Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Transfer a blog to another Google account

The world is in a continuous change. At time you may wish to transfer a blog to another Google account. This is possible. You have to follow these steps:
  1. Create the new Google account you want to use.
  2. Browse to your blog and log in with your old Google account.
  3. Click on the Customize link.
  4. Click on the Settings tab and click on the Permissions link.
  5. In the Blog Authors section click on Add Authors.
  6. Enter the email address of the new Google account and click Invite.
  7. Now sign out your old Google account.
  8. Browse to Gmail and sign in with your new account.
  9. You will find an invitation email from your old account entitled You have been invited to contribute to 's blog.
  10. Open the email and click on the link contained in the email.
  11. Provide the email address and password from your new Google account.
  12. Your new account will be added as a Blog Author.
  13. Sign out from Gmail.
  14. Browse to your blog and sign in with your old account.
  15. Click on the Customize link.
  16. Click on the Settings tab and click on the Permissions link.
  17. Find the new account in the Blog Authors section.
  18. Click on the grant admin privileges link.
  19. On the dialog box confirm by clicking on the GRANT ADMIN PRIVILEGES button.
  20. Sign out with your old Google account.
  21. Browse to your blog and sign in with your new account.
  22. Click on the Customize link.
  23. Click on the Settings tab and click on the Permissions link.
  24. Find the old account in the Blog Authors section.
  25. Click on the remove link.
  26. On the dialog box confirm by clicking on the REMOVE BLOG MEMBER button.
Your blog is now completely transferred to your new Google account. If appropriate you may now delete your old Google account.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Recover a deleted Google account

If you accidentally delete your Google account you can recover it. It's good to have at hand as much information about your deleted account as possible (especially the verification code is useful).

Let's go now:
  1. Browse to http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/request.py?ctx=accounts_hc&contact_type=ara.
  2. Specify an email address where the confirmation of the recovery should be sent.
  3. Provide as much information on your account as possible.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. You will receive an email stating something like:
    Thank you for your report.
    The contact address you provided matches the recovery address on the account. We're happy to inform you that you can reset your password by entering your Gmail username at https://www.google.com/accounts/ForgotPasswd and completing the word verification.
  6. Click on the link and provide a new password.
  7. Now your account is recovered.
  8. Try to log in with your new account.

Move the taskbar to the left side on Windows XP

In order to have more space for displaying open tasks in Windows XP, also avoiding grouping of tasks, move the taskbar to the left side of the screen:
  1. Make sure that the taskbar is not locked: Right-click on taskbar and make sure that the Lock the Taskbar option is not checked. If it is checked, uncheck it.
  2. Now drag and drop the taskbar from the current position to the left side of the screen.
There is however a problem with having the taskbar on the left side: at each login the taskbar shrinks until it has the width of an icon. This is due to the language bar. Disable the language bar if it is enabled:
  1. Right-click on language bar and select Close the language bar.
  2. A dialog may appear asking to confirm closing the language bar. Click OK.