Author Archives: Ben Lewis

MuteTab for chrome stops all opened tab’s and background audio

You open Chrome to find that it didn’t shutdown well and reopens all the tab, sounds like a good feature. But what if all those tab’s videos and other flash objects starts playing audio? You may open each tab that’s playing an audio, thanks to the audio playing indicator on the tab, and pause it or close the tab. For once it’s alright. This could get cumbersome after sometimes. MuteTab for chrome is exactly made for this. Chrome team has

Compare two texts, proofread and find minor unnoticeable errors

Ever tried proofreading for hours to see little errors slip by? Even for the trained human eyes, it’s common to make mistakes. and it’s nothing to sweat about. We all do once in a while. This is where a machine text comparison comes in handy. Text compare is one such web program, that compares two different versions of the same texts and lists the difference . so nice, that you can spot the errors easily. Click on the link above

Easily Manage your files on Windows with Q-Dir

Q-Dir or Quad directory (Explorer) is a program to manage your files on the quad (4  different) panes. Each pane is a folder view. You can set the folder view of each panes and it will be displayed with that view, For thumbnails you can set it like in the image above, bottom right.  Choosing views for each pane after choosing what are all the folder you want to display is the first step. Let the article unfold itself exploring

Mute the ringer on your Android phone temporarily and restore it back

Whenever you are busy to pick up the phone but don’t want it to ring, well there’s an app for that. Shush! for Android just does that. You turn off ringer for some duration, and all calls that rings in that period will be silenced. Because it turns the volume down just for the ringer. You can at any time, open the phone and turn on the ringer. Getting started is easy, download and install the app, you are now

Enhance your command experience with Console

Using command prompt got a little bit comfortable with Console, It is not a Windows command enhancer addon or something like that, it is a program on its own. You can use it just like your Windows command. Multiple tabs, setting start destination on its UI, copying and pasting using keyboard shortcuts, selecting texts with mouse left and shift are some of the features. When you first start, configure the settings (Ctrl + s) with Windows default keyboard shortcuts. For

Convert video files to mp3 with Audacity

Downloading videos from video sites, (skip to conversion to start converting) There are quite a few websites to download Youtube videos to your hard disk, Keepvid.com is one such website I use. Video download helper for Chrome does a good job of downloading videos from Vimeo, etc …but not Youtube. Video Download helper (same name as Chrome extension, but different author) for Firefox is a decent video downloader supporting almost all of the video sites, but that’s not available for

Copy mail and add notes in Gmail

We all are familiar with sending an email to ourselves to keep important things on top of the inbox. Say you are attending a webinar or web conference from outside US, since the webinar happens at the US time, it helps to know the exact time in your local time. You can get that information from TimeandDate.com Converter. Once you have the information, hit the reply button of the webinar details email, change the sender to your email, to email

Remember long numbers with words

Remembering long numbers can be a daunting job. Even if you can, there’s a good chance you will mix up. Try PI value. Most of us can remember only few digits after the decimal, I can only recall up to 3.141. That doesn’t matter to us at all, when we need to remember the new credit card number. Let’s try to remember the PI value for this demonstration – 3.14159265359. Strip off the decimal point, so it is now 314159265359. That’s a 12 digit number

Convert document formats for IOS

There are a lot of apps available that converts between various document formats on the web and for Android. One such web app I have talked about earlier is Cometdocs. You can visit Cometdocs website and get the app for Windows (desktop) and Android or try their web app. Cometdocs recently introduced an IOS app which is the first of its kind for IOS. It should work with the latest IOS 7 update. (Cometdocs for IOS) The user interface is

How to cover Youtube videos with mask images you can make

If you ever wanted to only show a portion of Youtube videos like an horizontal banner, the way to do is to hide the remaining portions to only show the part you want. That video part visible is what you want the video to look like. For the horizontal banner like view, you would have a image that is of same size as the video (same width and height of your choice), that also matches your site’s background color, and add

Google search queries that lets you find more than just search results

A Google search is not just limited to an information search. You can do more with a search. The search that brings you information and utilities on the front, that you don’t even need to click on the web pages that follows. A Google search is full of little helpful features. As seen from the Inside Search page, you can get results even without searching for them on the pages that appears. Let’s take a look at each of these

Personalize your Android home screen

The Android home screen that comes pre-built (also called as stock) has limited customization options. There are apps, launchers that spices up your home screen giving you more options for customizing it. Most of these launchers doesn’t work on lower resolution phones. I am going to talk about 3 launcher apps, out of those 2 works on low-screen-res phones. These are Smart launcher, Go launcher EX and Launcher 8. Launcher 8 is different, it puts a Windows 8 skin on

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