How to disable/unlock USB Lock AP?

USB Lock AP is among a breed of software that restricts USB device usage on computers. It is used widely in schools and libraries to prevent unauthorized copying of files, spreading of malware etc. The software operates by blocking all USB devices from initializing. Any time you plug in a device, it asks for a […]

How to use an Android phone with a broken power button?

When I bought a Nexus S Android device, I read up a lot about potential issues I might face. One of the things that came up repeatedly, was the fragile nature of the power button. There were so many reports of the power button being worn out and not working within a year or two, […]

Start and resume torrent downloads across dual boot systems (Windows / Linux)

I have divided my time almost equally between Windows and Linux (Ubuntu, specifically) the last few months, for coding and development purposes. Sharing data between the two OSes is something that was a priority for me, as I did not want to maintain separate copies of all my files and documents. My torrent downloads are […]

Fix AOSP/ CM9 / CM10 signal issues on Galaxy Nexus / Nexus S / Galaxy S

Cyanogenmod is the most popular aftermarket firmware for Android phones. Stock ROMs are the default firmware on devices, which usually have a skin and lots of modifications to the AOSP Android by manufacturers. Cyanogenmod removes all that manufacturer bloat and brings pure Android (which is on Nexus devices only by default) to many devices. The […]

Whatsapp alternative Messaging app Hike launches rewards

Messaging app Hike has launched a useful feature called Rewards. It provides talktime in return for inviting your friends on Hike. Hike is available on all major platforms – iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry. Do not worry, this is not one of those “Visit this link for free talktime” scams you often find […]

Clean up Ubuntu to increase free hard drive space

After a 2 year hiatus, I started using Ubuntu recently. Of course, being on a laptop means that disk space was limited, so I started with a 25 GB partition. Soon after installing Ubuntu, I regretted that decision, because after the base install+apps+work and media files, I had a serious space crunch. Resizing the partition […]

The giant list of Twitter tools

Over the years, I’ve written about many Twitter tools here, each on its own page. Of course, having each tool separately is rather inconvenient. So I put together this list of tools, all of which have been covered here before. Twitter Extender [Chrome extension] Twitter Extender is a Google Chrome extension to add several useful […]

Map any key to any other key on Ubuntu

The spacebar key on my keyboard is broken(long story), so I remapped it on Windows using KeyTweak app. Here’s how I achieved the same on Ubuntu. The instructions are generalized so that you can remap virtually any key to any other key. Using xmodmap Remapping keys can be done by running xmodmap on the terminal. […]

Fix Steam crashes and hanging during updates/sync

Valve Corp’s Steam game (and now app) distribution client is an easy way to get the latest games, both free and paid. The online community around Steam has grown substantially in the past few years, powered by games like Counter Strike. Steam is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux – breaking down the OS […]

Setup an external monitor with laptop in dual monitor setup

I recently bought a large external monitor to go with my laptop, and it has been one of my best tech purchases so far. It is easy to get distracted and not get any work done with a dual screen setup, but with a little determination, a dual monitor setup will help take your productivity […]

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