How to report Unsolicited Commercial Communication to TRAI (Unwanted SMS and Calls)

Many times, we receive unwanted SMS or voice calls from people who market services or offer goods when we are registered on the “Do Not Disturb (DND)” lists of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

These telemarketers do not validate your status on the Do No Disturb database and send you marketing messages or . . . → Read More: How to report Unsolicited Commercial Communication to TRAI (Unwanted SMS and Calls)

Crossover Office and SimpleMind Desktop for Windows on Linux

It took a while to find out the big difference between Wine and Crossover Office. I use a Mind Mapping software SimpleMind Pro on an Android device to create mind maps to learn new subjects rapidly. SimpleMind Pro saves files direct to Dropbox or Google Drive and you can open these files on any Windows . . . → Read More: Crossover Office and SimpleMind Desktop for Windows on Linux

Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch

Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch https://excellmedia.dl.sourceforge.net/project/corefonts/the fonts/final/andale32.exe  404  Not Found

When you get above error while installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer, then you can resolve by opening a terminal window and entering the following commands: $ wget -c http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/contrib/m/msttcorefonts/ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.6_all.deb -P ~/Downloads <enter>

$ sudo apt install ~/Downloads/ttf-mscorefonts-installer_3.6_all.deb <enter>

Now it will install fully. Remember this file is . . . → Read More: Error installing ttf-mscorefonts-installer Failed to fetch

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

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