Friday, June 24, 2016

My TwitterFeed Stopped Working; Nothing Is Posting to Twitter or Facebook

TwitterFeed offers the following instructions for troubleshooting designated posts that don't make to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

First, check that there isn't something in the feed that instructs TwitterFeed to stop posting items - for details of the elements that we check when deciding whether to post an item or not, see the previous entry "My feed updated once, but only once, and never again". If everything looks OK in this respect, it could be related to a problem with the realtime (pubsubhubbub) hub not sending us notifications, or with the server headers returned by the feed server incorrectly telling us there's nothing new to retrieve.

First, try the "check now!" link for the feed in the dashboard, this should run a fetch of the feed, and update to Twitter if it finds anything new. If this doesn't work, or the issue consistently returns after a manual check, please let Twitterfeed know at support@twitterfeed.com with details of the feed URL and your account, and they will investigate.

In addition to TwitterFeed's advice ...

Also, be aware that Facebook has a "Token" that expires every so often. If you are feeding your blog articles to Facebook, they will probably stop after a certain time interview. TwitterFeed shows the status regarding when the Token will expire.

To see the information, go to Dashboard: Feed: Step 2.

If you have already setup a Facebook feed, you will see it listed in the Step 2 page with the expiration date in brackets. Twitter doesn't have an expiration token.

Before the expiration (optimally) or after expiration date, click on the Facebook listing in the Step 2 page.

Next click on the blue button that says "Connect with Facebook" ... Make sure your previously connected personal Facebook page is listed in the first drop down menu. When you click the blue Facebook button, another dropdown menu will display below the blue button. Select the Facebook page in the dropdown menu where you want your blog article to post.

A new expiration date will appear.  The posts will eventually stop working after the expiration date, so it is best to do this procedure before the expiration date. The token lasts about two months, so a page connect today on June 24, 2016 would get an expiration date of August 24, 2016.

See also ...
help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88113-feed-isn-t-posting-even-though-there-are-new-items

My TwitterFeed Stopped Working; Nothing Is Posting to Twitter or Facebook

TwitterFeed offers the following instructions for troubleshooting designated posts that don't make to your Twitter or Facebook timelines.

First, check that there isn't something in the feed that instructs TwitterFeed to stop posting items - for details of the elements that we check when deciding whether to post an item or not, see the previous entry "My feed updated once, but only once, and never again". If everything looks OK in this respect, it could be related to a problem with the realtime (pubsubhubbub) hub not sending us notifications, or with the server headers returned by the feed server incorrectly telling us there's nothing new to retrieve.

First, try the "check now!" link for the feed in the dashboard, this should run a fetch of the feed, and update to Twitter if it finds anything new. If this doesn't work, or the issue consistently returns after a manual check, please let Twitterfeed know at support@twitterfeed.com with details of the feed URL and your account, and they will investigate.

In addition to TwitterFeed's advice ...

Also, be aware that Facebook has a "Token" that expires every so often. If you are feeding your blog articles to Facebook, they will probably stop after a certain time interview. TwitterFeed shows the status regarding when the Token will expire.

To see the information, go to Dashboard: Feed: Step 2.

If you have already setup a Facebook feed, you will see it listed in the Step 2 page with the expiration date in brackets. Twitter doesn't have an expiration token.

Before the expiration (optimally) or after expiration date, click on the Facebook listing in the Step 2 page.

Next click on the blue button that says "Connect with Facebook" ... Make sure your previously connected personal Facebook page is listed in the first drop down menu. When you click the blue Facebook button, another dropdown menu will display below the blue button. Select the Facebook page in the dropdown menu where you want your blog article to post.

A new expiration date will appear.  The posts will eventually stop working after the expiration date, so it is best to do this procedure before the expiration date. The token lasts about two months, so a page connect today on June 24, 2016 would get an expiration date of August 24, 2016.

See also ...
help.twitterfeed.com/knowledgebase/articles/88113-feed-isn-t-posting-even-though-there-are-new-items

Friday, June 17, 2016

Change DNS When Your Page Has Sections that Don't Load or Load Slowly

All computers and most mobile devices and routers let you point to DNS servers other than those provided by your ISP (Internet service provider). If you are having weird symptoms with your browser not loading the complete web page, or stalling at certain points, you might want to try alternate DNS. Symptoms include web page widgets not loading, such as Twitter embeds or Facebook embeds. You might notice an extra long time period while an ad loads, and you might see the ad server address show during the delay in the status box of your browser.

Choosing an alternate DNS
So-called public DNS providers offer DNS lookups that anyone can use. Switching to an alternate DNS requires a little tech operation, but there is no account set up, and it's free. There are two common alternatives -- OpenDNS and Google's Public DNS.

OpenDNS is the original DNS, beginning at a time when ISP-run DNS servers were very slow while your computer looked up the web address. OpenDNS sped things up by using an array of fast servers. Today OpenDNS has an array of servers with free-with-registration and paid add-on services for malware, threat protection, and network usage analysis. OpenDNS's DNS servers are 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220.

Google’s Public DNS doesn't include the add-ons. Google's Public DNS is just DNS with the sleek numbers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 for its DNS servers. There are additional public DNS servers, but these are the most common alternatives.

In most network configurations, an IP address and other network settings are provided from a DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server on a local network via a router to all devices that connect for Internet access. One or more DNS servers is set this way. However, you can override this.
Public and ISP DNS providers typically give you two servers, that’s to handle a temporary failure or temporary overloading. One server usually works, but two gives you a backup in case the first one is having a problem.

Mac OS X

Open System Preferences and click Network.

Select your active adapter, such as Wi-Fi or ethernet.

Click Advanced.

Click the DNS tab.

Click the + sign at the bottom and type or paste in the first DNS server (e.g., 8.8.8.8). Then click + again to paste in the second (e.g., 8.8.4.4).

Click OK and then Apply.

Window 10

Right-Click on the monitor or Wi-Fi icon on the bottom right-hand corner, and Click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”.

Go to the active Internet connection

In the next window click on “Properties” button

Uncheck the “Internet Protocol Version 6” checkbox (6), then select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on “Properties”

Select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and enter DNS Server addresses into the box for "Preferred DNS server" and "Alternate DNS server." You can find them in your Client Area -> VPN Packages -> your Smart DNS package or your VPN package that support Smart DNS service. Click “OK” .

Restart your computer.

See also ...

macworld.com/article/2930714/change-your-dns-to-avoid-or-bypass-broadband-outages-like-comcasts.html

zdnet.com/article/fixing-dns-woes-for-comcast-users-and-everyone-else/

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Track Outbound Links to Report Links from Local Banner Ads or Text Links from Local Advertisers

If an advertiser wants to track clicks, you might want to check to see if Google Analytics can track your outbound links. According to Google Support for Google Analytics, you can use Analytics Events to track clicks on links that take users to a website other than your own.

Google Support states that if you copy and paste this script exactly as it appears here, your outbound clicks will appear in your Analytics Events reports with a Category of "outbound" and an Action of "click". (In the snippet, these are shown in bold.) You can use these values, or change them and define your own values. Learn more about Event components.

Your website must be using the analytics.js tracking code, and not older deprecated versions of tracking code.

The recommended script is here ...

Track outbound link
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1136920?hl=en


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mac File Sharing Trouble with El Capitan: Mac File List Doesn't Refresh from Host: Turn Off SMB and Turn On AFP

For some reason when a Mac mini was updated to Mac OS X El Capitan, shared folders made the connection, but new files listed on the host were not being shared with the client Mac running Mac OS X 10.8.5.  File in the folder might show at the initial connection, but any files added might not show in the display on the client Mac.

HERE IS THE FIX ...

Go to system preference on the host Mac

Go to Sharing on the host mac

Make Sure File Sharing is Checked (left)

Click the Options Button

Check "Share files and folders using AFP" to use the legacy file sharing protocol for Apple Macs. If there are no Windows machines on your network, turn off SMB (Windows).

Click Done.

You may have to login to the host again. Also, if had an alias in the sidebar, you may have to remove the old alias from the sidebar, and drag in a new alias for the connection.


The reason the change is necessary is caused by the fact that The Apple Filing Protocol (AFP), which has been Apple's default networking protocol in the classic Mac OS as well as in OS X, has been replaced with SMB2.

Server Message Block (SMB) is a file transfer protocol that has been the main networking protocol for Windows-based systems. Having different default protocols has made the use of both Windows and Mac systems on the same network frustrating, since until Apple introduced native SMB support in OS X, users had to rely on third-party SMB support for sharing files with Windows systems.


The Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol is a network file sharing protocol, and as implemented in Microsoft Windows is known as Microsoft SMB Protocol. The set of message packets that defines a particular version of the protocol is called a dialect. The Common Internet File System (CIFS) Protocol is a dialect of SMB.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Apple iPhone Photo Library Full in Manage Storage, But There Are No Photos or Hardly Any Photos on iPhone

Phantom Photos of Phantom Video are photos or videos that take up valuable space on your Apple iPhone even though they aren't visible in your Albums or Camera Roll. Once an Apple iPhone showed over 2700 photos and over 780 videos in the Storage Setting, but only 10 photos in the Photo App and ZERO videos in the Videos app. Also iMovie show only 1 clip in the iMovie app.

Syncing photos with an empty folder on a Mac notebook didn't provide a fix.

Emptying the longest thread of text messages on iPhone didn't work, either.

Temporarily resetting the date and time back in time worked.

1. Go to Settings >> Date & Time

2. Untoggle "Set Automatically"

3. Manually change the date back to a date that is about 1 or 2 years prior to the current date.

4. Close Settings.

5. Open "Photos"app

6. Select "Albums" You have probably already tried to clear out everything from the Camera Roll and "Recently Deleted" folder. Your Recently Deleted folder might still show 0 photos from outside view, but when you open it, you'll see that there are hundreds or thousands of of old images in the Recently Deleted folder that weren't there before. Those are your phantom photos.

7. At the bottom you will see an option to DELETE ALL or RECOVER ALL the photos. If you are sure you have already backed up these photos, just DELETE ALL. Otherwise RECOVER ALL and then you can re-import to PHOTOS on your Mac desktop or notebook (make sure you set the date back to automatic on your iPhone first. You may have to eject your Apple iPhone and reconnect).

8. Go Setting >> Date & Time and return to automatic time setting.

9. After you DELETE ALL or RECOVER ALL and IMPORT TO MAC PHOTO (with Delete after importing checked) go back to General >> Usage >> Storage >> Manage Storage. You should see a great amount of increased memory available.

We freed 40.1 GB of phantom photos and videos that hampered an Apple iPhone 6 plus to operating with only 2-5GB remaining after "deleting" all photos and videos.

We decided to restore the 40 GB on a MacBook Pro, just to do a little investigating. Multiple video clips that were clearly recalled as having been deleted were "recovered" from Phantomland. Invisible photos and videos were taking up valuable storage space on the Apple iPhone.

Now why doesn't Apple have a method or utility that would find Phantom Photos and Phantom Videos? There should be some type of process that gives the user an alert if there are a significant greater number of photos counted in Storage Settings compared to the number counted in the Camera Roll or Photos app.

When photos or videos are deleted the sit in a Recently Deleted folder. A message at the header of the folder states something like "Photos and videos show the days remaining before deletion. After that time, items will be permanently deleted." Apparently they often go into Phantom mode after 30 days. They appear to be permanently deleted, but apparently some or all go into Phantom mode that takes still takes up memory. It is probably a good practice to use the Delete All command lower left when files are recently deleted and sent to the Recently Deleted folder. A subtitle shows the number of days until the file is supposed to be permanently deleted. No trust in that subtitle here. Use the Delete All command, lower left.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13 Years


Lance Ulanoff of Mashable and Scott Martin of United Advisors break down Apple earnings.

Apple's stock was down 5% aftermarket after Apple reported the first revenue decline in 13 years. Apple's momentum is maintaining a slow decline because of its strong ecosystem, but Tim Cook is simply riding on Steve Job's innovation from years ago. Analysts talk of incremental innovation, but a lack of any stellar innovation. Analysts are saying that Apple no longer develops the game-changing products it used to produce.

 Consider that while the innovation has stalled at Apple, the company still manages to abuse its customers by failing to support older equipment with planned obsolescence. Apple often lags in memory availability and even recently made their Mac Mini non-expandible by soldering RAM memory, which prohibits customers from expanding their computer's memory capacity when their budgets allow them to fund expansion. Apple iPhones have no memory expansion slots, and entry level iPhones barely have enough memory to function.

 Operating system upgrades to Apple iPhones frequently slow them down to the point of being inoperable, and the upgrades often come with bugs because Apple failed to thoroughly test upgrades before releasing them to the public. With the amount of wealth that Apple has accumulated, they could fund a team that keeps older operating systems secure and viable. Along with the lack of innovation, perhaps the word is getting out that Apple cheats its customers. Apple needs to come up with innovative products that make replacing their obsolete products worthwhile. MakeOffice Chief Marketing Officer Shana Glenzer on the future of innovation for Apple as Stuart Varney asks "where is the innovation" and says that Tim Cook looks to be a failure as the successor to Steve Jobs.

After a big rollout and an announcement about the "revolution of TV" Apple didn't even mention AppleTV or tvOS in their quarterly earnings report. Apple's revenue dropped roughly 13 percent decline compared to $58.01 billion in the comparable year-ago period. The drop indicated the first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003. The tech giant said it saw fiscal second-quarter earnings of $1.90 per diluted share on $50.56 billion in revenue. Wall Street expected Apple to report earnings of about $2 a share on $51.97 billion in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports on Chinese entrepreneur and LeEco CEO, Jia Yueting, calling out Apple over its innovation, as well as his company's new smart car to take on Tesla.

  See also ... CNBC Rotten Apple: Stock plunges 8% on earnings, revenue miss
[Tim Cook] has yet to buy anybody to grow the business. He could buy Sonos, he could by Pandora, he could buy Tesla, he could by NetFlix; and he's done nothing. And they've got to do something. -- Ross Gerber, Gerberkawasaki CEO
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tim Cook's Letter to Apple Customers About Privacy, Encryption and Security

February 16, 2016 A Message to Our Customers
The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

Answers to your questions about privacy and security

The Need for Encryption
Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.