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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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 […]


Collaborative Drawing Online On The Dabbleboard

17th November, 2008

The chalk gives way to the mouse. The canvas to the screen. But essentially online whiteboards try to do the same thing that real world whiteboards used to do in our good ol’ school days. Online whiteboards though have gone a few steps beyond the mimicry. Dabbleboard, a whiteboard application brings its own host of […]


3 More Tools to Customize the Right Click Menu (Windows)

14th November, 2008

Who doesn’t love a shortcut? Thanks to the guy who programmed in the right click menu, we get to take some of them while working or browsing on the computer. Here at MakeUseOf we have looked at some of the ways to add more power to the right click menu. Earlier we have looked at […]


10 Uses of Google Alerts For A Freelancer

10th November, 2008

For most of us web workers Google is almost a simile for a spade. I would be treading on much furrowed ground if I were to hail the power of Google search. I don’t need to but the search engine has another little offshoot called Google Alerts which is of interest to those seeking information […]


How To Use MS Word 2007 for Fast and Easy Blogging

7th November, 2008

Once, a focus group was asked about the features they wanted to see in a Microsoft Office Suite. It was found that of all the features they asked for, 9 out of 10 already existed. Reading about it I also thought of a few features of my own.  As a freelance writer, I wanted a […]


IncrediMail – Have Some Fun With This Email Client (Windows)

4th November, 2008

I love emails. The pleasure of receiving them is matched by the pleasure of writing them. Of course, each email client has its own reason to boast and its own legion of fans. IncrediMail Xe can lay claim to some of them. If connecting with friends is meant to be fun, then IncrediMail follows this […]


6 Ways To Search ‘By Date’ On Google

27th October, 2008

A job hunting friend wanted to Google details on a prospective company. A normal search yielded lots of search results but how do you get the latest up to date information? Google results quite routinely includes pages from the way distant past. There are two faces to the ‘date’ conundrum. 1. How to find the […]


Hitman Pro: Unleash 8 Anti-Spywares with a Single Click (Windows)

26th October, 2008

Sometimes one is just not good enough. Especially when it comes to something as malevolent as spywares and trojans. The solution from Hitman Pro could be something akin to a multi-barreled approach. A combination of 8 anti-spywares out there for the dangers posed by cyber snoop tools preying on your computer. The basic premise behind […]


4 Free Tools to Download and Take Wikipedia Offline

13th October, 2008

Wikipedia, for most of us, needs no introduction. We use it perhaps almost as frequently as we use Google for our information needs. All of us might then wonder about the need to download and use a free information resource which is available only a click away online. But imagine that you are marooned on […]


Give Your Presentations A Boost With ZoomIt (Windows Only)

26th September, 2008

Sometimes the words ‘Microsoft software’ conjures up an image of a gigabyte sized bloated package. But Microsoft too sometimes goes against the grain and some of the tools available from the “Sysinternals Lab” prove that size doesn’t really matter. One example is ZoomIt. What would a bundled app of 145KB have to offer? Some nifty […]


How To Save Your Neck & Back With Workrave

15th August, 2008

This is truly a good piece of software if you are concerned about the gamut of occupational diseases that abound in all who use the computer. From spondylitis to carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic occupational ailments are the bane of those who sit staring at electronic screens. Workrave is a handy free software application that can […]


Amic E-Mail Backup – A Good Thing in a Small Package

19th July, 2008

Good things they say come in small sizes. The Amic free email backup utility proves this idiom to the letter. Behind this 1.3 MB tool is Alexandru Marias, a computer programmer whose belief lies in creating easy to use Windows tools. After using the tool, Alexandru has my vote at least. I am surprised it […]

WebAnywhere – A Tool For Blind People To Get Online Anywhere

WebAnywhere – A Tool For Blind People To Get Online Anywhere

13th July, 2008

The catch phrase is WebAnywhere: A Screen Reader on the Go and this is exactly what it does. Tools for the visually impaired are few and far between so nobody should begrudge Richard Ladner, a University of Washington professor of Computer Science and Engineering and his doctoral student Jeffrey Bigham from a bow. The mentor […]


LiveMocha – Smell The Coffee & Learn The Lingo

8th July, 2008

As you log on to Facebook or MySpace, how about taking a slight detour to a social networking site of a slightly different kind? Launched in September 2007, LiveMocha promises to make language tuition as warm as a cup of mocha. Mocha, by the way is a rich pungent Arabic coffee. So brew yourself one […]