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  • Sumanta 10:38 AM on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beneath, browser, , , , , pane, ,   

    How to view Gmail​ emails in a preview pane in a browser on pc or mac? 

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    If you prefer to read emails in a browser on your pc or mac, a preview pane at the right or beneath the emails you might need to do the following steps to enable this function.

    1. After opening your Gmail email account click on the ’Settings’ option at the right a wheel type icon

    2. From the drop-down menu click on ‘Settings’

    3. Once the setting’s pane opens click on ‘Labs’

    4. There you will get a search option in which you may type ’preview pane’

    5. Then a lab feature for previewing email in the right pane should be available and enabling it should suffice to enable email display in right preview pane in your inbox

    6. Make sure you save your changes before you leave the lab feature after enabling it

    Now return to your inbox.

    A small button will now be available beside the settings wheel type icon and by clicking it you can choose a view of your choice either to see emails at the right or bottom as you wish. Not only for inbox, the feature generally gets enabled for your folders like junk, sent, draft etc.

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  • Sumanta 8:36 PM on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: command, grab, ,   

    How to take a ​screenshot in mac? 

     

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    2 easy ways of taking a screenshot in mac are as following:

    1. press command+shift+#
      •  your screenshot will be available on the desktop
    2. among the app’s list search for the app call grab (alternatively in the spotlight search–> type grab.app)
      • open the grab app
      • then type command+3 for the whole screen
      • or type command+4 for selecting any portion of the screen
      • once the desired screen in captured save it to your desired location in finder, quite self-explanatory I suppose
     
  • Sumanta 3:20 PM on January 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adobe, change, default, foxit, , , , Reader   

    How to change your default pdf browser in mac? 

    As a Mac user one might find the need to use various pdf readers like Foxit, Adobe and preview. I use all three, depending on my purpose. And we all generally have a favourite pdf reader in which we want our pdf files to open by default. My preferred one is Foxit.

    So how to change from preview to Foxit or Adobe or vice versa?

    Before enabling this function first make sure your mac is installed with pdf reader of your choice like Adobe, Foxit etc.

    Foxit and Adobe pdf reader can be downloaded from the following links – Foxit, Adobe.

    Preview is a pdf reader, generally comes preinstalled on Mac.

    Following the steps below might be of worth in this regard:

    1. first, click on finder and open a finder window
    2. now browse and choose any existing pdf file in our finder
    3. select the pdf file but don’t open it yet
    4. then click command+i –> next go to step 6
    5. alternative step (instead of step 4) – go to files above the finder panel and hit ‘get info’
    6. in the popped up info window click ‘open with’ and from the list of choices of various apps choose your preferred pdf reader. But you are not done yet.
    7. if you close the window doing nothing further only the selected pdf will open in your chosen pdf reader
    8. to make your chosen pdf reader as default –> click ‘change all’ button  beneath ‘open with’ option
    9. after step 8 all pdf files in your mac should open with your chosen pdf reader

     
  • Sumanta 2:49 PM on January 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , safari, save, web   

    How to save a ​web page as pdf in safari on mac pc? 

    Saving web pages as pdf in safari browser in mac pc is very easy and convenient. And there are multiple ways do it.

    To start –> simply hit the print button on your safari browser or press command+p.

    A drop-down type screen will appear where there will be a drop-down menu mentioned pdf –> click on it and hit ‘save as pdf’ –> rest is self-explanatory I suppose.

    However, you can do much more in your safari browser.

    If the page you are trying to save as pdf doesn’t fit properly in the preview window (that came up after clicking command+p) then click escape and try the following two options-

    1. Click esc and then set page zoom at 100 points by press command+0 –> now again follow steps as above and the print should happen perfectly.
    2. If the above doesn’t help–> pressing command + p –> then try the other orientation button in the display panel beside where its written orientation–> something like landscape changing

    Finally another amazing feature in mac-safari. You can actually save different web pages as pdf at different folders. How? Follow these steps –

    1. Hit the print button on your safari browser or press command + p
    2. A drop-down type screen will appear where there will be a drop-down menu mentioned pdf –> click on it
    3. From the drop-down menu choose the last option edit menu
    4. Now click the plus sign
    5. Choose your desired folder where you want to save in your mac and hit enter and then ok
    6. No return to the drop-down menu–> you can find the name of the folder you just added.
    7. You can add multiple such folders and also can remove it using the minus sign that can be found beside the plus sign you clicked in step 4
    8. Now while trying to save any page just choose the desired folder from the drop-down panel and every time it will save a lot of your time.
    9. Hope someday safari make the process more simple so that we don’t have to hit the drop down every time.
     
  • Sumanta 8:40 AM on January 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , files, , tap   

    How to open files on mac by a tap instead of click? 

    Following this easy steps might help:

    • open System Preferences.app (if you don’t know how to find it press command+space  and type in the following except the quote marks ‘System Preferences.app’)
    • once System Preferences open click on the trackpad
    • tick the ‘Tap to click’ option

    Tap option should be enabled now.

     
  • Sumanta 1:44 PM on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apple, DDR3, , , SSD   

    SSD versus DDR3 

     

     

    If you are planning to buy a new laptop, you may wonder which of the following specification is better SSD or DDR3. This author will vote for SSD and some of the decision-making tools are s below.

    First of all, what do SSD and DDR stand for? SSD stands for solid state drive and DDR is the abbreviation of the double data rate. In DDR3 the numeric 3 is the version identity of DDR, it came after DDR2. DDR is a type of dynamic random access memory (DRAM).

    SSD is a faster processor than RAM. Unlike hard disk drives, SSD doesn’t require defragmentation, something many old windows users are quite familiar with. SSD consumes less power and almost nil heat.

    Speed and other flexibilities make SSD of choice for many.

     

     
  • Sumanta 12:01 PM on February 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Driver, , , rampage, safety,   

    Rampage drivers to fly drones 

    I first heard about ‘Drones’ when I witnessed their use in warfare and spying, in television news. Then in movies and recently read in news websites about its potential usage for delivering courier or online shopping items to our doorsteps. Although, a lot of arguments are ongoing about the possible misuse of drones in freight of goods by online shopping companies, some are even imagining about its possible future use in daily commuting of humans.

    If drones are to be used in future for our daily commute to office, developing nations in particular will be benefitted, in my view. Why? Let’s discuss it in terms of a city like Mumbai in India, where roads are clogged up with suffocating traffic and where bike riders and three wheeler rickshaws are in a competition to prod their front wheel in every small gap they find in the heavy traffic to beat other vehicles in the race of reaching earlier to their destinations (however, unless you have been in such roads you can’t get the actual essence of it).

    Easiest way to travel in such traffic congested cities is through the railway, however the rails don’t propel you to every minuscule destinations beyond the capacity of its tract, and in most days during office hours you may prefer to avoid its hefty rowdy crowd. Since such cities are grossly unplanned and have no much space for new mega transport infrastructure to introduce, drones may be a sort of swift relief form the burly stifled crowd and may also serve as the fastest mode of transport in such busy metros. If drone technology keeps accelerating in the current pace in near future we might find such drones instigated for common man’s commuting. We might see structures like buses with four propellers at four corners of its roof being lifted up and moved on towards it destination.

    So much so is about use of drones for public transportation purposes. But if it gets allowed, which might eventually be someday, that any individual can own a drone and drive it like a cab or rickshaw for carrying passengers or like bikes or cars for personal usage, to reach their precise destinations, what will be its aftermath keeping in mind how real traffic situation is on the roads. Seeing the current reckless, mercy less, unorderly, chaotic and traffic law undermining driving of drivers in most major cities in metros of developing nations, it is quite horrible to even think about the probable rampage that can happen in the air when these set of drivers are permitted to fly drones.

    If you ever witnessed, some of the notorious vehicle-overcrowded traffic signals in cities of developing nations, you can find how almost every driver gets busy trying introducing the front part of their vehicle in every little space available on the roads worsening the jam to its zenith. And at the very split second the traffic signal becomes green the first row of traffic run in almost a windy speed as if they are chasing an Olympic medal to reach the next traffic signal. Simultaneously, in urban metropolitans of third world nations, its not uncommon to see the disrespect of drivers towards pedestrians, who just almost ram on pedestrians mercilessly and some even crawl up their vehicles on the pavement. To worsen the anguish of pedestrians further its not unusual to see pavements preoccupied by illegal constructions like shops or extension of houses, parked scooters, non tax paying street canines etc. On the other hand, some pedestrians are also blamable for their reckless traffic rule defying behaviors particularly while crossing roads with head phones plugged in their ears.

    So if such traffic law disobeying attitude drivers take up drone flyer’s control seat some unimaginable spectrum of consequences might pour in. To sketch few, some drone drivers my collide with sky scraping buildings (commonly found in metros of developing nations), while other might end up in drone-drone collision or alike aircraft crashes may plough into traffic beneath on the roads. A solution may be to introduce licensed pilots (truly licensed, unlike those driving licenses easily obtainable in some corruption corroded countries), like aircraft pilots. But a drawback of such commercial pilot recruitment might be the difficulty to monitor such huge pool of pilots, if drone are to used in future like bike, taxi, rickshaw or bus. However, if the drones are unmanned like those automated cars recently introduced by one of the famous internet search engine company an orderly drone traffic system may be possible to achieve.

    Now one can definitely rise a question, why am I targeting third world countries with stickers of rampage driving in traffic, aren’t there rash drivers in the developed nations. Yes in the later too we can find traffic law infringers, but there are certain concrete differences from the former to understand. In developed nations, primary reasons why the traffic is not most of the time clogged to such extremes as in third world’s urban roads are the better planned traffic handling, good road construction and mapping  and attitude of  majority of people to stick to traffic rules. Moreover, the CCTV’s are mostly fully functioning and are systematically monitored in the west, where a driver who violates traffic rule if caught on camera faces the legal consequences, which is not the case in developing nations till date, grossly.

    P.S. – This writing is based on the author’s individual observations, which is not necessarily true and agreeable to all.

     
  • Sumanta 7:44 AM on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Courier boy job? Technology might snatch that too tomorrow? 

    maxresdefaultJust came across a classified of a famous online shopping company which is planning to introduce drone like machines that can airlift a shipment and send it to its customer much faster than before, being able to avoid traffic jam. Not only that this type of service will make those households happy who don’t prefer unknown delivery boys visiting their apartment when they are out for office and only children are alone at home, because of various types of threats that humans might pose to another when alone at home.

    However, I feel that there could be some negative sides of such services too.

    The employment opportunity of those working as courier boys for this online shopping companies might lose their jobs. This might hit more badly in developing nations where, unemployment rates are still difficult to tackle. Many people with low educational profile earns their living by this kind of work.

    Besides that one problem might be to have trouble in viewing the nature properly, for nature lovers. Already too much of cars and buildings on the ground don’t allow us to see far away distance any more, and our vision gets stumbled. Only way we could relax our eyes are through looking to the sky, probably this too would get clogged with this parcel carrying drones. Obviously once such services start many more companies will invest in it.

    Also terrorists, thieves and smugglers might take an advantage of it, if these type of drones are not controlled by some sort air traffic control system. It will be easy to carry explosive or spying cameras or smuggled goods. You never know which drone is carrying cargo and which one is carrying something bad.

    So pros and cons will be there and may be laws will be implemented by various countries to regulate such services.

    It seems like science fiction movies concept of cars/drones flying over the cities will be true in near future.

     
    • Matthew 8:14 AM on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So true. And who knows what kind of information the companies could gain from using them, on top of all our data that is already tracked. Good post!

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      • Dr. Sumanta Saha 8:28 AM on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Welcome Matthew!
        Thanks for that wonderful comment.
        Yes alongside the benefits of online services we are somewhere compromising certain amount of our freedom too by becoming easily trackable by various authorities. Well that has its own merits and demerits too.

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  • Sumanta 6:59 PM on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    After using Chromebook it feels like rest of the leading pc selling companies are doing a scam! 

    Chromebook Photo: Alex Washburn / WiredI was a traditional windows user who finally shifted to chromebook, in search for some relief from some of its negative usage experiences like slowness in all respects, poor battery running hours and cost. Although in recent times a wide range of prices of windows pcs are seen but none of them felt satisfactory to me due to its overall protracted working time and less hours of battery provided energy. So I was almost determined not to let the another windows pc to enter my house again and was exploring the option for buying a mac.

    I have seen mac and was quite overwhelmed with its sleek look and long battery life. We have almost 6 pcs at home all running on windows with no gross satisfaction. If all these money could have been saved probably we could have bought 2 mac laptops. So this time I was quite cautious about grabbing my next laptop. However, mac’s price always makes me feel to sob.

    So thought of giving a try to chromebook. After reading its features and seeing its cheap price I thought to bet my pc buying luck for chromebooks too. Obviously I checked various features of google like docs, sheets etc and also had the long battery life back in my head. So finally I invested about 180 dollars and tried my pc luck with chromebooks.

    After about almost a year of its use, I feel rest of the pcs that are sold is doing scam. If google can provide in such low price a superfast pc with excellent battery life, why others can’t do so. Chromebooks don’t need antivirus, google takes care of everything. What more a customer can want for. Its light weight and super fast nature with long battery hours have made it an ideal pc for me.  Hope chromebooks will inspire the pc world for a revolution low price, long battery life and superfast pcs.

    PS: The above is of writing is based on the author’s own user experience, and not a promotional content.

     
    • The Rocky Safari 7:52 PM on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I agree, they are GREAT! I love my Chromebook from Samsung. But you must not mistake, they are not a PC. Windows and Mac offer far more flexibility in running software programs. While ChromeOS and other browsers have the POTENTIAL to eventually run everything online, we aren’t quite there yet.

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    • Dr. Sumanta Saha 7:33 AM on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Rocky, you are most welcome to Resonance of life!

      I understand that in technical language pc, laptop, chrome os are different nomenclatures and have their own meanings.

      But there are many people like me who are not tech experts and mistakenly use these words interchangeably to mean computer. Common man generally needs simple softwares for browsing, to watch movies or listen music, do basic works like making powerpoint presentations or working on excel or docs.

      I think you are not totally correct about that everything is online in chrome os, you can see movies ofline using viedeo lan in chrome os (link – https://sumantasaha.com/2015/12/19/google-chromebook-pixel-2015-vlc-media-player-finally-available-on-chrome-os/).

      Besides that you can prepare slides or do work on google docs offline.

      Gmail itself can be explored offline.

      Therefore, with respect to people who don’t require much of computer hardware issues for work, daily regular usage is same whichever computer you use. People commonly use some simple tools for this work. I even completed my project work in chrome book. Being a doctor I don’t need much of technical specifications.

      Nevertheless, I appreciate your comment. Thanks for sharing your inputs.

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    • ijuihjas8 3:51 PM on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Chrome book and Personal Computers are two different things. I think chrome book seems to be good for u bcz it satisfy your needs well.

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    • Dr. Sumanta Saha 7:12 AM on July 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Please check this out:

      If you can hack a Chromebook remotely, you might get a fat check from Google. The Chrome security team has doubled its top “bug bounty” to $100,000, payable to the first person who compromises a Chromebook or Chromebox machine through the Web.

      Source: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-bug-bounty

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  • Sumanta 8:10 AM on December 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , chromeos, , mediaplayer, vlc   

    Google Chromebook Pixel (2015): VLC Media Player Finally Available on Chrome OS 

    The much loved VLC media player is already available on every significant desktop operating system, and even a few obscure ones, with one major exception: Chrome OS. But that’s about to change.

    The nonprofit VideoLAN organization on Friday announced that the free, open source, cross-platform VLC multimedia player is finally available on Google’s Chrome OS. Like the desktop version of VLC, the new Chrome OS iteration can play most video files, as well as network streams and DVD ISOs. It’s also a full audio player capable of playing even “weird audio formats” like FLAC.

    “VLC is intended for everyone, is totally free, has no ads, no in-app-purchases, no spying and is developed by passionate volunteers,” VideoLAN President Jean-Baptiste Kempf wrote in a blog post. “All the source code is available for free.”

    Source: Google Chromebook Pixel (2015): VLC Media Player Finally Available on Chrome OS

     
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