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Saikat Basu

Internet Editor / Joined 26 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 LinkedIn & Twitter watching over the world.

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5 Interesting Historical Events Timelines That Show History As It Happened

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5 Interesting Historical Events Timelines That Show History As It Happened

Think of timelines as historical markers on a scale with dates. But though timelines may be just a plot of dates and events on a long bar, they have cultural significance; maybe not the timeline itself, but certainly the events placed on it. Timelines help us to understand change as it happens over the course of time. This bird’s eye view enables us to grasp the complexity of a trend over the course of history.

15-04-2011
5 Interesting Historical Events Timelines That Show History As It Happened
10 Free Online Tools to Test Your Website Loading Speeds & Create Faster Webpages

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10 Free Online Tools to Test Your Website Loading Speeds & Create Faster Webpages

Creating faster webpages is one of the commandments of great web design. The first step you can take to optimize your website is to put it through a speed test. These ten tools are few of the many which can help test loading speeds and give cues to create faster webpages.

12-04-2011
10 Free Online Tools to Test Your Website Loading Speeds & Create Faster Webpages
10 Comic Blogs That Every Comic Book Fan Should Read

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10 Comic Blogs That Every Comic Book Fan Should Read

Comic books are probably the first things that help us to dream. Through the growing up years, comic books and the capers in them shield us from the harsher realities of the world outside, where there are no superheroes, adventurous reporters, or philosophical dogs. Even when we grow over to more adult forms of entertainment, the magic spell of comics remains.

11-04-2011
10 Comic Blogs That Every Comic Book Fan Should Read
Put Your Passwords Through The Crack Test With These Five Password Strength Tools

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Put Your Passwords Through The Crack Test With These Five Password Strength Tools

All of us have read a fair share of ‘how do I crack a password’ questions. It’s safe to say that most of them are for nefarious purposes rather than an inquisitive one. Breaching passwords is as common a sport as wild hunting used to be once. So, do you stay on the secure side and put careful thought into your passwords?

08-04-2011
Put Your Passwords Through The Crack Test With These Five Password Strength Tools
5 Ways To See Your Facebook Friends On A World Map

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5 Ways To See Your Facebook Friends On A World Map

Facebook is now the world’s largest social network with more than 500 million users worldwide. Even if you have a fraction of that geographical spread in your friend list, it really helps to locate them visually on a map. It’s not just a fun visual fun tool but has some practical uses too.

06-04-2011
5 Ways To See Your Facebook Friends On A World Map
10 Cool & Interesting Web Applications On Fonts & Typography

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10 Cool & Interesting Web Applications On Fonts & Typography

I have always been intrigued by how thick and thin lines, angles and shapes can come together and form beautiful fonts. Just a shift of pressure on a stroke and you can get something entirely new. That’s the magic of typography.

Typography is art in its truest sense, and the web has certainly made it more mainstream. Choosing the right fonts and a theme to go with it are joined at the hip when it comes to web design. The right combination gives us a web design that spells ‘wow’.

01-04-2011
10 Cool & Interesting Web Applications On Fonts & Typography
6 Places to Read Old Newspapers and Archived News Online

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6 Places to Read Old Newspapers and Archived News Online

It might be old and stale, but dated news still has its uses. Does the image of a guy who keeps stacks of yellowing newspapers in his attic seem somewhat out of the ordinary? It might be an obsessive disorder, and rummaging around in that pile may not appeal to us, but that pile could be a storehouse of valuable information.

30-03-2011
6 Places to Read Old Newspapers and Archived News Online
5 Sources For Special Symbols To Spice Up Your Online Chat & Messaging

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5 Sources For Special Symbols To Spice Up Your Online Chat & Messaging

We need symbols. We might have progressed through alphabets to cultured forms of languages, but the internet age has brought us right back to where we started off as cave dwellers. Complete or incomplete sentences are fine, but sometimes nothing expresses an emotion better than an emoticon or a symbol.

There are lots of online places which do not support graphic symbols or picture emoticons. Facebook is a prime example. But that shouldn’t keep you away from communicating more warmheartedly.

29-03-2011
5 Sources For Special Symbols To Spice Up Your Online Chat & Messaging
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