Saturday, September 1, 2012

Is it worth upgrading your router to increase your broadband speed?

With broadband speeds set to get even faster in the coming months, it’s difficult to know whether you should upgrade your router. However, routers which are sent free as a package by your ISP are often at the lower end of the price-scale, so it could be worth an upgrade if you’re experiencing slow speeds.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Making the most of Google Drive – Tips and tricks

Google Drive is an amazing service, but installing the app on your system and then synchronizing your data is the very first step you have to take here. In this article, I am going to list down some of the important tricks and tips that will help you make the most out of Google Drive, both on the Web and on your system – whether you are considering synchronizing your files with your Drive or make use of the additional features available to you on the site.

As a matter of fact most of the tricks and tips will also be working with SkyDrive by Microsoft, and various other services available over the Internet. Google’s Drive incorporation with third-party web based applications is an exclusive feature, though.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Gmail Tips for Advanced Users

Gmail is probably the best email environment there is. While it doesn’t really have much of a learning curve to it, learning a few additional things could just make you more efficient, especially if you are a power user. The following Gmail tips and tricks for advanced users, like you, can help you if you would like to improve your productivity levels during the week.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 available now

MSE 4.0

Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 just shed the BETA tag and has been made available for download to all users. While you may not notice a lot of changes in this version except for subtle UI improvements, there’s been quite a few changes under the hood. Grab the download link after the break. Those who don’t update manually will most probably get it via Windows Update.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How to make links to files and folders on Dropbox?

Dropbox has newly added a feature by which you can link someone to any file/folder that you have in your account. This doesn’t mean that they get to edit the files (as in shared folders), but the recipient can view the contents of the folder that you are linking him/her to. Here’s how you can make a link to a file or a folder.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Beta Invites Giveaway

If you've always had to wade through hundreds of promotional emails from various sites to get to the stuff that matters, you'll probably want to keep reading this.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

How do I get back the old TweetDeck?

I've received a couple of emails from readers who wanted to find out how they can get back the older versions of TweetDeck that runs on Adobe AIR and is a lot more capable than what we have now. I'm pretty sure quite a few of you are longing to get back to the older version, so here goes.

If you really want the old version of TweetDeck, you can get it from Keep in mind that you will need Adobe AIR for it to work, so install that before TweetDeck. While this does work for some users out   there, you will face a lot of inconsistencies like undelivered tweets and such. Also, this version might have some flaws which will probably not be ironed out since TweetDeck is putting all their effort into their newer generation of apps.

So, you essentially have 3 choices,

  • You can either stick with the old version that I've linked to above and be prepared for all the issues that you may have to face (especially if there are big changes on Twitter in which case it'll stop working). 
  • You can use the latest version of TweetDeck. While it doesn't have all the features that the old version has, they're constantly improving it and I'm pretty sure it'll get better in the coming days. 
  • You can try out alternative apps. Windows users have MetroTwit (which I personally love), Janetter and other apps like Seesmic  and HootSuite which come quite close.
Personally, I wouldn't recommend using the old version of TweetDeck and trying out the other apps that I've mentioned might just be the change you needed. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Firefox 14 to Get PDF Support Built Right In [Quick Update]

Great news for Firefox fans! Firefox is finally getting built-in PDF support. This means, you don't have to deal with out-of-date browser plugins to be able to view PDF files from inside the browser windows. Chrome got PDF support back in November 2010 and from the looks of it, Firefox is still playing catch-up, but it's good to know that they're moving in the right direction when it comes to dealing with PDF files.


3 Useful Hotmail Organizing Tips

For some people, organizing emails can lead to a major disaster. One of the reasons why they find it hard to manage their emails is because of the high volume of email arriving to their multiple accounts on a daily basis. This leads to some emails unopened and even forgotten.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Share Dropbox Files with Facebook Friends?

Dropbox, the super-awesome backup service has always touted the feature where you can share a file with someone using their email address. Recently, they announced a new feature wherein a user can share files with his/her Facebook contacts. In this blog post, you can learn how how to do that!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5 Tips for a Cleaner PC Desktop

Most of us have PCs where the desktop is more cluttered than our office and since quite a few users treat the desktop as a landing point for downloads and pretty much anything that’s copied into the PC, it’s inevitable that our desktops get cluttered very soon after setting up a new PC. In this blog post, there are 5 tips that’ll help you organize that cluttered desktop of yours and hopefully make it easier to work with!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Moving on from Firefox 3

Mozilla adopted the a rapid-release cycle last April and it has come out with Firefox v10 (starting with 3, this time last year). While the browser is mostly good, quite a few users out there are still clinging onto Firefox 3.x since the UI is familiar to them while compared to Firefox 4’s changes. If you’re still using Firefox 3.x.x, read on.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Viewing Pending Friend Requests on Facebook

A bunch of readers mailed me asking if there’s a page where you can view all of the pending friends requests at once and take action – like deleting the request or otherwise and since quite a few people offline ask me the same question, I thought addressing it with a blog post would be ideal.

Firstly, there is NO page on Facebook where you can find the status of your friend requests (as of 3rd March 2012, at the least). But, you can always see the status of the request by visiting the person’s timeline where you can find one of the following buttons depending on the connection between you two.

  • Friends
  • Friend Request Sent / Awaiting friend confirmation
  • Add Friend

If you ever see 3rd party apps claiming to do so, proceed with caution.

Source : Facebook Help Centre

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I’m Not Excited About Windows 8–Here’s Why


Windows 8 Consumer Preview (or rather the public BETA) came out today and I’m not really that excited about it and I don’t think any desktop power user will be. This date, sadly, can be marked down as the demise of the desktop OS; while Microsoft isn’t the first to do any damage, their software is used by more users when compared to that of Apple’s. Here’s a glimpse at (what I think) happened and will happen.

Monday, February 27, 2012

5 Great Tools for Distraction Free Reading

Back in December I wrote a list containing some really nifty tools that help you write devoid of all the clutter on your PC and the best follow-up to that would be to help you read without any distraction. Without much ado, here’s a list of software for most browsers/platforms that help you get some reading done.

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Fortnight with the iPhone 4S

It has been over 15 days since I got my first ever iPhone (the 4S, 16GB) and my experience has been very much pleasant except for a few gripes which I believe will be cleared up in some time. To make it easier to read, I’m going to split up this post into many divisions like Apps, Camera and various aspects of the phone and explain how I felt about the same. Do keep in mind that this blog has primarily been about PCs, web apps and other stuff that’s limited to your desktop and with this post I’m slowly branching out to other devices since it’s inevitable that they’re becoming a part of our daily lives. So, my writing style might not be to your liking.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Facebook now lets you hide the Ticker [Quick Tip]

While surfing Facebook today, I discovered that you can now hide the ticker whenever you want by clicking on the little option over it, like in the picture below.

You should remember that this isn't showing up for all users and if you can't see it now, you should probably give it some time. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clean Email Notifications with Notification Control

Notifications Control

We all hate the spam that we receive from the services that we sign up, and this doesn’t exclude Twitter, Facebook and other popular sites. They’re all around to monetize and by default, thrust you with emails to get you to their site. While it is possible to turn off email notifications by yourself, it can be a pain to have to navigate through tons of pages especially if you have a slow connection.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Download Chromium Like Any Other Browser

Download Chromium






Chromium, the open source web browser based on which Google Chrome was built never really gained much traction like Chrome did. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that you simply cannot download Chromium like Chrome or Firefox and its download page is filled with tech jargon which is enough to shy away even savvier users. Thankfully, François Beaufort built a simple web-app from where you can easily download Chromium like any other browser.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Microsoft CES–Pogo Remix [Video]

I usually try my best to not share videos on this blog, but I seriously couldn’t let this one pass. CES is a very popular event where tech companies participate and showcase their upcoming products and this year, Microsoft just gave their last keynote on a CES event, ever. The folks at MS put together this funny/awesome/weird pogo mix that comprises of some of the key moments in CES for the past 15 years. I’m pretty sure you’ll want to watch it more than once!

6 Great IFTTT Recipes

Most of you probably know about IFTTT already and from the looks of it, many users have started implementing it in their daily life. For the uninitiated, IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free service that lets you integrate 2 different services to automate various tasks. For example, you can make IFTTT automatically add all the links on your Twitter timeline to Instapaper or Read it Later so that you don’t have to. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at 6 incredibly useful IFTTT combinations aka recipes.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Get More Out Of Google [Infographic]

While many of us don’t have trouble Googling, we often end up with results that are mediocre especially when we aren’t sure about the exact keywords. This graphic from HackCollege lists some great pointers to improve your Googling skills.

Get Free Unlimited File Sharing with ‘Share’

Share by BitTorrent

BitTorrent unveiled a new service called Share that lets you share files with pretty much anyone you want. While the service itself isn’t innovative, its USP turns out to be the fact that there are absolutely no size limits at all. Once you choose your recipients and start uploading files the data is cached in the server from where the files will be hosted for download. All of your data will be removed from the server after the download or after sufficient number of people in your recipient group get it for seeding.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Secure Online Accounts with [Quick Tip]

Every now and then we give account access permission to various applications that promise to fulfil something on the spur of the moment and while this is pretty harmless in most cases, malicious apps can misuse this permission to post something on Facebook/Twitter or any other site through which you let them in.