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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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 […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Own Screensavers (Windows)

13th March, 2009

If you are reading this on your own “˜personal’ computer, you will agree that computers are indeed that ““ personal. Screensavers for many are maybe a thing of the past, once being needed to prevent phosphor “˜burn-ins’ on CRT and plasma monitors. Today we use it mostly for visual appeal. And that takes us to […]

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How To Make Your Own Books From Wikipedia

9th March, 2009

The Wikimedia Foundation home page says – Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. With nearly 3 million articles in the English version alone Wikipedia along with its sister wikis is an Alibaba’s treasure trove of information. Now, Wikipedia gives us a chance to […]

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5 Apps to Check the Speed of Your USB Flash Drive (Windows)

6th March, 2009

Recently, I bought a new USB flash drive and wanted to know whether the specs matched up to what it can actually do. Usually these days most USB flash drives are advertised as USB 2.0, but the brands among the bunch come with differing price tags. Some of it can be put on the shoulders […]

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QuickWiki- Wikipedia & Wiktionary Addon for Firefox

2nd March, 2009

Tucked away amidst all the add-ons that Mozilla Firefox provides us is this little known one called QuickWiki. As the name itself hints, the add-on melds speed with access to the power of Wikipedia. QuickWiki is a look-up tool to hunt down the meaning of a word (in Wiktionary) or some information touching on it […]

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Send Your Photos To Your Picasa Web Album With An Email

27th February, 2009

Picasa is a Google application for managing and editing digital photos. It has a rich assortment of tools like file importing, editing, tagging and tracking features. Get more of the lowdown from this earlier post – 10 Tips to Manage Photos Better using Google Picasa. The Picasa desktop application is tightly integrated with Picasa Web […]

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How To Make Use Of Research Feature in Microsoft Word 2007

23rd February, 2009

Most of us fire up Microsoft Word for our run of the mill document needs. Most of us don’t peek under the hood to see and use the other ready at hand tools that are just a few clicks away. I too accuse myself of this common shortcoming. It is perhaps a dire need or […]

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10 Ways To Speed Up Torrent Downloads

21st February, 2009

Imagine being on the autobahn with the accelerator down and then you realize that you are driving a wrecked car. The plight is not so uncommon on the information superhighway too. Torrent users would attest to the fact that half of our time is spent looking for ‘healthy’ torrents and the other half trying to […]

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5 Easy Ways To Back Up Your Microsoft Outlook Data

16th February, 2009

This is another of those things that one learns from unwanted experience. If you are in the majority who has experienced a system crash, then you will empathize with the hair tearing fits that accompany the loss of saved mails, contacts and sundry email data. For those whose preferred email client is Microsoft Outlook 2007 […]

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10 Cool Software Easter Eggs To Discover

13th February, 2009

Thank God those software developers have a sense of humor too. Though, they have their own arcane ways to express it. One such expression is through ‘Easter eggs’. In the virtual world, it’s not chocolate and egg-whites, but little lines of code inserted into the main programs that show up through a combination of key […]

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How to Start Google Chrome in Incognito Mode by Default

9th February, 2009

I remember a wall poster that said ““ “Even for expert users things should be simple.” The line came to my mind when I came across the nifty “˜Incognito mode’ in Google Chrome. The incognito mode gives us a way to stealthily and sneakily wade through the web. For those who have come in late, […]

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20 Ways To Increase Laptop’s Battery Life

6th February, 2009

Mobile computing has got better with lighter components, better chips and faster processors. But the Achilles heel of a laptop has remained its battery. So here are we are going to look at ways to increase laptop battery life. Modern graphic intensive operating systems and resource hungry applications are cutting down the life of your […]

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D-FileMU – A Small But Powerful File Renamer (Windows)

2nd February, 2009

Where do you go if you have several files to rename and organize? You hunt for software that will give your tired fingers a break from the sore monotony of renaming files one by one. If you are on such a lookout, then look at D-FileMU. D-FileMU is a small, lightweight free software that belies […]

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Watch YouTube Or Google Videos Inside Gmail Chat

30th January, 2009

It’s a little feature in Googleland, but it adds a dash to our web talk. From the official Gmail blog I got the first hint of a new feature where we can now watch and share videos from within the chat window, while engaging in a normal tete-a-tete. Presently, the feature only supports videos from […]