titled with the same name  as the program you are attempting to remove.  You would highlight the folder and then click delete to remove the program. IYou will restart your computer as a final step to ensure changes will take place.

There is an advantage and disadvantage to using the brute force method of removing a program from your computer.  The advantage of using a brute force method for removing an unwanted programs is it quick. The disadvantage of using the brute force method, you sometimes will risk deleting a program needed by your computer to function properly; therefore, the brute force method is only recommended for anyone that has an advanced knowledge of the computer, software and Windows XP.

The second method for removing a program is with the use of the Control Panel. First step is to click on the Start Menu.  You should see the Control Panel as choice on the Start Menu; therefore, click on the Control Panel, and navigate your way to Add or Remove Programs.  By clicking on the Add or Remove Program, you will reveal a list of programs that are loaded on your computer.  You would locate the program you are attempting to remove, and select the program by clicking on the Currently Installed program box.  You can click on Remove to remove the program from your computer. In most cases, your computer must be restarted for the changes to take place.

The advantages of removing unneeded programs via the Control Panel are, it is most practical, easily understood by all users, and widely accepted method for removing programs from a computer with a Windows XP operating system. The disadvantage for using the Control Panel method is some programs can be pesky such as malicious programs that cannot be removed by using the Control Panel method. It would require an advanced knowledge of the computer and software to remove malicious programs that is meant to cause harm to your computer. The Control Panel method will easily remove unneeded programs from your computer under the correct circumstances.

Access Hulu from Outside the U.S. Without a Proxy Server


We’ve featured one or two ways to watch Hulu from outside the US, but one user over at Reddit has discovered another method, no outside proxy server required. All you need is a Firefox add-on and a few blocked ports.


Use a USB Key to Install Windows 7—Even on a Netbook


Putting the Windows 7 installation on a USB thumb drive has a few advantages—a small USB key is much more convenient for carrying around than a DVD, the OS will actually install much faster, and you can use a USB key to install Windows 7 on systems that do not have a DVD drive, such as a netbook. In fact, you can even install Windows 7 on netbooks that have fairly modest hardware. Dennis Chung, an IT Pro Evangelist at Microsoft recently posted a video demonstrating how easy it is to prepare your thumb drive and use it to install Windows 7.


How to Build Your Own Gaming PC??!!

To build a gaming PC is to enter a dazzling realm of modern engineering, blazing fast processors and cutting-edge graphics. Why, just the process of selecting a hard drive offers hundreds of possible options, each one representing an opportunity to fine-tune your machine into peak performance. This is the guide for people who cannot be bothered with that crap.


How To Rip DVDs with VLC

Here we will take a look at how to rip DVD movies with VLC for Windows.

Note: This feature should work with VLC versions 0.9.6 and up.

Ripping a DVD with VLC

Load up the DVD you want to rip and start up VLC.  Then under Media click on Convert / Save.



5 Unique Ways Create A Presentation Without Installing Any Software

These days, there are many uses for a presentation slideshow other than giving an actual presentation. You can use a presentation as a sales tool, upload them to a social site or even embed them onto a page on your own site.

However, to create a presentation, you need some sort of software. Or do you?

If you are going to create a presentation slide deck, you would likely think of PowerPoint. But what if you do not want to pay for the full version use it more than the trial period allows.

Keep in mind that when you are using one of the options below, you will be somewhat limited. If you are looking to make something super fancy, you may want to look into Keynote (Mac) or PowerPoint.

Some common features all of the below will have are:

  • Downloading as .pptx (PowerPoint) file
  • Save to PDF
  • Print slide deck
  • some sort of collaboration


Playable Nintendo Controller Coffee Table

The really cool thing about this coffee table is that it is completely playable, all the buttons are entirely functional and it can be connected to a normal NES console and played like a normal controller. I was gonna get a small movie of that in progress, but I didn’t have time right then.


How to make a Sawed-off USB Key

It’s no secret that there are a lot of strange USB devices out there, particularly flash drives. Not a comprehensive list, but we’ve sure seen Lego, twigs, action figures, bowling balls, sushi, anatomical parts, transparent drives, erasers, cassette tapes and on and on and on.


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