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

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

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 view Microsoft XPS files on an Android device

Microsoft Windows gives users an option to save documents as XPS files while printing. Though XPS may be popular on Windows Operating System and easily portable, there are challenges when viewing XPS files on Android devices.

Fortunately, a Document Viewer app at this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sufficientlysecure.viewer&hl=en is able to open and display XPS files accurately. Install . . . → Read More: How to view Microsoft XPS files on an Android device

Dark background and light text firefox add-ons good for night mode

If you surf the internet using Firefox web browser at night, you will find the white background and dark text too bright for the eyes. To change the background to black and light text, use the Dark Background and Light Text 0.5.5 add-on in Firefox.

Add-on is available in Firefox and it’s source code at . . . → Read More: Dark background and light text firefox add-ons good for night mode

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