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== 5 Great Lessons You Can Learn From Life ==
 
 
Life isnt meant to be easy, its meant to be lived..sometimes happy, other times rough. But with every up and down you learn lessons that make you strong.Can you step back from your own mind for a little while and realize that life is not as bad as you think it is?
 
 
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== World Book Night: Millions of Free Books Donated ==
 
 
A young woman is jumping up and down in front of the New York Public Library wearing a sandwich sign that says, "Hate Reading? Talk To Me!" Shes waving around several copies of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, eager to get them off her hands.Men and women in suits breeze by, but some passersby are curious about the spectacle. If you were roaming the streets of New York City or London last night you may have encountered a similar scene: Zealous readers handing out award-winning novels by the boxful.
 
 
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[[http://goodvillenews.com/wk.html GoodvilleNews.com - good, positive news, inspirational stories, articles]]
 
 
== Worth Our Weight: The Taste of Compassion ==
 
 
Its a sunny Saturday morning, and my wife and I turn into a residential neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California the only sign of commerce is a beleaguered shopping mall a few hundred feet away. I glance down at my GPS to make sure this is where we want to be and in doing so I almost pass my destination. There it is tucked away to the left, sandwiched between two homes: Worth our Weight (W.O.W)
 
 
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[[http://goodvillenews.com/wk.html GoodvilleNews.com - good, positive news, inspirational stories, articles]]
 
 
== Life Through A Camera Lens ==
 
 
"I couldnt believe how beautiful the ocean was, he commented. Ive never seen an ocean before, and then to get to see palm trees in person, and to even touch them. It was just amazing. He began thumbing through a series of photographs on his phone, each displaying an image of a palm tree."
 
 
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== Student Goes From Homeless to Harvard ==
 
 
Despite being abandoned to homelessness by her parents, Dawn Loggins worked as a high school custodian by day and studied hard by night to become the first person from her school to ever be admitted to Harvard.
 
 
[[http://goodvillenews.com/Student-Goes-From-Homeless-to-Harvard-QX9Vg4.html Student Goes From Homeless to Harvard]]
 
 
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Facebook is a social networking site whose popularity has exploded in recent years. As of February 2012, there are more than 845 million active users of the site. Facebook hosts untold billions of users' photos, videos, thoughts, conversations, and other content.

The judicious user will have a well-designed backup plan for all that content that they retain full control over, but it is a reasonable assumption that the majority of users rely totally on Facebook to safeguard their data. This is a mistake.

It might seem completely unthinkable that a site as massive and as popular as Facebook could ever disappear, taking your data with it. The reality is that websites, even hugely popular ones, can decline in popularity over time and eventually go away, taking your data with them with little or no warning. We've seen it happen.

While Facebook may not be in any immediate danger, you should consider that the data you put on Facebook may be immensely important to you in 10 or 20 years, similar to your family's photo albums. Facebook could be long dead by then. Start planning for this eventuality right now.

Download Your Data From Facebook

Facebook has created a tool to download an entire archive of your Facebook account. This includes all of your own photos and videos, chat conversations, messages, status updates and wall posts. It does NOT include photos and videos belonging to other people even if you are tagged in them, so do keep that in mind.

To create your archive, click the little down arrow next to your name in the upper right area of the page and go to "account settings". You should then see a screen like the one below:

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The next screen will explain what's going on. Press "Start my Archive" and you will be presented with a popup telling you that this will take some time - around one hour is not unheard of. Press Start again and Facebook will generate the file for you. This may indeed take several minutes. In the mean time you can continue using Facebook as usual. They will email you when the archive is ready for download.

Your email will contain a link to download your archive. Follow that link and enter your Facebook password to continue. The next page presents you with a download button and an estimate of the archive's size. Download that somewhere convenient for you. This file contains highly personal and potentially sensitive information so keep it safe! You may wish to encrypt it with a password with a free tool like Axcrypt. The easiest way to browse the information is to extract the contents of the zip file, and then open the index.html file with your browser of choice. From there you can look at your profile, your wall posts, photos and videos, and private messages.

Note that as of April, 2012, this download tool seems to have some bugs -- in my tests it failed to completely back up all of my conversations, for example. It's better than nothing but for now at least I don't trust that it is perfect.

Former unofficial Backup tools

  • FriendCSV exports your contacts to CSV files.
  • Facedown downloads photo albums from Facebook.

This leaves wall, profile information and the plethora of Facebook apps out in the cold. Perhaps a backup app could be written for Facebook from within Facebook using the applications framework.

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