Friday, January 31, 2014

Authorization problem for Facebook in HTC One X

I recently started receiving error of "Authorization problem" on my HTC One X with my Facebook app. It seemed that HTC Sense was not able to access my Facebook account and this error message continually popped up in my notification.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Zoom in and out with single hand on Google Chrome for Android

Some time back I ran into this article which detailed about a nifty feature which enables you to zoom in and out of Google Maps by just one finger. To perform a one-hand zoom simply double tap and, after the second tap, leave your finger pressed. You can then move your finger up and down to zoom in an out.

And after the recent update to Google Chrome on Android (version 32) I found that this feature has been also been added there. So now you can zoom in and out using just one finger.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New features in HTC One X with Sense 5 and Jelly Bean 4.2.2

Around 2-3 months back I upgraded my HTC One X to 4.19.720.1 which came with Sense 5 and Android (Jelly bean) 4.2.2. Its a bit of disappointment that this would be the last update for this phone.

The above screenshot lists down some major changes in software, but there are many more tweaks. Sense 5 is major upgrade over Sense 4 with lot of UI changes with almost every icon updated (read that as flattened).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Make Adobe Reader XI show scroll bars in Windows 8

If you have Windows 8 laptop with touch screen then you might run into an issue with your Adobe Reader XI like I did. Your Adobe Reader is configured (by default) to detect if you are using a touch screen and if you are then it will not show the scroll bars.

To show the scroll bars by default go to "Edit > Preferences". There select the "General" category and for "Touch Mode" select the option of "Never".

Friday, December 20, 2013

View all the event receivers for a SharePoint list from Windows PowerShell ISE

Trying out event receivers in SharePoint I wanted to see which event receivers I have attached to my list. From here and here I was finally able to get a small script which when run in Windows PowerShell ISE would give you just that.

The Add-PSSnapin command adds the SharePoint snap-in to current session so that you can use the commands like Get-SPSite. If you don't add that then you would end up with the error "The term 'Get-SPSite' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function…". Also once you run the command of Add-PSSnapin then you need not run it again and again for current session.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Beware of spam surveys for PayPal

Today I got an email from a very legitimate looking email ID which asked me to fill up a survey and in return I would get paid for it. I have a PayPal account and greed almost took me over until I noticed something odd. Below is the mail that was sent to me (emphasis mine).


In a continuing effort to provide our customers with the best possible payment experience, we randomly select customers like you to participate in surveys. Your feedback will help us to enhance your PayPal experience.

To complete the survey, simply click on the web address shown below (or copy the address into your browser). If you complete the survey, we will send you a check in the amount of $930 INR as a token of our appreciation for taking the time to share your opinions.




If you look closely at the amount it says $930 INR. That's what prompted me to call up PayPal customer support and they confirmed this is a spoof mail and I (and you too) should not be responding to this mail.

Issue with Indic keyboard and SwiftKey on HTC One X

I recently updated my HTC One X with OTA Android 4.2.2 and HTC Sense 5. This new version comes with Indic (for Indian languages) and Vietnamese (don't know why was this added) keyboard. I prefer to use SwiftKey and have it installed on my phone. One issue that I found was that whenever my phone is rebooted ‒  either by me or some random crash ‒  my keyboard used to get changed from SwiftKey to Indic keyboard.

To let you know Indic keyboard is not the same as HTC Sense Input. Here's how it looks like.

Indic keyboard