How To Block Someone On Facebook Messenger

It’s said that anonymity often leads to contempt, and anyone that spends any time online knows this to be true. Unfortunately, it’s often true on Facebook, too—even when your real name is on display for the world to see. Sometimes the only way to avoid an unpleasant encounter is to block someone on Facebook Messenger.

Facebook Messenger makes it easy to block badly-behaving individuals with just a few taps or clicks. Send trolls back under their bridges with a few simple steps.

How To Block Someone On Facebook Messenger From Your Browser

If you prefer to use Facebook Messenger on your computer without the app, you can very quickly and easily block someone.

Just find the conversation you want to block in your sidebar and hover your cursor over it. Click the three ellipses that appear. A menu will pop up allowing you to Mute, Delete, Mark as Unread, and several other options. At the bottom of this menu is the option to Block messages. Click this.

A pop-up will appear warning that you will stop receiving messages and calls from that person. If this is what you want to do, click Block messages. Once you do this, you no longer have to worry about receiving spam or any other kind of message from the individual.

If at any point you change your mind and you want to unblock the person, you can select the chat from the sidebar. At the bottom of the screen is a message saying, “You’ve blocked messages from this person.” Click Unblock now to once more receive messages from them.

How To Block Someone On Facebook Messenger From Your iPhone or iPad

Blocking someone on the go is just as easy as it is from your browser. Open the conversation with the person you wish to block, and then tap their name at the top of the screen.

This will bring up their profile. You can choose from several options, including viewing any photos and videos sent to you (in case you need to report them.) At the bottom is a menu titled Privacy & Support. Tap Block.

Another screen will appear providing the option to block the person on Messenger or on Facebook altogether. Tap Block on Messenger to stop receiving messages from the person but remain friends.

If you later decide to unblock the person, the option under Privacy & Support will be Unblock. Just tap that, and then select Unblock on Messenger on the next screen to once more send and receive messages from the individual.

How To Block Someone On Facebook Messenger From Your Android

The steps for blocking someone on Facebook Messenger from Android are exactly the same as on iPhone and iPad. Simply open the conversation, tap the individual’s name, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and tap Block > Block on Messenger.

Blocking On Messenger Versus Blocking On Facebook

If someone (perhaps an older relative) likes to spam you with Facebook chain letters, you might not want to receive messages from them, but you still want to see what they post. Blocking on Facebook Messenger is a great way to circumvent the issue.

However, if you are dealing with someone that is harassing or threatening you, it is better to block them entirely rather than just ignore their messages. In this case, rather than just blocking on Messenger, select the Block on Facebook option. This will completely eliminate their access to your Facebook page and will not allow them to send you messages.

To avoid unwanted messages, make sure your Facebook settings limit how much someone you aren’t friends with can see. Too many users leave their Facebook accounts wide open for the world to see. It is better to restrict all information.

If you are being threatened with physical harm or you feel in danger, contact the proper authorities. Do not assume that blocking the person on social media will make the problem go away. It’s better to be overly cautious. 

How to scan a QR code on Android

QR codes are the easiest way to share information in the real world; users can be directed to a website, given the password to a WiFi network, or shown helpful information when they scan a QR code.

To use a QR code to share information, users must be able to scan. On iOS, the stock Camera app can scan QR codes but the same does not hold true for Android phones. Here’s how you can scan a QR code on Android.

Scan QR code on Android

On Android 9.0+, you can scan a QR code with the Google Lens feature that’s built into the Google Assitant app. The Google Assistant app is a stock app and will be available on your Android phone. For phones running older versions of Android or versions that do not have the Google Assistant app, users will have to download a third-party app from the Google Play Store.

scan QR code android

Android 9.0+

  1. Activate the Google Assistant app either by pressing the dedicated key, holding down the home button, or opening the app from the app drawer.
  2. Tap the lens button. Grant the app access to your camera if it asks.
  3. Point your camera at the QR code and take a photo.
  4. Google Assistant will display the information it has found. Tap the information that you want to use e.g., a URL address that will open in your default browser.

Older Android versions

If your device is running Android 8.0 or older, you can download a free QR code scanning app from the Google Play Store though it will have ads.

  1. Download QR & Barcode Scanner from the Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app and grant it permission to access your camera and photos.
  3. Point the app/camera at the QR code you want to scan.
  4. The app will scan the code and display the information it has found.

QR & Barcode Scanner has ads but they are not very intrusive.

Conclusion

QR codes can be found in all sorts of places and they’re a great way to provide quick information. Scanning QR codes is basic much like making a phone call or being able to send a text message. For users with newer Android versions, this basic tool is provided out of the box but it’s obvious it took Google a few years to realize it should add a stock option for scanning codes. It may have come after Apple added one to its camera app on iOS.

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How to install Fortnite

Fortnite is one of the three currently popular battle royal games. Like PUBG and Apex Legends, it has its own loyal player base that’s invested hours and hours of gameplay. Like other popular titles, Fortnite also offers paid items in the game.

Install Fortnite

Fortnite has just been booted from both the App Store and the Google Play store. The reason behind it is that Epic Games has moved purchases to its own store which means no app store can take a cut from it. With the apps removed from the iOS and Android app stores, you may want to know how you can still install Fortnite.

Install Fortnite on PC (Windows 10)

Fortnite was never in the Microsoft Store. If you’re looking to play this game on a Windows 10 system, you can download it directly from the official Fortnite page.

  1. Download the Epic Games installer (click the download button at the top right).
  2. Run the MSI file, and choose where you want to install it.
  3. Once the Epic Games app has been installed, run it and look for Fortnight.
  4. Click Get to install the app. It needs 90GB space to install.

Install Fortnite on Android

On Android, apps can easily be side-loaded.

  1. Visit the Fortnite download page for Android on your Android phone, or scan the QR code on the page.
  2. Download the EpicGames.APK file.
  3. Once the download is complete, open the Settings app on your phone.
  4. Go to Storage>Files>Download.
  5. Tap the APK, and select the install option.
  6. Once installed, open the Epic Games app from the app drawer.
  7. Select Fortnite and it will install.

Phone requirements: Android 8.0+, 64bit processor, and 4GB RAM.

Install Fortnite on iOS/iPhone

As of now, Fortnite cannot be installed on an iPhone anymore. Epic Games does not have a publically available IPA file that can be side-loaded on an iPhone and it may never be available simply because side-loaded apps on an iPhone are blocked after one week. Maybe Epic Games will find an alternative distribution method like the MS App Center though it may not be as effective as installing the game from the App Store. Players with iPhones may be out of luck.

If you already have the game on your iPhone, you can still play it but it will not receive updates.

Conclusion

The boot from two major app stores is a setback but with Android, side-loading is always an option. With iPhones, users have hit a brick wall. The only good news at this point is that Epic Games has instigated litigation against Apple and Google. Let’s see where it goes and if an alternative method for playing the game on an iPhone is made available.

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How to use Taskbook to manage tasks in the Linux terminal

Do you want to track your daily tasks via the Linux terminal? With Taskbook, you can! It’s an excellent little terminal-based application that can be used to track tasks. In this guide, we’ll go over how to install the app and how to use it too.

Installing Taskbook on Linux

The Taskbook is an excellent terminal-based application. However, it does not come pre-installed on any modern Linux operating systems. To get the app installed, launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, once the terminal window is open, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below to get Taskbook working on your Linux PC.

NodeJS NPM

The primary way of installing Taskbook on Linux is through NodeJS’s package manager NPM. To start, get NodeJS/NPM working on your system.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install npm

Debian

su -
apt-get install curl
curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_11.x | bash -
apt-get install -y nodejs

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S npm

Fedora

sudo dnf install npm

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install npm

After you’ve gotten NPM working, use the NPM commands to install the Taskbook application on your Linux PC.

sudo npm install --global taskbook

Snap package

If you’re not a fan of installing Taskbook the old fashion way via NodeJS/NPM, there’s another way to get the program working: using the Snap package tool. To start the installation process, you must enable the Snap package runtime. To enable the runtime, install the “snapd” package on your computer, and use the systemctl enable command to enable snapd.socket. Are you having trouble setting up the Snap package runtime on your computer? Follow our in-depth guide on how to set up Snaps on Linux.

Once the Snap runtime is set up on your Linux PC, the installation of Taskbook can begin. Using the snap install command below, get the latest release of Taskbook on your computer.

sudo snap install taskbook

Arch Linux

For most Linux distributions, Taskbook needs to be installed either via NPM and NodeJS or the Snap package system. On Arch Linux, you can do it through the AUR in addition to those other methods.

Going the AUR route is a good idea if you use Arch Linux for one huge reason: automatic updates. To start the installation, use the Pacman command to install the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

After setting up the two packages on your computer, use the git clone command to grab the latest release of Trizen, the AUR helper. Trizen will make it much easier to get Taskbook working, as it takes care of all the heavy lifting.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

Install the Trizen app with the commands below.

cd trizen
makepkg -sri

Finally, install the latest release of Taskbook on Arch Linux.

trizen -S taskbook

Use Taskbook to manage tasks in the Linux terminal

To use the Taskbook tool, start out by launching a terminal window. When the app is open, run the tb -h command. This command will print out the entire help entry for Taskbook. Look through the help entry to familiarize yourself with the app.

Once you’ve finished looking at the Taskbook help entry, use the tb -t command to add a new task to your new task board. Note that you can create multiple boards using this command, just change what’s written after @.

tb -t @MyTaskBoard my new task

After writing out your new task in the Taskbook, you can view it by executing the tb command.

tb

To complete the task in your task list, run the tb -c command with the task ID. The task ID is the number next to the task item when you run the tb command. So, for example, if your task is #1 on the list, you’d run:

tb -c 1

To delete a task, run the tb –delete command, along with the task’s ID. So, if you wish to delete task 1, rather than complete it, you’d do:

tb --delete 1

Adding notes to Taskbook

The Taskbook application can be used for more than just tracking tasks. You can also add notes to it. Here’s how to add a note to your Taskbook. Using the tb n command, type out your note. Keep in mind that the note doesn’t have any character limits. However, longer notes may be harder to render in the Taskbook view in the terminal.

tb -n This is a note for Taskbook.

If you want to add your note to a specific board, specify it in the command, and Taskbook will automatically add your note to the individual board.

tb -n @MyTaskboard This is a note for my MyTaskboard task list.

To delete a note from the list, use the tb –delete command and add the ID of the note. For example, if your note is ID 2, you’d delete it with:

tb --delete 2

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How to bind controller buttons in Retroarch on Linux

Retroarch is a pretty good piece of software, and it can detect a whole lot of controllers and often automatically binds the controls to them. However, Retroarch does not always bind every single controller. In this guide, we’ll go over how to bind controls to your controller in Retroarch manually. We’ll also cover how to bind keyboard controls if you prefer to customize your Retroarch keyboard configuration.

To start the process of binding controls in Retroarch, the Retroarch application needs to be installed on your Linux PC. To install Retroarch (if you do not have it set up already), please follow this in-depth guide on the subject. Or, search for “retroarch” in the terminal and install it the way you typically set up programs.

Binding Retroarch controls to a controller

The option for binding custom controls to controllers in Retroarch is quite simple. To start, launch the app by searching for “Retroarch” in your app menu. Once the app is open, follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to bind your controller settings.

Step 1: Look in the Retroarch main app window and use the Left / Right arrow keys on the keyboard, or use the mouse to select the Retroarch settings menu option.

Step 2: Once you’ve selected the Retroarch settings menu, you will see a whole host of options to choose from. Look through all of the options and select “Input” with the Enter key or the mouse.

Step 3: After clicking on the “Input” menu option, you will be in the Retroarch controller settings area. At this point, plug your controller into your Linux PC via USB, or connect it via Bluetooth, etc.

When the device is connected, Retroarch should see that it is connected to your PC, and will display a notification in the bottom left-hand corner of the app.

Step 4: With the controller plugged in, look through the “Input” menu in Retroarch for “Port 1 Controls” and select it via the Enter key or the mouse. Selecting “Port 1 Controls” will take you to the binding area for the first controller plugged in.

Step 5: Inside of the “Port 1 Controls” area, scroll down till you see “B Button (Down).”  Select this menu option to bind the B button to a specific button on the controller.

Step 6: After binding the B button, go through the menu and choose all of the other controls to bind the Retroarch controls to your controller. Alternatively, look for the “Set All Controls” option and select that to more quickly bind your controller buttons.

Once you’ve gone through and bound each button to the controller, the process is done. From here, you can go back and bind controllers 2, 3, and 4. Or, exit the controls area to enjoy gaming in Retroarch!

Binding Retroarch controls to a keyboard

If you do not have a controller, you may wish to re-bind the keyboard controls for Retroarch. Follow the step-by-step instructions down below to learn how to do it.

Step 1: Open up the settings window in Retroarch by selecting the settings icon via the mouse or the keys on your keyboard. This settings area handles all changeable settings for Retroarch.

Step 2: Once inside of the settings area for Retroarch, you will see a long list of menu items. Look through the list of options for “Input.” The input area is where you can tweak Retroarch controls.

Step 3: After selecting the “Input” area, you will once again see a whole lot of options to choose from. Scroll through this list and look for “Port 1 Controls.” Port 1 is reserved for the first controller connected, as well as the keyboard controls.

Step 4: Look for “B Button (Down)” and click on it with the mouse. The B button is the first configurable control option available. After clicking on it, you will be prompted to bind a button. Press the button on the keyboard you wish to bind.

Step 5: Go through the list of available controls and bind each one to the keyboard. Keep in mind that keyboard controls will not be as accommodating as a controller, and you may run into issues binding certain things (like the analog sticks).

Note: if you do not want to manually click on each button to bind them, look for the “Set All Controls” option, and click it. Retroarch will take you through each control and help you bind it.

Once all controls are bound, you’ll be ready to play games in Retroarch with your keyboard!

Backing up controller configs

If you’ve taken the time to bind your controller settings, you may wish to save the bindings. Luckily, there’s a really easy way to back up your keyboard bindings: creating a backup of your Retroarch configuration.

To create a backup of Retroarch configs, follow our guide on how to create automatic backups using Deja-Dup. It can create a simple, easy backup that will save everything on your Linux PC, including your Retroarch configuration.

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