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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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 […]

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How To Move My Documents Folder To A Different Drive

27th April, 2009

Does “˜My Documents’ sound like a contradiction in terms? In Vista, we impersonally call it Documents but do we really pay attention to this folder which is one of the most important ones in our system? Of course, it is not the only folder we have. But it usually is the default one called by […]

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Instant Messenger Hacks: 10 Security Tips to Protect Yourself

24th April, 2009

Most of us will agree that we are paranoid about email security and hack attacks. We should equally be concerned about the other popular connection device we use ““ the humble instant messenger. It is also open to some of the privacy risks we associate with emails. Especially in a business environment, unsecured IM installations […]

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How To Make Microsoft Office 2007 Look Like Office 2003

20th April, 2009

I remember the first time I set my eyes on Microsoft Office2007. It was love at first sight because everything seemed so stylish. At second sight, I found myself a bit lost among the buttons of the new Ribbon menu. I knew there was a bit of a learning curve ahead of me. Though I mastered […]

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3 Easy Ways To Send a Complete Web Page via Email

17th April, 2009

There are two ways to send a webpage to someone. The most common and the most followed is to copy paste the webpage link in the email. The second is to send the entire web page via email, that is include it within the body of the email. Which one do you think is more […]

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How To Password Protect Any Windows Program

13th April, 2009

We live in paranoid times. But didn’t someone say ““ “Securing a computer system has traditionally been a battle of wits: the penetrator tries to find the holes, and the designer tries to close them.” After looking at ways to password protect files and folders, after getting through some ways to secure the entire system, […]

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How To Troubleshoot Your Windows With The MSconfig Utility

10th April, 2009

Most of us take pains over our personal computers almost with the same love as we would have for a pet. Most of us get equally concerned when the computer takes ‘ill’. If the source and the reasons for the problem elude us, concern warps into a head banging frenzy. It could be a failed […]

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3 Ways To Remove Unwanted Email Formatting & Clean Your Text (Windows)

6th April, 2009

Am I finicky?  I guess I am but I do like to arrange whatever I write or email with the proper space, font or indent. Call it a format fetish but I do hate the sight of email forwards with trailing blank lines and haphazard text. And the “˜>‘ which goes onto become “˜>>‘ with […]

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Share & Centralize Your Health Information With Google Health

3rd April, 2009

The march of the Google juggernaut continues. Google might falter, it might stumble once in a while, but in its wake they do give us some novel services to play around with. [NO LONGER WORKS] Google Health still has a beta tag after having being launched in the early part of 2008. Those who are […]

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Lazarus – Bring Your Form & Browser Data Back From The Dead

30th March, 2009

The name Lazarus has a Biblical connotation. Also in medical science, the Lazarus phenomenon is the ‘miracle’ when the heart starts beating again after a person has been given up for dead. In the world of web apps, the name refers to this Firefox add-on which just might save you a few cusswords and more […]

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10 Websites For A Daily Fix Of Sayings & Quotations

27th March, 2009

Isn’t there unfathomable power in the wisdom of the wise and famous? A good quotation gives us an immediate dose of horse sense. Or it sometimes provokes a chuckle. A great quotation goes beyond and becomes a philosophy. I am sure we all love sayings and quotations. The internet has a fair sprinkling of such […]

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10 Search Engines To Help The Environment

23rd March, 2009

Not many of us are environmental fanatics. Most of us can’t even place our own ecological footprint. But that should never stop us from doing our bit for the environment. Today, thanks to the internet we can ‘contribute’ right from our desks, whether it is by increasing our own awareness or by being part of […]

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8 Sister Wikis from Wikipedia We Should Be Aware About

20th March, 2009

Wikipedia has been the standard bearer of the Wikimedia foundation for long. Its user generated content powered by people like us has made it one of the kings of the information heap if not the absolute emperor. One would think that its 10 million articles spread out over 264 languages would be enough for an […]

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Design Your Own Crossword Puzzles (Windows)

16th March, 2009

Somebody once remarked that the nice thing about crosswords is that you know there is a solution and they have developed a cult following all of their own. Have you ever tried your hand at creating your own version of the New York Times Crossword? I didn’t – till I came across EclipseCrossword. The free downloadable […]