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Deleting Your Facebook Profile


How do I totally and permanently delete my account from Facebook? I know that you can “deactivate” an account, but that’s not the same thing.


Facebook makes it much easier to “deactivate” than to delete an account. The former option retains your profile information on Facebook’s servers, but hides you from everyone else on the service. If you choose to “reactivate” later, all your information reappears as it was when you dropped out. But Facebook says you can also irrevocably delete your account by following the link in this help page: http://on.fb.me/auz93K.

Facebook won’t immediately act on your decision to delete an account.

The company says on its site: “Our system delays the deletion process in case you change your mind and no longer want to permanently delete your account. Note that logging in to your account again will undo a pending deletion request.”

It doesn’t say how long the delay is.


I have a small weekend farm about an hour away from my home. I don’t want to get satellite service there and there is no cable or high-speed Internet service. What is the easiest way to record TV programs at home, then bring them to my farm to watch? I have an iPad and a Mac laptop.


There are a number of alternatives. One simple one would be to download TV episodes from Apple’s iTunes or another source, and save them to your laptop’s hard disk. Then you’d tote the laptop to the farm and watch them there, either on the computer screen, or on a TV screen, if you plug the laptop into the TV. You can also download TV shows on your iPad and watch them on that device. Another approach: You could buy a product called EyeTV by Elgato, which allows Macs to receive and record TV shows. You could then watch these recorded shows at your farm. (You can do the same things with Windows laptops.) A third option is to forgo the computer route and record shows at home using a DVD recorder or even a VCR and play them back on DVD or VCR players at the farm.


I need to convert audio files from the “WAV” format to the MP3 format. How do I do that?


There are numerous software utilities available that do such conversions, some of which are free. You can find these by doing a search on “convert WAV to MP3.” I haven’t tested any of these, so I can’t recommend one over another. However, I have done such conversions using iTunes, which is already present on many Windows and Mac computers. To do the conversion in the latest version of iTunes, first go into Preferences, then select the “General” tab, and click on “Import Settings” at the bottom right. Under “Import Using,” select “MP3 encoder.” Then, import your WAV file into iTunes, select it, and, in the Advanced menu, click on “Create MP3 version.”

Write to Walter S. Mossberg at walt.mossberg@wsj.com

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