• Software,  Tips and Tutorials,  Utilities

    Scanned PDF to Word Conversion Proves That Brain Is Better Than Brawn

    “There’s a way to do it better – find it. Thomas A. Edison”. These are the wise words of Thomas Edison and, by all means, he was right. In today’s digital world, working in informational technology means constantly seeking to improve and develop in each field. It is crucial to always discover new and interesting ways to do better, to increase productivity and to get things done in the most efficient way. Since everything is changing rapidly, people need to learn how to be effective in simple daily tasks. One thing that has become a usual work routine is managing different electronic documents that you receive. No matter which profession…

  • Software,  Tips and Tutorials,  Utilities

    How to Convert Scanned PDFs with PDF Converter

    Different types of professionals like lawyers, accountants, teachers and many others need to share and use a lot of documents in their work, and a great number of them have started to digitize their work in recent years in a positive global trend to minimize the use of paper in business and preserve the forests of Earth. One of the usual and important aspects of work in everyday office environment, besides cutting down the use of paper, is converting all past databases into digital form, which basically means that business professionals often need to scan each paper individually, and save them on their hard drives. The most rewarding format to…

  • Office,  Techtites Featured,  Tips and Tutorials

    What is NPV?

    If you’re here and reading this post, then you’ve probably been asked to calculate the Net Present Value of a set of cash flows in Excel. Over the next few posts, I’ll walk you through Net Present Value (or NPV) as a concept and then go into the details of how to calculate this in Excel. Introducing NPV, PV and FV Net Present Value, as the name suggests, is the sum of the present values of future cash flows. Both incoming (i.e. receipts) and outgoing (i.e. payments) are considered for calculating the NPV. So, what’s present value (PV)? Let’s try to understand this via a simple example. Imagine that you…

  • Office,  Software,  Techtites Featured,  Tips and Tutorials

    Convert PDF inside Google Drive to Excel and PowerPoint

    In it’s portfolio, Google has a large set of free useful services. One that is most frequently used is Google Drive, which is used for storing and sharing digital data. This service is used by almost everyone because it is free and it integrates with other Google services. A feature that many users like is its ability to convert PDF documents, including scanned PDFs into editable text for further reuse. To access this feature, all you need to do is to right click on the file and click on Open with Google Docs. However if you want to convert a PDF into a spreadsheet, a presentation or an image format,…

  • Techtites Featured,  Tips and Tutorials,  WordPress,  WordPress Plugins

    This is how you stop Trackback and Pingback spam in WordPress

    When blogging started to gather steam a decade ago, you had (and still have) three ways of receiving comments. The first still which still holds to today are traditional style commenting done by a person reading your article. Then came the bots and the comment spam which has today become a more manageable issue given several free and paid services available to a blog owner. However, even now, you will see tonnes of spam hits on very old posts, many of which don’t call for a comment! Two more methods of collecting comments was through trackbacks and pingbacks. Both trackbacks and pingbacks had a similar concept of notifying a linked…

  • Design and Development,  Google,  Techtites Featured,  Tips and Tutorials

    Export projects from Google Code to Github

    Over the years, Google has killed many services it offered including my favourite Google Reader. And, now it is time for Google Code to bite the dust. As a developer, I started actively using Github to manage my WordPress plugins. I like the interface GitHub provides and definitely the ability of git to control all the changes. It’s something that Google Code always had missing. However, if you’ve still not moved from Google Code, it’s time to move over your project to Github or Bitbucket. Thankfully, as always, Google has made it easier (and in fact automated) to move your project from Google Code to Github. You have time until 25 January…

  • Excel Paste Special
    Excel,  Office,  Techtites Featured,  Tips and Tutorials

    This amazing Excel shortcut will save you hours!

    This is one very powerful and, in my opinion, less used feature of Microsoft Excel. Many of you are familiar with Paste Special, also popularly called Alt + E + S after the legacy Excel 2003 shortcut which still holds true to this day. Below is what the Paste Special window looks like. You can hit any of the underlined letters of your keyboard to follow the dialog. E.g. “V” will paste the current copied contents as values. Another one of my favourites is “w” or column widths. The Operation shortcuts are especially useful when you’re working with numbers and want to easily add or subtract the same number or…

  • Email Self-Defense
    Security,  Software,  Tips and Tutorials

    Email Self-Defense – Secure your email in 30 minutes!

    In light of the bulk surveillance issues that have found their way across the web, the Free Software Foundation has launched a guide to help secure your email communication. The guide recommends free software tools like GnuPG and Enigmail to secure your email. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, an email account and about half an hour. Read the guides: GNU/Linux Mac OS Windows