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  • Articles,  Blogging

    This is why your Guest Post request was rejected

    Techtites has been open to guest posts on this blog for a long time now. When guest posting was at its peak, I made the mistake of accepting posts with content and links that are today frowned upon my Google. Since then I’ve cleaned up several posts and massively cut down on what I accept on this blog. However, even today, I receive several emails offering to write a guest post. It only takes a few seconds to realise that most of these emails are just the result of a copy-paste exercise that so-called guest writers employ blindly on contact forms of most popular blogs including this one. As a result, they find their way…

  • 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…

  • Lookeen Desktop Search
    Software,  Utilities,  Windows

    Lookeen Desktop Search – How to save time through better search

    Everyone creates and shares files and documents, everyone uses email, and everyone struggles to manage the excessive amounts of data flooding into our lives every day. The Findwise Findability Survey 2014 found that time wasted searching and dealing with documents cost organizations more than 20% of their total productivity, and almost $20,000 per employee per year. Lookeen Desktop Search is a great solution for anyone who has ever struggled to find an important email or document, or who has given up on their extensive and time-consuming filing system.   What is Lookeen? Lookeen is a Windows desktop search tool that makes the task of finding your documents, emails, attachments, appointments…

  • Windows 10 - Start screen
    Microsoft,  Operating Systems,  Windows

    Free upgrade to Windows 10 for all users

    In a startling revelation, Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced that all users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will get a free upgrade to Windows 10. This also includes everyone who are, either knowingly or unknowingly, running a non-genuine version of Windows! This seems to be Microsoft’s plan to battle pirates who have always managed to get the upper hand in this. The best way to stop piracy is to just give it away for free 🙂 “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions…

  • 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…

  • Articles,  Computers & Internet

    What India spends its money on

    When it comes to spending money, Indian have found diverse ways of doing so, be it offline i.e. in retail stores or malls or online via Myntra, Flipkart or Amazon. TrustedCompany.com has put together a second by second infographic that gives you an insight of what India spends its money on. Seems like we drink a lot of tea and unfortunately, smoke a tonne of cigarettes.

  • Techtites Featured

    #FashTech Technology meets Fashion

    Whether it’s your latest t-shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren, a smart watch by LG or other wearable tech, you’ll notice technology in every aspect of our lives, especially fashion. If you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, you’ll find something that might catch your fancy that you can proudly wear with style!

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    Browsers,  Multimedia,  Software

    6 ways to stream local media files to Chromecast

    I finally decided to buy a Chromecast to complement the new screen that I bought. Although Chromecast states that it works with TVs, it works with pretty much any screen that has an HDMI port, e.g. my new BenQ monitor. The next step after setting this up was an extensive amount of research which is still ongoing. Top of my list is figuring out how I can stream videos to Chromecast. I love the YouTube app which comes inbuilt with excellent support. As well as my Google Play movies app which let’s me easily stream movies to my monitor via Chromecast. But, if you’re looking at streaming anything else, e.g. my…

  • 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…