[How-To] Hide “Featured Torrent” bar in uTorrent 3.2.2

I recently updated to uTorrent 3.2.2 only to find an ugly looking advertisement sporting “Featured Torrent”.

If you find it annoying too, then here’s how you can remove it:

  1. Go Options ->;Preferences
  2. Go to Advanced
  3. In the Filter box, type offer
  4. You’ll find offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  5. By default it’s set to true. Select false
  6. Press OK and restart uTorrent

Voila!

By Fred from comments:

Also changing offers.left_rail_offer_enabled to “false” gets rid of the advert box on the bottom left and replaces with the standard “upgrade to pro” add

Thanks Fred!

 

How to improve your written & spoken English skills

This post is drawn from personal experience.

Over the past 5 years, I have seen a radical improvement in my English skills. My English is not perfect, and you can even point out grammatical mistakes in this blog post. However, my tips will give you confidence and drastically reduce errors.

When I was growing up, I was suggested to read books to improve my English and vocabulary. Somehow, I wasn’t comfortable with books. They are still one of the best ways to improve your English, however, I want to suggest few other exercises which you can do to improve your written & spoken skills, while keeping yourself entertained and gaining knowledge at the same time.

  • Watch American & British TV shows (sitcoms and drama). I’ll suggest a few below. Start watching initially with subtitles, and slowly stop using them. Whenever you encounter a new word, pause the video, search the meaning and then resume watching
  • Read blog posts. Lots and lots of blog posts. Pick any topic (eg. Technology) and start reading
  • Read Wikipedia articles. Make it a point to read at least one long article per day
  • Start a blog and ask your friend who is better at English to correct you. Also proof read your blog post 3-4 times after publishing
  • Start thinking in English instead of your mother tongue
  • Try using complicated ways for explaining simple things
  • STOP using SMS lingo. Write sentences properly. This way you can also improve your typing skills.
  • If you encounter a new word, search for the definition immediately and try to use that new word at least 3 times in that day (tip by Kirsten)
  • Argue with yourself. This may sound funny; pick a topic and start thinking about points which favor it and are also against it. This helps develop your ability to debate and argue
  • Keeping correcting yourself. I begged my friends to correct me whenever I used to go wrong. The best way your mistakes can get corrected is when you are at the verge of making a point in a serious discussion and your friend interrupts you just to correct your grammar. That frustration will correct your mistake forever. Another way to correct yourself is by never getting satisfied with what you have written so far, like this post, where I have replaced words above 10 times before I reached till this point
  • Start using Twitter. Start tweeting and over a period of time, your writing skill will improve
  • STOP using SMS lingo. I can’t stress this enough
  • Don’t force an accent. Don’t try to fake American or British accent.
  • Don’t literally translate your local language to English. People tend to translate their mother tongue to English and most of the times it sounds funny and is equally humiliating. Eg. “You have the tickets?” should be, “Do you have the tickets?” At the same time, stop using local language slangs (like Bob, Raa, Daa, Yaar, etc.). < I will mention some better examples later >
  • Try to use alternate words for most commonly used words. Eg. instead of repeatedly saying “OK”, say “Alright”.
  • Don’t repeat the same word over and over again. It shows your weakness in English and the subject you are talking about.
  • Welcome corrections. In this instance, I welcome the readers to correct my mistakes in this post by leaving a comment
  • Avoid spelling mistakes. This will help build the discipline and will also help you in your career

 

 

-> TV Shows you must start watching:

If you are above 18:

  • Friends
  • How I met your mother
  • Blackadder
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Modern Family

For everyone:

  • Jeeves & Wooster
  • White Collar
  • Heroes
  • Suits

 

-> How to search for definitions on Google:
Type define:<word>
Eg. define:contrafibularity

-> You can start a blog by visiting http://wordpress.com/

 

My Life in Bosco

The following is a short article I was asked to write for my school’s magazine :

I spent 12 years in Bosco Public School. 12 years of my wonderful school life. Classes changed, teachers changed but the love and affection, the enthusiastic atmosphere, the code remained the same. The school was my second home. It structured me as a good human being.

Everyone would say that their school is the best school. Only if they had seen and experienced a student life in Bosco, they would change their opinion. Starting from infrastructure to the staff, everything was perfect. I had seen the massive transition the school had gone in their infrastructure. Memories on the old building were broken, but more memories were built over the new one.

I have to mention about the teachers I got the privilege to study under. I can’t mention any names because each and every one of them played a different role in structuring me. I was lucky to be a pet of all the teachers.

As years went by, new books, new classes, change of teachers, new timetable, all these things used to make me excited and recharged. I used to enjoy each and every class. Especially the “Games period”. The excitement you get when the bell strikes after the previous hour ends is something hard to explain in words.

The agony of a class monitor. Chalking down the names of your fellow mates who dare whisper, would be punished by the teacher of the next period. The use of “class pass” to go out of the class to drink water or use the restroom. Pity that there were only 2 passes. Standing and raising your hands as punishment. If that wasn’t enough, then standing on the bench and raising your hands. Sometimes a chicken position. All of them were painful, but they worked!

I could go on, but I don’t want my teardrops to fall on the keyboard. I wish I could build a time-machine and relive those moments even if I had tons of holiday homework and regular homework to submit. One advice I can give to the young Boscons is that, “Relish your moments in school now, as the time won’t return even if you wanted to.”

If I had to describe Bosco in one word, it would be, “Quality”.

With best wishes to the whole family of Bosco for completing 25 years of quality education,
A Proud Bosco Alumni,

Pragith

 

Happy Independence….whatever!

I’m really lucky to be born in India. To say even more, I’m lucky to be born in a wonderful family & lucky to be in a circle of good friends. But am I really “proud” to be an Indian? I don’t know, all I know is that driving my unu5 Gaming Essentials Every Gamer Should Own in 2017, or what new accessories get, I just love games. Visit Armchair Empire where you will find the best gaming accessories.

Which brings me to our National Anthem. Did you know that to this day, we praise the English in our National Anthem (even though Tagore refuted the claims, it is a fact)?

Patriotism (at least in India) is hypocritical. We fight for sharing water between states. We get insulted if someone talks bad about our native. To this day, a vehicle with Karnataka registration is treated badly in Tamil Nadu. I’ve faced this myself. Tell me something, do you “own” your city/state/country? When you are fighting for sharing “natural” resources, why don’t you compete for development?

Yes, there  should be an “All-India Nation Development Competition”. I propose an annual competition between the states to develop in all possible fields (literacy level, electricity, roads, etc.) and the winner will be awarded. However, I’m afraid that these states will instead compete in bribing the Central Government to announce themselves as the winner. This, sadly, is the state of our country.

I noticed today that people were selling flags on the streets and traffic signals. Why only today? Does your sudden feeling of patriotism only last from 00:00 to 23:59 hrs of 15th August?  Why aren’t the flags sold like this almost everyday? Patriotism needs to be instilled on an occasional basis. People paint their faces with the tri-color for 15th August and start cribbing the Government and the faulty roads the very next day. Remember that Independence Day is not a festival (which has an expiration date). I don’t like comparing with others, but in the USA, you can walk-in to almost any store and buy their flags in all forms and sizes every single day. If that’s the case, then imagine how 4th of July would look like!

I don’t understand this, “I am ready to put my life on line for my country” feeling. Why do you want to kill yourself for virtual borders? If you really want to contribute something for your country, then please do so with a sane mind and a heart still beating. Many have died for causes which didn’t even yield the desired results.

I hate IPL for splitting our people and creating hatred towards other cities. Although it looks like we all are joking, but I’ve seen some serious fights over petty issues. For starters, check out the banned Virgin Mobile ads made for IPL.

How many of you leapt upon the opportunity to call “Sunita Williams” an Indian and take credit with collars up, walking proudly on the streets when she became an astronaut? She’s NOT Indian. Kalpana Chawla also did whatever she could in India. When she found out that she could grow in her career in the USA, she flew. As simple as that. What you see is Brain Drain. What I see is that she went from one part of the world to another part. This is what animals do. They migrate. Remember that we are also animals.

Similarly, athletes, businessmen also prove their skills because of the resources available surrounding them. Many do their Bachelors in India and Masters abroad. Why? Go retrospect. You must be proud of Indian education too, I guess.

Why are we celebrating getting our own country back? They went home because there was nothing left to rob from us.

However, let’s not indulge in the past. The present is good and the future is challenging. I prefer to look beyond the boundaries. I look at people as humans and not citizens of a certain country. I feel that patriotism is a wrong feeling. It makes you arrogant. It makes you biased towards a certain country, the leaders and their decisions. We have one world. Let’s consume the resources and lead a healthy life. Let’s contribute our knowledge to the whole world.

Olympics, for me, was to see the limit of athletes. How far can they go to win. How much strength and stamina they have. But all I could observe was wall posts with how much Gold, Silver & Bronze medals India has bagged and sometimes compared with other countries. WHY? YOU DON’T EVEN OWN THE MEDAL.

Stop taking credit. Stop blaming. Stop reacting and start acting.

To answer my question whether I’m proud to be an Indian, I would say that I have no answer. Because it’s not a valid question for me. Since I don’t see borders, there are no countries. How can I be proud of something which doesn’t exist? I didn’t choose to be born as Indian. I happened to take birth at a place which belonged within the borders of India (as recognized by others). I see people as people. There are good people and there are bad people. All over the globe. One fine day, the Government will sign some documents and we might have China under our sleeves. Does that make it a part of India? Will your patriotism involve China too? If you say yes, then your patriotism feeling lies on a piece of paper. You are like, “As long as the states are part of our country, I’ll give my life for them.” This might sound a bit funny, but think about it.

I’ve driven through borders between states and cities. The board would read, “Thank you for visiting us” and immediately there will be another board saying, “Welcome to “. It will always bring a smile on my face. You put a board and the place becomes yours? I understand that it is done for organizing and splitting development tasks between different Government of the states. But that also appears to be like the lines we used to draw on our school’s classroom desks when we were playing with toys as kids. If you even lay a finger on my side, I’ll chop it off.

My knowledge belongs to the world. I’ll work where I get opportunity, recognition, good lifestyle & enough money to feed myself, my family and occasionally treat my friends.

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