Monday, November 25, 2013

Enabling Hibernation in Ubuntu

Hibernation is a useful feature of modern computers/operating systems, which allows users to turn off the computer for a while and later resume their session from that point, eliminating the need to save all work before shutting down. It is similar to the "Sleep" or "Suspend" option, but the computer won't keep on drawing power when hibernated, because all the information in the memory is written to the disk and therefore there is no need to feed power to the memory. I use this option to power down my system unless I perform some operation that specifically requires shut down instead of hibernation.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Adding Google Custom Search to Blogger

As the number of articles in your blog increase, it may be a good idea to provide your readers with a search functionality. Although Blogger has a perfectly fine "Search" gadget available, you may instead want to use Google Custom Search for a number of reasons. Though it is pretty straightforward to add a Google Custom Search box to a website, it can get a little tricky making it work with Blogger. In this article, we will learn how to add a Google Custom Search box to the side bar in a way that the results are displayed on the main area.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dealing With Internet Connectivity Issues in Ubuntu

I finally went ahead and installed Ubuntu 13.04. I had to google a few things from my phone during the installation, but all in all everything went pretty smooth. The only problem worth mentioning was that I lost my internet connection at some point (though I was still connected to the wireless network), but that was solved pretty easily.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Submitting a Blogger Sitemap to Google

If you have a blog, you probably want people to read it and for them to be able to read it, they first have to discover it. Though people may learn about your blog from a variety of sources such as by direct communication with you, through social media or links from other sites, search engines such as Google usually play the leading role of having your blog discovered.

For your blog to be listed in search results of a search engine, it has to be indexed by that search engine. For this purpose, search engines use automated software, called web crawlers, that visit pages and index them as they become available. Though your blog may be discovered by crawlers and indexed by search engines automatically after some period of time, there are certain things you can do to speed up this process. Submitting your sitemap manually to search engines is one of them. This will let the search engines know about the structure of your blog, which enables them to efficiently index all your pages. According to Google, "Creating and submitting a Sitemap helps make sure that Google knows about all the pages on your site, including URLs that may not be discoverable by Google's normal crawling process".

In this article, we will learn how to submit sitemaps of our blogs to Google.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Adding Social Media Buttons on Blogger

Social media buttons provide an easy way for your visitors to show that they appreciate your blog and share this with their friends. When used properly, these buttons can also increase traffic to your website. In this article, we will learn how to use Blogger's HTML/JavaScript gadget to add social media buttons to our blog.

Thursday, July 18, 2013


The main purpose of this blog is to have solutions to various computer problems I come across written down so that I know what to do if the same problem happens again. Deciding which software to use for certain tasks can also be thought as a problem and I come across this problem pretty often. After a long period of trial and error, I find the best software for the task at hand and later, after a clean install of Windows, I forget which program I like the best and have to start over from scratch. To avoid this in the future, I have decided to write about the programs I use for whatever purposes. WinCDEmu is one of those programs, which is used to mount images files so that the need to write images back to a disk is eliminated.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Manually Refreshing Favicons

A favicon (which is the short of Favorite Icon) is a little square image associated to a website which is typically displayed next to the web sites title in browser tabs and bookmarks section. For example, the favicon for this blog is and the favicon for blogger is .

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Re-enabling Right Click on Sites That Disable It

Have you ever come across a website where the right click does nothing or even worse, pops up an annoying dialogue box that tells you that "Right click is disabled."? Some websites (mostly outdated ones) use certain methods to disable right clicking with hopes that this will stop people from stealing the images or texts from their websites. I am not claiming that it is okay to steal images or texts or other content from a website, but disabling the right mouse button entirely seems to me as being a little disrespectful to the user, while providing little protection from someone who is determined to steal the content. Luckily, there is an easy way to bypass this annoying "protection".

Monday, July 15, 2013

Transferring Account Settings and Saved E-Mails with Windows Live Mail

I recently formatted my hard drive to do a clean install of Windows (and possibly Ubuntu at some point) and one of the things that I had to take care of was to transfer my e-mail accounts and my saved e-mails back to Windows Live Mail after installation. Luckily, Windows Live Mail has export and import functions to easily transfer account settings and mails for this purpose. Here's a step by step explanation for importing and exporting e-mails in Windows Live Mail:

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Every computer user comes across technical difficulties; some of which are taken care of with just a few clicks of a button while others may take a lot of time and effort to handle. This blog is my attempt to create a database of solutions to such problems, as well as putting together a list of other useful information about everyday computer use. I will also write about smartphones and tablets, whenever I have anything to write about them.

Feel free to leave comments if you have any questions about something you have seen here or suggestions about this site.