Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

How to trace an Email Address to a Person?

Have you ever received a random email from a person you’ve never even met? It’s always important to check the authenticity of emails from unknown senders before responding to them, as there is always a chance that they might be fraudulent. To do so make sure you do your proper research on the internet.

The only problem whilst looking up email addresses is that people don’t always have their email address posted on their websites, or in forums. There is a possibility that their email address can be used just for sending emails!

Let’s look at a few methods to find the person behind an email address:

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How to use Google Maps Offline?

Everyone should know how to use Google Maps offline, as your internet can give up on you anytime. Have you ever been trying to figure out how to get to a new place, when all of a sudden you finish your data pack, or you get a weak or no signal? Or have you been taking a new route to work recently, and need to use Google Maps nowadays? If yes, then it would make more sense to use Google Maps offline, rather than using your data connection every day, and guarantee reaching your destination on time.

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How to Play Basketball on Facebook’s Messenger App?

Believe it or not, Facebook has now made it possible for users to play a game basketball in their Messenger App. Facebook is honoring the NCAA or National Collegiate Athletic Association March Madness, which is a basketball tournament.

To play basketball on in the messenger app, all you have to do is send the basketball emoji to any one of your friends. After the emoji is sent, tap on the basketball in the message thread, and voila! The game starts!

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How to Run Android Apps on Your Computer?

First of all we would like to apologize to one of our readers for being almost a week late to replying to your email. His name is Shreyash, and we have also checked with him to make sure it’s alright if I use his real name. This is the email, Shreyash had sent:

Hi TEQnation, I’m Shreyash and I use a Windows Phone OS on my phone. I am very intrigued by the number of apps that the Google Play store makes available for Android users, but I can not use them on my Windows Phone. Is there a way I can use Android applications on windows PC?” 

Well Shreyash, thanks for emailing us your query, and sorry for getting back to you so late. The solution to your problem is called BlueStacks.

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How to Create Run Commands for Programs in Windows?

I like to get my work done fairly quickly, so that means I despise having to wait for my computer to start up, and get ready for me. Being the organized person I am, having to click through several different folders, and icons can be a tedious task. So to alleviate myself from the extra clicking, I use Run Commands. Remember the Run Commands I had explained to you before? Yeah those. It is actually possible for you to create a Run Command for your frequently used document, or software. That means that all you have to do is type your desired search item in the Run Command, and hit enter, it will instantly open up what you were looking for. In essence, with Run Commands you can access your favourite applications in a jiffy. Neat eh? Let’s take a look at how this is done:

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How to Compress an Image Online?

We’ve been asked quite a few times now, so we thought we should clear this doubt for everyone. Nowadays high resolution photos taken by good quality cameras can end up taking a few MB’s in storage space. Let’s face it we’ve all run out of storage space in one or another point of our lives, ultimately ending up either deleting or transferring photos.

To make your lives easier, and so that you won’t have to delete or transfer your cherished memories to capture new ones, TEQnation dedicates this article you.

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Is your Browser’s Privacy Mode really Private?

This article is dedicated for all those users out there, who think that browsing the internet in incognito mode, is like wearing an invisibility cloak online. The truth is, it isn’t.

For those of you who don’t know about incognito mode, it is Google Chrome’s private browsing feature which disables web cache, and browsing history. Essentially that means that all of your visited pages, searches, and cookies, will not be saved on your local computer. This lets users surf the internet, without storing any local data which can be retrieved later.

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How to Access Blocked Content Online?

8 Ways to Unblock Content on the Internet

There might have been many instances where you were in school, or at work surfing the web, opening new links when all of a sudden your webpage would display that the website that you are trying to access is blocked. Companies and educational institutes like to filter out what web pages can, and cannot be accessed so that their students or employees don’t get side tracked. Our ISPs will often block websites due to geographical restrictions.

Hence to stay on top of your game, and access blocked websites online, TEQnation provides the methods below:

  1. Use a Proxy Sites: Using a proxy site just means that you visit your desired webpage through a third party server. A list of proxy sites can be found here. All you have to do is click on the domain, and enter the website you want to unblock. While using proxy sites, just make sure you don’t enter any sensitive data such as passwords or your banking details, and you should be good to go!
  2. Use a VPN: A VPN or a Virtual Private Network not only provides you with a clock on anonymity, but also ensures that you can access everything on the internet. However, since there is no such thing as a free meal in life, VPN’s are also paid services. One such VPN is HideMyAss (https://www.hidemyass.com/), which can be available for about USD 12 a month.How to Access Blocked Content Online?
  3. Internet Archive: The Way Back Machine is an online Internet Archive that takes a backup of your site on a regular bases. This way if your website gets blocked for some reason, then you can still view a version of it, however it won’t be up to date. Make sure to check it out http://www.archive.org/How to Access Blocked Content Online?
  4. URL Recasting: Go to your browser and in the URL you are trying to access, add an “s” right after the “http.” So if the URL was http://www.TEQnation.com, then the new URL should be https://www.TEQnation.com . Then click on “Proceed to,” and the page hopefully should be unblocked.
How to Access Blocked Content Online?
Recasting the URL

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Password Protect a Folder Without Any Third Party Software

I was always a cautious person who liked to keep my personal stuff safe and secure. I tried a bunch of third party software, only to have a new toolbar installed in my browser. For those of you like me, who want to keep their files safe and away from prying eyes, I dedicate this article to you. The method I will show you will work on all windows operating systems, and is a simple piece of code using batch file programming. Here are the steps:

 

  1. Open Notepad, copy the code shown below, and paste it in the Notepad.

 

cls

@ECHO OFF

title How to Password Protect a Folder Without Third Party Software

if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK

if NOT EXIST TEQnation.comFolder goto MDTEQnation.comFolder

:CONFIRM

echo Are you sure you want to lock this folder? Press Y for Yes, and N for No (Y/N)

set/p “cho=>”

if %cho%==Y goto LOCK

if %cho%==y goto LOCK

if %cho%==n goto END

if %cho%==N goto END

echo Invalid choice.

goto CONFIRM

:LOCK

ren TEQnation.comFolder “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

echo Folder locked

goto End

:UNLOCK

echo Please Enter the Password to Unlock Your Folder

set/p “pass=>”

if NOT %pass%== TEQnation.com goto FAIL

attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”

ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” TEQnation.comFolder

echo Folder Unlocked successfully

goto End

:FAIL

echo Invalid password

goto end

:MDTEQnation.comFolder

md TEQnation.comFolder

echo TEQnation.com created successfully

goto End

:End

 

  1. Save the notepad file as Lock.bat

 

  1. Double click on Lock.bat. This will automatically create a new folder called TEQnation.comFolder.

 

 

  1. Move or copy all the date you want to keep secure into this folder.

 

  1. Double click on Lock.bat again, which will ask if you want to lock the folder. Press Y, and then hit enter.

 

 

  1. If you followed my simple instructions then the TEQnation.comfolder will be hidden now.

 

  1. To view the folder and its contents, double click on Lock.bat, and it will ask you for a password. The default password is TEQnation.com

 

 

  1. To change the password, all you have to do is replace com with the desired password.

 

Happy Safe Keeping! Oh and make sure you leave your comments below or send me a mail at Contact.TEQnation@gmail.com telling me how much you loved this post:P

10 Must Know YouTube Tricks

 

Watching YouTube is becoming an everyday ritual for some of us nowadays, yet we still don’t use it effectively. This is a ten section guide to enhance your YouTube experience and to teach you to extract more out of YouTube. Let’s take a look:

  1. Slow Motion- You can watch YouTube videos on slow motion! How cool is that eh? All you have to do is click on the video after it has buffered and then hold down the space bar button. Holding down the space bar will play and pause the video, creating a s low motion effect.
  2. Playing from a Specific Point- If you really value your time, and know the video you are watching inside and out, then skip straight to the point you want to watch. All you have to do is add #t=01m35s or #t=01m11s next to the URL, and the video will start from that point. Neat eh?
  3. Play Snake while the Video Buffers- Do you have nothing to do, while you sit and wait for your video to buffer? Then fear not, because you can play snake with the loading icon on in the video. Whilst the video buffers, simply use the up, down, left, and right arrow keys to get started, and chomp away at your food!
  4. Download YouTube Videos- Download your favourite YouTube videos seamlessly by adding “ss” just before the “youtube” in the link. So if the link were https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AqnCSdkjQ0, then to download the video add the “ss” in the link like this https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=0AqnCSdkjQ0. This will send you to an online YouTube video downloader that will do all the work for you. It will even let you select which format of the video you want to download!
  5. Know Your YouTube Shortcuts! – Ever feel too lazy to reach over to the mouse? If so, then learn to use these short cuts to YouTube to make your life easy. Press the spacebar or “k” key to play and pause the videos. The “j” key will rewind the video by 10 seconds, and the “l” key will fast forward it by 10 seconds. Last but not least, if you want to mute the video quickly then use the “m” key. The number “0” will go straight to the beginning of the video, and numbers “1-9” will jump to 10% to 90% of video.
  6. Control YouTube using the Keyboard- If you’re feeling super lazy one day or suddenly think that using the mouse is over rated then it’s time to move on. You can now control YouTube using nothing more than your keyboard. That’s right, all you have to do is type “/lean_back” next to the YouTube URL, and then you can literally lean back and use the user friendly interface to scroll through and watch your favourite channels using your keyboard keys.
  7. Make GIFs from YouTube Videos- To make gif images from your favourite YouTube videos, all you have to do is type “gif” before “youtube” in the URL like this https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=RDvCChbKGas.” Then you can even select the start and end time of the gif and make a meme out of it later!
  8. Customizing the Search Format- Well this isn’t exactly customizing the way YouTube displays the videos you searched for. Actually, why don’t you try searching for “Use the force luke” or “Beam me up scotty” in YouTube and see for yourselves!
  9. Disable Autoplay- The autoplay in YouTube can become annoying at times. To disable or turn of the autoplay feature, all you have to do is move to the top right corner of the YouTube screen and toggle of the autoplay button. That’s it!
  10. Karoake Time! – You can now turn YouTube into your very own Karaoke player. All it takes is just an extension download: Musixmatch to be exact. Download the Musixmatch extension for Google Chrome and see lyrics to your favourite songs overlap music videos.