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 🙁

best mobile travel china

Apple iOS is by far the best phone to travel with in China if you are a foreigner. FaceTime works. iMessage works. App Store works. On any ol’ local wifi.

Android devices, on the other hand, can’t download any apps unless you sideload/preload a local app store. And OpenVPN doesn’t work well at all 🙁

scroll zoom Windows 10 touchscreen problem

Can’t seem to find anything online about this: how do you achieve zoom of a map in a browser (but not browser zoom) using a touchscreen in Windows 10?

This particular problem presents itself with jinjianginns.com, when one tries to perform a map search (grey button on main site). The map view has no + or – to zoom out or in with, and the intuitive thing to do on a PC is to zoom with the scroll wheel on the mouse.

You can blame it on the UI. But I think this is another instance of Windows 10’s immature touch capabilities. Can’t get it to work even with Microsoft Edge.

shout to zoho

Zoho Mail has an incredible feature that allows you to bring your own domain, create email addresses on that domain, and send & receive emails using their web client – all for free if you just have the one domain!

This is great for SOHO users who want to supplement their free web hosting with a more official looking email than the prevalent superaccountant92@gmail.com or trustyplumber75@hotmail.com