Thursday, 18 June 2015

How To Gather Information About Someone Online?

  • Google about them: Just try googling their name, also check google image results page. Were they ever on the news? Google search their name and select the appropriate date range.  
  • Search for them on Facebook. You can find them using Facebook Graph search or their friends. Their company, school, college groups & pages will also help you. Once you get their profile, it might have a username, do a Google Search with that username to get more social media profiles, online forum profiles etc.
  • Email: If you know their email address, Google it or search using the username part of that email address (the part before @). You'll get some profiles if they have signed up using that username.
  • Name+Location/Job/Employer/College/School: Use their name plus any of the parameters, this will bring some results if they are active on the internet.
  • Phone number: Google their phone number if you have it.
  • Reverse image search: Go to google image search and upload an image of theirs if you have any. If you are lucky, you'll get their images from somewhere else on the web (that is if they have actually uploaded it to the public.
  • College/School website: If they are/were an active member of their college, chances are there will be some information about them on the websites or databases, even phone number will be there if they were in charge of some college club or coordinated events.
  • Company website: Some company websites have information about their employees. Or you can find their colleagues using Facebook or LinkedIn and find more information about them from the profiles.
  • Whois Lookup: If they have a website, you can look up its whois data. If they have not purchased whois guard, chances are you can find information like their phone number, email and even address if they have given those correctly.
.If you have any other ideas for looking up people online, do share in comments. In the next post, I will talk about privacy and how one can protect themselves online. 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

How To Get Auto Focus On 1st Generation Moto E - A Workaround

The 1st Generation Motorola Moto E Android smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with fixed focus. It is a great camera for taking outdoor pictures. But when it comes to taking pictures of nearby objects, the camera gives poor quality blurred images. This is because of lack of auto focus. The truth is there is not way to fix this using any software or apps available on Google Playstore. Lollipop update will not fix this problem! You won't fix this issue by rooting the phone or flashing with a different ROM. The reason is that this is a hardware limitation. The lens on Moto E 1st generation does not have auto focusing capabilities. The only way you can make it work is by changing the lens, which I don't know if is a feasible option. So let's say it is impossible to get auto focus on this phone. 

But don't lose hope already! I have figured out a way to fix the problem partially. Now, we know people with far-sightedness or long-sightedness have a difficult time seeing nearby objects and reading newspapers/books without glasses. Let's say our Moto E is a bit long-sighted. So it needs glasses to see nearby things. So what do we do? We make it wear glasses! That's right, get a magnifier!  

We all have played around with magnifying glasses when we were kids. You can easily get one for Rs.50 or less from a supermarket or even a toy shop. So get one! 

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