Tech tips to boost workplace productivity

At the workplace, our productivity hinges on how well we can use a computer and how well it functions for us. ET offers some easy ways to solve common issues that plague a workplace PC and a few accessories that can help improve efficiency.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

APP LAUNCHERS

The free launchy (www.launchy.net) app is a no-frills , easy-touse launcher that makes it easy to do multiple things on your PC using the keyboard. Just hit ‘Alt + Space’ to bring Launchy up and type in what you want. You can launch apps, open files and folders as well as navigate web pages. There are tons of third party plug-ins available that adds functionality. It’s available for Windows, MAC and Linux.

LEARN KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Keyboard shortcuts can vary across the software you use. To find and learn these shortcuts you can head to Shortcutfoo (www.shortcutfoo.com) – here, you can do drill exercises to memorise keyboard shortcuts for various programs. You can also download and install software such as CheatSheet for MAC and Ultimate Windows 8 Shortcuts to quickly view all the available shortcuts for your software.

EFFORTLESS BACKUP

WINDOWS

The free plan from Crashplan (www.crashplan.com) lets you take a backup of multiple computers to a connected hard drive. Importantly, it offers incremental (backup of all existing data) as well as differential (backup only of changed files/folders) backups. You can also set automated backups that run in the background unattended.

MAC OS X

The built-in Time Machine backup feature lets you connect an external hard drive and use it to backup not just the contents of your entire harddrive but also a system ‘image’ – a complete current state of the system. You can also try out the free app called SuperDuper! (http:// goo.gl/rdrUq). It offers additional features like a selective file and folder backup and has a built-in scheduler to automate the backup process.

AUTOMATED COMPUTER MAINTAINANCE

WINDOWS

A free app called Slimcleaner (http:// slimcleaner.com) offers an easy-to-use interface for maintaining your PC’s performance . The software finds and removes junk files, prevents errors, finds duplicate files and optimises your overall system. You can run an on-demand scan or schedule it to be done at a particular set time – every day or on any chosen day of the week. You can individually select what folders and sections should be analysed and it comes with a range of scanning tools for your computer.

MAC OS X

For MAC OS X users, a US$ 19 app called Cocktail (www.maintain.se/ cocktail) allows you to schedule maintenance on daily or weekly basis. All you need to do is select the specific tasks and optimisation tool that should run at the specified time and the app will take care of the rest. You can even customise the look and feature of finder , dock, login window and modify various hidden settings. Cocktail also offers another useful feature that allows you to choose what happens post the optimization task is complete: you can log out, shut down or restart your device.

FIGHT AGAINST

BULLGUARD SPAMFILTER FOR WINDOWS

Bullguard Spamfilter is a free and easy-to-use software that seamlessly integrates with your Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird email setup. It blocks out all phishing mails, viruses and foreign language spam mails. It even gives you the option to create a blacklist to block email from a particular source as well as a whitelist if you choose to block all mails. (www.bullguard.com)

SPAMSIEVE FOR MAC OS X

Although SpamSieve is a paid software (US$ 30), it is worth the investment. Not only does it integrate with various email clients (Apple mail, Microsoft Entourage , Outlook etc), but also learns and adapts to your inbox to improve spam detection. It integrates with your address book to create a whitelist of your contacts and provides the option to create a blacklist as well. It even scans attachments to identify and block spam content. (http://goo.gl/wNAXn)

SOURCE: The Economic Times

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How to remove Duplicate files in Windows 7 and 8

Duplicate files are big burden to clean up,but inorder to keep your computer faster you must find a way to trash the duplicate files periodically.

One can not find each and every duplicate file manually,especially if you have huge data in your harddisk.To do this boring and repetitive task we need to go for a Softwares which can make things easier.

DeDupler is one of the best Windows cleaning tool which is you can download for Free.It will run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 and on both OS versions (32 bit and 64 bit )

Removing duplicate files DeDupler involves very few steps and It provides many filters and features like Type of Scan ( MD5 and SHA512 ),Custom location,Custom file extension and maximum file size.

Step 1 :

Select the Directory to be scanned and click on Examinate any file to set filters

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Step 2 :

Select the type of scan,Choose file extensions and filter the file size.

MD5 is a faster method but if you want to have high accuracy rate then go for SHA512.

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Step 3 :

Close the Settings and start the scan by clicking on option “Search for Duplicity

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Step 4:

You will get a list of duplicate files and you can proceed with either deleting all the duplicate files or deleting the duplicate files and making links to original file or just leave the files wthout making any change

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Thats it,You saved your PC from becoming slow .

Downloads :- DEDUPLER

How to play Android Games on Windows and Mac OSx

Yep! Not just android games but you can also use thousands of Android apps on your Windows Tablet,PC with Widows and even on your Mac.

BlueStacks is a free Android Apps emulator which is awarded as the best software at CES 2012.Presently Bluestacks player supports more than 750,000 mobile Apps.Some of the popular Android Apps and Games that are supported are

  • Angry Birds Star Wars
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Temple Run
  • Subway Surfers
  • Instagram
  • Facebook Mobile App
  • Flipboard
  • Viber

Step by Step Guide

  • Visit Blustack Website and Download the installer according to your OS.
  • Click on the installer and Install it accepting the terms and conditions
  • Now search for your favorite Apps clicking on the Search icon.
  • Click install and it will take you to a new windows displaying the App from three different stores.One mobile,Amazon Store and Google Play store.Choose the one you want.
  • If you chose Google Play then it will ask for Google Id,After successfully login you will get Google Play interface.

ScreenShots:-

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Check Out this Software @ BlueStacks Website

Click on install and after the installation launch the app from My apps section.