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A student, Tech Enthusiast, Graphic Designer, Marvel Fanatic

iPads are not cheap, they cost up to thousands of dollars, and yet for many, including me, they offer little value at that price. Of course, you get a brilliant 120Hz pro-motion screen, a near bezel-less display, and a razor-thin form factor that easily breaks, and even so, the software is still iPad OS. From importing files, reading documents, browsing the web, multitasking, and coding, a lot of things that would take 10 minutes on my laptop, I’ll spend 30 minutes figuring out on my iPad. …

What do we mean when we say something is efficient?

In the English language, it simply means to do the most work with the least effort. In the terms of using your machine, be it your laptop, phone or even your iPad, it means the time difference between thinking what you want to do, and making it happen. Hence it only makes sense that to increase efficiency, we have to reduce the time difference between thought and action, and there are a number of ways how -

1. Typing fast

I like to boast that I can type fast, not blinding fast, but…

For a few, it may sound weird. For others, it may even make them think whether the writer of this article was okay. So would I, a couple of months ago. But as I had nothing better to do, I gave it a go. Maybe I would switch back to the traditional layout again. The thing is, I never did. I fell in love with essentially a bunch of pixels vertically stacked on the left of my computer screen, it felt needless to switch back. This is why:


Do the math, for any traditional monitor, be it your 12" ultrabook…

I bought the Pixel 4A 5g, as my older Moto G5S Plus was on its end points. The phone stuttered with day-today tasks and was 4 years late on the latest software.

Credits: Google

Personally speaking, there are 5 things in a phone that stand out for me (in no particular order): the camera, the screen, the overall experience and the battery. Google nails all these pillars not towards the left nor towards the right, in the middle, at the safe point. This phrase itself is a great metaphor for this device, it is a great safe, no-bet smartphone with nothing that…

Credits: Brave

Browsers are one of the biggest, if not the biggest applications used on our day-to-day machines: laptops, desktops, tablets, phones, etc. They are lightweight, can temporarily run several other apps online without having to download heavy files and of course, give us a path to entertainment while being stuck at home.

I am new to the laptop game. Having switched to a newer, more efficient machine running Windows 10 eight months ago, I didn’t think I would master the art of using a laptop efficiently this fast. However, after all this time, surfing the web, looking for “tips, tricks, customization, and hacks” to my machine, I came down to an organized way to run my laptop.

The Desktop

I have gone through a lot of “What’s on my Laptop” videos to be safe to say that they always start with the desktop, and for good reasons.

The desktop is the first thing you…

The coronavirus has surely earned its place amongst every major world pandemic. After a rather fast growth rate of patients in hospitals, the virus has also had us shut in our houses, staying away from each other, thus trying to prevent the disease.

But what else has the virus caused? Virtual classrooms, check! Work from home, check! Less pollution caused due to traffic, check!

The coronavirus has forced us into houses so much, that we have eventually found a way to work, a way to spend significantly larger amount of time with out family. The virus has caused the human…

A few months ago, in my previous article, I mentioned that I shifted to Windows 10 on rather modern PC from a bulky Windows 7 laptop after 5 years of it (Windows 10) being launched. There were endless pros to this new operating system, and all these I explained in that article.

However, presently, after about 5 months of using this as my main computer, I have come to a conclusion. — Creativity thrives on scarcity. Let me explain.

When I used that bulky machine as my only writing tool, I had so little time to waste to explore any…

In my previous article, I talked about why I believe Gimp is one of the superior alternatives (read: free and good) to Photoshop. What I did not mention was that I had been using the software for over 8 months and grew highly fond of it.

As a beginner, my edits were, well, not that good.

For example:

As you can easily see, I had no idea of color grading, adjusting highlights, shadows, nothing at all. In fact, all I knew to do was replace the background. I did not keep in mind the perspective, depth-of-field, nothing of that sort.

So I had been searching for a free photo editing program, similar to Photoshop, since quite a long time. I did find some pretty good ones, like Raw Therapy and Pixlr, and none of them actually were that good. And that was when I found Gimp.

Gimp is currently, not only in mine, but also in many others’ opinion, the best alternative to Photoshop. It is completely free and supports a lot of GOOD third-party plugins like G’MIC QT and Darktable, which I will be talking about later.

The GIMP main screen

As you can see, the application does its best to look as…


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