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May 31, 2012

How To Mass Unfriend People on Facebook (2012)

The other night I decided to do some cleanup on Facebook. I had a lot of people I went to high school with in my friend's list that I didn't really hang out with in high school, nor did we really get along all that well. Basically I didn't really give a s#!t what they were up to and I'm sure the feeling was mutual. Then there people that I conversed with a lot, but were just negative all the time, or they would get ticked off when I would post something political, and they didn't agree with it. I basically decided that I needed to trim the fat.

Anyway, I found a really great Greasemonkey script that will get the job done. It allows you to select multiple people at once and purge their asses in bulk from your Facebook profile, and you can finally get your Newsfeed back to the stuff you care about. Here's what you will need:


Now to delete the people you want, do the following after installing the Facebook Delete script:

  • Go to your Lists (http://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/lists) and create a new list called Delete
  • Add the people you want to delete to the list.
  • After your list is complete, go to your friends list (http://www.facebook.com/YOURNAME/friends) and click on the Facebook Delete Friends arrow


  • Scroll to the bottom of your friends list so the script can see all of your friends. The script will only work correctly if all of your friends are displayed on one page.
  • Scroll back up, and change the drop down box to say Only Delete, and select the Delete group from the list, then click the Highlight Only button. This takes a while, so go get a cup of coffee.


  • Once that is complete, you will see all the people you added to your Delete list highlighted in red, and the rest will have a check in their check box.
  • Click the Delete all EXCEPT Selected button, and refill your coffee cup, because this takes a while too.
  • After that, everyone you wanted to unfriend will be unfriended! You can now remove your Delete list if you want.

Know of other cool Facebook Greasemonkey scripts? What do you use them for? let us know in the comments! Speaking of Facebook, be sure to 'Like' us, and be our friend here: http://facebook.com/bpowmedia.

[Via Cryptlife]
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May 30, 2012

Get Free Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers, Google +1’s and More On The Shady

At the end of last year I did some guest blogging for my buddy Karl over on AskTheAdmin.com. One of the articles I wrote was about how to get more Youtube views. One of the sites I mention in that post, U2BViews, recently launched another site where you can trade all sorts of stuff from Facebook Likes, To Pinterest followers and re-pins, to Twitter followers and re-tweets!

This new venture is called UWantFans. From their page:

This site is a tool that will help you grow your Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube and Websites for FREE. We allow you to pick and choose who you want to follow, like, friend, view or visit and skip those who you re not interested in.



Why would you want a bunch of random followers? Let me ask you if you have ever seen a plate of cookies? If the plate of cookies is full of cookies you are more likely to take one than if the plate only has one cookie on it. Having a lot of Twitter followers, or Facebook likes is like having a virtual plate of cookies. Having more followers will make you look like you have a full plate of cookies, and real followers are more likely to want to take one.

Is this shady? Well if by shady you mean helpful then yes! If you want to boost your social networking numbers, and increase REAL followers, then you might want to try out this tool!

Know of any other tools like this? What do you use? How effective do you think they are? Let us know in the comments!

May 29, 2012

OMG! Did The Zombie Apocalypse Start?

I, like most people were enjoying the Memorial Day weekend when my wife comes up to me and says that she read something online about a man in Florida who the police had to shoot because he was eating another man’s face off! My first reaction? Holy crap! The zombie apocalypse has begun!

I decided to run to the computer and do a quick Google search for the post. Sure enough I found several that wrote about it on Saturday May 26th! Here is a piece from The Miami Herald:

According to police sources, a road ranger saw a naked man chewing on another man’s face and shouted on his loud speaker for him to back away.Meanwhile, a woman also saw the incident and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.

The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.

deadalive face eating sexDid you read all of that? It took a half dozen shots to stop the attack. Obviously the officer hadn’t seen any good zombie flicks , or it would have only taken one shot… TO THE HEAD!

The article goes on to say:

Police theorize the attacker might have been suffering from "cocaine psychosis," a drug-induced craze that bakes the body internally and often leads the affected to strip naked to try and cool off.

We all know the truth though don’t we? Once a victim is bitten, it is only a matter of time before they die and turn into a flesh eating zombie. The victim in this case was flown to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Why? I’m not sure because we all know there is no cure for a zombie bite, and it’s only a matter of time before he turns as well.

Speaking of zombies, be sure to check out episode 17 of Tech Chop where they test a $50 sword to see if it will be effective and durable enough in the zombie apocalypse which apparently has already begun!

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May 28, 2012

Like Books? Don't Have The Time To Read? Try Audio Books From Audible For Free!

One of my New Years Resolutions this year was to read a novel. I actually read three of them. I read the Hunger Games Trilogy, and they were pretty good. My only issue was trying to find time to sit down and read them. I am very busy with the blog, video podcasting, and my real day job. Not to mention my wife and two kids that are always vying for my attention.

The only place I really have time to myself is in the car on my commute to work which is about 45 minutes long one way. It turns out, this is the perfect time to listen to an audio book! Well now that Audible is an affiliate sponsor of Bauer-Power, I’ve got the hook up for you!

If you have never heard of Audible, here is a description I grabbed from their site:

audibleAudible is the largest online provider of digital audiobooks and audio entertainment. Audible has over 100,000 titles including best sellers in every genre. Audible content is compatible with more than 500 mp3 players, and can be downloaded directly to your iPhone or Android device through our mobile applications for listening anytime, anywhere.

If you’ve wanted to try out audio books, but weren’t sure if you like them you’re in luck because Bauer-Power readers can try Audible for FREE and get a free audiobook with their trial just to get your feet wet.

If you like it, they have packages for as little as $7.49 per month for the first 3 months! That way you can stay on top of all the latest best sellers while you are wasting away in your commute like me, or while sweating it out on the treadmill at the gym.

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May 25, 2012

Best Use of Twitter Ever! @TomLeykis Starts #TweetYourTeats TODAY!

Sweet baby Jesus this is a great day. The reason? Former radio mogul, and current podcast master Tom Leykis is taking his infamous "Flash Friday" to Twitter starting today at 3:00PM Pacific. What does this mean? Well, it means there will be a lot of happy male tweeple out there!

You see, Flash Friday was something Tom Leykis did on the radio. On Friday's, while he was on the radio he would have his listeners turn on their headlights. If you were a female listener to Tom Leykis you were encouraged to show your breasts to guys driving with their headlights on. While that was all going on Tom would have guys who were seeing the breasts out in public call in reporting on what they were seeing. Also the lady listeners who participated would call in and to tell where their tatas could be seen. It was beautiful!

Anyway, since Tom has moved to the Internet less people randomly listen to the radio, and ladies aren't as aware of Flash Friday as they used to. To combat this issue, Tom Leykis announced via twitter that Flash Friday is moving to Twitter via a little thing he calls #TweetYourTeats!



Here is the what the Tweet said:



Tom talked about it on his Thursday podcast yesterday right before he got into his Leykis 101 piece and had listeners call in to discuss #TweetYourTeats. Many male callers, as one can expect, were completely on board. Some were concerned about legal issues, and some called in thinking it wouldn't work at all. Some ladies called in saying they would participate, but were going to setup fake Twitter accounts specifically to show off their "goods".

You can listen to Tom Leykis live Monday through Friday from 3PM-6PM Pacific on BlowMeUpTom.com or using the Tunein app on your smart phone.

What do you think about this? Is this a great use for Twitter or what? Are you going to check it out? Let us know what you think about this in the comments!

Limited Deal: Get 10% Off Your Next Geeks.com Order

I don't usually write about deals, but seeing as how I'm a Computer Geeks affiliate, and they are running a pretty awesome deal right now, I thought I would share it with you.

This deal is from The Computer Geeks, one of my favorite small online computer and electronics shop. I use them literally all the time because they have really great deals all the time. Not only that, but their show room is fairly close to my home. Their show room is in Oceanside California, and I like to drive over there and check out their deals first hand.

Other times I'm too lazy, and order things online. Since they aren't far away I pay for standard shipping and almost always get it next day. Win win!

Well right now you can get everything in their store NOT marked as "'Special" by clicking one of the links in this post AND using coupon code GEEKBERT.

They have all sorts of things from Digital Cameras at 20%-50% off, to laptops, hard drives, tablets  and more.

Geeks.com coupon code
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Check them out today, and be sure to use coupon code GEEKBERT at check out to get 10% off anything NOT marked "Special"!

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May 24, 2012

Yahoo Trying To Stay Relevant With Axis

You may have heard that Yahoo has come out with a new browser called Axis. Well that is really a load of horse hockey. It' isn’t so much of a browser like Google Chrome, of Mozilla Firefox. It’s a plugin for your current browser that is supposed to revolutionize how you view and search the web. For iPhone and iPad users, Axis is available as a standalone app.

Some of the things that Axis allows you to do is sync preferences across all your devices that run Axis, and has a search bar in the lower part of your screen that when you type in it brings up a larger bar full of suggestions.

From PCWorld:

As you start typing, the bar is raised and displays underneath a list of suggested search terms and towards the right it will display horizontally scrolling thumbnails of the pages in the search results, while sites without thumbnails will show just text. The thumbnails are quite blurry and low res. Once you click on the page you want to see, the bar retracts and you can get it back up by just clicking on it.

If you sign in with your Yahoo, Facebook or Google credentials, you can set up your favorites and Axis will remember the pages you visited so you can pick up where you left off from an iPad or iPhone in the Read Later folder.

Watch the demo video from Yahoo:


What’s my take on this? Yahoo has managed to take a basic search  toolbar, that although may be annoying is relatively unobtrusive, and blow that bastard up to take over your entire screen! Plus the syncing of settings and preferences between devices? They already had that with Google Chrome. Why would one need a plugin for Chrome when that function is already built in?

Maybe I’m wrong about this, but to me I think it’s a play from Yahoo to try to stay relevant in the search engine market place. Am I wrong? What do you think about Axis? Let us know in the comments!

May 23, 2012

Contest Time: Bauer-Power Needs More Facebook Friends

It's been quite the while since I've held a contest here, and figured it was about time I did it again. I have thought about it, and I just don't feel like I have enough friends on Facebook. Well, I should say I don't feel that the blog has enough friends on Facebook. Right now we have 193 good pals that follow us, but I would like to push that number up to at least 500. For that, I feel a little bribery is in order.

Therefore I will have a contest here to inspire you all to be friends of Bauer-Power by liking us on Facebook. The winners (Yes I said winners) will get some free schwag from Bauer-Power Gear! Now before you scoff at that, we have some pretty cool stuff that you may actually want. In fact, I will be making available for the first prize, a free t-Shirt which are surprisingly good sellers. All you have to do to enter is like us on Facebook, then post the following on our wall:

I love Bauer-Power, now give me my prize!

That's it! We'll see the post and enter you into the drawing to win. First prize will be a Bauer-Power Gear T-Shirt of your choice. Here are some examples:

bauer-power gear
Full T-Shirt Inventory Here

Second place winners will get either a 4 GB Bauer-Power USB drive, or a Tech Chop netbook case. Their choice!

Bauer-Power Gear USB

Finally, third place winners will get a free coffee mug of their choice!

Bauer-Power Coffee Mugs
Full Mug Inventory Here

Once again, entering is easy! Just like our Facebook page here: (Bauer-Power on Facebook)
And write the following on our wall:

I love Bauer-Power, now give me my prize!

Winners will be announced on our Facebook page on July 30th 2012. Now spread the word, and get yourself some free stuff! 


May 22, 2012

Awesome Free Alternative to GoToMeeting

My poor, poor users. We used to use GoToMeeting at my company, but renewing the annual license was going to be astronomical. At least astronomical for a small company trying to make it in this crazy world. Anyway, long story short, our CFO put the kibosh on GoToMeeting because it was super expeensive, and we were already paying for Office365 from Microsoft which comes with Lync and Live Meeting.

Well my users friggin' HATE Live Meeting. Like most Microsoft products, it is designed to work on Microsoft platforms. Well our sales people happen to sell to real estate brokers, and other small business owners that prefer to use Mac, and Live Meeting works as smooth as sandpaper on Mac. My desk is right by the sales area so I am in earshot of their constant complaints.

Not wanting to hear anymore bitching, but also not wanting to go against the CFO's wishes, I saught after a free alternative to GoToMeeting that was simple to use and worked on any platform, or at least Windows and Mac. I found one, and it is mindblowing how simple it is to use.

 

gotomeeting alternative

It's called Join.me. Windows and Mac users wishing to schedule a meeting just download a simple self running executable, and it generates a meeting code. The meeting organizer can then either IM the person they wish to share their desktop out with a link, or they can just read them a meeting code that the attendee can type into the Join box on the Join.me website. The attendee views the desktop through their browser without installing a damn thing! Simple right?

Know of any other free desktop sharing/meeting tools? Are they add supported? Join.me isn't. What do you use? Let us know in the comments.

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May 21, 2012

Checking in With KipKay: DIY Laser Alarm

Periodically I like to post video's from one of my favorite online video maker, Kip Kedersha aka Kip Kay. He is a real life MacGyver who makes some of the coolest mods, and gadgets out of junk he usually has lying around the house. In this video, he makes one of the coolest do it yourself items I have ever seen. It is a home laser alarm system that you can make for less than $20. Of course the stuff in this video weren't laying around his house, but the components are all easily available at your local Frys, or on Amazon.

Anyway, in his video he shows how to put the components together, and how to mount reflective lasers all around a room to bounce the laser light around creating a grid that a burglar can't see. Want to protect your junk like an art museum? Watch this video!


What do you think about this project? Are you going to try it? If you do, let us know how it turns out in the comments!
[Via KipKay]
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May 18, 2012

XKCD: We've All Experienced These Calls Haven't We?

I love me some XKCD. I found a really good one that I thought I would share with you. Mainly because I think we've all had calls like this dealing with our ISP's. For some reason, I'm guessing money, ISP's only hire the dumbest mofo's to handle their tier 1 calls. Sure, if you don't know your ass from your elbow about computers. For instance I know users that don't know how to do a simple reboot, then these tier 1 dill weeds might be able to give even dumber users some help.

However, if you know anything about computer's or networking, don't you wish they had a secret code that automatically knew what the hell they are doing? This comic from XKCD captures it perfectly!

Check it out:



[Via XKCD]
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May 17, 2012

Anti-Anonymous Hacker DDoS's The Pirate Bay and Wikileaks

Self-proclaimed former Anonymous member going by the Twitter handle @AnonNyre claimed responsibilities for the recent DDoS attacks agains The Pirate Bay, who if you've been living under a rock, was at one time the biggest Bit Torrent site on the internet, and is the target of tons of anti-piracy campaigns from groups like the RIAA. He also alleges that he is responsible for the parallel DDoS attacks on Wikileaks which is the place that all dirty government stuff is exposed by insiders.

The attacks on The Pirate bay and Wikileaks happened yesterday on the 16th of May. According to ZDNet's post yesterday:

The Pirate Bay is not loading for many today. In fact, it hasn’t been for hours, even up to a full 24 for some. The reason is simple: The Pirate Bay has revealed it is currently being hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack by an unknown party.

When I heard it was down this morning, I first tried accessing it myself. I even tried getting to the blog for some news in the hopes that it was being hosted on a different server, but no dice. My colleague David Grober confirmed it wasn’t working for him either. A quick check on Facebook and Twitter shows this is a widespread issue.

The confession from @AnonNyre came via his post on Pastebin, a site for coders to trade code. Anonymous no longer uses Pastebin though, according to ArsTechnica, and has their own version of it. The Pastebin post said:

You must be wondering why did I attacked The Pirate Bay..

I am Nyre. I am highly against Anonymous. I do not support Anonymous anymore. I sometimes help the feds.

The Pirate Bay was a press-release website for Anonymous, then I had a idea, why not take it down? Why not make it impossible for Anonymous?

Get on your knees, Anonymous. I am a one-man army. I am not a hacker. I am a security killer.

Expect yourself, f******.

THEPIRATEBAY.SE - Idea is, to keep it down for a week, Will try?

@AnonNyre's Twitter messages mention stuff about The Pirate bay, and how they are a speaking platform for the hacktivist group Anonymous, but it doesn't say anything about whay he would have attacked Wikileaks specifically.

What do you think about this? Do you think what @AnonNyre did was right? Was it wrong? Which side do you fall? With Nyre, or Anonymous? Let us know in the comments.

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[Via ZDNet]

 

May 16, 2012

You're Weeks Are About To Get A Whole Lot Geekier!

I am not an avid church going guy. I wasn't raised going to church every Sunday. Not that there is anything wrong with those who do. In fact, my wife was raised to go to church every Sunday, and most of the time still follows that schedule as well as brings our kids there. I don't often go with her because I welcome the solitude that I rarely get at home when they are all gone.

Where am I going with this? Oh, right, so last Sunday which was Mother's day, my wife requested my presence at church. Being as how it was Mother's day, I couldn't really refuse her, so I went. During the sermon an idea hit me. I was watching what the Pastor was doing, and I thought to myself that what he's doing is essentially putting on a weekly show. Being good friends with the Pastor (He's married to my wife's cousin) I know how much other stuff he and his family have going on during the week, and yet he can still put on his weekly performance. I figured, why couldn't I?

On the way home from church I told my wife that the lord obviously spoke to me and said, "Though shalt make Tech Chop a weekly video podcast instead of a monthly podcast". Of course it didn't go down like that, but you get the idea. Anyhoo, the wife and I discussed how much work it would be, and developed a strategy. It seems that since I have several years of content to call back on here at Bauer-Power, and there's always something going on in the news, that I could easily take my format to a weekly format.

So that's what I will be doing. Starting June 11th, Tech Chop will be a weekly show every Monday. Our last Monthly show will premiere on Friday, June 1st, then after that, shows will come out every Monday. Because I'm making this change, I also whipped up a new virtual set. Check it out, and let me know what you think. I still have a few weeks to make changes if you all hate it.


Pay no attention to the background music. I just made this as a simple visual test to see how the background would look. What do you think about the background? What do you think about having a new episode every week? Good idea? Bad idea? Let me know in the comments!

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May 15, 2012

Security By Obscurity: Knock Detecting Lock

I found a really cool mod during a bout of Stumbling. It is by a guy named Steve Hoefer who according to his site, Grathio Labs, is a globally recognized inventor and creative problem solver based in San Francisco. In this video Steve gives us his Secret Knock Detecting Lock that will unlock your door if you provide the correct knocking sequence, and the correct tempo.

You can build this cool little contraption yourself by following Steve's instructions on The Instructables website here: (How To Build A Secret Knock Detecting Door Lock)

Steve also describes his invention in more in depth on his website as well. From his article:

The Secret Knock Detecting Lock unlocks your door when it detects the correct knocking sequence. It's the perfect accessory to your secret lair, club house or tree house. It has gotten worldwide attention and the video has been seen well over half a million times. A ton of people have been inspired by this project and expanded and adapted it. Its simplicity and cleverness has also encouraged thousands of people to get started exploring the world of microcontrollers.

You can check out the video below:

 

 

I'm not sure that I would trust my most prized possessions with a locking mechanism of this type. I mean someone with a sound amplification device could be staked outside of your apartment where you can't see them to hear your knocking combination. In fact, you can get one of those listening devices pretty cheap on Amazon. The one pictured below is less than $100 (Click the picture to visit the product on Amazon)

spy listening device

Still though, pretty cool right? Are you going to try to build one? If you do, let us know how it goes in the comments!

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May 14, 2012

Encrypt Your Android Emails With PGP - Fight CISPA!

I have been writing a lot lately about various ways to encrypt your data to keep the peeping eyes of Uncle Sam out of your private stuff. Sure, at the time of this writing, nobody can legally go through your email without your concent or a warrant. If CISPA passes, those days are all over.

I've decided that if CISPA passes, then I will only communicate through personal email if it's encrypted. My encryption method of choice is GnuPG. Well now that can be easier for me because I found two apps for my Android phone that will let me send and receive encrypted emails.

The first app is APG, or Android Privacy Guard. It natively works with K9 Mail and OI File Manager. To get encryptionandroid pgp encryption cispa working all you need to do is import your keys into APG. K9 Mail automatically detects and uses APG as it's key manager.

One thing I found though is that APG doesn't handle HTML messages as well as other OpenPGP programs, so you have to set your email to format messages in plain text by default so APG can format the PGP encryption correctly. Other than that it works without a hitch!

K9 Email works with POP, IMAP and Exchange with Webdav, however if you manage your own Exchange email you should just configure Exchange for secure IMAP. If you don't manage Exchange, bribe your Exchange admin to configure Exchange for IMAP over SSL. It makes Exchange work with more programs, and it's still securely accessable over SSL.

If you know of other PGP apps for different mobile devices like iPhone, let us know in the comments. Spread the word, and maybe we can make encrypted email a standard!

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May 11, 2012

How to Make a Mac OSX Lion Installation USB Flash Drive or DVD

As many of you know I have a monthly video tech podcast called Tech Chop that is a part of the Tech Podcast Network (TPN). If you've never heard of the TPN it's a really great resource for a plethora of both audio and video podcasts on all things related to technology and awesome geekiness. One of my sister shows on the audio only side is called MHF Tech Broadcasting from the United Kingdom.

On their site they have all sorts of great articles, and how-to posts along with their podcasts. We sort of did a quick trade between shows in the name of synergy. I told them I would re-post one of their shows on Bauer-Power if they would re-post one of my Tech Chop shows. Well here is my end of the bargain :-)
In this episode of MHF How-To's, Adi explains how to make a Mac OSX Lion Install USB Drive. Check it out!




If you want to hear more great shows from MHF, visit their website here: (MHF Tech)

You can also hear them, and other shows like Tech Chop on the TPN app for Android!

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