Just Tweet!

Have you ever wanted to just tweet something and not get into twitter and get lost in the endless tweets there are to look at. I have. I have always thought that I could only do that with some widget on my phone or some add-on in the browser. But just recently did it strike me, when ever I want to share an article from somewhere on the internet, and it has a tweet button on it, what opens is a simple tweet dialog. This made me realize that it should be possible to just post a tweet and not get lost in twitter’s home page. There is an api which all these widgets are connecting to.

A little search on duckduckgo and I end up with this link.


A link that opens a dialog that allows you to just tweet. Bookmark this on your browser, give it a name to be able to easily find it, and when you want to tweet, type the name on the address bar directly, go there, send your tweet!. But yes, you should be logged in to twitter of course, so it only works on personal systems, but well, so do those other widgets and tools.


Useful Keys

If you had asked me ten years ago, whether I find the keys we are going to talk about in this post any useful, I would have said NO. But ironically, I use them quite a lot these days and I cannot live without them as well.

Home and End Keys

If you program or do document editing a lot you will understand the importance of Home and End. There is no quicker way to get to the start and end of a line.

Ctrl + (Shift) + Left/Right Arrow

Ctrl + the arrow keys, can be used to move over words rather than characters. Can be really useful for programming and document editing. I cannot live without this. Just makes navigation faster and easier.

Using Shift along with this combination helps you select words rather than selecting characters as is the case with Shift + Arrow Keys

Page Up/Down

Again, for people who handle many lines of code on text editors and huge documents, there are no better friends than Page Up/Down. Scrolling can be the most annoying thing sometimes on the mouse and these keys work like a charm in these situations.

F2 Key

F2 is one of those keys you cannot live without whether you are browsing files in a file explorer or working in an excel. F2 can be used to rename a file or edit a cell swiftly. It is very handy.

Ctrl + Shift + T

This combination is extremely useful on browsers. They reopen closed tabs. The function may prompt you to ask if this is really that useful, but once you start managing tabs in the order of 10 to 15 or more, you will start realizing the need for it.


Those would be my top five. Of course the obvious ones like Ctrl + S for save; Alt + Tab for window switching; Super + L for locking the pc and just the Super key for entering into the search menu on Ubuntu are really important too. There are a lot of shortcuts that pertain to specific software and are really useful, but I wanted this list to be as generic as possible.


Burn DVDs Faster, Brasero, Ubuntu

The Story

If you are new to Ubuntu you will notice that Brasero burns discs quite slowly compared to the windows counterparts such as Ashampoo Burning Studio or Nero. Its not that Brasero is slower than the other ones. Its just that, by default it is configured to do some tasks which other burners don’t usually perform by default. What I’m talking about is Image Checksum. Image checksum is created to verify that all the data that you wanted to be burned, burned properly onto the disc. A checksum is a big number formed by computing some arithmetic operations on the data present. When the same arithmetic operations(predifined to generate unique checksums called md5) are performed on the data that you wanted to be written and the data that is present in the disc after it has been written it should produce the same checksum. That would prove that  the data has been written properly.

But more often than not, this laborious process is not needed. Because our DVD writers are mostly good enough to write everything properly. So disabling it would be ideal as it would save a LOT of time. It would cut off about 60% of the time.

How do you do it

All you have to do is open Brasero Disc Burner through what ever means is comfortable to you. In the newer versions of ubuntu, the application can be opened by hitting the windows button (what an irony) and typing in brasero. While on older Ubuntus, you have to head to Application>Sound & Video > Brasero Disc Burner.

Once that is opened. Go to Edit > Plugins. Uncheck the File Checksum and the Image Checksum boxes. That would do the trick. We do not need both in almost all cases.

The File checksum computes the checksum for the files that you give initially to write. The Image Checksum computes the checksum for the Image that has been burnt to the Disc, or in other words, it computes the checksum for the data in your disc. Both these checksums are computed and compared with each other in a default process.

Thanks for reading


Reducing Stutter, Internet Radio

The Story (Stuff you can Skip)

I love Internet Radios. I live in a place where the local radio stations don’t play a lot of the music I usually listen to. Its boring to make up your own playlists and no matter how smart the playlist makers get. There is no such thing as a Radio jockey at the other end playing the songs that suit your taste. Soon you will have personal favorites and you will be automatically tuning into it. Although 8tracks is an awesome idea. I like Internet radios in its own way.

The Problem

The problem with internet radios if you do not have a really good steady internet connection is that the songs stutter now and then spoiling that great moment for you. Imagine you being in the middle of an awesome groove, dancing and all and the song stops playing for two seconds and you are standing there with nothing to do. Spoils the moment right.

The Reason

The solution to this is to change the buffer settings in your media player. A buffer is like a temporary storage. Think of it like a glass kept under a soda maker. Imagine that your imaginary soda maker makes only 100 ml in thirty seconds and your glass can hold only 100ml. But you normally consume 150ml of soda in that thirty seconds(with a straw maybe). So you would consume the soda faster than production and would sit for it to fill right. But what if you had a bigger glass. Maybe something that would hold about three litres or maybe even more and what if you start drinking from the glass now after its full. You could go on for a long time without stopping right. Remember, the soda maker is still making soda at the rate of 100ml per thirty seconds. I hope that helps you understand. Anyways if you don’t need this. Move ahead to the next section..

The Solution (How do you do it)

This is how you do it with Windows Media Player. I did not find those settings on iTunes. These settings are available in Winamp too. If you listen to shoutcast. I personally prefer Windows Media Player for my audio. So here goes.

1.  Head to Tools > Options


If you don’t see a Tools menu. All you have to do is make sure your window is active and press Alt. The first list that has File, View etc drops down and from there go where you need to.

2. When the options window opens go to the Performance tab.


Here you have the option to change the Network Buffering. By default it is set to ‘Use default buffering(recommended)’. Select Buffer and enter the time you want. Do not enter a big unit. 10 to 15 seconds is a good time I guess. Try with 10 seconds first. If you still experience stutter. Then go ahead and raise it up a little.

By the way. If you are wondering where in the world is the Internet radio in Windows media player. Its there in the Media Guide. Click on the Media Guide and you will have the links to the internet radios.

Ask your doubts in the comments

Thanks for reading..


Search Results in a New Tab: Opera

The Story (Stuff you can Skip)

When you block select a word or a couple of words and right click on it you have the option to search using the default search engine. This is a common feature in any browser. But when you first install opera, when you search by right clicking on something the search results appear in the same page you are working on. Sometimes this can be really irritating. You might be checking email, reading feeds or browsing some social website even. Clicking back and going back to the original webpage you were browsing on would require loading the webpage again. On slow connections, making you wait a long time too. Surely this is not advantageous. Especially in this era where TABS RULE!.  So here’s how you solve it.

The Point!

Click the Menu button and then click on settings and then preferences.

Click on the Advanced tab and then click on Tabs.

You should have some options as shown below.


Here uncheck the ‘Reuse current tab’ option. That should do it.!

Try searching for something now by right clicking on the selected word(s). It should open in a new tab.

Thanks for reading.


Screenshot using OneNote: Awesome Feature

Things you can skip unless you are bored

If you are a One note user. Well then you’ve been using ‘one good software’ I can tell you. I personally use One note to document my project work. Its just awesome. More about One Note later. Right now I want to get right to the point. One Notes screen capture tool for taking notes.

Ok lets say, you are working on something. You have some output on the screen. You have a graph. Well your software, such as MATLAB can help you save the graphs. But in other cases,

The Point!

One note runs in the background if you don’t know that. Its there in your taskbar. Take a look. So at any point of time. All you need to do is press “windows + s” keys together and you get a crosshair which you can use to drag a box around the object you want to take a screen shot of.

Try it.

It saves you a lot of time.

After you take a screen shot one note automatically saves it to its unfiled notes from where you can cut and paste it to your notebook.

Shown below is a screenshot of this blog I’m writing which automatically got saved to the unfiled notes, of which I took another screen shot using the same one note and then pasted it here. Smile with tongue out



Have fun with this tip.

Thanks for reading..


Moving Window Buttons In Ubuntu

You can do this really easily. By using the gconf-editor.

You can do that by pressing Alt+F2 and then typing in gconf-editor. Click Run.

1. Browse through to apps/metacity/general

2. Double click on the button_layout

3. What you will see is

What this means is that you have the close button followed by the maximize button followed by the minimize button. The colon on the right side would signify that all your buttons are aligned towards the left. In order to move your buttons to the right you can play with this order of things.

For Example, I normally have the following settings, similar to windows.

Which is Minimize followed by maximize followed by the close button aligned to the right like so.