Get data/files from your Android mobile in your Windows PC easily

Get data/files from your Android mobile in your Windows PC easily

The advent of mobile phone has been eliminating  many mechanical devices/ physical objects from our daily life. These include calculator, watch, letter, GPS device, paper money, purse, dictionary, notepad, diary, newspaper, magazines, music & video players, camera, to name a few. The handheld device is slowing replacing the computer also. The power and capacity of the mobile device has been increasing but the cost of the device is going down. The time we spent with our mobile has surpassed the time we spent in front of desktop/ laptop computer. But in our offices, we use computers as it has the advantages of a big screen to see all your applications, easy switch between applications/ documents, easy to use input devices, facility for better net connectivity, etc. The mobile technology to project over a bigger screen, easy switch between apps, simultaneous view 2-3 apps on the same screen, versatility of low cost input devices etc. are some to be developed feature we look in smartphones and we use computer for our various purposes. This article is on four easy ways to get data from your Android mobile in your Windows PC (desktop and laptop).

  1. Using SHAREit app

    SHAREit app aids in transferring files wireless from your Android Mobile to Windows/Mac laptop and to other Android/ iOS/ Windows phones at high speed. You can download SHAREit from here in Google playstore.Shareit.gif
    You need to have a desktop client also. You can download it from their website and instal it. After installation of app in mobile and the desktop client in laptop, no internet connection is required in mobile and laptop for sharing the files.
    The procedure of transferring files is this: First open the apps in both your source device (Android Mobile) and your target device (Windows laptop) in the present case. By using the SHAREit app , select files to transfer in the Android Mobile and then select SEND>>Connect PC>>OK>>SHAREit will search and display nearby devices, Select your device. Now the file gets transferred to your mobile within seconds. If you have internet connection through wifi it will be disconnected until the disconnect the connection established through SHAREit.
    There are other similar apps like Xender, with similar functionality.

  2. Using Whatsapp app

    Using Whatsapp, you can transfer documents, audio and video files and images to another group/ person/ to you!. You also need to have an internet connection in your mobile as well as computer. The procedure of transferring files between the two devices in short is share your file in Whatsapp in your mobile and download the same in your computer from Whatsapp Web. Here is what you need to do. You need to create a single person group to keep the sharing file between you and you. First create a new group with you and your best friend/ relative. Press the floating green (new chat) icon from the Chats screen>>New Group>> Add one of your best friend/ relative who do not complain. >>Press the floating green arrow at the bottom>>Give a name to the group>>Press the green tick icon.
    Now go to the group you created now and press on the group name to access the participants list. Press your friends’ name for one second and then select Remove. Now you are a one person group and you can send any messages to yourself. Open Whatsapp web in your computer. If it is a text, you can just copy it from your browser.
    whatsapp web
    If you have shared files like images/documents/video/audio to this yourself only group, download it from whatsapp web.
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  3. Using Google Drive and other cloud storage service

    Here also you need active internet connection in your mobile as well as in your computer. Open your Google Drive in your android mobile using your Google Drive app or in your mobile browser. Upload the files. Open your computer, open the online storage site and download the files. You may need to rename *.exe, *.dll, *bas etc. files to upload, eg. change to .xee. After downloading in your computer, change to original extension). You can transfer zip files in this way.
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  4. Using G-mail/ other e-mail client

    Here also you need active internet connection in your mobile as well as in your computer. Compose a new e-mail, attach your files. Save as draft/ send to your same e-mail id. Open the e-mail in your computer browser, login and open drafts/ inbox, download the attachment. You may need to rename executable files like *.exe to be able to upload, eg. change the extension to .xee. After downloading in your computer, change to original extension.
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  5. Using Google Keep

    Here also you need active internet connection in your mobile as well as in your computer. Open the Google Keep app in your android mobile, open a new note, add plus (+) sign at the bottom and start typing/ attach images. Open keep.google com  and get your text/file.
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  6. Using USB connection

    Connect your mobile with your computer using USB cable. Connect in USB storage mode/ media device (MTP) and you can access the file structure of your mobile as a folder of Windows computer. Simply browse and copy required files. No internet connectivity is required. Only USB cable is required and you can transfer your files to desktop PC as well.
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  7. Using Bluetooth

    Enable Bluetooth on both your devices, pair the devices when prompted. Right click on the Bluetooth icon in your laptop’s tray area and select ‘Receive a file’.  In mobile phone, click on the file for one second to get it selected. Then click on the share button and select ‘Bluetooth. Select your computer name from the list and click on send. Right click on the Bluetooth icon on your windows keyboard and select ‘Receive a file’. You will be prompted to save the file. But Bluetooth functionality may not be available with desktop computers. Speed of transfer in sending files through Bluetooth is extremely less and you should take this step only when other methods are practical. No internet connectivity is required.
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Bonus tip: How to open a website, which is opened in your Android mobile browser, in your PC

To open a website in your computer that you opened in Google Chrome browser in your Android mobile, go to ‘History’ of Google Chrome Application in your laptop. There you can see the list of websites that you have opened in all devices including your Android mobile.Link Android to PC.jpeg

Thank you for reading. Have a nice day.

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Type Malayalam words using English keyboard in Android. It is very easy now and you also like it as we do.

Every Malayalee like to write in Malayalam in social medias including Whatsapp, facebook chat, etc. so that they can express their thoughts/ emotions in the most effective way. Just seeing the bold and beautiful Malayalam letters will make us happy. We like to type our comments in Malayalam but the difficulty to use Malayalam keyboard prevents us to use the Malayalam keyboard and write the Malayalam words using English alphabets. Google Indic Keyboard is a solution to our this problem and the usage is very simple and easy to use. But we use many English words in between Malayalam words (i.e. Manglish) in our daily use. This article describes how to type in Manglish (type Malayalam words using English keyboard as how we pronounce them) using Google Indic Keyboard in our Android smartphone and get our text in Malayalam while typing on English keyboard. Google Indic Keyboard supports English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu besides Malayalam language.

മലയാളികൾ എപ്പോഴും Whatsapp, facebook തുടങ്ങിയ social media കളിൽ മലയാളത്തിൽ ആശയവിനിമയം നടത്താനാണ് ഇഷ്ടപ്പെടുന്നത്. മലയാളം കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുവാനുള്ള ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകൊണ്ടു സാധാരണയായി മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് അക്ഷരങ്ങൾ ഉപയോഗിച്ചു എഴുതുകയാണ് ചെയ്യുക. എന്നാൽ മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുമ്പോൾ മലയാളത്തിൽ തന്നെ ടൈപ്പ് ആകാനുള്ള ആപ്പ് ഇപ്പോൾ ലഭ്യമാണ്. ഈ പോസ്റ്റ് ഈ ആപ്പിനെ – Google Indic Keyboard- കുറിച്ചാണ്.

Instal Google Indic Keyboard and set the parameters

Google indic keyboard

  1. Open Google playstore app, search for Google Indic Keyboard, download the app and instal it. The app is free to download and use, and do not show any advertisements. Here is the QR code of the link, you can scan it to go to the app.നിങ്ങളുടെ ആൻഡ്രോയിഡ് ഫോണിലുള്ള Play store എന്ന ആപ്പ് തുറക്കുക. സെർച്ച് ബോക്സിൽ Google Indic Keyboard എന്നു ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്ത് സെർച്ച് ചെയ്യുക. ഇപ്പോൾ വരുന്ന പേജിൽ instal എന്ന ബട്ടണിൽ തൊട്ടു ഈ ആപ്പ് നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്മാർട് ഫോണിൽ ഇൻസ്റ്റാൾ ചെയ്യുക.
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  2. Open Google Indic Keyboard app by tapping its icon in your mobile. Otherwise, go to Settings>> Language & —->>under ‘Keyboard & input methods’ section>> Check ‘Google Indic Keyboard’ഇനി നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്ക്രീനിൽ കാണുന്ന ഗൂഗിൾ ഇൻഡിക് കീബോർഡിന്റെ ചിഹ്നത്തിൽ തൊട്ടു ആപ്പ് തുറക്കുക. അല്ലെങ്കിൽ നിങ്ങളുടെ ഫോണിലുള്ള ‘സെറ്റിങ്‌സ്’ ആപ്പ് തുറന്ന് അതിലുള്ള ‘language & ***’ എന്ന സെറ്റിങ്സിൽ തൊടുക. താഴെ കാണിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത് പോലെ Google Indic keyboard  on ആക്കുക (ഇതിന്റെ നേരെ √ അടയാളം വരണം).s71007-141215883052413.jpg
  3. Tap on ‘Google Indic Keyboard’. Its settings will open up. Tap on ‘Select Input language’. Slide off ‘Use system language’ and slide on ‘English & Indic languages’ and ‘Malayalam & English’.ഇനി Google indic keyboard എന്നതിൽ ഞെക്കുക.ഇപ്പോൾ വരുന്ന സ്ക്രീനിൽ  Select input language  – ൽ തൊടുക. ഇപ്പോൾ വരുന്ന സ്ക്രീനിൽ Use system language എന്നത് ഓഫ്‌ ചെയ്യുക. (വലതു വശത്തു കാണുന്ന ചിഹ്നത്തിൽ തൊട്ട്). അപ്പോൾ തൊട്ടു താഴെയുള്ള English & indic languages  ഓട്ടോമാറ്റിക്കായി ഓണ് ആകും. ഇനി താഴെക്കാണുന്ന Malayalam & English എന്നതും ഓണ് ആക്കുക. താഴെയുള്ള പടങ്ങൾ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കുക.

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Type in Manglish

  1. Open an app like Whatsapp to type your message in Malayalam. Make sure that the keyboard selected is Google Indic Keyboard. It looks like the following image. If you check the notifications section of your phone (drag down from the top of your phone screen), you can see ‘Malayalam & English – Google Indic Keyboard’ under Select Input method.നമുക്ക് ഇനി എങ്ങനെ മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ എങ്ങനെ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യാമെന്ന് നോക്കാം.ആദ്യം നമുക്ക്‌ മെസ്സേജ് അയയ്ക്കാനുള്ള ഒരു ആപ്പ് – whatsapp അല്ലെങ്കിൽ വേറെ ഏതെങ്കിലും ഒരു അപ്പ് തുറക്കുക. മെസ്സേജ് ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുന്ന ബോക്സിൽ തൊടുക .അപ്പോൾ കീബോർഡ്‌ താഴെ വരും. മെസ്സേജ് ബോക്സിന്റെ തൊട്ടു താഴെ കീബോർഡിന്റെ മുകളിൽ ‘abc അ’ എന്ന് ( താഴെയുള്ള പടത്തിൽ കാണിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നതുപോലെ) ഉണ്ടോ എന്ന് നോക്കുക. Google Indic Keyboard
  2. If the keyboard is not Google Indic Keyboard, select ‘Select Input language’ under notifications. Or just press down the space bar in the keyboard for 2 seconds, to get ‘Select input method’ screen. Select English and Indic Languages (Google Indic Keyboard) from the list.മേൽ പറഞ്ഞിരിക്കുന്നത് പോലെ അല്ലെങ്കിൽ ഇപ്പോളുള്ള കീബോർഡിന്റെ സ്പേസ്ബാറിൽ ഒരു സെക്കന്റ് നേരം ഞെക്കി പിടിക്കുക. അപ്പോൾ Select input method ന്റെ സ്ക്രീൻ വരും. ഇതിൽ English & Indic languages സെലക്ട് ചെയ്യുക.Google Indic Keyboard - notificationsSelect Input method - Select Google Indic Keyboard.jpg
  3. The keyboard has three writing modes.1) type in English keyboard to get English words, 2) type in English keyboard to get Malayalam words and 3) type in Malayalam keyboard to get Malayalam words. By default mode 1 (type in English keyboard to get English words), shown with Google Indic Keyboard - abc.jpg, is selected  in your Keyboard , just above the number row in the keyboard. To change it for typing in Malayalam (mode 2) , select Google Indic Keyboard - aa.jpgon the keyboard on top of the number row.ഈ ആപ്പിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യാൻ മൂന്ന് വഴികളുണ്ട്. 1. ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക, 2. മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക 3. മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ മലയാളം കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക. നമ്പർ നിരയുടെ മുകളിലുള്ള abc/ അ എന്നീ ചിഹ്നങ്ങളിൽ അമർത്തി നമുക്ക് ആവശ്യമായ രീതി സെലക്ട് ചെയ്യാം. ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് വാക്കുകൾ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യാൻ abc സെലക്ട്  ചെയ്യുക. മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുന്നതിന് നമ്പർ നിരയുടെ മുകളിലുള്ള അ എന്നത് സെലക്ട് ചെയ്യുക.Google Indic Keyboard - change to Malayalam Typing.jpgIf Malayalam keyboard is displayed (mode 3), press on Google Indic Keyboard - aa.jpg , the following screen will come. There are two options for you to enter Malayalam alphabets – Type in english keypad (mode 2)  or type in Malayalam keypad (mode 3) to get Malayalam words.

    (മലയാളം വാക്കുകൾ മലയാളം കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുന്നതിന് നമ്പർ നിരയുടെ മുകളിലുള്ള അ എന്നതിൽ  അമർത്തി ‘എഴുതുക’ എന്നത് സെലക്ട് ചെയ്യുക.)Google Indic Keyboard - Malayalam input methodsClick on the first one –Google Indic Keyboard - Malayalam input method - Manglish to write Malayalam words using English Keyboard’. Now you will get the following keypad, looks like your regular English keypad, much easier to type Malayalam. അ  is displayed as selected (background color same as that of keyboard) just above the number row. Google Indic Keyboard - Manglish

  4. Start typing  Malayalam words in English’letters . The keyboard will automatically find suitable words in Malayalam for you. So often look  into the words being typed in Malayalam when you type in English. You will be suggested other similar words  also, just below the message area. To get more suggestions click on the down button on the right of suggestions row on top of the keyboard. You do not have to type all letters, the keyboard will guess the right word for you. For koottaksharams, simply type kk, tt, ksh, etc. in whatever way you can write the same in english, the keyword will find the most suitable word for you.എല്ലാം റെഡി ആയി. ഇനി എഴുതി തുടങ്ങാം. മലയാളം അറിയാത്ത ഒരാൾക്ക് മലയാളം സംസാരിക്കുവാൻ നമ്മൾ എങ്ങനെ ഇംഗ്ലീഷിൽ എഴുതി കൊടുക്കുമോ അതുപോലെ ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് കീബോർഡിൽ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക. നമ്മൾ അടിക്കുന്ന ഇംഗ്ലീഷ് വാക്കും മലയാളത്തിലുള്ള വാക്കും കീബോർഡ് നിർദ്ദേശ്ശിക്കുന്ന വാക്കുകളും നമ്പർ നിരയുടെ തൊട്ട്മുകളിൽ കാണിക്കുന്നു. ഇതുപോലുള്ള കൂടുതൽ വാക്കുകൾക്ക് ഈ നിരയുടെ അവസാനമുള്ള താഴേക്കുള്ള arrow കീയിൽ തൊടുക.s71008-233743883052413.jpg

Eg. See below the conversion of ‘Namukk ippol  malayalathil  easiyayi ezhutham’

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Notes

  1.  You can switch to English typing by clicking on Google Indic Keyboard - abc.jpg .
  2. When you type in Manglish keyboard, English equivalent is also displayed just below the message box in suggested words, effectively eliminating the need to switch to English Keyboard. You need to select the English word from the list of suggested words. You may see the example given below, where we typed : manglishil ezhuthumbol english words um same keyboardil type cheyyam. Here english, words, same and type are selected from suggested words.output_9oaCBl.gif
  3. You can switch keyboards simply tapping the ball (globe) button at the bottom of the keyboard.
  4. To see keyboard selection menu, tap the space-bar for 2 seconds.
  5. If അ is not displayed to switch from English keyboard just tap on the backspace button in the keyboard.
  6. You can do swipe typing in English keyboard but not in Manglish keyboard.
  7. If suggested words are not displayed, go to ‘settings’ of your Android mobile then to ‘Language’ then tap on ‘Google Indic Keyboard’ then ‘input’ then turn on ‘Show suggestions’.s71008-090241883052413.jpg

Don’t type Just Speak

It is time to stop typing/ writing for getting Malayalam words in Android as the speech to text facility is much developed for Malayalam language also. You will be surprised to see the conversion rate; much better than English word recognition!

Just tap on the speaker icon on the top right of the keyboard (not the one of Whatsapp on the right of text typing area) and speak your message. Your dictated text will appear on the white message area. You can tap anywhere on the dictated text to make modifications.

The only disadvantage is that there is no offline capability for voice typing in Malayalam at present.
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1. Portable Mosquito Net

This is a mosquito net (polyester make) that provides protection from mosquitoes and other insects. In todays’ world where new types of fever (like chickengunia, tomato fever) are caused by mosquitoes, I feel it is as a worth investment. It is available is various sizes to suit the cot size. We purchased it in January 2017 and still works fine. Though zippers are present on both sides for entry/ exit we just lift the sides and slip in/ out.

Cost of purchase: Rs.970.00 in January 2017

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Light weight
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Light weight and easy to carry in folded form

Cons

  • Little bit hot inside when used

Watch out for

  • Measure your cot size and buy correct sized mosquito net
  • Put your bed sheet over  skirtings to ensure no gap between the bed and the mosquito net so as to keep the mosquitoes outside.

2. Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3

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Cost of purchase: Rs.169.00 in March 2017

Pros:

  • Easy to rotate
  • stickerless
  • no sharp edges
  • Good looks

Cons

  • possibility of breakage if skipped from our hand (two times fallen but it did not break)
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Watch out for

  • Rotate carefully so that it won’t fall down
  • Rotate carefully so it won’t break on imperfect rotations

3. Rubik’s Cube 4x4x4

The rubik’s cube turns easily.

Cost of purchase: Rs.385.00 in March 2017

Pros:

  • Easy to rotate
  • stickerless
  • no sharp edges
  • Good looks

Cons

  • possibility of breakage if skipped from our hand (two times fallen but it did not break)
  • possibility of cube breakage if handled rough

Watch out for

  • Rotate carefully so that it won’t fall down
  • Rotate carefully so it won’t break on imperfect rotations

4. Stainless Steel Round Clips

These stainless steel clips are handy especially when keeping cloth on high diameter steel stand .

Cost of purchase: Rs.179.00 for 12 clips in August 2016

Pros:

  • Easy to fix and remove
  • durable

Cons

  • when put across a hangar, the hangar may lose out from this clip

Watch out for

  • Do not put in water for long

5. Laptop Cable Lock

The targon make laptop cable lock serves its purpose well. It is always better to keep the laptop secured even if it is used in your home only.

Cost of purchase: Rs.1320.00 in August 2016

Pros:

  • Easy to fix and remove
  • durable
  • Good quality construction

Cons

  • Not secured using a key

6.  Power extension box for electronic components

The extension box with 4 international sockets is easy to use and is durable.

Cost of purchase: Rs.375.00 in April 2016

Pros:

  • 4 international sockets
  • spike guard present
  • 3-pin sockets
  • US plug type appliances can be connected

Cons

  • Single switch

7. Audio cable (3.5 mm) for connecting phone to car stereo

If your car do not have bluetooth connectivity with your phone, you can use this high quality cable. You can use this cable to connect your phone with your speaker system also.

Cost of purchase: Rs.300.00 in October 2015

Pros:

  • Good quality sound
  • 6 ft in length
  • Multiple use

Watch out for

  • Since the cable is long, tie it to limit dust accumulating on the white cable

8. Vegetable and Fruit Peeler

This Chef pro peeler and Tupperware peeler are good at peeling mango, potato, carrot and many other fruits and vegetables. It saves a lot of time in cooking.

Cost of purchase: Rs.299.00 cover  in February 2017

Pros:

  • Fast peeling
  • durable
  • Good quality plastic

Cons

  • Take care not to place your finger in the peeling portion; to save cuts

9. Vegetable Chopper

We have purchased this Tupperware hand chopper offline, for the benefit of you there, we included this here. We used it to chop onion, cabbage, beetroot, to name a few.

Cost of purchase: Rs.1500.00 cover offline purchase in 2015

Pros:

  • Fast chopping and saves lot of time
  • Size of output changed by speed and number of turns
  • Good quality plastic

Cons

  • We have to cut the big vegetables to smaller sizes before putting in

10. Redmi Note 4 Mobile Phone

Redmi Note 4 is the best value for money mobile phone in the range of 10-15K.

Cost of purchase: Rs.11000/- for 32 GB variant and Rs.13000/- for 64 GB variant  in March 2017

Pros:

  • Best specifications for the price
  • Good build quality
  • Good looking

Watch out for

  • If your usage is less, buy 32GB model and if your usage is high, but 64GB model

11. Flip cover for mobile phone

Earlier we covered, back case cover for mobile phones. If you need a flip cover, use hard cloth make cover. Soft leather covers are not good as its skin will lose in small pieces over time.

Cost of purchase: Rs.389.00 cover offline purchase in March 2017

Pros:

  • lower cost
  • Good quality material
  • durable
  • good protection for your mobile including screen

Watch out for

  • Check the product that the cover fits with the model of your mobile phone

12. Back Case Cover For Mobile phones

The Tarkan make and similar back case for mobile phones help the phone from slipping away of phones and also gives good protection to our valuable mobile phones.  It is always prevention is better than cure.

Cost of purchase: Rs.249.00 cover for Redmi Note 3 in March 2017

Pros:

  • Good fit
  • durable
  • Good quality plastic
  • Do not slip

Cons

  • Front of mobile is not protected, better buy a screen guard

Watch out for

  • Check the product that the cover fits with the model of your mobile phone

We will add more items to this list.

Disclaimer: We are not associated with any of these products. The products are recommended on the basis of our experience with them. Ensure your suitability before purchasing.

Thank you for reading.

Here is a novel way to minimise the loss of your hard earned money from scammers who hack your ATM card details

Nowadays we hear now and then that people lose their hard earned money through several ATM frauds. Fraudsters instal skimmers in swiping machines and ATMs to capture our card information and use pinhole camera to steal the four digit pin number. I know many people who stopped using ATM/ debit cards because of the increased occurrence of loss of their money in this way. To reduce the loss of money, we should keep only just enough amount of money in the savings account. But we keep a large amount of money in the savings account to meet any emergency.

Protect money in bank account2

I took the following measures to protect myself from predatory eyes.

  • Do not write down and reveal the ATM/ debit card pin number  to anyone
  • Do not reveal bank account details/ OTP number to anyone (over phone also)
  • Do inspect the card slot/ card reader for extra devices before using the machine
  • Do not use the machine if there is anybody suspicious near the ATM
  • Do cover the keypad with one hand while typing the PIN number at ATMs/ swiping machines of shops so that the number typed shall not be visible to someone standing behind or on both sides or to a camera installed above you
  • Use debit cards only at trustable shops
  • Ensure that the transaction is complete before leaving ATM counter
  • Do not autologin to online banking websites
  • Enable SMS alerts for cash withdrawals
  • Keep non-urgent money in e-fixed deposits

This post is about the last point given above. I recently started using this to keep less balance in Savings Account thereby protecting most of my liquid money from fraudsters while maintaining adequate funds ready to pump in into my savings account in case of an emergency.

Using e-fixed Deposit facility to reduce cash accessible through ATM cards

e-fixed deposits is a way to reduce the cash balance in the savings account that can be withdrawn using an ATM/ debit card. These deposits can be opened/ closed instantly using internet banking at your convenience. Put only the minimum required amount in the savings account and move the balance to e-fixed deposits of varying amounts with smaller tenures (say 7 days).

Benefits of using e-fixed deposits

  • Can be opened instantly at any time using internet banking
  • Can be broken instantly using internet banking to have more money in savings account
  • Gives you more interest than in Savings account (5.5% compared to 3.5% for SBI deposits)

Disadvantages

  • FD cannot be broken after specific business hours
  • You will not get any interest in case of breaking FD before minimum tenure
  • Forgetting to break an e-fd when a cheque has been issued may cost you cheque return charges as well as loss of reputation

e-fixed deposits with SBI

e-fixed deposits from SBI may be taken as an example. The e-deposits can be opened from its online banking website https://retail.onlinesbi.com/retail/login.htm.  After logging into the site, you can view the link to e-FD section.

e-FD link

In online FD, you can have the following facilities. For TDR, interest is paid at intervals and for STDR you can get interest at maturity of the deposit. Minimum tenure of TDR is 7 days and that for STDR is 180 days. Maximum tenure is 3650 days for TDR and STDR.

e-FD possibilities

e-TDR/e-STDR can be closed instantly if request is initiated between 08:00 AM IST to 08:00 PM IST for SBI. Request initiated beyond this period will be scheduled for next opening hours ie 08:00 AM IST. You can also schedule opening and closing of e-FDs.

Do not enable autosweeping

Autosweeping automatically moves any extra money beyond a threshold amount to Fixed Deposits. When you swipe your card for more amount than actually available in savings account, the additional amount will be automatically came into savings account breaking the Fixed deposit that was created by autosweeping.

Suggestion to Reserve Bank

Like sms alerts that we get in our mobile phone on completing a withdrawal from ATM, provide OTP in mobile to do a withdrawal transaction. This will eliminate the risks of getting ATM data in the hands of fraudsters.

Disclaimer:

I have no connection with SBI other than having a salary account with them. I currently uses these facilities to increase my liquidity at the same time maintaining a moderate safety.

Thank you for reading.

How to capture screenshots of a portion of computer screen at regular intervals

In this article we like to discuss on how to take screenshot of a portion of computer screen (Windows OS) at regular intervals automatically using freeware applications.

Screenshots of Full screen

To take screenshots of entire screen, there are a lot of applications. I suggest Fast Stone Capture v5.3 from here which is having a very small screen print. In addition, you can take screenshots of custom areas too with this application. It can also take screenshots of scrolling windows. The application size is only 1.06 MB and is portable (no installation required.). The following is the screenshot of the program.

FSC

If you want to take screenshots of entire screen automatically at intervals, I suggest auto screen capture from Sourceforge. You can get it from here. This is a small program (just 209 KB) but does a lot of things. This software is also portable. We can set the interval in hours/ minutes/ seconds/ milliseconds with this program. The program simultaneously records all the four windows screens (Don’t you know that in Windows OS you can have four screens?) and the active window separately.

You can either select a folder to save the screenshots or the program will create a folder images/screenshots in the program containing folder and store the screenshots there (default). Screenshots of all available screens will be saved in folders named 1 to 4 and active window  in a folder named 5 in that folder. The following image is the screenshot of the program.

Auto Screen capture

Screenshots of Portion of a screen at regular intervals

I noticed that Amazon.in has a page that describes 100 books to read in a lifetime. I wanted to make a list of the books with the image of the book. The images in the webpage could not be viewed as image if saved from the webpage. So I have to take screenshots for saving the images. I googled for a freeware software  for taking screenshots of portion of screen at regular intervals but I could not find a freeware for taking screenshot of a portion of the screen. But I found a workaround with two freeware programs – the first one for taking screenshots automatically at intervals and other for cropping all these screenshots at once in the preferred dimensions.

The first program is same as the program mentioned above – Auto Screen Capture with which we record the entire screen automatically at regular intervals.

The second program will crop these images as you specify. This freeware program is called JPEGCrops and can be download from here. This is also a small program and requires no installation. You need to open all images (JPEG format only), select the cropping method, Select ‘Syncronise Crop’ and then ‘Crop all images’. You will get the cropped images in ‘Cropped’ folder in C:\Users\user\Cropped directory (replace user with your username in the computer).

JPEG Crops.jpg

Steps to create screenshot of portion of your screen automatically

Step 1: Open Auto Screen Capture application, set the intervals and click on ‘start capture’>> JPEG. Click on the arrow on the right side of ‘Start Capture’ and select JPEG. (Please dont forget to select the image type as JPEG as JPEG crops will recognise only JPEG images).

Auto Screen capture - startcapture -jpeg.jpg

For my purpose, I set the interval as 3 seconds and scroll down the webpage periodically, kept each screen for 3 seconds so as to get the images at the same position in the screen.

Step 2: After all screens are captured, right click on the tray icon and select Stopcapture.

 

Step 3: Check the screenshots folder and delete the unnecessary screenshots.

JPEGCrops - SourceImage

Step 4: Open JPEGCrops and select screenshots by browsing to the folder containing the screenshots created using Auto Screen Capture. If you forgot to select the image type as JPEG while taking screenshots, don’t worry. Download FastStone Image viewer, another freeware, from here. It will help you batch convert the images to JPEG format.

Step 5: Select ‘Synchronise crops’ from Edit menu

JPEGcrops - synchronise crop

Step 6:  Select the dimension (or free if do not like to have any specific dimension) that you want to crop into from right click and ‘aspects’ menu

JPEGcrops - rightclick-aspects -free

Step 7: Now click on the picture and select the first cropped image and then click on ‘crop all images’.

JPEGCrops - crop as you wish

Check cropped folder to see the screenshots that you were looking for. If you want screenshots of other part of the screen, repeat steps 4-7.

Cropped output

Thank you for reading.

Have a nice day.

Day and Month gets interchanged on copying a date from Excel VBA userform to Excel Worksheet. Here is how to solve it.

The issue we discuss in this article is that when copying a date from Excel VBA userform and pasting to an Excel worksheet, the day and month keeps switching each other if the day is less than or equal to 12 (number of months). This reversal of day and month do not happen if the day is greater than 12 as this cannot be number specifying a month.

The issue

I encountered the same problem when I was making an application for my own calendar and to do app. The current user interface is shown below.

My To Do- UI

You may notice that I have three text boxes for entering dates viz.Entry date, Due date and Reminder date. I first used the following code to write the date to my Excel worksheet.

With Sheets("To do")
row_max = .Cells.Find(What:="*", after:=[A1], SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Row + 1
.Cells(row_max, 2).NumberFormat = "dd-mm-yyyy"
.Cells(row_max, 2).Value = Format(tbEntryDate.Text, "dd-mm-yyyy")
End with

But this resulted in generating the following data in my worksheet. All the dates are entered for the month of May (05). It may be noticed that whenever the day number can denote a month (1 to 12) , the numbers corresponding to day and month are reversed in all the 10 cases.

My To Do - Date entry

This is due to the regional format setting where the Excel copies the date as MDY (“mm/dd/yyyy” or “mm-dd-yyyy” or other variants) US format from the Excel userform and I have kept the date format as DMY (“dd/mm/yyyy” or “dd-mm-yyyy” or other variants) which is mine (Indian) date format.

I searched the internet but I could not find a suitable solution. I have tried separating the day, month and year but still I could not figure it out.

The Solution

On the next day, I got an idea. I changed the month to Month name instead of month number. i.e. I used May for 05 while copying the date from the userform, as shown below.

With Sheets("To do")
 row_max = .Cells.Find(What:="*", after:=[A1], SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlPrevious).Row + 1
.Cells(row_max, 2).Value = IIf(Len(tbEntryDate.Text) >= 8, Replace(Left(tbEntryDate.Text, 2), "-", "") & "-" & Application.WorksheetFunction.Choose(Replace(Left(Right(tbEntryDate.Text, 7), 3), "-", "") * 1, "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun", "Jul", "Aug", "Sep", ", Oct", "Nov", " Dec") & "-" & Right(tbEntryDate.Text, 4), "")
End with

I do explain the above code to you.

  • row_max is used to find the last unused row in the Excel worksheet.
  • the length of the date string can be as low 8 characters (eg.3-5-2017 ) in my case and hence I included the replace function to remove the “-” that may come if I do not ensure double digits for day and month.
  • The worksheet function “choose” is used to get the month name corresponding to the month number.

After this I do not find any issue with date formatting. I do not find the need to convert the date to the long date format/ single number.

How to reverse day and month in Multiple Dates

If you are having the same issue in your workbook where the imported dates show the month-day reversal for a range of entries, I have made an Excel VBA macro -Swap Month and Day in Dates – which is incorporated into the Excel VBA Addin – Jacros for Excel. More details can be obtained from jacrosforexcel.wordpress.com

Jacros for Excel - swap month and day

I Selected all these dates and applied the above tool from Jacros for Excel to the above dates. The old dates and the new changed dates are shown side by side below. The entire conversion completed at the blink of my eye!!!

Thank you for reading.

Have a nice day.

You can fix the stretched look of your computer screen. Here is how to do it.

How to fix the stretched look of your computer screen particularly after a fresh Windows installation

Operating systems can go corrupted over times of heavy usage. You need to backup your existing data, your existing program keys, etc. from the OS installed drive, atleast prior to the re-installation. It is quite time consuming to create your old features back when you reinstall the operating system and other applications. Equally distressing is that if you could not get the actual screen resolution and instead you get a bloated screen. Your icons, fonts, menu, … everything on the screen looks slightly stretched across and you do not feel good at seeing it. The same situation happened to me also. The Aero facility available in newer versions of Windows OS was also not working.

I have reinstalled Windows 7 (If you do not have the original DVD of installation media for your computer, you can get original installation files (ISO) for Windows 7,8.1 & 10 from Microsoft by providing the serial numbers. You can also download Microsoft office 2007 & 2010). No change in hardware. To get the original display resolution with the same monitor, I tried changing various display settings. But I could not make the screen resolution to the optimum resolution of the monitor (I have HP v185e Series wide screen LCD monitor that can show a screen resolution of 1366*768 pixels). But the operating system was showing other screen resolutions  like 800*600, 1024*768 , and then higher resolutions like 1600*1200 which cannot be shown on this monitor.

First I tried to get a driver for this monitor from the website of Hp but there is no change. After installation, I cannot find any trace of the installed driver in the display settings. A day gone without any clue. In the next day, I thought of making some Google search.

I searched on how to get resolution of 1366*768 in hp Monitor with Windows 7 OS. I got a clue that the graphics adapter has a role is setting the resolution. It indicated that you can find the graphics adapter/ driver in your system in ‘desktop right click>>screen resolution>>advanced settings’. I checked there. The Intel graphics adapter shown is different than what was there earlier. May be the new operating system could not identify the Intel Driver. I again searched and came across a picture that shows Intel(R) HD graphics. I remembered that I had some Intel applications running at startup, which might be this. So I need to identify the Intel adapter that I have.

So I searched for a reliable software for finding the correct graphics  driver in my system. I could not find such a software in Intel website, may be there, But I could not find. But I found that there is another software from them- to update the existing drivers in the computer. I thought of giving it a try. I installed ‘Intel® Driver Update Utility that keeps the system up-to-date, detecting which driver updates are relevant to the computer from http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/detect.html?iid=dc_iduu. The download was 9.42 MB.

The software was installed without any issues. I launched the program and clicked on ‘Start Scan’. It found one update for me. Since the software is from Intel, I trusted and gave it a try. The update was having a size of 83.30 MB for me. I installed the update and restarted as directed.

Intel update utility_compressed

Hurrey, to my surprice, the system shows the highest resolution of the monitor, which I was waiting for.

New resolutionAdapter recognised_compressed

Thanks Google and Intel for helping me to give my old screen resolution back. Here is how my screen looks like. I was not expecting this and hence I did not take screenshot of my earlier screen.

My new screen_compressed

If you also have the same issues, go to Intel® Driver Update Utility download page, download and instal the utility, get the update and enjoy.

Have a nice day.

Thank you for reading.

Another Neighbourhood Techie got 1,00,000 views!!! Thank you.

Another Neighbourhood Techie got 1,00,000 views!!!  Thank you.

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Thank you to all our visitors. We @ Another Neighbourhood Techie reached the ambitious milestone of one lakh (one hundred thousand) views. We never dreamed that  we could ever have such a great number of views. Your overwhelming response is well appreciated and we like to reward you with more posts. Thanks to WordPress for the good platform, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for making us reaching out to our potential visitors (You).

The blog started in 2009 and we have one view. In 2010, we do not have a single post; we also do not have any views either. Views increased gradually. Last year, we have 62257 views. This year, when we reach 1,00,000 views, our views stand at 23,083. We also got our highest daily views of 297 this year.

We have published our latest blog status in May 10, 2016, when we stroke half century with blog articles. Now we have 65 posts excluding this.

Here is a graphical representation of our progress. Black line represents our progress. Red line represents your progress. (Chart plotted in Microsoft Excel).

ANT stats

We are committed to outshine our previous performance, i.e., to post more articles than that in previous year. We need your continued encouragement. Please visit us again and often.

We wish you a great time ahead.

Thank you once again.

Jackson & Anu

Dictate your notes in Android without using a dictation app

In the previous article – Dictate your notes in Android by using speech to text apps – we have discussed the various popular free apps that can be used to dictate notes on the go. Here in this article we will discuss how to dictate your notes in Android mobile without using a special dictation app and how to get it to your computer.

In short, the steps are as follows

1. Get the languages downloaded in Google Voice Typing
2. Create a new group in Whatsapp for storing the dictated text
3. Dictate the text as Whatsapp text and send it to the group
4. Open https://web.Whatsapp .com/ in computer and get the dictated text

1. Download the languages

• Open Settings >> Languages and Input >> Voice Search >>Languages. In some Android mobiles, you can find the setting here Settings >> Languages and Time >>Google Voice Typing>> Languages.
• Then select the appropriate language. If you are from India, Select English (India) from the list.
• Now select Settings >> Languages and Input >> Voice Search >>Offline Speech Recognition
• If you are from India, Select English (India)/ English (UK) from the list.
• You may enable Google Voice Typing keyboard also here.

2. Create a new group in Whatsapp

In Whatsapp, we cannot send messages to ourselves. So we need to send the dictated notes to somebody else so that we can access the notes in computer via https://web.Whatsapp .com/. A better alternative is to create a group having only one member – You !. Yes. The steps are the following.

• Create a new group in Whatsapp
• Add one of your friends who do not offend in seeing your group activity
• Click the Green Arrow Icon at the bottom. Add a suitable name and click the green tick symbol in the next screen to create your group
• Now open your group, long press on your friends name and select Remove
• Now you got your one person group

3. Dictate your text

Open Whatsapp. Select the group that you have created above. Press at the chat typing space. In the keyboard, press on the microphone symbol to start Google Voice Typing screen. Speak to the mobile when the microphone button is in green colour. If Android detects absence of speech for some time, it stops recording and types the text that you spoke. To start recording again, press the microphone button again. If you feel that Google typed something else for the words you spoke, you can delete using the backspace button on the screen. But you cannot edit in between. So edit on the go. You may not be able to add punctuation marks also here. Once your recording is over, just click on the send button.

4. Get the text in computer

This is the final step. Open https://web.whatsapp .com/. Make sure that your mobile is connected to the internet.

If you are using Whatsapp web version for the first time on your computer, you need to link your Whatsapp with the computer. Open Whatsapp. Press the three dot icon on the top right. Select Whatsapp web. Now focus your mobile camera to the QR code shown on the computer screen. If you have used Whatsapp web on other systems, tap the plus (+) button on the right to switch on the camera to scan the QR code on your present computer.

Now select the Group and copy the text to your word processor. Edit as per your requirement.

If you missed reading about free apps that can be used to dictate notes and store all arranged , please read our previous article – Dictate your notes in Android by using speech to text apps.

Thank you for reading. Have a nice day.

Dictate your notes in Android by using these free Speech-to-Text apps

There are several ways to dictate your notes. If you have a microphone, you can talk to your computer. Open your word processing software, just speak to add text. Speech recognition tools built into Windows 7/10 computers do the job for you. In addition, there are several online sites that provide speech to text facility. But if you do not have a mic, you cannot make use of the above facilities. This article discusses how to do dictation using your Android mobile and get the text in your computer. You can dictate either by using a specialized dictation app or without a dictation app. We got mixed results in testing these methods.

Dictating on your own is a good idea. Some of the advantages/benefits of dictation are given below.

  • Dictating your own note will improve your pronunciation and command in language.
  • Dictation make you better at explaining and expressing your thoughts and improve your creativity
  • Dictating notes will help you to improve the clarity and depth of your thoughts and it will help you become capable of making extempore speeches.

Part 1 of this article discusses about using speech to text apps to get the text. Part 2 of the article discusses about dictating your text without any specific speech to text apps.
We have tested four popular speech to text apps. We like to discuss the following free apps that we found easy to use. 

  1. Speech to Text Notepad
  2. ListNote
  3. Speechnotes

1. Speech to Text Notepad

By clicking on the new document button on the top right, you can start dictation. Sometimes the speech recogniser is trying to analyse background sound and will become busy in decoding that for a long time. On these times, click on the red microphone button once to switch off the microphone and then click on the blue microphone button to turn it on again. The app allows the use of code words like ‘period’ for “.”, ‘comma’ for “,”, ‘delete’ for deleting last word, ‘delete 5’ to delete last five words, etc. You have the option to save these recordings as text under various folders or share it to other apps.

The advantage we noted with Speech to Text Notepad is that it will not pause listening automatically during breaks (period when we stop speaking). We can speak with taking time gaps without touching the mobile. Hence this is our first favourite app for dictation.

2. ListNote

Our second favourite speech to text app is ListNote. Press the Big Blue ‘Speech Recognition’ button to start recording. The non-speaking time allowed between two consecutive speeches is 10 seconds which can be seen by the depleting bar just above the space for dictated text. If 10 seconds is over, you need to press ‘Continue speech’ to resume recording. If there is much delay to speak again, you can press the ‘Pause’ button alternatively. After dictation is over, click on ‘Done’. Long click on the dictated note in the list of notes, you will get a menu, take ‘share with’ to share the text with other apps.

3. Speechnotes

Speechnotes is the app we like place at third position. Click on the orange microphone button to start recording. It has a row with various symbols at the bottom that can be used to add punctuation marks. As in the case of the app we mentioned first, this app also records continuously and there is no time limit between two speeches. But we felt is that sometimes the app fails to record the words we speak. Click on the forward arrow button on top row to share the note with other apps.

The conversion of speech to text by the apps is affected by the sound in the recording background and the accent of our speech. We recommend a calm atmosphere with no background noice for perfect dictation.

The advantage using apps is that you can edit notes. Click on the place where you want to edit and a blinking curser will appear there. Delete text if required. Dictate further text as per your requirement.

But if you do not want to edit notes or you decide that you will edit the notes in the computer, there is no need to use special apps for dictation. We discuss about the same in the next article, which you can read from here- Dictate your notes in Android without using a dictation app.

Thank you for reading. Have a nice day.