How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) in Linux

The Indian income tax department has launched a new tax portal and has also created new income tax utilities to enable income tax returns filers to file their tax returns. Past years' utilities could be run on Linux or any other operating system because they were written in Java. However, this time, the utilities are … Continue reading How to run latest India income tax utility for the Financial Year 2020-21 (AY 2021-22) in Linux

How to install Adobe Reader for Linux on Linux Mint or Ubuntu

Download the last Linux version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from the archives of Adobe after opening a terminal window and enter:$ wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> To install open a terminal window and enter:$ sudo apt-get install ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb <enter> A word of caution that it may be outdated and unpatched.

Bloatware removed from Samsung M51 device

Mobile devices come with lots of bloatware that is not used by many of us. Till there are legal regulations prohibiting the installation of factory bloatware, it pays to delete bloatware that is not used or never used. Before proceeding with the steps to remove bloatware, make sure a data backup has been taken, because, … Continue reading Bloatware removed from Samsung M51 device

Installing Spotify on Linux Mint desktop

Spotify also has a desktop application that works on Linux Mint. To install it, open a terminal window and enter the following:$ curl -sS https://download.spotify.com/debian/pubkey_0D811D58.gpg | sudo apt-key add - <enter>$ echo "deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list <enter> $ sudo apt-get update <enter>$ sudo apt-get install spotify-client <enter>

How to fix crackling distorted sound from speakers in Linux Mint 20 XFCE

The computer speakers crackle and give distorted sound at high volumes in Linux Mint 20 XFCE. To overcome this, open a terminal window and enter the following commands: $ alsamixer <enter>Use the right arrow key to locate the option for Auto-Mute. It will show enabled. Change it to disabled by pressing the down arrow key … Continue reading How to fix crackling distorted sound from speakers in Linux Mint 20 XFCE

Android Studio experience on Linux distributions

Finally tried out Android Studio 4.0.1 on multiple Linux distributions. However, below is my experience on how it went. Mileage varies. Linux Mint 20 with Android Studio without a swap file of 8 GB would hang or freeze very frequently. Technically, not a freeze but it got too slow to be able to do anything … Continue reading Android Studio experience on Linux distributions

How to fix the ADB Binary found adb is obsolete and has serious performance problems with Android Emulator error in Android Studio for Linux

The default Android SDK installed with Android Studio already has the adb application installed and it is the latest. The error ADB Binary found at /home/user/ adb is obsolete and has serious performance problems with Android Emulator appears only if from Android Studio, menu option, Tools -> SDK Manager -> SDK Tools, the Android SDK … Continue reading How to fix the ADB Binary found adb is obsolete and has serious performance problems with Android Emulator error in Android Studio for Linux

How to shred a file on Linux leaving no remnants

Sometimes we have files on our hard disks that we would like to remove for good. If you have set up full disk encryption when you installed Linux on your computer, you will have an encrypted hard disk which is pretty much useless to anyone without the password that only you know. However, sometimes, to … Continue reading How to shred a file on Linux leaving no remnants

Fix NTFS USB drive in linux

At times, there are errors with mounting NTFS formatted volumes from a USB drive. This can cause pain. Below is the method of how to fix the error, and even though it worked for me, there is no guarantee it will work for anyone else. Try it at your own risk. Open a terminal window … Continue reading Fix NTFS USB drive in linux