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How to sign up Spotify account outside America and Europe?

Spotify: The next generation of Music.

If you are a true music lover, you can’t ignore the fact that we love carrying our giant music collection around. It is always hard to manage and transfer music when we flip from one device to another device. How about playing your favorite playlists on all devices without syncing your tracks on all devices? I am sure you are aware about the disk space needed to store all our favorite tracks in all your devices. Spotify has came up with a solution for you. Spotify is a music streaming service. Spotify has almost every track on planet earth. It streams music into your device for free. Spotify launched almost an year ago and has been sensational in Europe and America. However, Spotify is not available is some areas including middle east and Asia.

Getting Access: How about getting access to almost every track in the world for free if you are not in America or Europe?

Wouldn’t be this really cool if you get access to Spotify. Personally, I love music as anyone does. I’ve been using Spotify for 6 months now. I loved every part of it. Spofity client’s user interface is “licking-good“. Besides, Spotify lets you search your favorite Tracks, Artist or even Playlist. Spotify gets the right music. I dug up my favorite tracks of 80’s which I believed I lost on a hard disk failure. Thanks to Spotify. I don’t have to worry about my hard disk failures anymore.

Sharing is good: Why keep your favorite tracks with yourself. Share it with your pals on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.

Spotify’s underlying core of marketing is Facebook and Twitter. Facebook lets Spotify to share your favorite music tracks with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Once you signed up with your facebook/twitter account, It displays your Facebook/Twitter friends who are using Spotify. It also shows their playlists and the music they are currently Listening. You can post your favorite tracks on your Facebook timeline as well. Why just music. Sharing your playlist with your friends is fun and is just one click away. It pops up on your friends computer in a fraction of second. Share common interests. Share Music. Sharing is good

How can I get spotify in my country.

If you are in  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. You can go ahead to Spotify website and download the application right away. If you dont belong to any of these countries you need to tunnel to any of these countries to get a Spotify Account.

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Tunnelling: How can I get Spotify?

Step 1 : Logout from your Facebook

Since ,we use Facebook for signing up with Spotify. Make sure you logged out from Facebook before continuing to next step.

Step 2: Tunnel to United States or United Kingdom.

Tunnel Bear is an application which helps to tunnel to Either US or UK.

See my article here, for Information regarding how to use Tunnel Bear on a mac.

Once you are successfully tunneled to US or UK.  Go to Step 3

  • Windows Users

Download SuperhideIP , or anyother applications which lets you to tunnel to US/UK.

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Change/Fake your IP address to US or UK by clicking on Hide IP.

Select the location – Click Choose IP Country.

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Once you’ve selected the country Click on Hide IP. Which would give you similar screen as below.

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IP address has been changed to United States.

Step 3: Login back to your Facebook.

Now Facebook may let you run through security check, since your Location has changed to US all of a sudden. Go ahead until you reach your facebook Home page successfully.

Step 4 : go to http://www.spotify.com

Now you would be able to reach Spotify US/UK. If you are not on US/UK page. You haven’t tunneled Yet.

 To find your current location of your ip address click here.

Make sure you are tunneled to US/UK.

Now, Click on SignUp button.

Step 5: Select your country

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Select your country to United States if you are tunneled to US. Otherwise select United Kingdom.

Step 4 : Sign Up with your Facebook account.

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Since you are already signed on to Facebook. It will pull your facebook details and ask you to register with Spotify.

Allow Facebook to access your details using Spotify.

Step 5 : Choose your product.

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Select “Open” for the free account. It is fine except it plays 30  second advertisements frequently like once between 2-3 songs. Go for Unlimited for no advertisements. Select Premium if you want offline playback in all devices. If you have a Spotify Premium code enter the code and you are ready to go.

Step 6: Validate and Finish

It validates your Facebook Credentials. Click finish when you are done.

Step 7 : Download Spotify client.

Step 8: Login to Spotify with your Facebook.

Login to spotify with your Facebook ID and Password

There you go,

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Welcome to the world of unlimited Music.

AN IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Since spotify offers only 2 weeks of use overseas. I recommend to tunnel whenever you use spotify. So that your profile will remain active.

May be, all you need is – tunnel while you log into Spotify. Release once you are logged in Successfully. May be that would be the only time spotify requests your location. I strongly suggest to tunnel whenever you use Spotify to be on the safe side.

Shout from Author.

If you have any difficulties in accessing Spotify following this method, please drop a comment specifying your location and difficulties. I will go through the process carefully and let you know. Thank You

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Experience : My interview with Apple Retail.

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As an International Student in United Kingdom, I was forced to search jobs because of expensive cost of living in UK. I was unemployed for a year. I was nearing to my graduation. I haven’t tried applying on local supermarkets or old age homes. Since, I am a post-graduate student in Information Technology; I set my dreams higher. Mean while, I was becoming a hardcore Apple Lover. Since, I already  owned a Macbook Pro and iPhone 4, I decided to work with Apple Store. I was extremely confident about the job with Apple. I opened up Apple’s beautiful career website. The website itself is a charm which attracts anyone work for Apple. Apple has showcased an enthusiastic retail video on their career site. I was very much inspired watching the video which even gave me goose bumps. I took long breath, I crossed my fingers and started filling up the form. Since, I was living in Leicester, I set my location of preference  to Leicester; I selected Milton Keynes as my second preference. I examined the application form carefully. Finally, I applied for the vacancy of Apple Store retail Specialist. I stayed and enjoyed being in Apple career site for a while. I started playing the inspiring video again for another half an hour. I visualised myself dealing customers with the mighty blue Apple T-shirts on. Those T-shirts were very attractive, simple and elegant. I really admired it. Blue round neck T-shirt with White Apple Logo. It is more than enough to standout from the crowd.

Days passed; I was not even aware about the application that I have sent. It was November 2011; the world was chilling on winter. I loved winter. Temperature was hitting almost zero degree. I woke up from my long dead sleep. I used to enjoy  my day-time sleep during winter. I opened up my MacBook. First thing I always do is, check my Facebook notifications. So, I did few comments and likes on my fb and my eyes fell on Mail client; it was showing new mail notifications. I opened it up quickly. I was surprised to see mail from retailstaffinguk@apple.com. My heart started beating than usual. Hooray!!! It was mail from the apple recruiter saying that I am considered for the role at Apple Store in Milton Keynes. My heart started bouncing with Joy like my heart is on a trampoline. I felt proud being myself. The mail informed me that Apple will let me know about the recruitment event and asked me to stay tuned. After a day or two; I received another mail from Apple. This time it wasnt just a plain text. It was with glorious Apple logo. It looked professional. Apple provided me details of recruitment event such as location and time of recruitment event. Apple requested me to respond and book seat as soon as possible. Without wasting any time, I clicked on the RSVP link, I logged in with my AppleID and reserved my seat for the recruitment event. Once I reserved my seat, I received a confirmation mail. This time mail provided me a few bonus details such as “reach 15 mins before the event” and “Feel free to wear business casual”. A business casual? I stuck for a minute thinking what the heck is a business casual? Is that polo and trouser ? Similar to what they dress while playing golf? Alright, I thought for a while and I decided not to wear a suit. I decided to wear formal shirt and trouser.

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I had to wait for a week for the big day. Since the event starts at 9Am in Milton Keynes, I found it hard to travel in the morning on freezing cold weather. So, I rang my uncle who is living in Shefford and asked his suggestion. He said, he has work and can’t drop me to Milton Keynes early morning. However, he promised me he would drop me to the bus station in Bedford. Alright, So everything is set. I treated myself with new pair of shiny black formal shoes. I travelled Shefford; to my Uncles place. A beautiful village in England. I reached a day before the big day. I explained family about the opportunity at Apple. I watched the Apple retail video again, like another 5 more hits. I was so excited and tensed as well. I couldn’t sleep peacefully that night. However, I woke up early morning. I took quick shower and I dressed professional. My Uncle dropped me to Bedford early morning 6am. He wished me good luck. I thanked him and I started my journey. It was freezing cold. I waited for X5, from Cambridge to Oxford. X5 is one of the best bus services in UK. I know it’s the right bus. I’ve been to Buckingham and Milton Keynes before. I reached early morning in Milton Keynes around quarter past seven. I rang my friend Virat, who is living Milton Keynes; I have already informed him about the interview. Since he has morning lectures, he couldn’t show up. So I had to find Jury Inn hotel by myself. That is where Apple Event is supposed to take place. It was tiring to walk around the streets of Milton Keynes in freezing cold weather. It was windy and rain was dripping. I took my iPhone out and I looked for temperature. It’s almost near to freezing point. I ignored the weather thinking about the wonderful opportunity and excitement about the Apple Event. Finally, at the end of a street, I found Jury Inn Hotel. Since it was early morning, reception was empty. I decided to move in, to enquire about the event. I walked towards reception. Receptionist welcomed with huge smile on her face, like she already knew that I was coming. I asked “Hey, you alright?”. She replied “Yes I am good, and you?. I continued “Yes I am alright, Could you tell me on which floor is the Apple recruitment event?” She paused for a while; and she quickly went through the reservations list on her PC. She asked me to wait and went towards her supervisor and enquired. She came back to me and asked “Are you from Apple? You the one who is doing it?”. Since I am very early she would have thought  I am from apple. But I am not wearing Apple Tees though. However, I enjoyed that question. I replied “Oh, No. I am here for Interview”. She replied, ” Apple recruitment event is on 1st floor at 9AM, you are early”. She smiled and showed me the stairs to first floor. I replied smiling “Yeah I know am early, Cheers. Have a nice day”. She wished me the same. I walked towards the stairs.

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First floor was empty  and pitch silent. Floors were dressed with red carpet. I walked to washroom to rehearse my charm. I looked at the mirror and I prepared my tuck in. I made it look excellent. I looked at myself on the mirror and I whispered “You got this”. I took a few snaps on my iPhone. I went back to the floor and waited in visitors Lounge. After a while, some people popped in. But they did not look like they are from Apple. It was another recruitment event for a private bank.  I waited patiently. Eventually people started showing up. Those were class of people aging between 30-50. I reckoned, that they were not here for Apple store interview. I sat relaxed on the sofa staring at the road, which I can see from the first floor through the big window. Rain was dripping. Even before the interview, all my thoughts were on relocating to Milton Keynes; one of the newest city in England. More people started showing up including some teenage geeks, I realised, this is going to be a tough challenge to get through. But, I never  wanted to give up my hopes. I made myself believe, that I am the best. At least, I can speak 4 languages fluently. Milton Keynes is populated with south Indians. So, I have preference, I have good academic background plus I recently tweaked an Apple Store app and put up a video in YouTube. I started stating reasons why I am good for the position. All of these boosted my confidence to a higher level and I believed, that it could be only me. After a while, Apple team showed up in their blue t-shirts and half trousers with an Apple Cinema, MacBook Pro and an iPad. “Alright, there they are”, I whispered. They were charming and inspiring. They went inside the event room waving their hands at us, to prepare the process. There were two guys ageing 30-40 sitting across me. They started sipping hot coffee and  kicked off a conversation. They suggested me to try coffee pointing towards the desk. I smiled at them; and replied that am fine. We talked for a while about the interview. We had a happy chat. Soon, they’ve been asked to shift to another room and we wished good luck to each other. After a while, Apple recruitment team came towards us with name tags and asked us to wear it. They asked us to fill a form as well. Now, only Apple invitees remained on the floor. We all got names pinned to our chest so that we get to know each others name. Some mates came to me and introduced themselves and started talking about apple hiring event and their experiences in apple interviews. Some were already experienced with Apple events. If you are not hired, then you can’t apply for next 6 months in Apple; that’s how apple rolls. They called us up. Okay, now its the party time.

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We walked towards the room. Apple recruitment team were cheering up with standing ovation, while we entered into the event room. I was privileged. I noticed, chairs arranged in a circle. I figured out, that It would be for making the event more real and social. We sat on the chairs. All I noticed was, the inspiring and ambitious team of Apple retail. I looked around; I saw 27′ inch Apple Cinema connected to MacBook Pro on mini port. I looked at other people around me. I was surprised to see, that I was the only Asian in the house. However, with extreme confidence I looked at Apple recruiter, who was on his half trousers and Apple Tees. He told, how excited himself and his team is today morning to see all of us there. He started his presentation talking about Apple’s achievements. He showed Apple’s best stores around the world on Apple Cinema. He was throwing some random questions on us about Apple all the time. Some of us replied with real enthusiasm. Even though, I knew about Apple; I remained silent thinking, that I would perform on face to face interview. The recruiter introduced his team members who has shown up with him for the event. Later, He started explaining about Apple’s product line. He started asking questions like “Who own a Macbook or iMac?”; I raised my hand along with some other people. Then he asked “who has an iPod or iPhone?” I raised my hand; my heart pumped up with joy. He asked about opinions and favorite applications on both devices. Some raised their hand and started boasting off about Apple. Even though,I know much more than them I remained silent waiting for my turn on face to face interview. Everyone started raising hands except me. I thought of giving a try on this interactive session. I raised my hand. I talked about how enthusiastic I am, about Apple. I said I get goosebumps when I watch Apple videos. I talked about some apps like iPhoto, Airplay on mac and iOS. I admitted, that’s the best for now. Recruiter continued saying next round would be group discussion. I was surprised to hear that. I was on a recruitment process? What the heck? I thought that’s just an introduction. I would have impressed them boasting off about Apple. I was waiting for the interview. I realised, that there is no face to face interviews. They grouped us into a team of four and asked us to discover something innovative in apple store which can attract more customers into the Store. Teams split up and moved to each corners in the room. There were around 5-6 teams of 4 members each. We came up with some cool ideas on discussion. We wrote it down to a white sheet which is provided by the team. After 5 minutes we were asked to present our innovative Idea.We discussed our idea with other team members as well. Later, they grouped us again randomly. This time, they gave us a scenario for a customer; and asked us to suggest the suitable Apple product for him according to his career and needs plus they asked us how we would convince the customer to buy the product. Each of us has to present it for 2-3 mins. We planned  our presentation very carefully and presented confidently. I was very confident in front of classy Apple geeks and I was the one who ended the presentation. Some showed their skills on planning and brain mapping, that they learned from their schools All went well. So that’s the end of our tests. We had few more chat and recruiter informed us about, how would they let us know the outcomes of the interview. He asked us to keep tuned to our mails. I went towards one of the recruiter and thanked him for calling me up. I knew that I messed it up. All the time, I was waiting for a face to face experience. We cheered again applauding at each other. We all wished best for each other and walked away thinking that each one of us outperformed the other.

After a week or two. Apple informed me, that they decided to move on with other candidates because of large number of qualified candidates. Even though it was a tear-dropper, I counted that on my experiences list. I had fun being a part of the event.

How to prepare for Apple Specialist interviews?

My experience suggests to,

  • Go through all the product lines of Apple. Learn about configurations and positive sides of the product. Learn how it stands out from other products in market.
  • Learn about Apple’s Apps in AppStores.
  • Keep yourself up-to date with new Apple technologies – iPad’s retina display, iCloud, photo stream etc.
  • Accelerate your confidence.
  • Make sure you can present a keynote in front of apple geeks. Try to rehearse it few times.Write down some key points about Apple.
  • Boast about Apple. That’s what you going to do as an Apple Specialist anyways.
  • Be enthusiastic and charming.
  • Be friendly towards people around you and communicate well.
  • Raise your hands whenever recruiter throws a question and keep the attention of recruiter always on you.
  • While doing presentations or group discussions make sure you outperformed others in your same group.

It’s all about attention I believe. Good Luck. !!!

How to bypass Qtel proxies/firewalls on mac.

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Qtel has been harsh on its users blocking users from accessing certain sites in Qatar. However, I came up with an easy solution to bypass Qtel proxies on mac. We are familier with the page and boring moustache figures while accessing pages such as torrents or PG contents. Personally, I love freedom.

Note : This tutorial is for demonstration; Author or Tunnel bear is not responsible for the outcome. I have no clue about cyber laws in Qatar.

Okay. Here is how it works.

Step 1 : Download Tunnel Bear

Tunnel Bear is an incredible app which lets you to connect proxies in US or UK seamlessly. You dont have to search for proxies unlike other services; it lets you use their own proxy services. Tunnel bear proxies are fast and connect without interruptions. However, free users can access only upto 1GB per month. You can boost your data by tweeting about tunnel bear from the email ID you signed up for Tunnel Bear.

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Step 2: Sign up for Tunnel Bear

You need to sign up for tunnel bear with your email ID and password.

Step 3: Turn on the service

You will need to turn on the service by clicking on the old style radio buttons. Select the location either US or UK. Wait until Tunnel bear connects you to the proxy. You are free to run. TADA.

You should be able to access any sites on the internet.

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Why purpose of life guided me under banyan tree?

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Even though, it’s not news-worthy as much of celebrity’s new puppy or shiny golden teeth. I have been thinking about this for a while. I started asking myself, the same old question; Why do I live? I started searching answer looking back at my own life and I came up with nothing. So, I decided to look at others life around me for a unified solution. When I looked around, all I can see was people busy working just like bees. Soon I realised, Everything around me is work of someone and someone is earning money out of it. That exercised my thoughts and I asked myself – are we all living for money? My memory came up with some richest figures on planet earth. Why are they making more money than they actually need? Some of them make money for living and some for passion and greed. It puts us all under one umbrella. The mighty money. Here is where we all stand from Richard Branson to poor beggar on streets. But is it just all about money? I had to map my mind to come up with something more philosophical other than just money. I filtered my thoughts.  I came up with a clearer vision. May be, it’s not just the money. You can’t just deny if I say, that life is all about “want/need”.

Even though, money is nothing more than just expensive papers. Money is a big deal in our world. However, money cannot buy everything. Now, let me put more weight on the question by asking why money is important than anything else? Its simple; It gets us what we want. Expensive cars, fame, respect, better life-partner, better life, you name it. But still it’s not all about money. So, there is something behind the screen, pulling cords other than money and  that’s ‘want’. The want to control the world, The want of toxic greediness. I am absolutely convinced by the fact, that one of the main reasons of hatred in this world is greed. Our eyes are dusted with greed and selfishness. The greed of wanting more. We need to pull ourselves back from the world of hatred and greediness to have a glimpse of what life is all about. If we could wipe out greed we could get our visions cleared. That may get a better picture of what we are and what is the purpose of our lives. In this world of hatred and greediness, I can’t see myself as a human living in a perfect world. At last, all these thoughts finally makes me follow foot steps of Buddha to – right Under a banyan tree.

How to tweak Wallpapers HD Lite for unlimited downloads – UPDATED

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Wallpapers HD Lite – Part 2

Wallpapers HD lite is an amazing application that let users to download high quality wallpapers to mac. The best part is, its free. However, you can download only up to 5 wallpapers per day or you have to go pro with £2.99 from AppStore. But thats not the end.

“How did the apple fall on my head?”

As usual, my day begun trashing some random unused apps with AppCleaner. It is a free app that deletes (uninstall) applications from mac.The distinctiveness of AppCleaner is that; not only it just deletes the application, it hunts down files that are associated with the application as well. Here is the story, I had to reinstall Wallpapers HD Lite for some reason. I was sure, that I’ve already reached download limit. I reinstalled HDLite and when I retured back to the application. TADA ! my download limit is restored and can download another 5 more for the day. That rewinded my memory back to my college days where I hacked Hidefolders XP by editing Windows registry. I realized, that Wallpapers HDLite stores its property informations locally somewhere on my mac. So, I opened up my AppCleaner app again and started searching for associated files. I examined them carefully and I got stuck into one of those associated file. I decided to find what is in it. I tried searching them on Finder. But, I couldn’t find it. I was sure that the file exists hence it showed up in AppCleaner. However, I figured it out. Its hidden. I located them using Houdini (an app used to view hidden files in Finder). When I opened that suspicious file, I found something groundbreaking, BINGO !!!!. Those are “propertylist” or ‘plist’ files which is used to store values locally by applications just like registry in windows. So I started dissecting the properties and I examined them carefully. After a while I found, that it holds the “Golden Key”. It locally stores download-count for the day plus it saves the downloaded image name and its link. So, this is the wall?. This file stops you downloading more than 5 wallpapers and same image again. So, I finally decided to recall my programming skills (it wasn’t that hard) to tweak it and it worked.

How to tweak Wallpapers HD Lite instructions.

Step 1 : Download & Install application Houdini.
Step 2 : Open Houdini and click on ‘Toggle File Visibility’ which makes hidden files visible on Finder.
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Step 3 : Make sure you can view hidden files on Finder; Go to file location.

Macintosh HD>Users>’yourname’>Library>Preferences>

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Step 4: Open file “com.stuckpixelinc.wallpapershdlite.plist” using TextWrangler or property list editor. I strongly suggest to use TextWrangler, which is a free and powerful editor.
Step 5 : Edit the value <integer>5<integer> under the current date to negative value and save it.

For eg: <integer>-1000<integer>, <integer> -10<integer>.

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This is the number of downloads you have done for the day. Usually when it reaches 5; application restricts you from further downloads. So, the tweak is entering negative value and save it. So, whenever you download a wallpaper, it increases the value.(Used my 5th grade knowledge)

For eg : When you download a wallpaper after you changed value to <integer>-1000<integer>; value increases and become <integer>-999<integer>. Thus you  can download 1005 wallpapers for the current day.

Step 6: Make sure you saved the file. Open Wallpapers HD Lite.

You will be amazed to see, that your download limit is restored and your progress bar is frozen. You can download as many wallpapers you want corresponding to the value you entered.

NOTE: You have to tweak it everyday to boost your download limit. The integer value is dependent to your  systems current date. So, If you want to download more than 5 wallpapers on the other day you have to edit value again.

Step 7 : How about following me?

Thank you.