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Saikat Basu

Deputy Editor / Joined 26 June, 2008

Saikat Basu is the Deputy Editor for Internet, Windows, and Productivity. After removing the grime of an MBA and a ten year long marketing career, he is now passionate about helping others improve their storytelling skills. He looks out for the missing Oxford comma and hates bad screenshots. But Photography, Photoshop, and Productivity ideas soothe his soul.

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How I Use Wapedia For Reference And Wikipedia Search When I Am Stuck [Android 1.5+]

Android

How I Use Wapedia For Reference And Wikipedia Search When I Am Stuck [Android 1.5+]

Google is the ultimate search engine and it is supposed to answer everything like the Grand Oracle. But what if you just don’t have the question with you? Or a smidgen of a clue about it? In those foggy states of mental fugue, it helps to have a more structured source for information. There’s actually no reason for us to suffer more than necessary because information is all around us. We just have to search-refer-and grab the thread. When I am stuck, one of the resources I use to pummel the writer’s block is Wapedia.

03-09-2012
How I Use Wapedia For Reference And Wikipedia Search When I Am Stuck [Android 1.5+]
Keep An Eye On The Time Around The World With FoxClocks [Firefox]

Browsers

Keep An Eye On The Time Around The World With FoxClocks [Firefox]

The world has become a village, and New York is as close to Sydney as any other city in the world. I am speaking in digital terms of course. Thanks to the digital super highway, we need to just pick up the phone and dial our cousin or co-worker in the other corner of the world, or at least send him an email. But here, we may not be separated by immediate time, but we are yet to leapfrog the divide of time-zones.

31-08-2012
Keep An Eye On The Time Around The World With FoxClocks [Firefox]
Give Instagram A Break And Take PicsArt For A Spin On Your Android

Android

Give Instagram A Break And Take PicsArt For A Spin On Your Android

Yes, Instagram isn’t the only game in town. We may or not may be able to give up on your love for Instagram, but that shouldn’t stop us from getting around our tunnel vision and looking at some other really good mobile photo editors (or photo enhancers as I call them). PicsArt is an Android photo editor that not only deserves a good hard look, but in my opinion it is a photo app that should find a permanent corner on your smartphone.

29-08-2012
Give Instagram A Break And Take PicsArt For A Spin On Your Android
Catch Image Thieves With Who Stole My Pictures And Also Put It To Five More Uses [Firefox]

Internet

Catch Image Thieves With Who Stole My Pictures And Also Put It To Five More Uses [Firefox]

When it comes to textual works, we have seen how easy it is to catch the copycats. But what about pictures and photographs? Is image search that easy? Probably not; but that’s not to say it is impossible because image search technologies have evolved. Making an effort to defeat image plagiarism is this simple Firefox extension called Who Stole My Pictures.

28-08-2012
Catch Image Thieves With Who Stole My Pictures And Also Put It To Five More Uses [Firefox]
Productivity In Your Pocket: Use The Portable Snaptimer To Do Your Tasks In Mini-sprints [Windows]

Windows

Productivity In Your Pocket: Use The Portable Snaptimer To Do Your Tasks In Mini-sprints [Windows]

Isn’t there some wisdom in breaking large tasks into smaller piecemeal efforts? There’s another way to look at any mammoth project or everyday task – as a massive unit of time that can be broken down into chunks of minutes. You can develop our own timer based system to do a task in mini-sprints. If you need a simple, uncomplicated timer for the job, try counting down with Snaptimer.

24-08-2012
Productivity In Your Pocket: Use The Portable Snaptimer To Do Your Tasks In Mini-sprints [Windows]
Drag & Drop Your Way To Productivity With These Time-Saver Applications

Internet

Drag & Drop Your Way To Productivity With These Time-Saver Applications

Dragging and dropping your way to productivity isn’t for the real world. But put it on a web interface, and you have the fast track to shaving a few seconds here and there. Drag n’ drop web interfaces have been there since long, but it is only know we see them getting exploited (in a good sense) like anything. I went hunting for some productive drag and drop applications for day to day use. I hope I found them right.

22-08-2012
Drag & Drop Your Way To Productivity With These Time-Saver Applications
How To Play With Outlook.com Without Giving Up On Gmail

Internet

How To Play With Outlook.com Without Giving Up On Gmail

I don’t think you will be changing over from Gmail to Outlook.com too soon. Definitely not brand loyalty, but certainly our email habits which makes that change just a future prospect. Gmail is great by every stretch of the imagination. But even then, you can take Outlook.com for a drive around town without making Gmail feel like a partner you left for a new lover.

20-08-2012
How To Play With Outlook.com Without Giving Up On Gmail
Organize Yourself with AllMyNotes Organizer Deluxe Edition [Giveaway]

Windows

Organize Yourself with AllMyNotes Organizer Deluxe Edition [Giveaway]

Information is pretty much digital these days. To manage all that digital information, you need a good information organizer. AllMyNotes Organizer is a solution you should consider for storing all your ideas, notes, financial entries, address book contacts, records, and passwords. We’re giving away 30 copies of AllMyNotes Organizer Deluxe valued at $1020, plus we’re also giving away an unlimited number of special builds for the first 3 days of this giveaway!

20-08-2012
Organize Yourself with AllMyNotes Organizer Deluxe Edition [Giveaway]
Instagram Meets Life: 5 Novel Instagram Projects From Around The World

Internet

Instagram Meets Life: 5 Novel Instagram Projects From Around The World

When a community based application like Instagram becomes popular, it connects the world in interesting ways. Pictures and photographs have always been great ‘focal’ if not vocal ways to communicate. The easy worldwide appeal of Instagram has also meant that people are using the photo application in unique ways. Here’s a filtered look at the world around us with these five Instagram projects.

17-08-2012
Instagram Meets Life: 5 Novel Instagram Projects From Around The World
Bored With Just Photosharing? Here Are 5 More Things You Can Do With Instagram

Internet

Bored With Just Photosharing? Here Are 5 More Things You Can Do With Instagram

With millions of filter-embellished pictures uploaded, Instagram has become a community of its own. And just like any popular community it has giving rise to its own eco-system. Do you stop at clicking nice photos and sharing them? Or do you go beyond to discover what else the world of Instagram has to offer? Maybe, you can try these 5 things with the help of Instagram.

15-08-2012
Bored With Just Photosharing? Here Are 5 More Things You Can Do With Instagram
8 Ways to Make Sure a Link Is Safe Before You Click It

Internet

8 Ways to Make Sure a Link Is Safe Before You Click It

Hyperlinks as we all know are the strands that make up the web. But just like the spiders, the digital web can trap the unsuspecting. Even the more knowledgeable among us click on links which are potentially harmful. You really cannot control you clicking, because that’s how the whole business of browsing happens. What you can control is making sure that the link or webpage you are clicking through to is as safe as a mother’s lap, and not a malware infested demon lying in wait.

14-08-2012
8 Ways to Make Sure a Link Is Safe Before You Click It
Curiosity Has Landed – 5 Ways You Can Follow What The Mars Rover Is Up To

Internet

Curiosity Has Landed – 5 Ways You Can Follow What The Mars Rover Is Up To

Let’s rejoice because Curiosity overcame the eight months space hop and the seven minutes of terror to land safely on Mars. Now, it will go about its business of finding out if Martians really exist…or at least their microbial forms. The car-sized super-advanced robot on wheels will search for extra-terrestrial organic clues of life. Its two year mission could give us a few clues to the second biggest question of all time – are we alone out here?

13-08-2012
Curiosity Has Landed – 5 Ways You Can Follow What The Mars Rover Is Up To
Swap Your PJs For A Camera – Try Taking A Photo A Day And Improve Your Photography

Internet

Swap Your PJs For A Camera – Try Taking A Photo A Day And Improve Your Photography

Once, there was this interesting news item about the man with the perfect memory. No…Mr. Gordon Bell wasn’t a freak; as a research scientist he just used modern technology to record every waking moment of his life. That was a Microsoft project. On lower tiers, we use journals and blogs to document our daily lives. Why not a camera? Especially if you love pictures.

10-08-2012
Swap Your PJs For A Camera – Try Taking A Photo A Day And Improve Your Photography
Combine Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Google Reader To Make Sense Of Real Time News

Internet

Combine Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Google Reader To Make Sense Of Real Time News

Bottlenose is a strange name for a web service that aims to tie together your social networks in one place. But then this new application is all about ‘smarter collective intelligence’ that it gathers from your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Reader accounts. It makes sense to name it after a dolphin – one of the most intelligent creatures we know about.

08-08-2012
Combine Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Google Reader To Make Sense Of Real Time News
Create Your Own Web Comics & Memes With These Free Tools

Internet

Create Your Own Web Comics & Memes With These Free Tools

You too must have enjoyed a comic or two. You too must have dreamt up comic book characters of your own. If Stan Lee could create an entire universe of super-humans, our childhood imaginations could too. Maybe then we only had our foggy flights of fancy. Now, we have a legion of comic book tools. So let’s see how you can create your own web comics with free tools, and also its more digitalized cousin – the Internet meme.

07-08-2012
Create Your Own Web Comics & Memes With These Free Tools
Track Your Diet And Get Leaner With These Web Apps

Internet

Track Your Diet And Get Leaner With These Web Apps

The envy worthy fitness levels of athletes comes from years of rigorous fitness regimens and healthy diets. If you aren’t a sportsperson, you won’t be able to duplicate it to that extent, but you can certainly do the small things. Get yourself off the couch…start exercising…and watch what you eat. All the help’s out there. From fitness websites and mobile apps, to online diet trackers.

03-08-2012
Track Your Diet And Get Leaner With These Web Apps
If You Never Learnt How To Code, Try Out Mozilla Webmaker For Learning & Fun

Internet

If You Never Learnt How To Code, Try Out Mozilla Webmaker For Learning & Fun

If you want to learn how the web really works, you have to know a bit about the technologies that make the magic. Web literacy is one of the skills that almost compulsory for the digital age. You might not make the next great app, but it will just make you feel a little more confident. Plus, the web itself is a great place to learn about web technologies. It’s not drudgery either. Let Mozilla Webmaker prove the last two statements.

01-08-2012
If You Never Learnt How To Code, Try Out Mozilla Webmaker For Learning & Fun
The Top 7 Places To Learn The Art Of HDR Photography

Internet

The Top 7 Places To Learn The Art Of HDR Photography

Welcome to the art and craft of HDR. High Dynamic Range Imaging is an image-processing technique that allows you to represent a wider and deeper range of colors. The clarity and detail in the photos that comes from the HDR treatment is eye-popping. The good thing is that you can do your own quite easily and enchant the world. These ten websites tell you just how.

31-07-2012
The Top 7 Places To Learn The Art Of HDR Photography
How The Heck Did I Take That Photo?! Checking Picasa For Camera Settings

Internet

How The Heck Did I Take That Photo?! Checking Picasa For Camera Settings

One of the more hands-on ways to learn about the art and science of photography is by looking at photos and the data that comes with it. The data that comes embedded (usually) with every digital photograph is called EXIF. The good thing is that the data is easily viewable and understandable. Both of these give us the best ‘learning tool’ for photography.

27-07-2012
How The Heck Did I Take That Photo?! Checking Picasa For Camera Settings
Cure Backup Anxiety! Use PicBackMan To Automatically Bulk Upload Your Photos To Multiple Accounts

Windows

Cure Backup Anxiety! Use PicBackMan To Automatically Bulk Upload Your Photos To Multiple Accounts

It’s time to hitch up the pants and do some backing up of all my precious memories captured in the snaps. In geek-speak, I am going to create redundant backups of my photos using multiple online storage services. Sounds impressive I bet! But doff your hats to the free software I have picked for this bulk job – PicBackMan.

25-07-2012
Cure Backup Anxiety! Use PicBackMan To Automatically Bulk Upload Your Photos To Multiple Accounts
Can’t Find a User Manual For Your Gear? Search These Specialist Websites

Internet

Can’t Find a User Manual For Your Gear? Search These Specialist Websites

The meticulous guy with foresight will either scan a user manual and keep a softcopy in his computer, or look for a softcopy that’s usually available as PDF on the manufacturer’s site. There’s a third option – a bunch of specialist websites which does the hard work for us lazybones, and stockpiles user manuals for us to search and download.

23-07-2012
Can’t Find a User Manual For Your Gear? Search These Specialist Websites