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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…

I had been looking for a microphone that can record clear audio with noise reduction. I wanted one that I can connect to my laptop, to be used for video calls and webinars. Good quality microphones don’t come cheap, so it will be great if the same could be used with my iPad Pro or Samsung Phone for recording videos capturing crisp audio. I didn’t feel like investing for the Pro condenser microphones used by popular podcasters as they were expensive and I don’t see myself using them that often. My search stopped with this recommendation by Mr Kiruba Shankar…

For the last few years, I have been using an iMac 2011 as my media (movies, tv shows and music) server running Plex software. It has worked well so far – in the recent months, it was becoming slower and slower due to its age, after much thought, I went for a new machine, a custom-built desktop. I choose to run Windows Server 2019 Standard as I had a license for it, otherwise, I would’ve opted for Windows 10, which would’ve met my needs. I had thought of Linux, but I didn’t go with it, as I was not sure…

I didn’t imagine it to be so convenient. I am talking (pun intended) about the Call feature in Windows 10, called the “Your Phone” App that allows you to make & receive telephone calls from your PC. The PC has to be connected via Bluetooth to an Android phone. Once I got it working, it was super cool. Thanks, Microsoft. Already “Your Phone” app allowed you to send and receive text (SMS) messages, access photos from your smartphones. The calling feature is a recent addition to the list. Apple fanboys can save their energy-I am aware that this feature has been…