Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

I needed to organize my thoughts on some subjects.

Unfortunately, a paper and pencil could not take me very far in getting them organized due to the complexity of the subjects.

I managed to solve the conundrum using Mind Mapping software. Funny, I never realised this existed for several years now on Linux and did . . . → Read More: Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

Superb applications for graphics or photo processing darktable and rawtherapee

If you need to process images, use darktable and rawtherapee

To install in Xubuntu or Ubuntu, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: $ sudo apt-get install darktable rawtherapee <enter>

Once you are done, go ahead and process photographs like a professional. Need I say that this is a good combination to substitute . . . → Read More: Superb applications for graphics or photo processing darktable and rawtherapee

How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

When it comes to using the default Google Text To Speech in Settings for making an Android phone speak out to you, there is a lot of complexity to deal with. Also, the fear that Google TTS wants you to select if it should read out your passwords to you. Put in a nutshell, Google . . . → Read More: How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

Got an ANT VR head set, here is how to view movies on it

I bought an ANT VR headgear and on first use, found that the video I played was in landscape mode alright, but it was not viewable properly. I could see wrong image and distorted. Finally, I realized that we need an application to split the movie into 2 distinct images on the phone display for . . . → Read More: Got an ANT VR head set, here is how to view movies on it

Good Photo Editing / Touch up tools on Android

If you need to enhance the quality of the photos you take with your Android Phone, try these two applications to do so: 1. Snapseed 2. Pixlr

You can auto fix and also work with lots of parameters to get just the right look for your photos.

How to fix compile error in Android application where strings.xml contain invalid characters

I created an application with a string-array in the strings.xml file. Unfortunately, I left some apostrophe in one of the string values that was: D’Souza

Obviously, at compile time, the Android Studio 2.2 IDE threw an error about invalid characters not preceded by a \. I should have actually put the string as: D\’Souza

Now, . . . → Read More: How to fix compile error in Android application where strings.xml contain invalid characters

How to install and run Turbo C 2.01 for DOS in DOSBOX in linux

After sooo many years, discovered that students in India were asked to do projects in Turbo C 2.01 in DOS. Amazing, but true!

That being the case, you can download Turbo C 2.01 for MS DOS from http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/20841 for free. It is antique software and embarcadero acquired it way back. They offer it as a . . . → Read More: How to install and run Turbo C 2.01 for DOS in DOSBOX in linux

How to format pen drive to VFAT using mkfs when disk utility or gparted do not recognize it

Sometimes, we find that a pen drive simply cannot be formatted using the Disk Utility or gparted in Linux. In such a situation, open a terminal on your Linux computer, and enter the command as below to format the pen drive.

$ sudo mkfs.vfat -n ‘Label’ -I /dev/sda <enter> where ‘Label’ in the quotes can . . . → Read More: How to format pen drive to VFAT using mkfs when disk utility or gparted do not recognize it

How to amend default user name and email before committing code to remote github repository

If you commit the code to a local github repo with the default user name, you will get the message as shown below: $ git commit MumbaiStock.pm -m v1.5 <enter> [master 24fea3] v1.5  Committer: wronguser <wrongemail@wrongdomain.com> Your name and email address were configured automatically based on your username and hostname. Please check that they are . . . → Read More: How to amend default user name and email before committing code to remote github repository

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