Aug 25, 2014

Infographic : Sockets around the world.

For frequent travellers it's always necessary to have the correct type of pin as the sockets around the world differ widely. Below is an infographic which shows different types of sockets from around the world.

Please share if you found it useful.

Aug 1, 2014

How to Download Torrents as a Regular Download?

OneClick is a Chrome addon, which can help you with downloading torrents as if they are a single file.

First take a look at how torrents and direct downloads differ here. You will understand that torrent data is not stored at a single location, but rather is fetched bit by bit from different locations.

So when using torrents, it's not possible to download just one file fully at one time. This is where OneClick comes in. What it does is, it checks the torrent file and acts as an client. And then start dowloading each file in the torrent simultaneously. It's like downloading all the songs in a torrent at one go.

This method is superuseful for torrents with just one file, but really bad if the torrents contain 100 files. Chrome would'nt be able to handle all the transfers at once. I found it works on Torrent files, but not Magnet links. So if someone can see it working, let me know.

Installing in Chrome: With the latest update, you cannot install 3rd party chrome extension. You can only install through the Chrome Store. So to bypass this, download the extension file (.crx) from this link. Then click on the settings button in chrome, and again click on Tools->Extensions. Drag the extension file to the extension window and you can now install it.

Jun 23, 2014

[Root] How To Get Nexus CRT Screen Off Animation on Galaxy Grand

Ever since i had my Galaxy S2, i always wanted a cool animation on my phone. But sadly Samsung plays it cool, and doesn't include any animations on their models. Not Even S2, not Grand or others.

Hence i had to resort to different methods to get it the cool CRT closing animation from Nexus series on my galaxy grand. So to get this your phone should be rooted, and have Xposed installed. If you do not know what rooting is, please read a lot on the subject, as it can brick (permanently damage, leading to a brick in your hand) your phone.

You can install Xposed from the this link. Install version 2.6.1 (as of 23/6/14) as it's the latest stable version. Reboot your phone. Once rebooted, open Xposed Installer, and go to the Downloads section, search for ScreenOffAnimation and download it. It will ask for an install prompt, select Install.

Once installed, go to the Modules section of Xposed Installed and tick the box against the recently installed module ScreenOffAnimation. Reboot and open up the app for further options.

You have the following option for Screen Off Animations
  1. Fade
  2. CRT (Horizontal)
  3. CRT (Vertical)
  4. Scale Down
  5. TV Burn In
  6. LG Optimus G
  7. Fade Tiles
  8. Random
For a slow smooth animation keep the Speed setting more than 500ms. For faster animation (which i prefer) set it to 250ms

For Screen On animations you get the following options
  1.  Fade
  2. Scale Down
  3. LG Optimus G
  4. Fade Tiles
  5. Random
Similar to Screen Off, set the speed at 250ms for faster animation.

If you love the app, please give thanks to its developer 'zst123' on XDA. Also share it with your Samsung friends

May 26, 2014

My Experience of Gmail's New Inbox

Update May 2014:
So, it has been a full year i have been using the autocategorization in Gmail. And it has been a fantastic experience. If you have heard of zero inbox, but never got to it, give this a try. My Primary inbox is now zero in size, only the most important are in there, others are categorized into appropriate tabs, and they reduce the noise in the inbox.

If you still haven't tried it yet, you can do it now.


Google is reinventing email again, by making the inbox more usable.

The new design will be deployed to all users in the coming weeks, but you can have a look at the design in the video below.

What's impressive is the way it decides the categorization. It looks like google's algorithms are working at full capacity finding trends in the mails content and segregating it in different folders. They have an option for auto sorting the mails, but i didnt find it up to my usage. 

I will update the post once more when it comes out to describe the features and what i liked or disliked about it.