X-Mouse Button Control

X-Mouse Button Control is the follow up to discovering Dual Monitor Tools. The usage scenario is as follows:

  1. The middle button on the scroll wheel for scrolling is never used.
  2. DMT is setup to move cursor between the two screens using ‘Win-Z’ hotkeys.

With XMBC, I can map the middle button to fire ‘Win-Z’, which in turn tells DMT to ‘teleport’ the cursor to the other screen. I now can switch between screens one handed!

XMBC even has a portable version. Gold!

worse thing about windows 10

Windows 10 is by in large quite nice to use. Its polished and responsive enough for basic tasks even on a low power processor like the Atom X5.

Except when Windows have to do an update. Oh the amount of time it takes to calculate and download!

I guess that’s always been the case with any of the Window versions. I think that’s also an often not-considered reason to go for a Mac: the update process is much more straightforward. I take it its because MacOS supports a gazillion less hardware combinations than Windows.

Fullpage Screenshot in Firefox

Firefox has a powerhouse suite of Developer tools that comes standard. Among them is the ability to take a screenshot of the whole page!

First, enable the feature. Press ‘Ctr+Shift I‘ to display the Developer Tools. Click on the Gears icon, scroll down to tick ‘Take a screenshot of the entire page’

Then, whilst on any page, press ‘Shift+F2‘ to call up the command line interface, and type ‘screenshot –fullpage‘ then Enter.

A fullpage screenshot of the page will now appear in your Download directory!

Dual Monitor Tool

Shout out to this free, open source project Dual Monitor Tools.

I often have my ThinkPad connected to an external monitor, and recently I’ve needed to move the mouse cursor across the two screens back and forth regularly – that is a lot of traversing!

So a search on whether I can ‘teleport’ the cursor from one screen to another using a keyboard shortcut resulted in Dual Monitor Tools. And it works brilliantly!

Don’t get scared by the amount of features; just use the DMT Cursor tool to add shortcut keys for how cursors operate. I use ‘Win + z’ as the shortcut key to ‘Move cursor to next screen’ – which is the ‘teleport’ feature I was looking for – and I also have ‘Cursor movement between screen is sticky’ as default so there’s a bit of resistance when manually traversing between screens (and hence precision at the monitor edges).

character level diff merge in Windows

And in Chinese – which is different to word level differences since doesn’t have Chinese identifiable spaces like other European/all? languages.

WinMerge, Meld Merge and Kdiff3 can all identify character level differences, but are all unable to merge individual instances found in the same line (or even in adjacent lines for some weird reason).

Beyond Compare seems to be the only one that can, although its user interface requires a bit of getting used to, perhaps because its so feature-rich.

Cost money though.

Update: I was too quick to claim Beyond Compare has this ability. It works for the “adjacent lines” case, and I jumped the gun; multiple differences within the same line cannot be merged individually 🙁