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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How To Send Personalized Mass Emails in Outlook

28th June, 2009

I could have also titled this ““ Mail merge from Outlook. Because that’s exactly what this process is about. Mail merge is a powerful productivity feature of MS Word. Before I leap ahead, mail merge is used when we want to create several documents that are basically the same but where each document contains unique […]

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Gmail Tips: Four Degrees Towards Becoming A Gmail Ninja

26th June, 2009

What’s with Google? Googlers seem to never put down their thinking caps and out comes this little nugget of a page called Gmail Tips. A few posts back, I had put up something on 10 Little Known Google Pages worth a Second Look. Now, here’s another section of Google which is far more useful and […]

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How To Twitter Quickly from Firefox, IE, Opera and Chrome

23rd June, 2009

Twitter is much more than just “˜chirps’ from one friend to another. It’s now more of a roar as it has penetrated mobile phones, instant messengers, desktops, blogs and websites. It seems now we can Twitter from anywhere to just about anywhere. What finally made me a convert was when I heard that they are […]

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10 Tips to Have Fun Using Advanced Google Search for Images

21st June, 2009

How often do you use Google Image Search? Or do you bypass the image search for the “always in your face” Google Web search? I, for one am a habituated Flickr user; only occasionally traipsing over to Google Image Search for a look-see. And it was an error in judgment to neglect such a ready-at-hand […]

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How to Email Smarter With Buit-In Time Zone Converters

19th June, 2009

Time”¦ this single four letter word is our biggest contradiction. Today, more than ever it is synonymous with productivity. The internet may have erased distances, but it hasn’t erased the clock. Time zones remain a constant. An email sent by me to a recipient across the globe takes a second to land in his inbox, but […]

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The Wordnik- Cool Online Dictionary with Sentences & Images

16th June, 2009

Just a couple of posts back, I had taken a look at the OneLook Reverse dictionary. And here I am, back again with Wordnik. Yes, Wordnik too, is a dictionary, though I have a feeling the web service would hate to be called that in an ironclad sense. Wordnik deliberately tries to walk away from […]

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How to Freeze a Part of a Word Document for Easy Reference

14th June, 2009

A computer monitor gives us just that much finite space and not more. To hopscotch from one part to another part of a large document, involves a lot of vertical scroll. You bet that anyone working on a large Microsoft Word document finds that irksome; especially when one needs to refer to a specific part […]

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Top 6 Firefox Add-ons For The Movie Freak

12th June, 2009

Is the browser the new idiot box? With convergence as a mantra, movies are finding homes in new places. Correct me”¦ I should say “˜old’ because watching movies on our computers is already passé. It’s maybe the iPod now. But still, the internet remains a favorite source and the computer screen, the sink pit for […]

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How To Turn MS Word 2007 Into A Minimalist Text Editor

9th June, 2009

Imagine the old world writers, ink pen in hand poring over a simple white sheet of paper. Nothing, but a flicker of an oil lamp to take their attention away from their work. Fast forward to the modern writer and his word processor. Keeping the eyeballs riveted on the screen is a tough task because […]

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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 […]