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How to Change the Way to Paste URLs Normally in Microsoft Edge

Switch back to normal

In August, Microsoft introduced a new feature to copy and paste URLs in the Link format through its Edge Chromium browser. That means when you copy and paste URLs using Edge browser, it will show up in Link format, i.e., not in Plain text. Thankfully, this feature is limited to Windows only. Howeve…




How to Enable Fast User Switching on Mac

Props to Big Sur

You should always keep a Guest user account active if you share Mac with other family members or others. Whenever you have to pass on your Mac, you have to log out from your account and then choose the Guest user or other account. Thankfully, Apple's new macOS 11 Big Sur update changes that. The D…




How to Disable Transparency Effects on Mac

For better readability

Apple's new macOS Big Sur update brings a system-wide interface change. The menus and sidebars look different, especially if you have been using Catalina for a while. However, it does look a bit familiar to me. It reminded me of the first time Microsoft offered Windows 7 with Aero Glass transparenc…




How to Remove Widgets from Notification Center on Mac

Clear the clutter

The macOS Big Sur update brings a redesigned Control Center and Notification on a Mac. While many love the new Widgets, you might want to declutter the Notification Center for a cleaner look and conserve that precious battery life. After you've enjoyed adding a bunch of widgets, you must've had e…




How to Add Widgets in Notification Center on Mac

Use awesome widgets

Apple has redesigned and spruced up the Notification Center with the macOS Big Sur update. Along with the new Control Center, you get Widgets for your favorite apps. Widgets are the mini-apps that help you perform some quick tasks and also provide you information quickly. With the new macOS Big S…




How to Customize Theme-Aware Live Tiles and Start Menu on Windows 10

Fun with Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Windows offers plenty of options to change the way it looks and feels. And you can always personalize the desktop, the Start menu, and even the Live Tiles layout. So if you're running Windows 10 October 2020 Update and higher on your PC, you can enjoy the new theme-aware Live Tiles. With this new f…




How to Setup a Headless Raspberry Pi Without Using A Display

You need no monitor; wing it directly from SSH

Raspberry Pi is an affordable, small board that you can turn into a tiny desktop computer. You can attach a display, mouse, and keyboard - that's all you need anyway. However, most folks are reluctant to try it since they assume that the installation is tricky. Many users either don't have a micro…




The Korean Drama Shows Bug Bit Me

Rollercoaster ride

Ever since the lockdown, I had stopped watching TV shows because I was too tired to invest in the same formulaic series. In late July, my office colleague recommended me to watch a Korean Drama TV series on Netflix - Crash Landing On You. And that's how it all began. I managed to finish the series …




My Experience With AMX XP50 Desktop Charger

Light and compact

Disclaimer: AMX India sent the XP50 and USB-C cable to me to try them out and offer an honest feedback. This post reflects my personal experience with their products. It is not a promotion of any kind. Every house should have a desktop charger for juicing up all phones and gadgets. Also, it takes o…




Best 2 Free Apps to Show Pi-Hole Stats on Menu Bar on Mac

Two apps, one result

Raspberry Pi 4 is a nifty computer with a small footprint. Ideal for running Pi-hole, a network-wide ad blocker. That's what I'm running on my home network. I wanted to understand the amount of bandwidth that is choked by ads and incessant queries from mobile and desktop apps. I have been using Pi…