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Happy April Fool’s day!

Posted in E-mail, Humor, Internet with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by Sirusdark

Today is prank day! :D

What did you do? Which prank made you laugh most?

I know one didn’t: Google’s Mic Drop Gmail feature: It could’ve been just a prank feature, but some people at Google thought a good idea to ACTUALLY implement it.

That Mic Drop send button featured did 2 things: it added the famous Minion Mic Drop animated GIF in the e-mail and prevented ALL REPLIES from going in the inbox. People sent important e-mails using this feature; some even reported their regular send button became a Mic Drop reply. Yeah. It backfired big time.

If you’ve been spared and didn’t get to see it in action, check out Google’s official blog : https://goo.gl/ukatBL

https://www.google.ca/images/branding/googlelogo/1x/googlelogo_color_272x92dp.png

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://gmail.googleblog.com/2016/03/introducing-gmail-mic-drop.html
-http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/apr/01/google-disables-april-fools-joke-gmail-mic-drop
-https://goo.gl/

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How to filter Internet content easily under 30 seconds

Posted in Browser, Free, Internet, Knowledge, Security with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2016 by Sirusdark

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Hello dear readers & visitors!

A friend of mine recently asked me if there was a way to easily filter web content so his kids and family wouldn’t stumble on adult content or other unwanted content.

Among the most simple solutions, one really stood out. It’s FREE, takes 30 seconds to implement, can be customized and in some case, can even increase your browsing speed!

logo-opendns

OpenDNS offer such a service and it’s free! In case you don’t know what OpenDNS is, it’s one of the biggest DNS service provider out there. Also, it’s now part of Cisco. So it’s not some obscure service I’m writing about.

How can you use it? Simply edit your DNS settings in your device or router! There are 2 ways to do it: with or without an account.

Keep-it-simple method

No account, configure and forget. Add these 2 FamilyShield nameservers (DNS resolvers) in your network settings and you’re good to go! It uses a set of presets and does the job well.

208.67.222.123
208.67.220.123

Power users & granular control

Want more POWAH? Create a free OpenDNS account, add your network, customize your categories, create whitelists, etc. and even help tag websites to improve the service!

If you don’t wanna do it for your whole network (via the router), make sure you install the little IP Updater app to update your IP address to your OpenDNS account. It’s available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

Here you can find the screenshots showing you how to edit your DNS settings in every Windows versions. It’s very straightforward. If you have any questions, ask!

https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows

Now remember, no amount of security and control mechanisms will replace good teaching and being a role model to others.

Be the example to follow.

Enjoy!

Sirus

References
-https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/
-https://store.opendns.com/setup/#/familyshield
-https://store.opendns.com/get/home-free
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/23282614
-https://support.opendns.com/entries/36904770-Configuration-for-Windows-computers
-https://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0/ac1/ac259/opendns.html
-https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/

Christmas Fun with Google!

Posted in Free, Games, Internet, Learning with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

I saw the latest Google mini-games (also called doodles) and thought I’d share them because they actually make you learn stuff! Music, countries, coding… Try the Santa Map Quiz… You’ll be surprise how hard it is! (or not!)

If you’re too scared getting caught playing cute-childish games, do it with kids! No one will know! :D

Google Santa Tracker Village

https://santatracker.google.com/#village

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This one celebrates Ludwig Van Beethovens 245th birthday and let’s you learn about his musical creation while enjoying a little story!

https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-ludwig-van-beethovens-245th-year

Enjoy!

Sirus

Are you YouTube HD Verified?

Posted in Browser, Computer, Internet, Security with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

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Hello!

While waiting for video stuff to render in Blender, I thought I’d share some cool resources!

Here you go!

YouTube HD Verified Network

Wanna know if you’re on a YouTube HD Verified Network? Yes?

Check it now! > https://www.google.com/get/videoqualityreport/

Blender Reference Manual

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Latest Blender docs > https://www.blender.org/manual/

HTTPS Everywhere!

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Finally, a free little Firefox extension you should use to increase your security on da web > https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/https-everywhere/

Enjoy!

Sirus

P.S.: Star Wars world premiere is tomorrow. But you knew that… right?

Attacks in France – Solidarity by Amazon (and me)

Posted in Did you know, Internet, Website, World with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2015 by Sirusdark

I was watching the news tonight on the situation in France and nothing less than HOURS later, Amazon.ca had updated their website with these images (did a quick montage):

amazon_montage_solidarity“Solidarity” by Amazon.ca

To my knowledge, this has to be among the fastest corporate social response I’ve ever witnessed. Amazon, I raise you my virtual hat.

To all French citizens and friends, you have my dearest sympathies.

Sincerely,
Sirus

P.S.: Found other companies who made a similar gesture? Share it!

References
-https://www.amazon.ca/
-https://www.amazon.com/

E-mail ALIAS – A quick how-to

Posted in E-mail, Internet with tags , , , on September 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Hello again fellow following followers!

As promised in my previous post (august 23), here’s a quick how-to for using e-mail Alias.

Whut?

First, what’s an alias? Well, just like the word means, it’s to be used as “another name”. The other name is usually desired when an e-mail account’s names is too crappy or simply too long/complex to remember. Ex.: An e-mail could look something like this: armando.ronaldo-di-caprio_mechette-ahrryato@companyname.de. With an alias, it could become something a lot easier to remember and to write down: a.ronaldo@companyname.de.

A very common use (which used to be advertised as such back then) is to change that e-mail name you created while in sixth grade. (Ex.: super_fire-skater1994@hotmail.com) Why change? You may (or not) realized later on that you just can’t use this e-mail on your CV because frankly, it ain’t professional. So, instead of creating a new account, you simply create an alias; john.armando@outlook.com. No new e-mail account and no new login to remember!

How?

Microsoft, Yahoo! or any decent e-mail provider should/must support the creation of alias. Note that weirdly enough, Google’s Gmail does NOT; you’ll need a new account altogether on that platform or use their “notes” system… which defies the very purpose of alias.

Here are Microsoft’s and Yahoo!’s alias creation instructions:

Microsoft Outlook.com (Live, Hotmail, etc.) alias creation

Yahoo! mail alias creation

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows/outlook/add-alias-account
-https://help.yahoo.com/kb/yahoo-business-mail/alias-sln17350.html
-https://support.google.com/mail/answer/12096?hl=en