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Search Your Command History in Terminal With This Shortcut

Search Your Command History in Terminal With This Shortcut

[Linux / Mac] While typing the command in the terminal, you can easily use the “Up” arrow to get it to show the last typed command. What if you want to search for a command that you typed last week? The solution is simple. Simply press the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + R” and you can […]

How to Get VLC to Download Subtitles Automatically

How to Get VLC to Download Subtitles Automatically

VLC is a great media player that can play almost any media format. It also comes with a subtitle feature where you can load the subtitle file for the video file. The thing it doesn’t do is to find and download the subtitle automatically. Wouldn’t it be perfect if VLC can download the subtitle automatically?

Easily Save Maps For Offline Use in Android

Easily Save Maps For Offline Use in Android

If you are relying heavily on Google Maps on your Android phone to find your direction, you will be glad to know that you can save an area for offline use. This is useful as it allows you to plan ahead of your journey and prevent data usage while on the move. Saving the map […]

HotShots: A Lightweight and Useful Screen Capture Tool For Linux

HotShots: A Lightweight and Useful Screen Capture Tool For Linux

The default screen capture tool in Linux (particularly Ubuntu) is really minimal. If you are someone who need to take screen capture on a regular basis, I am sure you will appreciate the many features built into HotShots. It is really a lightweight and useful screen capture tool for Linux.

How to Add a Shut Down Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen

How to Add a Shut Down Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen

Shutting down the PC in Windows 8 is not really a straightforward matter. You have to move your mouse over to the lower-right corner and open up the Power settings before you can select the “Shut Down” option. Using the trick stated here, you can easily pin a “Shut Down” tile to the Start screen […]

3 Ways to Hide Confidential Data Inside Images in Linux

3 Ways to Hide Confidential Data Inside Images in Linux

If you have a highly confidential data that you need to share with your friends, how would you send the file across without compromising on its security? One way is to embed the message in an image and send the encrypted image over. This form of data encryption is known as Steganography. Here are 3 tools that allow you to do so in Linux.

How to Prevent Google Play From Auto-adding Widgets to Your Android Homescreen

How to Prevent Google Play From Auto-adding Widgets to Your Android Homescreen

[Android] When you install an app from Google Play on your Android phone, it will automatically add the app to your homescreen. If you prefer to keep your homescreen clean and not cluttered with all the apps, here is the way to prevent Google Play from auto-adding widgets to your Android homescreen. 1. Open Google […]

Display A Calendar in the Terminal With This Command

Display A Calendar in the Terminal With This Command

For those command line lovers, you can easily display a calendar in the terminal with this command: cal This will work in both Linux and Mac OS X. The default “cal” command will show the calendar for the current month. If you want it to show other month, say January 2012, just type: cal 01 […]

How to Setup a Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternative With AeroFS

How to Setup a Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternative With AeroFS

If you are concerned about the security of your data on Dropbox’s server, and are fed up with the storage limitation, you may want to try out AeroFS. It sync your files across computer without storing them in the cloud and you can store as many files as your hard disk can hold.

Make “Most Recent” The Default Setting For Your Facebook News Feed

Make “Most Recent” The Default Setting For Your Facebook News Feed

If you are a regular Facebook user, you will know that Facebook always show “Top Stories” in your news feed. I am not sure how Facebook determine which news is considered “Top stories”, but all I know is that I am missing out all my friends’ update that Facebook don’t deem as “Top stories”. There […]