Expose / Mission Control / Window Pick in Ubuntu 14.04 / 16.04

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Expose / Mission Control in Mac is a feature which offers a bird’s-eye view of all your open windows, minimized windows, making it easy to switch between them.

You can have the same functionality in Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 16.04 using CompizConfig Settings Manager.

How to: Use WhatsApp on computer with WhatsApp Web

How to Use WhatsApp on your computer

Yes, finally the WhatsApp developers have heard the cries of people wanting a desktop version of the famous social messaging app. They have come with WhatsApp Web that will allow users to send messages without even touching their phone while they busy working on your desktop. How cool is that. Eureka! Ok guys, enough of fun. Lets get to the point.

Users of Android, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia S60 will be only ones who can get their hands on the desktop version of WhatsApp. Apple users, tough luck. Due to Apple platform limitations, Apple users will miss out on this. I'm glad I have Android. Android FTW! Follow the below guide to start using the desktop version of WhatsApp.

by Anoop Naik
on 24th January, 2015
last updated 23rd July, 2017

"Magic Actions for YouTube" Extension for better YouTube video buffering

Magic Actions for YouTube Extension for better YouTube video buffering

Most of us watch a lot of videos on YouTube(well, I do!) and some face problems of buffering videos on slow connections. This really sometimes tests your patience because you will have to keep pausing so that the video buffers. Once you watch the buffered part, you might have to pause it again so that the next few minutes or seconds(depends on how slow your connection is) of the video buffers. By default, YouTube divides a video into segments and each segment is buffered as and when it is needed. This causes some serious problems on slow connections.

For all those on slow connections and also for others, Magic Actions for YouTube is a browser extension which comes with a lot of handy features that allows you to take control of YouTube videos. You can get the Magic Actions for YouTube Extension for Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. This is really a helpful extension and has helped me watch videos on slower Internet speeds.

Below is the list of essential options provided by the Magic Actions for YouTube Extension:
Speed Booster - Better video preloading / buffering
This settings makes the video buffer way ahead in time(provided you have the speed) overriding the YouTube's new logic of buffering video segments on request. By using this, you can keep the video tab open and watch the video after the whole video is buffered. There is also a sub option which plays a sound when a video is completely buffered.

Instantly control volume of videos
By setting this option, you can scroll the mouse wheel to lower or increase the volume of the video you are watching, just like you do in few of the video players.

Set the default video quality
Depending on your Internet speed and/or your favored video quality, you can set the quality of the video as a default. For example, if you set the default quality as 480p, every time a video is loaded it is set at 480p eliminating the need to set it when the video starts playing. Note: This setting has stopped working in the latest version of the Chrome extension. It might work for you, give it a try.

Enable Cinema Mode
It is one of those modes where in everything except the player turns black(well, actually it is just a black overlay over other elements) to give you a cinematic experience. You can set the cinema mode to turn on when the page loads or when you click on the sides of the player.

Stop Autoplay
I really like this feature. As the name suggests, it stops the videos from automatically playing when the page loads. This comes in very handy when you want to open a few videos in tabs and keep'em ready for watching.

Hide Page Elements
You could hide the other elements available on page like Comments, Related Videos, Header, Footer and Video Description. This could thus help you load the video page much faster and save you some bandwidth.

I am happy using the above mentioned options but there are other options like Hiding Ads, Forcing player type, Enabling a theme and Enabling Auto Replay which you could use if they are necessary to you.

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by Anoop Naik
on 7th January, 2015
last updated 23rd July, 2017

How To: Rename Wordpress wp-content directory

How To Rename Wordpress wp-content directory

Wordpress is a very popular content management system (CMS) and is used by more than 60% of people who use a CMS and at the same time accounting for 21.9% of all the websites out there.

Some people are fine using wordpress as it is but some people do not want others to know that they are using wordpress. This is the reason why some people might want to rename a few wordpress directories. One of the directories they want to rename is the wp-content directory. So now the question arises, "How to rename Wordpress wp-content directory?"

Let me stop you right there for a moment and tell you some things about the wp-content directory and how things are connected to it. The wp-content directory contains all the themes, plugins, media and caching directories. So renaming this directory has to be performed under utmost caution. If you do not do it in the right, your website can breakdown.

I should also warn you that renaming the wp-content directory will be a bad idea in some scenarios. One such scenario is when you use plugins and themes which do not follow the standard way of fetching the directory names. These plugins and themes hardcode "wp-content" directory name in code and if you happen to change the name of the directory, it would break your website or at least some functionality.

How To rename Wordpress wp-content directory

To successfully rename the wp-content directory and still have a fully functional website, you need to follow the below steps carefully. Do not miss any of the steps.

Steps to rename Wordpress wp-content directory

  • Rename the "wp-content" to "content" (I chose to rename it as content, you can choose any name you want). At this point, if you visit your plugins or theme panel, it will display an error saying files do not exist and since the plugin or theme was deactivated. Lets move to the next step.
  • In this step, we will be editing the wp-config.php file present in the root directory of your wordpress installation. It is better to keep a backup of this file before editing, just in case things get messy. Add the following two lines before "require_once(ABSPATH . 'wp-settings.php');" found in the wp-config.php file:
    define('WP_CONTENT_DIR',ABSPATH . 'content');define('WP_CONTENT_URL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . '/content');

    The above code will tell wordpress that we are changing the wp-content to content

Congratulations, its done. You have successfully changed the name of wordpress wp-content directory in just two steps.

by Anoop Naik
on 20th April, 2014
last updated 23rd July, 2017

How To: Control YouTube video buffering with YouTube Center Add-on

Control YouTube video buffering with YouTube Center Add-on

Google is constantly improvising YouTube's video streaming experience by switching to optimized video formats and enhanced streaming technology. This enhancement in the YouTube experience may help some users but in the meanwhile also annoys quite a few users on slow Internet connections.

One of the things which annoys me and probably many out there about YouTube, is restricting from being able to buffer the video when it is paused. Yes, I hate this. I have a slower Internet connection and I always prefer quality content (at least 480p) but YouTube's adoption of Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) does not allow me to buffer the video when it is paused. Due to this problem I end up watching low quality videos.

by Anoop Naik
on 15th April, 2014
last updated 23rd July, 2017