Moving Away from LeanPub

leanpub to local book writing flow

LeanPub provides an easy and efficient way to create and publish your own books. Hope you did not miss the “create” part? While Amazon and its friends allow self-publishing, I was not quite taken to MS Word to write technical books. The whole flow of inserting images, code with special formats, and even changing the…

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Free tool to copy entire websites

Mirror website local computer

If you want to copy simple websites to your local computer, you’re in luck. Although not very well-known HTTrack is a free and open source tool to do just that. The tool is quite easy to use.   How to get started with HTTrack? Download the program from HTTrack website. The website looks to have…

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FileZilla connection issues after upgrade

Filezilla upgrade connection issue

I’m really careful about upgrades. My enterprise IT experience shouts at me each time I want to upgrade anything. Thankfully, consumer software is more resilient and provides an overall better upgrade experience. Nonetheless, it is better to be careful than sorry 🙂 So this fine day, It was with some premonition I clicked the upgrade button…

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PatchMyPC – Automate updates for your Windows PC

PatchMyPC review one click software update software

Software updates are a necessary evil. Necessary because you get to have all the good enhancements that get implemented in later versions. They are evil since they need manual intervention. Until Chrome came along and showed mainstream users on the advantages of automated updates, people either downloaded updates and installed them, or just chose to…

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Cryptsync is a handy program for encrypting and synching files

I have suffered from lack of backups in the past. I have lost photographs (“mistakenly deleted”), knowledge documents painstakingly gathered from various sources (“still don’t have a clue where they went), and plan lost the password for the encrypted drive. For me, there is no such thing as a “too many backups”. But, I am…

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Chocolatey – A good app manager for Windows

chocolatey package manager for Windows

I had been playing around with Linux for a long time before my kinda permanent switch to Windows 8. Apart from the fact that I could show my geek skills to lesser mortals, the thing I missed the most was probably “package managers”. Be it “Yum” in RedHat or CentOS, Apt in Ubuntu, or Synaptic…

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Optimize screenshots for the web. How to reach screenshot nirvana?

ShareX screenshot capture

Previously you have seen me harping about a lesser known tool to take screenshots – the tool is called ShareX. ShareX is a great tool to take screenshots, make minor annotations on the screenshot, and to publish the screenshot to image sharing sites. [Read the complete ShareX review.] Although ShareX is excellent is doing what it…

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ShareX review. A really good screen capture tool

sharex screenshot

For the impatient, ShareX is a really good screen capture tool that you can employ to share files. The really powerful part is to capture images, make quick annotations and use it for your blog! Download ShareX, it is completely free! Read on to do a quick ShareX review. A really good screen capture tool…

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WordPress posts appear read only in Live Writer? Problem solved

Microsoft Live Writer is an awesome tool to write blogs, this has been covered before. But, Live Writer is not a hot topic when the whole world is moving towards web apps, and is looking to the web to solve all problems including global hunger. So, what can old fashioned bloggers who like offline editors…

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Use Windows Live Writer for more productive blogging

Windows Live Writer from Microsoft is one of the excellent tools for bloggers. Live Writer is one of the best ways to assemble, write your posts offline on your Windows PC, and later upload them on your blog. Live Writer is not exactly new, and has been on the writing scene for quite some time…

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