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It feels like magic when it all works out of the box on the first try. The free open-source IDE “Visual Studio Code” is one of the finest out there for coding. Combine that with a convenient platform like Windows Subsystem for Linux which allows running your favourite Linux distro with the frameworks and tools you need, and you have a perfect system to do development especially on Python. Today, after a fresh install of Windows 10 on my AMD Ryzen 7 desktop, I went with enabling support for WSL through the following commands (or through Add/Remove Programs) and then…

Microsoft provides a variety of professional wallpapers for Windows 10 from their store for free. Many of them are breath taking views of landmarks, famous places and so on. Today, in a theme called Earthen Buildings I saw this captivating design of houses. They look like Apple’s spaceship headquarters, with the entrance to the houses from the inside, may be to protect themselves from the outside elements, what an ingenuity. Doing an (reverse) image search, I found out the houses are called “Fujian Tulou (Hakka roundhouses)” and they are an UNESCO World Heritage site. They are Chinese rural dwellings, unique…

During the pandemic, video calls have become the norm for conducting training programs around the world. A friend of mine, teaches for college students and business houses on topics of Foreign Exchange, Commodity trading and accounts related topics. For the last few months, he had to take the classes from his home over video calls. He hesitatingly took to Zoom and Microsoft Teams but was finding it difficult to explain concepts to the virtual attendees with the webcam in his laptop – for viewers the whiteboard on his wall is not that legible over the camera. Yes, there are ways…

Till a few years ago, I had to reset my devices (PCs or Smartphones and even Macs and iPhones which many Apple fanboys will not agree) once (or twice) in a year because they became too slow due to the mechanical hard drives, or clutter of apps or messed up OS configurations. Nowadays, I do an OS reset & reinstall only when I am too bored and feeling low or I have got nothing else to do! It helps to declutter the device by taking stock of apps installed that are redundant or unused for long and gives me a…

Look what I found! Old PCMCIA and CF Cards for Laptops of early generations. Before the introduction of USB ports, the PCMCIA (or PC Card) provided the first true way to expand the features of your PCs (and cameras). For the millennials, it will be hard to imagine a time when laptops didn’t have Wi-Fi or even Ethernet (LAN) ports, but they did. And you used these PC Cards to add new features to them and they worked well for the times but were expensive. I can’t recollect what we were using a laptop for without any networking, I can…