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Undo recent facebook style changes

Recently facebook made its font smaller. It worried lots of people with weaker eye sight. The font looks ugly as well. They reduced it all the way to 11px from 13px. And changed its color to #000 from #333. I made a quick greasemonkey script as it works cross-browser to fix the issue until facebook does something about it.

You can install the script from the following link:

Google Chrome: Chrome doesn’t need any extension for this to work. It’ll install the script right away.
Firefox: You need to install greasemonkey extension from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748/

Opera: It has its own Userjs API. This script might work on Opera. However, it has not yet been tested.

I don’t recommend using any version of IE, hence no instructions for that.

[HowTo] Block and Unblock friends on facebook

A lot of my friends have been asking this to me so I’ll just go ahead and make a blog post for everyone. According to facebook:

If you block someone, they will not be able to find you in a Facebook search, see your profile, or interact with you through Facebook channels (such as Wall posts, Poke, etc.). Any Facebook ties you currently have with a person you block will be broken (for example, friendship connections, Relationship Status, etc.). Note that blocking someone may not prevent all communications and interactions in third-party applications, and does not extend to elsewhere on the Internet.

So in essence you become invisible to that person and there is no way he/she can add you back or search for you unless he/she makes a new profile.

Blocking a friend:

The blocking process is fairly simple and most of you already know it:
You just have to click on ‘Report/Block this Person‘ and check the “Block this person” and click on Submit.

Facebook - Block Friend

Facebook - Block Friend

Unblocking a friend:

Unblocking friend is a little different and is a bit difficult to find at first. Thats why people have been asking about that to me.
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[How-To] Change facebook theme

I’ve seen numerous pages on facebook about changing facebook themes. Unfortunately, no user can change his/her profile theme because this data has to be stored on server. It can only happen if facebook starts supporting themes which I don’t see is a possibility anytime in near future.

Before following this tutorial, keep 1 things in mind:

This change will only be seen by you only on your computer and only on Mozilla Firefox.

This means that its only for people who would like to feel good seeing their own themes. It would not affect the look of your profile on others’ computer ie. other people would not be able to see your theme and instead see the default facebook theme.

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[How-To] Use facebook chat with pidgin

Now that facebook supports XMPP protocol for its chat, any messenger which supports XMPP would be able to use facebook chat without much effort.

Follow these steps to add your facebook chat to pidgin:

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