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 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 […]

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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 […]