Friday, April 27, 2012

15 GB Storage for Gmail Users!

Recently Google increased the storage limit of Gmail. Few days ago the storage limit was 7.5 GB. But from now the storage limit is 10 GB! Can you imagine?! 

The storage limit is based on the size of all the messages and attachments in your mail, including those in Spam and Trash. To introduce the Google Drive as Cloud Service Google offered this increased storage. 

Mentioned that, Gmail was launched by Google on 1st April in 2004. At first, the storage limit was only 1 GB. And it has been increased upto 7.5 GB within 8 years. And now it is 10 GB. An user can check this at the bottom of his Gmail Page as the picture shows. 


Google got a number of competitors in mailing service - specially Microsoft and Yahoo too. Recently Microsoft redesigned their hotmail service. They also changed the name to Outlook.  And yahoo has also redesigned their mailing service. Now it looks much better than earlier. 

Google has also changed the Gmail interface for a number of times. But still it looks somewhat messy. But as a package Gmail user get numerous facilities. And now the Gmail user is enjoying 15 GB storage! 

How to Check Cell Phones Quality Using IMEI - *#06#

How to Check the IMEI Number of a Mobile?

Most probably, mobile phone is the most used device by the people throughout the whole world. Couple of years ago the use of mobile phone was very limited. But today many users have more than one or two mobile phones.

And to meet the demand, manufacturers are producing their products in different places to reduce the cost. Sometimes mobile phones are produced in China, India or any other country where production cost is relatively low. And quality is also hampered for this reason.

So, in this post I am gonna show you, how do you check your mobile phone's quality using the IMEI number
How to Find out the IMEI of a mobile

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. It is a 15-digit number and may be found in the packet of the mobile phone. It may also be found by removing the back cover and it may be placed on the battery sticker. 

If you lose your IME number then you can find it by typing *#06# on your mobile screen. After pressing this code, you will see a 15-digit number immediately on the screen which is called IME number.

The number might be as below: 
3 6 9 3 9 5 0 1 2 3 5 5 6 7 8

Now look at the 7th and 8th digit. These two digits will ensure your phone's quality! 

  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 00 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Original Factory which ensures the best quality. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 01 or 10 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Finland which is high quality. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 13 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Azerbaijan which is too bad. And it is also dangerous for health! 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 02 or 20 this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Emirates which is very poor quality. (NB: Some Indian sets have this number) 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are either 03/30 or 04/40, this indicates your phone is made in China but its quality is good. But not good either as 00, 01 or 10. 
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 05 or 50 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Brazil or USA or Finland.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 06 or 60 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Hong Kong, or China or Mexico.
  • If the seventh and eighth digits are 08 or 80 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Germany which is fair quality.

Though the above information has been collected from very reliable sources, 1 or 2 of them may slightly vary. If so happen please contact us or leave a comment in the comment box. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What is the Difference between LCD & LED Monitor?

Couple of years ago, giant monitor manufacturers declared that CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors will no longer be available in the market as it consumes heavy power produces low quality output and most importantly better technology is available I mean LCD Display.  

CRT Monitor was the only one choice of customer for a long time. Then LCD overthrows it from the market. But LCD's time was too little. Within a very short time another technology that is LED has arrived and the time of LCD is almost finished now. 

Many people are often confused with the two terms - LCD and LED. As they look same, both are thin and smart so many people can't make a difference between the two. In this post I wanna clarity the difference between the two. 

LCD Vs. LED Monitor: Basic Difference
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)
LED (Light Emitting Diode) 

LCD and LED monitors are based on the same basic technology for image display, but differ in case of back-lighting technology used. While LCD monitors use cold cathode fluorescent lamps for backlighting, LED monitors use light emitting diodes. This is the prime difference between the two display technologies. 

So, to be honest, LED monitor is the improved version of LCD. 

LCD displays have to rely on external lighting, as their display is created through manipulation of light, passing through polarized liquid crystals. The back-lighting affects picture quality substantially and light shed by LEDs offers superior picture quality, compared to LCDs.

This is because LEDs offer much more gradation in intensity and a larger light wavelength spectrum, giving a truer color quality. These types of monitors offer a better dynamic contrast ratio too. So if you compare LED vs. LCD monitor for gaming and other intensive graphic applications, LED monitor is surely better choice, as they provide vivid and more natural colors, with better gradation.

One of the basic problems of LCD is that it can't display true black color. But LED can produce true black color by entirely switching off LED.

LED is somewhat slimmer than LCD.

LCD Vs. LED Monitor: Power Consumption

LED is a very recent as well as latest technology. They are preferred over LCD Monitors due to its overall high quality and less power consumption. It consumes much less power than LCD to operate. 

LED monitors consumes as much as 40% less power than conventional LCD monitors. 

LCD Vs. LED Monitor: Durability

LED Monitors are Eco-friendly as mercury is not used in their production. Since LED produces less power output over time, so they are more durable than LCD monitors. 

LED Vs. LCD Monitor: Cost

This is the one and only factor that holds back LED Technology. I mean the LED monitors are little bit costlier in compared to the LCD monitors. The difference is also not so high. However, the cost gap is lowering gradually with time as the demand for the LED is increasing. 

Note: Most of the today's laptop producers use LED display. And almost all laptops' screen are now built with LED technology! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sleep & Hibernate Option in Windows 7

In windows 7 there are sleep and hibernate options. Many users are often confused with the two options. Some of them can't make difference between the two. So, in this post I'm gonna clarify the difference between sleep, hibernate, and hybrid sleep?

Before finding out the differences lets start from the very beginning. I mean I wanna start from the Shut Down Option. When your all tasks are over you can shut down your PC. Shut down puts down your computer in a state from where you will not be able to get your previous session. Everything will go to its initial stage. Any program or windows that were running will not be running  next time when you turn on the PC. Every user I think knows about shut down. 

Sleep: It is a low power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly start full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you wanna start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player-- the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you wanna resume working.

Hibernation: It is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won't use your laptop for an extended period and won't have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hybrid sleep: It is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate- it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work. That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers.

Why can't I find the sleep or hibernate options on my computer? 

Click the Start button, and then click the arrow next to the Shut down button. Then you will find all the options like the image on the right.

If you don't find the hibernate options in that way, it might be for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Your Video Card may not support these options
  • If your account is a guest account then some settings may be managed by your system administrator
  • This option my be turned off by BIOS settings.
  • Or these options may be hidden from power options located in control panel.
If the options are hidden from power options then it is very easy to turn on these options. Just follow the steps: 

  1. Go to the Control Panel and hit on Power Options
  2. Then click on Choose what the power button do from the left panel
  3. Now hit on Change settings that are currently unavailable
  4. Now you will find the hibernate and sleep options either enabled or disabled by tick mark. If disabled then enabled them by putting tick mark. 
Click here for more information. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Use of Ctrl+A to Ctrl+Z for MS Word!!

While working with MS Word we often use Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+D etc. But do you know that MS Word has shortcuts keys available from Ctrl+A to Ctrl+Z? 

In this post I am gonna show you the shortcuts from A to Z with Ctrl Key. 

Ctrl+A: Select All
Ctrl+B: Bold
Ctrl+C: Copy
Ctrl+D: Font
Ctrl+E: Center Alignment
Ctrl+F: Find
Ctrl+G: Go to
Ctrl+H: Replace
Ctrl+I: Italic
Ctrl+J: Justify 
Ctrl+K: Hyperlink
Ctrl+L: Left Alignment
Ctrl+M: Intend Increase (Works same when Tab is pressed before a line)
Ctrl+N: New Document
Ctrl+O: Open Document
Ctrl+P: Print Document
Ctrl+Q: Remove Paragraph Format
Ctrl+R: Right Alignment
Ctrl+S: Save (Use F12 for Save As)
Ctrl+T: Hanging Indent Increase
Ctrl+U: Underline
Ctrl+V: Paste
Ctrl+W: Close (or use Ctrl+F4/ Alt+F4)
Ctrl+X: Cut
Ctrl+Y: Repeat/ Redo
Ctrl+Z: Undo

Note: Many of the above shortcuts also work fine with many other programs. 

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

How to shorten a long url?

Shorten URL using Tiny URL

Sometimes you may need to provide a web address (or url) to your friend or someone else. If you give it using email then it is easy. Just copy and paste the whole url.

But if you need to send it by Mobile SMS or if you need to write in on a paper then you may need to type it manually or write on a paper. In case of small url it is not very difficult job.

But if the url is too long then it will really a tough job for you. And most importantly there is a chance of mistake. Because often a web address consists of many meaningless letter or symbol. And if you miss a single letter your link will be unusable!

But there is a system to make your long url short. Tiny URL will let you shorten a long url.

For example, type in the box and click on tiny. Then the short link will be like that And this small link will work perfectly like the original url.

You can also make a custom url. First copy and paste your url in the url box. Then type a custom name that you want after the tiny url. Then click on tiny.

Tiny URL Service

You can also use Google Url Shortener for the same purpose.