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Finally got started with Pinterest

Finally, I managed to get past the annoying “Building Feed” message that would greet me every time I logged in to Pinterest.

The workaround is here:

I really hope Pinterest fixes this issue soon. It has been open much too long!


Shut down the laptop or put it to sleep?

I’ve often wondered if it’s more efficient to put my laptop(s) to sleep rather than shut them down when I call it a day. It’s usually only a few hours of rest before I return to them.

Googling around, I stumbled upon a credible source that suggests putting the laptop to sleep is often better than shutting it down “if (the interval) is just a few hours or even overnight.” Check out If I’m not planning to use my computer for awhile, should I shut it down or put it to sleep? in the Microsoft knowledgebase.

Relevant excerpts:

If it’s just a few hours or even overnight, it’s usually more efficient to put your computer to sleep, either by clicking the Power button on the Start menu or by closing the lid on your mobile PC. (Some computers also have a dedicated sleep button on the computer case.)

There are several advantages to choosing sleep over shutting down:

  • All your work, including information about the programs you were using such as window location and size, is automatically saved.
  • When you awaken your machine from sleep, you don’t need to restart programs or reopen files as you would if you had shut down the computer.
  • While Windows does use some power in sleep mode, it’s very small: about one-tenth as much as it would need if you left the computer running. A mobile PC typically uses 1 to 2 percent of battery power per hour in sleep mode.
  • When Windows is asleep, it can still download and install updates and perform other routine maintenance tasks. For this reason, some companies require employees to put their computers to sleep rather than shut them down when going home for the evening.

But there are instances when you should shut down your computer fully—for example, when you install a new memory card or other hardware. If you don’t plan to use your computer for several days or more, you should also shut it down.

Android: Delete user-added words from the keyboard dictionary

If you use Android on your smartphone, you’d appreciate that it’s really easy to add words to the keyboard dictionary. Next time, when you’re trying to type these words, predictive text inputs makes life simpler for you. Example: since a lot of my text messages are a mix of English and Hindi, I’ve added many commonly-used Hindi words to the dictionary.

So far, so good.

Eventually, like me, you may realize that you’ve added some unnecessary/misspelled words to the dictionary. You now want to delete these words from the dictionary, so that they’re not suggested to you when you’re trying to type something entirely different.

Here are the steps you need:

  1. Tap Settings > Language and Keyboard > Touch Input > Personal Dictionary.
  2. Tap Edit Personal Dictionary.
  3. Tap Menu and then tap Delete.
  4. On the Delete Word screen, select the relevant words and then tap Delete.
  5. You’re done!

The relevant options are a bit buried inside the menus, so I thought a blog post would help. These steps are relevant to Android 2.2 (Froyo) running on my HTC Desire HD.  I guess they’ll be relevant for 2.1 and 2.3 as well.