Shared hosting and WordPress

WordPress had recently upgraded it's code to work with PHP 7. Subsequently, each time I logged into the hosting provider account, I was always reminded by WordPress to upgrade the WordPress code and stay up to date with the latest security patches. Unfortunately, the hosting provider informed that the latest PHP 7 scripting language could … Continue reading Shared hosting and WordPress

How to debloat, remove crapware from Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.. If you are one of those who is a technology connoisseur and love to compare specifications of smart phones before making a purchase decision, you need to be aware that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro with 6 GB Internal RAM, best display and camera is a … Continue reading How to debloat, remove crapware from Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone

How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

After the latest Android Messages update, Google Play Services keeps throwing an error each time you open the Android Messages App on the phone. This is because, Google Play Services wants to be granted the Body Sensors and the Microphone permissions. In case you do not want to receive the error, disable Android Messages App … Continue reading How to overcome Google Play Services Error for Android Messages

Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

I needed to organize my thoughts on some subjects. Unfortunately, a paper and pencil could not take me very far in getting them organized due to the complexity of the subjects. I managed to solve the conundrum using Mind Mapping software. Funny, I never realised this existed for several years now on Linux and did … Continue reading Mind mapping software for Linux and Android

How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

When it comes to using the default Google Text To Speech in Settings for making an Android phone speak out to you, there is a lot of complexity to deal with. Also, the fear that Google TTS wants you to select if it should read out your passwords to you. Put in a nutshell, Google … Continue reading How to make your Android phone speak out text using Text To Speech

Got an ANT VR head set, here is how to view movies on it

I bought an ANT VR headgear and on first use, found that the video I played was in landscape mode alright, but it was not viewable properly. I could see wrong image and distorted. Finally, I realized that we need an application to split the movie into 2 distinct images on the phone display for … Continue reading Got an ANT VR head set, here is how to view movies on it

How to calculate MD5 or SHA256 sums in Linux and Android

Many of us use Linux Distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, available for free on the Internet. To install these distributions on our computers, we need to down their ISO files. Recently, the Linux Mint ISO was hacked and malware inserted into some of it's files. It was then repacked and put up on an external website. … Continue reading How to calculate MD5 or SHA256 sums in Linux and Android

How to annotate PDF files on Android devices using Xodo

There are several tools to annotate PDF files. Some are non-free like Adobe Acrobat Writer and others, and some are free like Xournal on Linux. Xournal is a very powerful annotator, whereby, the original file is untouched, but a separate file of the annotations done on top of the original PDFs is maintained. You can … Continue reading How to annotate PDF files on Android devices using Xodo