What Are the Pixel Dimensions of the Facebook Cover Photo? 851 x 315

Facebook Cover photos are displayed at 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall. If you upload an image that's smaller than these dimensions, it will be stretched to this larger size. The image you upload must be at least 399 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall. If the photo is larger than 851 pixels, the graphic is downsized to 851 pixels wide, and the user can adjust the vertical cropping by sliding the photo up and down. Once the photo and adjustments are selected, the cropping can be adjusted at a later time.

To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that's 851 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall and less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file.


YouTube Down on November 18, 2013 with "500 Internal Server Error"

YouTube was down from from Chicagoland showing the following error on November 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. CST:

500 Internal Server Error

Sorry, something went wrong.

A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

If you see them, show them this information:
C8ZDH0P38upIuHL2ZpO-dstEXWtyF7TNJYpfDS-mBqAEuk ...


How to Add or Delete or Edit Favorite Channels in Lists on Comcast Cable Boxes

Using the Comcast remote to Add or Delete or Edit Favorite Channels in Lists or Create Lists is fairly straightforward, but it takes a little getting used to ... first ...

Press the Menu Button. If you see the Quick Menu, click the Menu button again.

If you press MENU and have no Favorite List set up (you will be prompted to set up favorites list) ...

Select Favorite Lists Setup, and then

press OK |Select with Set up Favorite List highlighted (If you press FAV (instead of MENU) for the first time, you are taken directly to this step without the full menu options).

In other words, the first time you press FAV, the display simply gives an option (Favorite Lists Setup) to create a list of favorites or CANCEL. After you choose Favorite Lists Setup, you click Create List and click the Heart icon on each channel that you want on your favorite list. When you're done, navigate to the Checkmark with the wheel cursor. This saves the new favorite list.

PHOTOS: See a series of screen shots for more help ...

From now on in normal use of the TV, when you click FAV, your TV will sequentially browse your favorite channels one at-a-time. If you want to see the abridged channel listing limited to your favorites, press MENU first (navigate to Channel Listings, if the display doesn't go there by default), and then press FAV. Before you press FAV, you will see the full channel listing. After you press FAV, you will see the abridged list of your favorites.

Click the Menu Button. If you see the Quick Menu, click the Menu button again.

When you see the expanded menu, use the wheel cursor to select Setup, press OK.

Next use the wheel cursor to select Setup Favorites List (if it doesn't go there by default).

Select the list that you want to edit (Note: you can create a new list for an additional list).

Next move the wheel cursor to select the HEART. Pressing select on a channel that already has a Heart will take that channel off the favorites list. Press any channel in the listing to add it to your favorites list. When you're done, navigate to the checkmark, and press OK | Select on the remote.

Click OK on any channel that you want to display a HEART on its listing. Channels can be toggled on or off.

When you're done, use the wheel cursor control to select the CHECK MARK (bottom row on screen) to Save the Favorite List setting just chosen.


After you create multiple list, use the following procedure to select the active list for television viewing.

If you already have a list of favorites, you simply push the Guide button on remote, which will bring up the TV Guide with the current channel selected.

Next, you have to press the Info button, which brings up the bottom row of icons, including the HEART icon.

Use the cursor to highlight the HEART icon, then press the FAV button.

When you press the FAV button, your Favorites Lists will be displayed. Us the cursor wheel to select the Favorite List that you want. If you only have one list, just the one list will be displayed.

Speedtest.net Test Shows Good Results Even Though Periodic Interruptions Occur

Here is a speed test for Comcast, which shows good results. However, the connection is interrupted several times per day for about two minutes, which this test does not show.

Google Calendars Missing Sports Schedules for All Sports --- Football, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, etc.

They were there this afternoon, but they're missing at 7:50 p.m. CDT Wednesday, September 11, 2013. No sports calendars are available when a user browses "Interesting Calendars" via the Google calendar app.

All sports listings are missing from calendars that added sports schedules via the setting for creating a new calendar or for the embedding of a calendar.

The headers for Holidays, Sports and More were there, but no sports categories existed under the sports header.

When checked at 8:15 p.m. CDT, the sports listings had re-appeared in calendar and settings controls.

Facebook Adds Ability to Embed Status Updates, Photos and Videos with Embed Code for Blogs

Facebook has officially added the option to embed status updates, photos, or videos from its users on any site. You cannot embed the two-to-four photos that represent a photo album.

The new embed command is located by activating the little down arrow that activates the drop down menu already used for reporting a post or marking it as spam -- or if it is your own post, where you boost, hide, make a date change, or delete the post.

Readers that are reading an article with a Facebook embed are able to Like, Comment or Share right from the embed. People that aren't inclined to use Facebook can still take a look -- right in the blog article.

Twitter and Instagram features already included the embed feature, which was a desired feature of Facebook by many. Unfortunately, Facebook's first version does not scale like Twitter's version. For example, Twitter can be embedded in a 300-pixel-wide column, but Facebook overflows a 300-pixel-wide column.

Jenny Harrison Leaks Out CNN Info About CNN App for Google Glasses

Weather anchor Jenny Harrison shows us what weather forecasting is like from her perspective through Google Glass.

CNN is developing an app for Google glasses that will display breaking news in your field view, and will also facilitate submitting images or video using CNN's iReport.

Asthon Kutcher and Josh Gad Talk About Steve Jobs' Legacy

In the new film 'Jobs', Ashton Kutcher plays Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs and Josh Gads is Steve 'Woz' Wozniak. Both actors talk about the legacy of the late innovator.

Jobs is an American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs, from 1971 to 2000. Jobs is scheduled for release in theaters on August 16, 2013.

Steve Jobs is portrayed by Ashton Kutcher, and co-founder Steve Wozniak is played by Josh Gad. John Sculley is played by Matthew Modine.

The film includes scenes resulting from over three days of filming on location at Jobs' childhood home in Los Altos, California.

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Obama and Patents in the Apple-Samsung iPhone War

Christopher Carani, a partner at McAndrews, Held & Malloy, discusses President Barack Obama overturning an order barring shipments of some older iPhone models into the U.S. He speaks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West."

Two types of patents: stand essential patents, and non-standard essential patents.

Problems arise because if devices are to be interoperable, some type of patent is always going to be involved for the success of the device.

Federal Court Approves Warrantless Tracking of Cell Phones, XKeyscore Explained

Federal court approves warrantless tracking of cell phones. Brian Duggan, technologist for Open Technology Institute, weighs in on the new ruling and XKeyscore.

On Tuesday, the Fifth Court Circuit of Appeals ruled that law enforcement does not need a warrant to obtain your cell phone location information. Cell phone towers are able to track a mobile user's device and prior to this ruling, the information was only accessible with a warrant through the telecommunication companies.  The 2-1 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the third federal appeals court to decide the privacy issue. The 5th Circuit covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Google "Street View" Camera Trekker to Climb Mount Fuji

CNN's Diana Magnay and crew join Google team to map the climb to Mount Fuji.

A trekker will carry a 15-camera, 18 kg device that constantly takes photos to create a virtual tour of climbing Mount Fuji.

Mount Fuji is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, and is located on Honshu Island. Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft).

Mount Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains"  along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku. Mount Fuji is considered a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, a Historic Site, and was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22nd, 2013.

Two Networks Are Considering Pulling Their Broadcasts Off the Air Because of Aereo Antenna Farms

Besides Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper DVR, there is a new threat to over-the-air television. Aereo. Aereo is a technology company based in New York City that allows subscribers to view live and time-shifted streams of over-the-air television on Internet-connected devices.

TV networks so far have been unable to get an injunction on the service.

Since October 2012, Aereo can be installed on Mac & PC using a compatible browser, and iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV (2nd & 3rd Gen) via AirPlay.
A Roku video player can be used when one of the Apple mobile devices is also present.

As of April 2013, Aereo is only available in New York. The company has announced that it is coming soon to Chicago.

And now there is a threat to Aereo. It's called Filmon.com, which is already available in Chicago. Filmon.com includes CBS, NBC, ABC, CW and Fox.

Both services use antenna farms. Aereo is able to provide this service by leasing to each user an individual remote antenna. Thousands of them are stored in a data center in Brooklyn where it also houses its data servers.

FilmOn is an Internet based television provider owned by FilmOn.TV Networks Inc. FilmOn.TV Networks was founded by Alki David in 2006. FilmOn and Alki David have been involved in several legal issues over programming including the carriage of major U.S. broadcast channels, such as CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The legal issues resulted in requiring FilmOn to drop these channels in 2011, only to return in 2012 after appeals were lodged in Federal Court and FIlmOn launched its FilmOn Air X antenna farm.

News Corp President Chase Carey has mentioned the possibility that the media company could convert its Fox broadcast network "to a pay channel" to prevent its content being "stolen" by Aereo, he said, "is pirating our broadcast signal."

Another over the air network channel is also considering shutting down their over the air system and going "all cable."

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Activity Monitor: What Is Free, Wired, Active, Inactive, and Used Memory in RAM

Understanding Memory Use with Activity Monitor (from MacMost.com).

You can use Activity Monitor to see how your Mac is using memory. But what do free, active, inactive and wired mean? How about page ins and page outs? Plus, learn to use them to figure out if you need more memory.

"Free memory" is the amount of memory you have available in system memory or RAM.

"Wired memory" is the hardware memory that your computer needs to use at a minimum to operate.

"Active memory" is the amount of memory that is being used in RAM right now.

"Inactive memory" is an amount of memory that might have just been used

"Used memory" is the total of all used memory -- Wired, Active, and Inactive

"Free memory" plus "Used memory" equals the size of your installed RAM memory.

If you see a lot of "Page outs", that means that your RAM is overloaded and you computer needs to use a lot of Virtual Memory -- swapping memory on the hard drive.

"Page ins" is memory being used in RAM. Page outs -- memory from outside the System Memory or RAM memory.

"Swap used" is how much virtual memory is being used.

VM size is the disk space available in your hard drive. The amount can be used to swap memory as needed to run and application or process.

New Samsung Galaxy Makes Buz That Makes Apple Appear to Be Following

Samsung introduced its new smartphone, the Galaxy S-4 at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. The phone is seen as a contender to potentially become the top-selling smartphone.

Biggest news is Air Gesture -- touchless control of the screen.

Larger, sharper screen -- a 5-inch (130 mm) Pentile RG–BG Full HD Super AMOLED screen with 441 pixels per inch.

Front and Rear cameras can work simultaneously. The rear camera is a  a 13-megapixel back camera.

The Galaxy S4 uses Google's Android mobile operating system with its custom TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface (GUI).  The Galaxy S4version sold in the United States will contain a 1.9 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T processor.

First, it will be interesting to see how many complaints of accidental commands arising from use of this phone.  Imagine your fingers accidentally dialing someone at midnight when your putting your phone in the charger. Hmmm ... Apple iPhone 4s and now the Samsung Galaxy S4. It's a palindrome, sort of.

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Chromebook Pixel High-End Laptop for Heavy Internet Users, but Not Photoshop Users

Google has unveiled a new touchscreen laptop computer. The Chromebook Pixel unveiled Thursday includes a nearly 13-inch display screen that responds to the touch or swipe of a finger.

Google introduced the Pixel on Thursday, a new version of its Chromebook laptops that store everything online without desktop software. A Wi-Fi model ($1,300) will ship next week, and a LTE cellular network version ($1450) is scheduled to ship in April.

Chromebooks initially hit the market at $250.

Google designed and manufactured the expensive version with a touch screen.

Insert a camera’s memory card, and photos upload to Google Plus. User can share photos with a click. Using Quickoffice, a start-up Google acquired last year, users can open, edit and send Word or Excel files created on the Chromebook.

Google is offering one terabyte of Google Drive storage for three years with the Pixel.

32 GB solid state or 64 GB with the LTE model

2560 x 1700 (239 ppi)
3:2 (1:5:1) aspect ratio
400 nit brightness
178° viewing angle
Gorilla Glass (trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet glass manufactured by U.S. glassmaker Corning. Engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage-resistance)

Webcam, 720p HD, integrated
Touchpad, clickable, etched glass

3.5 mm combo headphone/mic jack
3 built-in microphones
Integrated DSP for noise cancellation
stereo speakers

Two USB 2.0 ports

Mini DisplayPort

SD/MMC card reader

Dual-band (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
2×2 MIMO

Bluetooth 3.0

Battery, 59 Wh (5 hours active use)

1 TB Cloud storage for three years

100 MB/month free Verizon data transfer in LTE model with LTE modem

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Google search chromebook pixel

Can Apple TV Be Connected to Regular Monitor with HDMI Instead of HDTV Television?

A user can use an HDMI cable to directly connect an Apple TV to any monitor with an HDMI port. As of July 2012, OS X Mountain Lion permits wireless mirroring of a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to any Apple TV. The monitor must be HDCP ready to support the connection. HDCP or High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation designed to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as data travels across connections. Connections used include DisplayPort (DP), Digital Visual Interface (DVI), and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), as well as less popular, or now defunct, protocols like Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), and Unified Display Interface (UDI).

 HDCP is commonly incorrectly called  High-Definition Copyright Protection.

New Facebook Graph Search Tool Is in Beta; Focuses on People, Photos (by Location or Topic), Places and Interests

Facebook has announced that it is unveiling and tool to find content and data on Facebook, known as Graph Search, but it is only in beta, and requires that users sign up for a waiting list. Graph search is immediately available to a limited number of Facebook users — in the “thousands, and will gradually extended to the rest.

Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When a user starts typing to search for something, Graph Search will make suggestions of searches users area looking to perform. Once a user selects the search it will return results on a page that a user can further customize and filter (for things like specific timeframes).

Facebook programmers have been working on the new search feature for about a year. The first version  of Graph Search focuses on four main areas: people, photos (by location or topic), places and interests. The new search feature will facilitate searches of LinkedIn for jobs, Yelp for restaurants, Match for dates. Facebook has been collecting data on users, and is betting that friends will prefer recommendations from friends on restaurants, services and products, more than advice from a media food critic or a stranger on a message board. Initially the data mining that will be used come from users' pictures, likes, and check-ins, but not their status updates. Instagram photos will not initially be part of the Graph Search database.

For data outside of Facebook, Microsoft's Bing search engine will be resourced to help find information on the Internet.

Graph Search also potentially undermines the privacy protections in Facebook’s advertising model by indirectly reaching target population segments, which the American Civil Liberties Union believes can allow advertisers to easily identify Facebook users whose publicly-available data fits a specific profile.

Top 5 Windows 7 Tips from Dylan Combs: Speed Up Aero Peek, Run Command Prompt from Any Folder and More

Top 5 Tips For Windows 7 Optimization. Get the most out of your operating system with these and more tips.

Apple Mac Keyboard Combination Commands During Startup

Here are some helpful keyboard combinations that are helpful for Mac troubleshooting (The command key is the key with the cloverleaf symbol). The following keyboard combinations should be performed immediately after Mac power on or Restart ...

Steve Jobs introduces the phrase "Digital Lifestyle" and the "Digital Hub" strategy at Macworld 2001

On January 9, 2001, Steve Jobs gave one of his greatest Macworld keynote presentations.

Steve Jobs introduced at the January 9, 2001 keynote ...

The original version of Mac OS X;

The original SuperDrive;

The original widescreen PowerBook G4;

The original versions of iTunes and iDVD.

Windows Upgrade Demonstration Video: Every Version from MS-DOS 1.0 to Windows XP

Andy's Tech Experiments Blog presents a video presentation covering an experiment involving an upgrade of every major version of Windows.

According to Andy, the whole procedure took 3 days, of which approximately 12 hours was spent doing the actual installing. The remaining time was spent trying to obtain valid copies of windows. Windows 98 was installed by renaming system files to trick it into upgrading.

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Andy's Tech Experiments Blog Chain of fools: Upgrading through every version of Windows

TRANSCRIPT: "Hello, I'm Macintosh"

The Original 1984 Macintosh Introduction: A magic moment when Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer, released it from its bag, and let it talk.

TRANSCRIPT: "Hello, I'm Macintosh"

Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.

As accustomed as I am to public speaking, I'd like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: NEVER TRUST A COMPUTER YOU CAN'T LIFT!"

Obviously, I can talk, but right now I'd like to sit back and listen. So, it is with considerable pride that I introduce a man who's been like a father to me ... STEVE JOBS.

Apple iPhone 5 Available with No Contract from Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless

Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on  Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.