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.

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5 Ways To Find Duplicate Image Files On Windows PC

16th January, 2009

If you are a quick fingered photo-snapper or a wallpaper junkie then the thousand of images on your hard drive could be a treasure hoard. But scattered among them could also be a few hundred duplicate images eating up space on your hard drive. Even worse, un-optimized raw images could be eating up chunks of […]


How To Create Your Own Fonts & Characters on Windows

12th January, 2009

It’s a small Windows program tucked away in the recesses of Windows own System32 folder. The ‘Private Character Editor’ (PCE) is almost a monochrome replica of MS Paint but with a different utility. If you want to create your own fonts or symbols then this is the tool to fire up. An ‘out of sight’ […]


How To Spell Check With The Firefox Dictionary

9th January, 2009

As a web writer, correct spellings are essential to my work. As it is something that I have to be a perfectionist about, I take a lot of care with my proofreading with an installed dictionary. I also “˜live’ a lot within the Firefox browser and that too necessitates a good spell checker. Thankfully, Firefox […]


Check Your Spellings On The Fly With TinySpell (Windows)

5th January, 2009

Some good things do come in small packages and TinySpell (a spell checker for Windows) is one of them. For those interested in the written word and its correct spelling, TinySpell is a must have. There are lots of spelling utilities out there like the well known WordWeb or even Office suite’s own spell checker, […]

Printable Calendars

10 Quick Ways To Print Calendars Online

2nd January, 2009

First let me apologize to environmental evangelists for suggesting a waste of paper. But if one is going to buy a hardcopy calendar anyway, why not make one of your own? With that thought I fired up the search engines to hunt down some of the sites which lets us design, download and print calendars […]


Openup Right Click Menu Options with Open++ (Windows)

29th December, 2008

Here at MakeUseOf, we have been quite obsessed with the right click context menu. You can read quite a lot about our preoccupation with the shortcut menu here, here and here. Maybe, some software has slipped the net. But it’s always better to be late than never as I sit down to try out some […]


Photology – Must-have Photo Search Software for Windows

22nd December, 2008

If you are a lens happy snapper or just a pixel grabber with a mass of images on your hard drive, then this free photo search software is worth a look. Simply explained, Photology is an image management software which allows the user to sift through large number of photos or images without the need […]


Send Video Greeting Cards with YouTube’s Holiday Cards

18th December, 2008

Tired of the run of the mill e-cards that seem to be flying around every festive season? Do you want to wrap your wish in a different package this year? Then head over to YouTube to send a video greeting card. For the second year in a row YouTube is offering a greetings channel for […]


5 Ways To Create Custom Multiple Signatures In GMail

15th December, 2008

Has Google missed the tree because of the forest? Gmail has done a lot for unwrapping email from the staid “click and send”.  It enables us to do many things such as collect our mails from several POP3 accounts, configure some custom addresses with a dot here and there…but it just plain ‘forgot’ to put […]


6 Ways To Convert A PDF To A JPG Image

14th December, 2008

The solution begs the question ““ why convert a PDF document to a JPG image? The answer lies in the way we view PDF documents. PDF requires an external application like Adobe Acrobat Reader (or any other free variants) while JPG does not. Browsers have the built-in capability to display images while handling PDF documents […]


Design An Open Source T-Shirt With Mozilla

8th December, 2008

My personal opinion is that Mozilla is the second most interesting web name out there, just behind the big company with the little search box. Tomorrow always brings a new thing with such organizations. A few days ago Mozilla did – just in time for the holiday season. Mozilla opened its doors to the World […]


How to Hide Folders Using 7 Free Apps

5th December, 2008

Occasional snoopiness is the habit of man. The little world contained within our computers isn’t safe from eavesdroppers. The need to feel secure probably explains the surplus of encryption software available. We all have some skeletons in our hard disks or just need to keep some valuable files away from prying eyes. We already have […]


Scrapboy- Desktop Client for Facebook, Myspace & Orkut (Win)

28th November, 2008

When you think about it, this is really going against the grain. But if turn of events are taking software to the “˜clouds’ a.k.a cloud computing, this shouldn’t be beyond reason (or reach). So prepare to be surprised by Scrapboy, a desktop client for some of the popular social networks like Facebook, Orkut, and MySpace. […]


Make Your Own Sticky Notes with Notepad (Windows)

24th November, 2008

Someone had once remarked that simplicity is making the journey of life with just baggage enough. Sometimes, I try to apply the same axiom to my “˜soft aware’ life too. And that involves squeezing the maximum juice out of what’s available in my computer. One thing that has always been available since the last 20 […]

New Themes

Change The Look Of Gmail With Colorful Themes

21st November, 2008

Google boffins are starting to play with colors. The good thing is that now we can too! This Wednesday, Google rolled out a much awaited feature to Gmail. Bright, colorful, fantastic themes! I wouldn’t have caught it but for the little feed Google gives on the signing page. And lo and behold, just a little […]