Saikat Basu

Joined June 2008

Saikat is a techno-adventurer in a writer's garb. When he is not scouring the net for tech news, you can catch him looking for life hacks and learning tidbits. You can find him on Google+ & Twitter watching over the world.

Feel free to contact at saikat@makeuseof.com

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Use A Definition To Find The Word With OneLook’s Reverse Dictionary

7th June, 2009

Have you ever been stuck thinking of a word? From somewhere at the back of your brain, it’s now at the tip of your tongue but you can’t “˜spill’ it out. A dictionary, as a word index is obvious. But in few cases, the reverse happens. The meaning is clear but the word escapes the […]

How To Change Default Webpage Source Editor Of Browsers

5th June, 2009

Do you like to dive into the code of a webpage just to see how it has been put together? As an aspiring web designer once, it used to be a habit for me. I believe lots of people still go into the source code of a webpage. It is a great learning tool. I […]

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How to Remove Microsoft Groove Synchronization

2nd June, 2009

The best way ““ don’t install it in the first place. As with most suite programs, we don’t need the whole ball of wax especially in standalone home machines. Say… in the Microsoft Office suite, it’s just MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint. One program we give the go by is Microsoft Groove. In […]

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How To Download Embedded Flash Files Using Your Browser

31st May, 2009

Maybe, history will record Steve Jobs and his famous memo as the first nail in the Flash coffin. From browser crashes to the cool Flash animations we grew up with, the story of Flash has always led to animated debates. But thanks to Flash, the web is a far more interactive place today. HTML5 maybe the new kid on the block and while it is growing up, Flash still holds sway when one thinks of rich animations and advanced interactive games.

How To Prevent A USB Drive From Running Anything Automatically In Windows

29th May, 2009

USB flash drives are our personal data carriers, but the way we use it to exchange files also makes them open to viruses. The Achilles heel which viruses exploit is the autorun.inf file. Autorun.inf file is a simple instruction file present in removable media like CDs, DVDs and USB drives. This file contains a series […]

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How to Create Copyright and Trademark Symbols via Keystrokes [Windows]

26th May, 2009

This post came about because I was searching for ways to create a copyright symbol for a batch of graphics in Photoshop. Working inside a graphical environment makes one depend too much on the tools and menus. A “C” and a stroked elliptical marquee around it, said my right brain. But then my left brain […]

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How To View and Download Google’s Help Files As PDFs

24th May, 2009

Google is almost our de facto information manager. From Google Search to Google Reader to Gmail and Google Docs, it has a finger in almost every pie”¦ and sometimes a whole fist. Google is fairly intuitive; it doesn’t take much to grasp the “˜what’s what’ and “˜how-to’s’ for most Google applications. With the number of […]

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How To Remove An Application From Your Facebook Profile

22nd May, 2009

From messages to pokes to walls, we have found instant ways to touch each other on Facebook. From the next big thing, it has morphed into a big thing. We have helped it along by connecting with those we live, share and work. Facebook applications hopped on the fame bandwagon. Little nuggets of code built […]

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DeeperWeb Gets More Out Of Your Google Search

19th May, 2009

Here’s another search tool that piggybacks on the Google search engine. But it’s not just the spiffed up interface or a few tweaks here and there, DeeperWeb promises to offer more as an alternate search engine extension. DeeperWeb gives several new angles to the same Google search results. A search query always gives us a […]

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Customizing Headers & Footers For Printing Webpages

17th May, 2009

What’s your biggest webpage printing woe? For me, it’s the header and footer information that gets printed automatically with every page. Webpage URL, title, page number, date and time or some other information right on top (or bottom) makes up the header-footer information. Here’s how it looks like in Internet Explorer: Sometimes we might need […]

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How To Easily Remove Old Drivers from Windows

15th May, 2009

I am a cleanup junkie. On my computer, I have the usual motley of cleaners, uninstallers and update managers installed. I thought my system was squeaky clean and safe as a house until I ran into some conflict issues. The culprit it turned out was an old sound driver. Old hardware drivers are remnants of […]

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8 Cool Tips & Tricks to Make Most Of Google Chrome

14th May, 2009

The popularity of any software can be guessed from the number of hacks that trail it after a release. Or the number of add-ons. Google Chrome seems to be not only holding its own but also trotting along. As of April 2009, it is the world’s fourth most popular browser. Not bad for a browser […]

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10 Little Known Google Pages Worth a Second Look

10th May, 2009

The single box no frills interface of Google hides a labyrinth of sideshows that we hardly come across. It was the same with me. I never knew of the existence of these “˜hidden’ Google pages till I stumbled across them at the unofficial Google blog. They might not give you immediate returns like a Google […]

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Google Labs: Now You Can Search Web within Gmail

7th May, 2009

A few days back, my sister wanted to install the video plug-in to start a video chat in Gmail. My task was to spoon feed her through the process. As a matter of course, I told her to search for the precise download URL using Google Search. She did, but she also waded out from […]

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How to Fix Microsoft Office Problems with MS Office Diagnostics

4th May, 2009

You are working on a vital spreadsheet and Microsoft Excel comes crashing down. MS Office applications do go down and all we can do is wring our hands or ring for support. But what if we could do a bit of sleuthing and get to the root of the cause ourselves? Sometimes the glitch may […]