How to Enable Emoji Emoticons in iOS 5

Posted by AfroWhitey | How-to | Friday 15 June 2012 10:00 pm


Look, all the cool kids are doing it, even Jeff Winger. Everyone likes emoticons, except maybe the terrorists, and in iOS 5 you don’t even need to download an app to get them. They’re built right into the Keyboard Settings. Here’s how to enable them:

  1. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard
  2. Tap InternationalKeyboards
  3. Tap Add New Keyboard
  4. Locate and tap Emoji

Once emoji is enabled, you can access the emoji keyboard by tapping the globe icon to the right of the space bar: Globe icon

So there you go. It works on any iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch running iOS 5. Once you access the emoji keyboard, tap around the icons at the  bottom and explore a little. You can also swipe left or right to access more pages of the smiley goodness.

Why Emoji? Like a lot of the cool stuff we have in America, it came from Japan. It’s their term for the emoticons or picture characters they use in their text messages, emails, and web pages. From Wikipedia, “Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter’. ”

 Source: Apple

How to Set a Secure Password

Posted by AfroWhitey | How-to | Thursday 7 June 2012 10:25 am


With the recent increase of hacking among some of the major sites we use daily, including LinkedIn, there’s never been a better time to take a look at the way we come up with our passwords. The most important thing is that they are secure, but it also makes our lives a lot easier if we can remember them.

My brother recently wrote an article with some tips for setting passwords. His main point was a great one, use different passwords for every website you use. That way, if/when a website is hacked, you only have to change your password on one site, rather than every one you visit. A couple of his other points are below, but head over and read the entire article for some more tips.

  • Make it more than just a word and numbers. Make it a sentence, preferably with letters, spaces, numbers, and even non-alphanumeric numbers (like $ and * and others).
  • Keep it at least 10 characters long – if you take my above recommendation, that should be easy because sentences are easy to remember.
  • Another school of thought is to use a service that randomizes your passwords for you, so that you never know what they are. They are all managed by algorithms within that service. I have never used any of these services, so I cannot vouch for them, but one LifeHacker writer swears by them. In his article he explains this school of thought and provides a few recommendations for services.

    The Only Secure Password is the One You Can’t Remember

    Whichever method you use, it’s always important to keep your passwords personal. Do not write them on post-its or give them to anyone you don’t trust. If you take your computer in to be serviced and they ask you for your passwords make sure it is one that will not give them access to anything they don’t need access to. Always change it as soon as you get it back and beware of companies that ask you to write down your password on publicly available forms.

    I’m hoping to get this site back up and running regularly, so feel free to contact me using the links on the left with any questions you may have.