Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Make your plate bigger, Double Your Bandwidth – For College Internet Connections

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Note - In case your network administrator heavily censors your access to internet, download our free guide to bypass censorship from here.

Is your internet slow? Is it networked by some college IT administrator? If yes, we have the cannon you need! However this system only works if your Wifi allows you to connect your cellphone or any other electronic device (Tablet) to the college internet. Also the device should support  USB tethering (We are trying to make it work with WiFi Hotspot as well).

I will be using an android phone for this. First of all we need to install Connectify Dispatch which is a paid software and comes bundled with Connectify Hotspot. Download it from here, a feature limited free trial is available. The software is worth paying, however the world is full of alternatives.  

Disclaimer: This blog actively discourage any form of piracy except plagiarism maybe, writing 5,000 words is a pain in the posterior

Now connect your mobile phone to Wifi and then connect the phone to computer USB Tethering (It varies with each device figure out for your device how to do this part, just Google it. To Google better read this article, and yes, you will improve your legal research skills too). USB Tethering also prevents phone’s battery from getting drained out. 

usb tethering
USB Tethering on HTC One

Now start Dispatch and you will see that it combines your Laptop Wifi Connection with your mobile connection.

connectify dispatch

  • You could use multiple devices, more the devices more the speed.
  • This will only improve browsing speed and speed of torrents.
  • If you add multiple devices the speed will increase accordingly. 
  • This will not improve your download speed.
  • This will not fasten up your streaming speed. (But for some reason beyond me YouTube works faster with this)
  • Your download limit if any remains same, keep that in mind.

There is a line, aim for the sky, you will at least reach the roof. We just did it ;)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Automatization with IFTTT

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Have not heard about it? I bet you are missing out on a lot.

IFTTT is an acronym for ‘if this then that’. IFTTT is a web automation app which helps to automatize several day to day chores. It uses ‘triggers’ and ‘actions’ to automate a process.

Sounds a bit too geeky? Nay, it’s super easy. And you will be taught all this, the best way!

Let’s say that I want a text message every time this blog gets updates.  So first of all, I need the URL for RSS feed of this blog which is this link

1. Now create an account on IFTTT and using your account credentials, login.
2. Click on ‘Create a Recipe’. This screen will appear. Click on this.
if this then that
3. ‘Choose trigger channel’ menu will appear, scroll down till you see Feed icon.
trigger channel
rss feed channel ifttt
4. Click on feed. On choose a trigger option.  Click on new feed item.
5. In Feed URL, enter the RSS feed URL of the desired website. Our blog feed is available here, Legally India, BarandBench. News sites give you feed category wise and you could subscribe to individual categories. Here are some places you could get RSS feed link of news feeds BBC, Times of India, The Hindu.
rss feed url
6. Click on Trigger.
7. Click on that.
if this then that ifttt
8. In choose action channel, scroll down till you see SMS.
sms action
9. Click on it. Now when you will be using Action first time you will need to activate it. So IFTTT will ask for your phone number and will send a verification code on it. It’s quite simple and you will surely manage that part easily. Once done, proceed ahead.
10. Now in ‘Choose an Action’ click on ‘Send me an SMS’.
11. Now you could alter your SMS content. Best left untouched if you don’t understand what stands for what. 
rss feed content

12. Click on ‘Create Action’.
13. Click on ‘Create Recipe’.
14. You are done. I mean the task is.
15. What now? If you want to subscribe to our blog updates via SMS, here is ready to use recipe link. 

This is not even 1% of what IFTTT is capable of. Below are some interesting uses

Every time you are tagged in a photo on Facebook automatically save it to Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive .

Every time somebody follows you on Twitter, automatically thank them with a tweet using this recipe.

Get a text message before it rains or get weather updates daily for free.

Save all your Gmail Attachments directly to Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive.

Automatically save your list of ‘watch later’ videos of YouTube to Pocket or Evernote.

Get publicly loved music on SoundCloud to your Google Drive or free music of last.fm to Dropbox.

Using this recipe, get a mail every time is new book is added to Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks.
iPhone users could backup their contacts to a Google Spreadsheet or send a "Nice to meet you!" email to new contacts.

Get the weekly top ten bit torrent downloads from Torrent Freak in your Gmail account using this recipe. Or better use this recipe to get a mail every time Yify uploads a new torrent.

There is world to explore on IFTTT. Go check it out. Be nice. Continue reading us!

IFTTT’s action call doesn’t work in India.
To receive text messages make sure your number is not in the Do Not Disturb (DND) list.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Art of Copy Paste : An Introductory Guide for Law Students Vol. 3

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This is the third post on our series on how to copy paste stuff. The previous posts covered on how to copy text from web and PDFs. This post explain how you could 'paste' (Ctrl+V) effectively.

Paste Paste Paste (Ctrl+V) ….

a) Multiple Paste Method:- Suppose you are reading a judgment and pasting different extracts of the judgment in a doc file. Now each time you find something useful you have to open and then switch to your word processor be it be Notepad or MS Word or something else. This leads to wastage of time. What if you could copy all the stuff in one go and then paste it. This is where clipboard managers come in play. ClipX, Arsclip, CLCL and Ditto are some of the famous ones. My personal favourite is Arsclip.

With a clipboard manager you could simply select the text you want to copy and press ( Ctrl+C) and then move on. Keep on copying text like this and paste it one go.

ProTip –  If you paste all text from Arsclip it will paste the text in the reverse order i.e. the last text is copied in the beginning and the first chunk of text copied in the end. You could fix this. First press ctrl+shift+z in Word where you intend to paste the text.

A similar drop down menu will pop up like this:
arsclip advanced menu

In it click on full mode then press ‘L’ or click on ‘pasting tools’ and then click on paste selected text. Select the desired text and then select ‘Paste in Reverse’.
arsclip paste advanced menu 2
b) Removing Line breaks in PDF:-  Often you will fact this problem you will copy something which looks normal in a pdf and when pasted in word processor it looks like this

pdf line breaks

Now you start the laborious process of deleting unnecessary line breaks. There is a way to automate this.
In word after pasting the text select it and press Ctrl+H, the replace dialog box will open in it write ‘^p’ (^p stands for a line break) without quotes in the Find What blank and give a space in the replace with dialog  and then press replace all.  After this dialog box will ask of you want to continue replacing in the rest of Document press “No’. Your text will be sorted. 

pdf line breaks fixed in word

c) MakingPaste Special’ Method as Default Option:- Most of you would be knowing about the paste special method in MS Word and how pasting text in ‘unformatted text’ mode of Word 2007 or ‘merge formatting’ and ‘keep text only’ option of Word 2010 merges formatting.  In File à Options à Advanced  you could change the option ‘pasting from other programs’ to ‘merge formatting’ and now onward you could simply paste the text directly from pdf or web without using paste special. In case you want to retain formatting then you could use ‘paste special’ with ‘keep source formatting’ option.

changing default options in ms word

d) Pasting in Protected Fields – Your college/university website may not allow you to directly paste text in the blank fields. This could be easily be overcome by disabling client side scripts. Install this plugin if you are using Google Chrome, this if you are using Mozilla Firefox, this if you are using Opera and this if you are using Safari. Disable all scripts and reload the page. Now, you are good to go.

e) Textarea backup for browsers - As a lawyer often feel obliged to make the shortest possible comment to a 1000 word essay. Often feel frustrated that your comment does not get posted and you will have to rewrite it again. This script will ensure that such situation never take place again and will backup whatever you type in a textarea even after reloading the webpage.


Monday, March 10, 2014

The Art of Copy Paste : An Introductory Guide for Law Students Vol.2

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This is the second post on how to copy paste stuff. The previous post covered on how to copy text from web. Some concepts used here have been explained in the previous post in much more detail.

Copying From PDF

a) Protected PDF :- If you are using a protected PDF then you will have (SECURED) in its title like below:-

Secured or Password Protected PDF

Anybizsoft PDF Password Remover, a paid software is the best way to go for removing the restrictions imposed on the file. BeCyPDFMetaEdit is another free good alternative. (Credits : Labnol)  To remove restriction run the program and locate the pdf file, change the mode to ‘Complete Rewrite’ and press OK. In the Security tab, set the ‘Security System’ to ‘No encryption’ and click the Save button.  It is not as effective as Anybizsoft and may not work sometime but then its free.

b) OCR Method:- Like mentioned in the previous post on copying from web OCR can also be used to copy from PDFs. They become really useful if the PDF is actually a scanned document. The best OCR are the Abbyy Fine Reader and Adobe X Pro.

Among the free OCRs FreeOCR , Online OCR and Google docs are good options.
To use Google Docs as free OCR upload the PDF and while uploading it tick the ‘Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents’ checkbox.

Google Docs as OCR

Now that you know it don’t trust OCR blindly (Accuracy of conversion varies depending upon legibility of text in PDF) and for heaven’s sake at least read your write-up once before you submit it. Come on it’s not that big a pain to read what you have written on your own. Or what you claim that you have written.

The next post cover in detail how to paste text (Ctrl +V) effectively.