Nov 11, 2014

Firefox 33.1 Brings a Forget Button To Clean Out Your Mistakes

Firefox is celebration it's 10 year anniversary with a new version of firefox, which is geared towards giving easier access to your browsing history. They have added a 'Forget' Button, which can delete the last 5 Minutes, 2 hours or 24 hours of browsing history with one click.

You will have to add the button from the new navigational menu. Clicking on it popup a menu as seen here. Clicking 'Forget' will close all tabs, remove the last 'x' minutes/hrs of browsing history, delete recent cookies, close firefox and open a new fresh window.

This should be useful in an cyber cafe, where once you are done with browsing, you can clear all tracks. Or at home where several people use the same laptop/computer. This feels like a shortcut to 'Incognito Mode', but you do not have to open a new window.

Nov 9, 2014

How Not To Create Your Password

There have been lots of password leaks in the near past. Lastpass, analyzed the recent Google password leak and found out what kind of characters make up your password. If you emply similar tactics, beware that your password must be of simple enought to be cracked.

Here are some of the Observations by Lastpass.

Source: Lastpass
So if you are using names of your loved ones, or your pets, numbers in triple, F-words, 123, Love, Red, change your password to a more secure one.

Nov 8, 2014

Searching In Excel For Partial or Unknown Word

Many a times, you get stuck in the versetile excel, when you want to search for a particular word and/or it's variants but cannot exactly find it. This is where wildcards come in.

Suppose you want to search for "Collaboration", which is simple as searching the word itself. But people do make mistakes and hence misspell it as 'Colloboration','Collabaration',Collobaoration',etc. A simple search never finds these words, as the search is a literal search, it does not check for variations.

So when you want an approximate search use a wildcard character. There are 3 wildcard characters, which are usable in excel

1. Asterisk ( * )
Using '*' after means, search for anything following these characters.
e.g. Coll*, will give you Collaborate, Colloborate,Collage,College.etc

2. Question Mark ( ? )
A '?' denotes a single character. Hence it's usuage means find different variations of these words
e.g. Coll?b?ration, will match all the following combinations.
     Collaboration,Colloboration,Collabaration,Collobaration
But it will not search for
     Collaborate,College,Collage
This is because we are asking it to search for a word with 13 characters, a few of which we do not know

3. Tilde ( ~ )
But suppose if you want to search for these wildcards? Use a '~' before the character you want to search
e.g. India~?, Android~*

These wildcards can be used in search as well as some excel formulas, such as the below ones
AverageIf
AverageIfs
Countif
Countifs
Hlookup
Vlookup
Sumif
Sumifs

Hope you use this knowledge in your daily excel work. Please share if you found the article useful.

Nov 7, 2014

Pushbullet Now Lets You Send SMS From Your PC


The grand integration, has begun, on a small scale. I always wanted to use by PC/Laptop as an extension of my mobile. With SMS integration into Pushbullet, i am one step closed to achieving it.

In case you haven't used Pushbullet, you should try it out now. It sync your notifications across devices & platforms, gives you news, uses IFTTT for automation and now let you send messages from your PC/Laptop

Install Pushbullet for your Android,Iphone, Firefox, Chrome from here. 

How To Set it Up?
  • Install Pushbullet on Android
  • Login using your Google Account
  • Install Pushbullet for your preferred browser
  • You are now ready to use
Note: If you want to disable contact auto complete, you can do so in the settings of the app.

Oct 31, 2014

Inbox : Why Google wants you to shift from Gmail to Inbox

Why have Google, who have the best email service (which no one can beat) create a new version of Inbox? This is the question that pops up when you see Inbox. Add to that, Gmail itself says in the invitation "Try using Inbox instead of Gmail". Does it suggest they are going to phase out Gmail?? Well answering that question should be left for another time. Let's go on to see how Inbox looks like.

Inbox Inbox


 

As you can see, Inbox is clean and minimalistic, with a Lollipop color scheme. After spending 15 minutes in Inbox, I can say it's not intuitive. You don't right from the start get how things work. It will take time to understand how inbox works and how you need to change the way you approach email to get the best experience from Inbox. First and foremost

"It would be best, if you have all your email in your inbox, instead of individual folders"

Inbox works best, when you haven' created any rules to auto archive emails to different folders. Now suppose you are one of the majority who haven't yet tried the smart labels in Gmail or created Extra folders to sort your emails, you are good to go.

You have Search, Hangouts shortcut & Google+ Notification Items on the Title bar.You also have a toggle, which shows the Inbox view and Pinned view.

Emails
 With all the changes, the most confusing change is to the email item.


Email item when clicked, works just like a normal email. But Google wants your to treat your email as an  to do item, marking them Done (which archives them) or postpone it for later, or pin it (so when you mark all done pinned items remain in the inbox). It seems Google is pushing you towards a clean Inbox.

Bundles 
Inbox carries the smart labels from Gmail and adds new smart categories and presents them as Bundles. New additions to the already existing (Social, Updates, Forums) are Travel, Purchases, Finance, Promos. You can also create your own bundles.


You can create your own bundles, which is just like the rules you created in Gmail. But with bundles, you have the option to surface the bundle either once a day or week when an email arrives. This leads to a lean & clean Inbox. Smart.. 

Folders are segregated based on rules governing them. If a folder has a rules moving emails to it it is shown as "Skip the Inbox", which you can convert to a bundle. If there is no rules but you manually move the emails the folder they are shown as "Unbundled". You can convert the "Skip the Inbox" folders into a bundle, while for the Unbundled ones, you still need to manually move them.

Reminders
Reminders are a new addition to any inbox. When you create an reminder it gets added to your Inbox. You can do the same actions on it as on an email item. Mark it Done, Snooze it , Pin It or Delete it.

But the best functionality of reminders is the intelligence behind it.


It gives you suggestions on what your type. As seen in the screenshot, i want to pay Airtel bill, if i just type "Pay Air" it starts giving me the topmost suggestions for paying bills. Which is helpful. You can also set a later date (which puts the reminder in snoozed section).

So these is what Inbox is right now, hope the article gave you enough insight into the new service. Please share it if you like it or wants your friends to find out what Inbox is.