How to resume a failed download in Mozilla Firefox from the previous position

Nowadays, many of us use integrated download managers to download files of large sizes. As it is quite expected that such downloads might take quite some amount of time on typical household connections, support for pausing and resuming the download is quite important.

In modern browsers like Mozilla Firefox 22, Google Chrome 29, Internet Explorer 10, this feature is built in. However, when downloading files from servers which do not allow downloading using the same link after a certain period of time, effectively leads to the downloads getting cancelled over low-bandwidth connections if they are paused in between. Download may also fail because of many other reasons like power failure, network error, etc.

Anyway, so when it does fail using Firefox, resuming might cause the download to be restarted. Here I’ll share a simple workaround to get around this. Continue reading “How to resume a failed download in Mozilla Firefox from the previous position”

Watch the Build 2013 keynote at 9 pm IST today

The Build 2013 keynote will begin at 9 am PT (which is 9:30 pm in India) today and can be viewed over on Channel 9.

Apart from launching Windows 8.1 Preview, Microsoft will share the latest updates and talk about what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio and more in Build 2013, which takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco starting today until June 28. Additional event information will be available at

Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1

Windows 8 was built for a world where touch is a first class interaction model, and where highly mobile innovative and diverse devices take the fore-front. With only a bit more than seven months into this new, bold approach to computing, Microsoft is set to release an update for Windows 8, which was being developed under the codename “Windows Blue” as Windows 8.1, later this year.

According to Microsoft, this new update will advance the ideas and vision behind Windows 8, while taking customer feedback into account. Windows 8.1 will be adding new features and functionality in key areas like personalization, search, built-in apps, Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity. This update will be available to existing Windows 8 users for free though the Windows Store! With less than a week before Windows 8.1 preview is made available to the public, let us have a look at some upcoming changes. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about Windows 8.1”

Deciphering Sherlock’s Hidden Messages

I have always been quite a fan of detective and suspense stories. Be it Hercule Poirot created by Agatha Christie, or our very own Feluda conceived by Satyajit Ray, they all bring new flavours and styles in crime fiction. Nonetheless, Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is my top favourite. I read most of Holmes’ stories during my childhood, and his ability to deduce so much information from the tiniest of clues leaves us speechless. Recent Hollywood movies starring Robert Downey Jr. were quite an excellent tribute to Doyle’s famous detective.

We all know about Sherlock Holmes of 221 B, Baker Street, and his adventures in the Victorian period. But could he be able to showcase his talent in the modern world where information about the remotest corner of the world is available at our fingertips? Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis came up with the idea of adapting Holmes’s stories in the backdrop of today’s high-tech world. Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sherlock uses modern technology, such as texting, the Internet, and GPS, to solve crimes. Sherlock has his own website The Science of Deduction,

Among the various posts he makes on the sites to interact with clients and criminals alike, Holmes writes on a section called “Hidden messages” where he apparently shared some encrypted messages sent to him. In this post, I’d like to share my analysis of how to decipher the secret messages from this ciphers.

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