Add a LinkedIn “View My Profile” Badge on my Blog?

AskDaveTaylor - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:32

I blame Facebook. Just about every social media site seems to make the assumption that it’s the only site you want to use and that anything else you have online is uninteresting. In the Facebook world we call it the “walled garden”, and regardless of what social network you’re using, I actually think it’s smart to recognize that we’re all likely busy on two, three or more simultaneously. I know that I’m a very active user of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, along with Instagram and a few other sites.

Fortunately LinkedIn has long since recognized that we live in a multi-site world. In fact, it’s the only service that lets you automatically opt to cross-post your status updates on another social network, Twitter. Nice.

What you seek, however, is something that’s oddly hidden. Here’s how to find those “find me on LinkedIn badges”…

First off, click on the “Profile” link along the top of the LinkedIn page. You’ll end up here:

Look closely just below your profile picture. You’ll see your custom LinkedIn URL. For me, it’s “”, logically enough.

Move your cursor over the link and…

Yup a tiny gear icon shows up. Click on it.

Here’s where it gets a bit puzzling because the link you want is actually on the right column, but a ways below the bottom of the screen. Scroll down until you see this:

Found it? Excellent!

Click on Create a public profile badge and you’ll have found what you seek:

There are plenty more options than just the three shown here, but you get the idea!

To create a badge, simply click on the text box to the right of the badge or button you like, then make sure to get all the HTML code. Then open up your blog’s home page, appropriate widget, editor, or whatever else you need, make sure it’s in “raw” or “html” mode, then paste the code from LinkedIn.

When I do that here on my blog, here’s the resultant button:

Nice and easy. Click on it, it works. And that’s how ya do it.

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Recover Deleted Files with Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:06

Oh, the cold feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realize that the file you seek, the document you need for the big client presentation Monday morning, your research paper or even just those precious photos of your newborn have vanished. They’re just… gone.

Then you remember how you dragged a folder into the Trash earlier in the week and that it must have contained the file or files you now seek. Darn it!

For the vast majority of Mac users, this is the point when you wish you had a good backup system but likely realize you don’t even have that. You’re up a creek and you don’t even have a boat, let alone a paddle.

Which is why you’ll want to learn about Mac Data Recovery, a remarkably simple, elegant utility from Stellar Phoenix that makes finding and recovering deleted files and documents a breeze. Even if they vanished weeks ago, though to be fair, the longer you wait, the less likely you’ll find the files undamaged.

I’ve actually reviewed Mac Data Recovery before, back in 2012. You can read it here: Review of Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery software. Functionality has definitely improved but the most important update in the interim is to the user interface. It’s definitely better.

Here’s the start screen:

Simple, easy. You can continue exploring a drive or disk you’re salvaging by choosing “Resume Saved Scan”, but since this is our first time running the program, choose “Start New Scan”.

After a moment or two all the drives available are listed:

On my MacBook Pro, “BigHD” is the 500GB SSD drive that it boots from (which is why it shows up first) and “red” is a 128GB SDCard that lives in my SDCard reader slot on the computer and is formatted as an additional drive (rather than as a camera memory card, for example).

There’s an old Microsoft Word document I’d like to try recovering from my hard drive, and if that works, I also want to recover a considerably bigger movie file, an episode of the terrific TV series Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. To proceed, I’ll click on ‘BigHD’, and a number of different choices appear:

My experience with the program is that it’s best to start out with the top option — Recover Data — and then work your way down the list as it proves unable to find what you seek. In particular, if you’re trying to recover photos from a damaged SDCard or similar, “Raw Recovery” can be good, but it’s definitely a tricky task to wade through it all.

I’ll choose “Recover Data” to proceed and it presents two different scan options:

Again, go with the top option to get started, “Quick Scan”.

A click on “Start Scan” and it whirrs away, examining the empty space on the drive where files, folders, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and photographs used to exist but are no more. It takes a few minutes…

When it’s done, lots and lots of data shows up on the screen:

I find this view pretty hard to maneuver, so I suggest you do what I do: click on “File List” on the top left and it’ll neatly organize everything by file type:

You can see here that I’ve chosen “DOCX” documents and it shows a neat list of recoverable (is that a word?) documents that can be examined by name, size, and creation date, along with searched for specific patterns by using the Search function on the top of the window.

Note: since Mac Data Recovery analyzes unallocated data blocks on the drive, sometimes it can figure out the proper filename, creation date, etc, and other times the program can find the data that comprises the file contents but not every other snippet of data associated with it. That’s the challenge faced by all data recover systems, and the more a drive is used, the longer ago the file was deleted, the more you might have to work with partial data.

To recover a specific file or files, simply check the boxes adjacent to them and click “Recover”.

Here’s where the interface takes a bit of getting used to, because it just pops up a window inviting you to select a directory:

Okay, but for what? What’s going on here?

Well, the first thing that will likely happen is that you’ll do what I do: pick the same drive both to recover the data and save the recovered data. That’s a no-no:

If you don’t have multiple drives, you can use a USB flash drive at this point, but you will need a different drive as the destination for your recovery efforts.

Once you’ve picked appropriately, recovery is often lightening fast and the newly recovered file or files show up in a folder called “Root” on the selected drive. If you have a bigger file, you’ll get to see the pieces assembled as part of the recovery task:

And as for me, well, once I recovered the Microsoft Word file and AVI video, here’s what my “Root” folder looked like on the SDCard “red”:

Neatly organized and, as I promised up front, quite easy to work with.

Now to be fair, Mac Data Recovery isn’t an inexpensive program at $99, but as soon as you realize you just deleted a critical file, video, document or spreadsheet, you’ll see the light. And the good news is that you can grab it and scan your drive without licensing, that’s only required once you want to actually recover something.

Stellar Phoenix, Mac Data Recovery. $99.00 and available online.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but the fee paid in no way has impacted our high regard for the program and its functionality.

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How do I update Classic Shell menu in Windows 8?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:52

I’ll be candid, while the author has done a great job with Classic Shell and all its many capabilities that bring the easy of the start menu back to Windows 8 and Win8.1, I don’t feel like he’s done such a good job with the update process, so your question’s a great one. Further, while the program should theoretically be checking for updates periodically, my experience is that it doesn’t, so it’s possible that you, like me, are multiple updates behind, which is bad.

Knowing this, however, you can just remember every so often to have a quick check to see if the program’s updated. Or, when Windows 10 comes out in a month or so, just upgrade to that and try to wrap your head around the weird hybrid Windows 8 start screen-style start menu that’s going to be included.

To start, let’s see Classic Shell in action on my Windows 8.1 system:

Looks a lot like the old Start Menu, doesn’t it?

To proceed with the update, go to “Programs” and follow the path as shown:

You can see the path there, hopefully: Programs > Classic Shell > Classic Shell Update.

Choose that option and…

Your version will probably also have the “Automatically check for new versions” box checked, but when you Check now, surprise, there likely is an update ready to download and install:

The updates sound good and it’s always smart to stay up-to-date with software anyway, so click on “Download” to proceed.

Surprise, it’ll download:

Once it’s done the resultant behavior is rather confusing, because Widows simply shows you the Downloads folder.

No explanation, no auto-loaded updater. Just this:

You can see it looks like I missed at least 4.2.0 on the update sequence. How’d you fare with this update?

To install the new version of Classic Shell, double-click on the setup program, in this instance “ClassicShellSetup_4_2_1″.

Now it looks like something designed to update the program!

As with all setup wizards in Windows, this one’s a no-brainer to step through, so I won’t show you each window. Suffice to say, agree to terms, agree to the default installation location and you’ll have updated Classic Shell to the very latest version in just a minute or two.

And that’s how it’s done. Learn more about Classic Shell if you’re curious too. It’s got a lot of neat tricks.

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How to add a new city to iPhone’s weather app?

AskDaveTaylor - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:31

It’s good to have dreams and if you have to pick somewhere, Santa Monica’s not a bad place at all, perched on the bluff above the beautiful Pacific Ocean. There’s a nice beach, beautiful walking path, and, of course, expensive, oh-so-trendy eateries all along the main street, full of people from the entertainment industry. Of course, whether you’d actually recognize any of them is another story because for every highly recognizable celebrity there are probably 500+ people who work to get them on screen, all of whom also hang out in Santa Monica but none of whom are recognizable.

Still, it’s your dream, and that’s all good!

There are a lot of weather apps for the iPhone available through the App Store, but let’s stay with the default app because it’s already on your phone. Problem is, it tries to be smart and defaults to showing the weather in your current location. If you were standing at Broadway and Lincoln, it’d show you Santa Monica weather, but if you’re in Pocatello, Idaho, well, you won’t be reveling in the California weather. Or if you were in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah…

Look very closely at the bottom and you’ll see, we’re viewing the “triangle” screen, the weather based on geographic location. There are also three cities I’ve already programmed into my Weather app, hence the three additional tiny grey dots.

But we don’t want to tap on those. Tap instead on the lower right icon, the three horizontal lines.

I actually like this view and often leave the Weather app in this screen for a quick glimpse of what it’s like in the cities that matter most to me.

But we’re adding Santa Monica, we are, so tap on the “+” icon on the screen.

Easy enough, just start typing in the name of the city.

In this case, “Santa” is as far as I had to go to see “Santa Monica, CA” pop up on screen:

A tap on “Santa Monica, CA, United States” and it’s added.

As you’d expect, it then shows up on the list:

63F at 11pm? I guess that’s not too horrible.

Oh, and here’s a handy tip: If you’d rather see temperatures in Celsius, simply tap on the “C / F” display just below the new city you’ve added.

Want more detail about the forecast? Just tap on the city name:

Rather pleasantly cool for late June into early July. In fact, Wednesday looks like a peach of a day, perfect for enjoying one of those outdoor café seating areas…

One more thing before we’re done: If you ever want to remove a city from your weather lineup, simply go to the tiles view and swipe right-to-left:

Tap on “Delete” and it’s gone. Until you add it again.

Good luck on your dream of enjoying all the sights and experiences of Santa Monica!

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Google Earth turns 10 today

GoogleBlog - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:45
When Google Earth was first introduced 10 years ago, it immediately stole my heart. Beyond the freedom to fly anywhere in the world, I was captivated by the ability to paint and visualize geographic data on this incredible global canvas.

Drawn to datasets backed by real human stories, I started making my own maps with KML a few weeks after Earth’s release in 2005. For my master’s degree, I used Google Earth to build a virtual representation of a high-tech biological research reserve. Vint Cerf saw my work, which eventually led to a job on the Google Earth Outreach team, turning my passion for telling stories with maps into a career.

2005 was the beginning of Google Earth’s evolution, as well. In August of that year, Hurricane Katrina showed us how useful mapping tools like Earth could be for crisis response efforts. Rescue workers compared before and after Satellite imagery in Google Earth to better locate where people were stranded. And in the years after, with more than 2 billion downloads by people in nearly every country in the world, Earth has enabled people to discover new coral reefs, journey to the Moon and into deep space, find long-lost parents, clear landmines and much more.
Google Earth images of Gulfport, Mississippi's shoreline before and after Hurricane Katrina
The ability to empower groups as diverse as school children and NASA scientists to learn more about the world is what I love about Google Earth. It has the potential to make the planet a far more connected place, if you take the time to explore, discover and share what you learn. So to celebrate how far Google Earth has come and our leap into the next 10 years, we’ve created a few new ways to help you better see places from around (and above) the world.

The world is a big place, and it can be hard to know where to begin your virtual journey. Now you can jump straight to the newest and most interesting imagery around the globe with a new layer, Voyager, available in desktop versions of Google Earth.
Different imagery types in Voyager are shown by color
In this first edition of Voyager, you’ll find five sections to explore:
  • Street View: highlights from Street View, including the Taj Mahal and the Grand Canyon
  • Earth View: striking landscapes around the globe as seen from space (more below)
  • 3D cities: a showcase of cities and towns available in photorealistic 3D (don’t forget to tilt!)
  • Satellite imagery updates: a map of our most recently published satellite imagery
  • Highlight tour: with thousands of Voyager locations to choose from, take a quick tour of a few to whet your appetite
The Kemgon Gompa—available in the Street View layer—is a Buddhist monastery in Lukla, Nepal
Earth View
Looking at our planet from above is not only a reminder of how interdependent our human and natural ecosystems are—it also lays bare the Earth’s staggering and often surreal beauty.
The Hammar Marshes of Iran are an uncharacteristic yet beautiful wetland feature in the otherwise arid climate
Earth View is library of some of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth. It started as a 20 percent project last year by a few Googlers who enjoyed scouring satellite imagery for these gems. These images soon made their way onto Android phones, Chromecast and Chromebooks as a distinctive kind of wallpaper.
Islands surrounding Cuba seen in the Earth View Chrome Extension
For Earth's 10th birthday, we're expanding the Earth View collection to 1,500 landscapes from every continent and ocean and making it accessible to even more people. The new imagery is available with an updated version of our Chrome extension and a new web gallery. Download high-resolution wallpapers for your mobile and desktop devices, or better yet, print them up for your walls!
The coastline near Ningaloo, Australia in the new Earth View web gallery
Thank you for the last 10 years exploring your world with Google Earth. We hope Voyager and Earth View will unlock a new perspective on our planet. We look forward to seeing what the next decade brings!

Posted by Sean Askay, Engineering Manager, Google Earth
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Hide the menubar on second external Mac display?

AskDaveTaylor - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:49

I must say you have good timing with this question submission because I’ve been on the road for a few days, plugging my own MacBook Pro into the HDMI port of the TV in my hotel room and running it as a second display. Works well, particularly with my SlingTV app which lets me ignore the lame channel line up of most hotels and instead watch the channels I prefer, or anything out of iTunes, Netflix, etc.

Works great except, like in your situation, it’s really annoying to have the app “full screen” and still have a menu bar along the top of the TV itself.

It ends up looking like this:

Fun to watch the movie on TV from my computer, but, um, the blue menu bar? No thanks!

Turns out you can turn off the menu bar on external monitors in Mac OS X, but it’s not where you’d think it would be…

To start, go to System Preferences… from the Apple icon on the top left. Look along the top row of icons:

You’ll want to click on “Mission Control”…

As I’ve highlighted, the puzzlingly labelled “Displays have separate Spaces” controls the menu bar on the second, external display. What they’re thinking with this description I’m not sure, I’d have it instead read “Show menu bar on external displays” but at least you now know.

When you do change the setting, by the way, it’ll tell you something interesting:

What’s interesting is that most people don’t know how to log out of their Mac system, and even in the other tutorials I’ve read on this subject, the writers say that you should just restart the system. Pah! You don’t need to do that!

Instead, go back to the Apple menu:

and, as you can see, choose “Log Out”. And here’s a handy tip: When you do go to log out, check the window that pops up:

Choose “Reopen windows when logging back in”, click “Log Out” and once you log in again everything will be as it was. Except for that darn menu bar, as you can see in this subsequent photo of SlingTV on the external monitor:

That looks a lot better. The menu bar is useful in some situations — and you can always reverse this process if you want it back — but it’s nice to know how to get rid of it, isn’t it?

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Can I have Windows 8 show me two timezone clocks?

AskDaveTaylor - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 16:55

First off, our thanks go out to your husband for his service to the country with his deployment to Islamabad. It’s hot there right now, in case you aren’t tracking the weather: Today, June 27, the high temp is expected to be 103F (39C). As you know, it’s also a long, long way away. If you’re based in Chicago, Islamabad is just a bit more than 7,000 miles away.

In terms of what you seek, there are a couple of ways to have a clock with a different time zone show up in Windows 8.1 including downloading a clock app that’ll just float on your desktop at all times, but the easiest way hands down is to tap into a secret feature of the Date & Time control panel that’s part of the system itself.

You already rely on this particular control panel every time you glance at the Taskbar and see what time it is!

Here’s what you see if you put the cursor over the date and time display:

I kind of zoomed in here so we can see what’s going on. Your display will probably be a bit smaller

Instead of just looking at this display, click on it. A window pops up:

That’s pretty neat and darn handy if you’re trying to figure out dates and times, for sure.

But what you want to do is click on Change date and time settings…

If you don’t see this view, make sure you’ve clicked on Additional Clocks along the top.

Now check “Show this clock” and find the proper timezone for Islamabad, Pakistan:

You can put in whatever label you want. You could even have “Mike Time” or similar if that’s what you’d prefer.

Now click on “Apply” or “OK” to have the new clock saved in the preferences.

Nothing looks different on the Taskbar, but when you move your cursor over the current (local timezone) date and time, the pop-up is considerably more interesting:

There we go, so when it’s 3.09pm local time (in Denver, at least), it’s 2.09am the following morning in Pakistan.

Even better, click on the date and time display and you’ll get two clocks to show up:

Now any time you want, simply hover your cursor over the date and time to find out the current time in Islamabad, or click on it to get the dual clock display to show up.

Hope that helps you keep track of your husband’s timezone while he’s stationed in Pakistan.

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Through the Google lens: Search trends June 19-25

GoogleBlog - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 18:02
From eagerly-awaited U.S. Supreme Court rulings, to the ongoing debate over the Confederate flag, here’s a look at some of the topics that got people searching this week.

Whether the query was “marriage equality,” “fourteenth amendment,” or “love wins,” searches related to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry are spiking, with more than 2 million searches for the term “gay marriage” alone. Interest goes beyond the U.S., with “What countries allow same-sex marriage?” and “where is gay marriage legal?” among the top questions.

While today’s “thunderbolt” ruling is capturing most of the attention around SCOTUS, searches for the court have in fact been big all week. Yesterday, news that the Court had upheld a key portion of the Affordable Care Act was met with a 200,000+ search spike, and renewed questions like “How does Obamacare work?” and “Why do Republicans dislike Obamacare?”

Confederate flag
We noted last week that searches related to the Confederate flag increased sharply following the tragic shooting in Charleston, S.C.; and this week, interest in the flag reached an all-time high. Searches were most concentrated in South Carolina, where Governor Nikki Haley has called for the flag’s removal from the state Capitol, followed by Alabama, where Governor Robert Bentley ordered the flag’s removal from the Capitol grounds. But searches have been popular throughout the South as people ask questions like “Is the confederate flag racist” and “How many states fly the Confederate flag?” As companies pulled Confederate flag merchandise from their sites and stores, the search terms “confederate for sale” spiked more than 1,000 percent.

Rising stars
Thursday’s 2015 N.B.A. Draft also attracted more than 2 million searches this week and half of the top 20 searches yesterday, with queries for first pick Karl-Anthony Towns spiking more than 1,000 percent. Looks like Minnesota Timberwolves fans had done their research ahead of the selection; Towns was the most-searched prospect in the state ahead of the draft. Other breakout names of the week included actor Tom Holland, who saw 500,000+ searches after he was cast as Spider-Man for the next film in the Marvel franchise. Holland’s home country of the U.K. topped the list of countries looking for details, but Spidey searches from people in the Philippines to the Netherlands show the global popularity of this character, even two years before the movie’s 2017 release.  

Posted by Abbi Tatton, who searched this week for [how do you pronounce Obergefell]
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