Saturday, November 19, 2016

Free up or Recover your Google / Gmail Space

Are you also facing space crunch in your Gmail or Google Accounts? Getting this message everytime you open your Gmail?

Among many ways from archiving and downloading your heavy mails to deleting the unwanted mails and photos, there is also an quick and easy way. This is to reduce the size of the uploaded items in Google Photos from Original to High Quality.

How does it work?

There might be many photos in your Google Photos that you have uploaded in the Original Quality which would be taking space in your Google Storage. If you convert those Photos to High Quality, they would still be large enough for your social usage but would not take up Storage Space in you Google Account.

How to do it?

Go to

Choose Recover Storage.
Google will tell you how much space you can recover by using this process / tool. For instance, I would be able to reduce 5.9 GB in my Google Account.

Click on Compress.
You will get an information message, Click on Compress again to confirm.

And that's it. You have started the process and after some time those Low on Storage or Out of Storage Space messages are gone for a good time!

Was this helpful? Tell in comments!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Win 10: How to capture Screenshots the best way!

There are multiple ways to take a screen grab in Windows 10, from simply using the Snipping Tool to hitting the PrintScreen Button on the keyboard.

But there are downsides to both these methods:

  • The PrintScreen button grabs the whole screen which you do not need all the time and later you need to use Paint or some other tool to crop a portion.
    Yes, we do have Alt+PrintScreen option to grab the active Window but what if you want a piece of it or want to combine portions of two windows?
  • Then comes the Snipping Tool, it gives you the flexibility to grab any portion of the screen by dragging the mouse pointer. But here is the catch. You have to fire up the program from Start Menu or use a shortcut and then the hassle to save the file!

Better than all this is using the Screen Grab functionality of the One Note application / software. Here is what you need to do:

  • Install One Note as a part of Office or Stand alone, if it is not already there in your machine.
  • Open the application and let it sit in the tray at the bottom right near the clock.
  • Press Windows + Shift + S key combination in windows 8.1 and 10 and above to grab a screenshot by using the mouse pointer. In the earlier version of Windows like Win 7, you don't need to press the Shift key, only Win + S.

Taking the screenshot:

  • Press and then click and drag your mouse to select the desired portion of the screen.
  • As soon as you are done, a pop-up will appear asking where to keep the screenshot. Here are the options you have:
    • Save it in any of the Notebooks or Sections provided in the list.
    • Press Escape Key and it will be copied to your Clipboard.
    • You can default the save location by clicking the "Don't ask me again…" checkbox.

I prefer using the Esc option and pasting the Screengrab wherever I want. But if you want to keep a record, you always have the option to save it in One Note.
So, how helpful it was? Let me know in the comments if you have a better idea to share!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mac: Set Up VPN to be Anonymous

Content blocked for your location?
Results filtered because of Govt. Regulation?
Privacy concerns?

Are we going to let the Internet be free, the basic reason for which it was created and the basic nature it which it was adopted? It's a huge debate and a big fight.

In my quest to find a usable VPN for Mac which can help you access that un-accessible, I found the following.
Above link has many options but the problem with free VPNs is that either they do not work or the speed is too slow for them to be usable.

I tried the first one ProXPN first and it turned out to be pathetic. Everything was configured but probably the speed was too slow to load even a basic page.

Then I tried SecurityKiss.

You need to configure this to be used with your Mac.
Above link has the steps on how to configure.

Tunnelblick needs to be installed and then the configuration files for SecurityKiss needs to be used.

Once the Tunnelblick is installed, use the below link to download the configuration files. You will need an account so create a free one.

Just double click on any file and it will be configured. You will get a message which will say that one file is configured.

I would recommend to use it only when actually needed because it has limited transfers on free account.