Put.io review and tutorial


“Hassle-free torrenting in the cloud”

Thats what the Put.io website says, and what it does too.

In short it gives you space to transload your torrents to their severs and use it as a storage space.

Once the torrents are downloaded in your space, stream/download its upto you.

Its really quite simple.

The plans start from $9.90 for 50Gb a month to $19.90 for 200 Gb a month of storage with unlimited bandwidth.

Once you start using the service, you will realise that the plans are dirt cheap for the service they provide. Especially for students like me, using university networks which block torrents.

So, the interface is made up of 3 main interfaces: Dashboard, Transfers and Your Files

The Dashboard is an overview of your Put.io account, with the recent downloads list and overall space used.

Dashboard   put.io

The Transfers interface allows you to transload torrents using URL or by uploading a .torrent file. The transloading is almost lighting fast if there are enough seeders as it is done using Put.io’s server speeds.

Transfers   put.io

Once the file is on the server, you can access it using Your Files. They also allow you to stream a media file – either in the browser or on your desktop media player (VLC FTW !)

Your Files   put.io (1)


Video   put.io

Files can be downloaded directly or even multiple files zipped ( .zip format). This is generally the most efficient method of downloading files – although its listed as an experimental feature.

You can also “Subscribe” to torrents – basically RSS feeds of a set of torrents, everytime there is an update it is downloaded to your space.

Subscriptions   put.io


There is also a “Friend” system which allows you to share files – which is a pretty useful feature.

Sharing   put.io

Their servers are located in

Default (Netherlands)
Germany (Nurnberg)
USA (Washington, DC)
USA (Seattle, Washington)
USA (Delaware, Wilmington)
USA (Atlanta)
United Kingdom (Liverpool)
Japan (Tokyo)
Singapore (Singapore)
France (Roubaix)
Canada (Montreal)

If you are in one of the above countries or close to one of them, the download speeds are upto 1-3 Mbps

You can have a free trial and try it out. (Ps. You are legally allowed to share your account with friends too ;) )

Receive Android Notifications on your PC

Phone battery low, need to charge, but still need all the notifications ? No Problem.

The guys at XDA Developers always do a great job of solving all our Android problems.

Solution ? Well, DeskNotifier. It works over Wifi or USB and sends notifications, yep all of them, Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook, Messaging, everything on your notification drawer to your PC. And you can send SMSes too :D

Okay, so how to set it up.

We need to install it on the device and the PC.

First the android device,

Get it from the Play Store (or the old, Market as it was) : Link

Can’t get it from the store for some reason ? Here is the apk :)

Set up on the phone is pretty easy. App should be directly installed if you got it from the Store.

If you downloaded the apk, select it to install it. If it gives you, Installation not allowed because of unknown sources, just have a looky here.

So, once the App is installed,


Select Accessibilty Settings, and Follow the instructions.

Select Autostart if required, I checked it.

Now for the PC,

Download the Software from here. (~418 Kb)

Note, Requires Java and Win XP or Higher.

If you don’t have Java installed, the setup will take you to the download page.

Okay, now extract the ZIP file downloaded and run setup.exe.

Once the setup has been completed, Select the language in the box that popups up.

Now, to connect via WIFI,

Select Connection Method as Wifi and go to the Wifi Tab.

It will prompt you for the Phone IP. Open the App on your device, and make sure you are connected to the same WIFI network.

If you are connected to a WIFI network, your phone will show you an IP, just enter it in the highlighted area and click Ok.

Once you click Okay, you are good to go :D

To connect via USB,

Connect the Android Device via USB and select USB debugging mode. And Follow the steps on the PC software. But the Wifi way is the most convenient way :)

Original XDA Thread : Link

Application Credits : greenday123









Generate Direct Links from Rapidshare, Megaupload, Filesonic, Fileserve, etc..

Got bored of the waiting time on downloads from Rapidshare, Megaupload, Filesonic, etc ? Or Can’t download due to university networks ?

Don’t worry. There are many websites which give you direct links from such sites.

How they work is that, they buy the premium accounts of these sites, download the file to their server and then give a link to you. Pretty simple right ?

But the problem, is that, such sites keep on coming and going, since most of them run into a loss. I’ll list a few which have been online for upto a year or so now.

1) Rapid8

Rapid8 has been up for a long time, its easy to use, you can submit 2 links at a time.

Sites Supported : Rapidshare, Megaupload, 4Shared, Mediafire, Depositfiles, Easyshares, Fileserve, Filesonic, Filefactory, Freakshare, Megavideo, Filedude, Gigasize, Hotfile, Netload.in, Turbobit.net, Uploading, Uploaded.to, WUpload

Limit :  none

How to use : Insert link in the two boxes as indicated.

Click on Download and wait, it will go to an Advertisement, just wait for “Skip Ad” to appear at the top right.

Once Skipped, click on Download, to well, download.

2) Vinaleech

I prefer this one over Rapid8, because no ads, and better links.

Sites Supported : rapidshare.com, megaupload.com, hotfile.com, fileserve.com, filefactory.com, depositfiles.com, filesonic.com, netload.in, uploading.com,
easy-share.com, uploaded.to, mediafire.com, megashares.com, gigasize.com, bitshare.com, oron.com, gigasize.com, uploadstation.com, megavideo.com

Limit : 2 Files per 5 minutes, 1 GB per 20 mins

How to use : For using this, you need to do 2 things, first get the link checked, using their Linkchecker.

Once you are done, go to the main website : http://vinaleech.com/



Click on profile, after entering the username, a small popup box will open, asking you to enter a password. Click ok and you are done

Go back to the main page, enter your username ( you are registered now ) and then insert the copied content (from Linkchecker) into the message box and click on Go.

Once you click on Go, wait for your message to appear in the chatbox like thingy, Wait for the bot to reply with “@username” and give a link, click on it and download :)


Hope this helped some one :) Bookmark this page, I’ll update if these don’t work or if i find better ones :)

Broadcast internet as wifi using Connectify

If you need to use internet from your ethernet cable on your tablet or smartphone, then you might think you’ll need a router. There is a software solution for this too.

All you need is a Wifi card, which is inbuilt on most notebooks, netbooks and you are good to go.

The software which can let you do so is Connectify. It comes in two versions, Free and Pro.

Free version is good enough for basic usage, and thus I would recommend that.

Just head over to the website and download Connectify.

Download : http://connectify.me/download (~5.34 Mb)

Its pretty easy to install and software is easy to operate.

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Get a US Local Number and Text and Call for free

There is a new improved version of TextFree available now, It is “TextFree with voice” which allows you to make calls too :D.

Once you get the app, you have to register and enter the zip code of the area for which you want to get a number, eg 43105 , if you want a local Baltimore number

Once you are done, you can send / recieve texts for free.

Recieving Calls is free.

Inititally you are given 10 minutes of free calls, To get more minutes, you can either buy them or earn them.

Earning minutes is very very easy, all you need to do is, download the free apps given and earn minutes.

You can get it here :

iTunes US Store

For those in other stores, here is the ipa file :)

Nitro PDF Reader – Free Alternative to Adobe Reader

Although in Beta, Nitro PDF reader is quite a competitor to Adobe Reader. And more importantly its Free :)

One of the main features is the UI, it is the Microsoft® Office®-style Ribbon interface. Tasks and tools are separated into tabs, grouped by functionality, and represented graphically with easy-to-understand text labels, providing an immediately familiar user interface that wonâ??t leave you searching for help.

Work with Multiple files at the same time, using the Tab system.

You can preview pdf files in Windows Explorer using Nitro PDF reader too.

Nitro PDF Reader is the only Free PDF reader which allows you to create pdf files from almost 300 file types.

Also, you can extract text/images from pdf files, which is pretty cool.

These are just the major features, view a full list of features here.

All in all, a good package, you can download it from here for Windows 7/Vista/XP both 32 Bit and 64 Bit available here. (24 Mb)

Top 10 Free Photoshop Brushes

Continuing on my previous post on the Top 10 Free Photoshop Patterns,

To Install, photoshop brushes,

  1. Put the .abr file you’ve downloaded into the folder /Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS3/Presets/Brushes (on mac OS X) or C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\Presets\Brushes (on Windows) .
  2. Then open your Adobe Photoshop, active brush tool, go to option palette and click on to open the brush preset picker.

Then load the brushes.

1) Flame Brushes

Easy to make Flames using this.

2) Water brushes

A set of various water shapes. It includes bubbles, drops, tears, ripples, rain, foam, splashes, ocean/sea foam textures, waterfalls, and waves.

3) Frost Texture Brushes

A set of Photoshop & GIMP brushes composed of frost shapes. These come in several different types. First, you have a few icy and frosty frames to frame photos. Also included are some single frost shapes – the standard feathery shape. There are also some that are in the shape of lines, some swirly frost shapes, and some pre-made frost textures that you can just click once to create some frost. Lastly, we have lots of brushes that were made to paint the frost in textures. These are so easy to use, and you can use them to create your own wintery frost textures! (They are, in fact, what I used to create the textures brushes and the frost frames.)

4) Glitter Brushes

A set of Photoshop & GIMP brushes composed of various glitter and sparkles designs. These are all high resolution, with the average size being about 1500 pixels.

This set includes â??curtainsâ? of glitter, lines and wavy lines of sparkles, various clusters of glitter and sparkles, glittery textures, several beautiful glittery swirls, a few individual glittery shapes, glitter â??shooting outâ? from one source, and several glitter and sparkle scatter brushes (the kind that will allow YOU to paint your own glitter!), and much more!

5) Lightning II Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various shapes of lightning bolts. All created from scratch, original designs (unlike my first set, some of which are pixellated because they came from stock photos). Includes single bolts, which you could use on their own OR put together to create your own forking bolts. Also includes groupings of bolts already put together. These are all extremely high resolution, with the average size being about 2200 pixels.

6) Clouds II

A set of Photoshop brushes composed of various types of clouds. These are all extremely high resolution, MUCH larger than my first cloud brushes set. Average size is 2100 pixels.

7) Distressed Photoshop Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various “distressed” images. These work great for adding that distressed look to a wall or floor, and also work great for grunge textures. Things like rust, scratches, rusty holes, drainage stains, dirty and grungy textures, canvas holes, cracking and peeling paint, etc. Sizes vary from about 600 to 2300.

7) Light Beams + Rays Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various light beams and rays of light. It includes beams like those from spotlights, sunlight like you would see coming through branches, lighthouse light beams, sunburst type effects (full circles as well as half and three quarters of the burst), and even some particles to add to your beams of light to make it look like floating dust. These are extremely high resolution, averaging about 2250 pixels in size.

8) Aurora Borealis Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various shapes of Aurora Borealis, also known as the “Northern Lights.” Most are about 800 pixels high/wide or so.

8 )Special Effects Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various special effects. This is something a bit different than your traditional “stamped” Photoshop brush. These have various effects added to them to make them look different as you paint or draw with them.

Included: grungy type effects, overlapping circles, various glowing dots, splotches, glitters, etc.

9) Light Swirls Brushes

A set of Photoshop brushes made up of various swirls of light. These are all original designs, some with a glittery effect. The average size is about 1800 pixels, so they’re fairly high resolution!

10) Gravel, Rock, and Sand Brushes

Photoshop brushes for creating textures. I love making my own brushes to help create texture in my pieces, and this is one of the ways that I do it. Some of these are from real photos, some of them are hand-painted by moi. These particular ones are circular and fade out at the edges so that you can blend them together fairly efficiently, and do all kinds of neat stuff for painting textures with special brush effects.


Browse and work privately using Tail OS

TAIL stand for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. It is a Debian Distribution which can be installed  onto your usb drive and used as a safe portable OS.

It leaves no trace whatsoever. Whether its browsing or files, no trace is left.

It  boots up fast, under 10 seconds.

First thing it does once booted is, to get connected to the Tor Network . It is basically a network which helps mask your ip and other things. Read this post if you want to know more about Tor.

Tail uses IceWeasel, a modified version of Mozilla Firefox, as the default browser, which is pretty good.

Tor manages to mask your ip well, as can be seen below.

All the searches are made from Scroogle, a safer and a cookie-free version of Google.

You have Pidgin for IM and Claws Mail for e-mail

You can also Encrypt files and folders using an inbuilt utility.

All in all its a nice OS to have on your USB drive, to carry around.

Download Page

Summarize any document quickly using Topicmarks

Too Lazy to read ? Don’t worry there is an online tool now to do all the reading for you.
It summarizes the document for you. It makes a list of all the facts, and also gives a summary, keywords etc.

The Document types supported are:

  • pdf
  • doc , docx
  • odt
  • htm, html
  • txt

You need to register on their site here. Activate your account and  you are good to go.

Once uploaded your document undergoes the following steps :

  • Queuing text
  • Starting text reading
  • Splitting sentences
  • Generating tokens
  • Parsing sentences
  • Generating facts
  • Extracting terms
  • Saving text knode
  • Finishing text reading

Visit the site here.