A visit to: Amazon Books in University Village, Seattle

You may have heard on the news that Amazon is opening a physical store to sell books, its products as well as let you play with the Amazon devices family. Additionally, you will have a chance to interact with Amazon techies who will answer all your questions.

In Amazon’s words:

This store is a physical extension of Amazon.com

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Mouse Without Borders: Control up to 4 computers with one mouse and keyboard

mouse-without-borders-iconMouse without Borders is a prototype that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and keyboard. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers. Mouse Without Borders is a Microsoft Garage project by Truong Do. Garage projects are side projects that Microsoft employees like Truong build for fun on their nights and weekends. Mouse Without Borders was designed for people who use many computers in the same room. For example, a laptop or tablet that you take to meetings might sit right alongside the desktop PC in your office.

I love this software. I use it whenever I have my laptop and desktop sitting next to each other. I can just use my desktop’s keyboard / mouse to control the laptop’s mouse and keyboard. The moment the mouse is moved away from one monitor, it crosses the borders to the other computer’s monitor. Not only that, any clipboard content will also transfer across borders. If I copy text or files on one machine, I can then paste them seamlessly on the second machine!

You can set up how your computer screens are laid out. For example, in the screenshot below, my desktop screen raised above the laptop who sits beneath it. Therefore, the moment I move my mouse from the computer’s screen all the way down, it then goes (across borders) to the laptop’s screen and activates the keyboard as well:

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It is very easy to set up and configure the “Mouse Without Borders” software. You can download it from Microsoft’s website here: http://aka.ms/mm.

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Blanton Museum of Art

During my visit to Austin, Texas, during Thanksgiving of 2015, I had a chance to visit the Blanton Museum of Art. I loved the collection and I share some of them with you.

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Control Color Explorer: Explore your colors

As part of Windows apps development cycle, especially WinForms applications in Visual Studio, you may want to pick the right colors for your ListViews, Buttons, Labels, etc…

The best way to pick the colors is to visualize them.

With Control Color Explorer, you can visualize all the colors in the System.Drawing.Color type. You have the option to render the colors using the BackColor attribute or the ForeColor attribute:

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Once you chose the colors you like, you may simply click the “Copy Color names”  to copy them and use them in your application.

You may grab the source code of this tool from my GitHub repository to compile it by yourself, or just download the binaries from here.

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❤ I love you, my dear dog ❤

Today I met a nice Chinese lady, Jenny, in the gym where I go. We chatted a bit, and then she told me about the music video she composed where she sings for her dog, Yoyo.
The song is in Mandarin, however make sure you enable the English CC (Closed Captions) in your mobile YouTube player. If you are playing from a computer, then the CC are enabled by default.

I have to say that Jenny’s voice is really nice, the tune is surely catchy and the video clip is well done:

On another note, here’s a man that turned his house into an indoor cat playland! Very beautiful!

How far would you go to express your love for your pet?

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Acroyoga – Impromptu display at Ballard’s Sunday Public Market

Acroyoga-hangle-dangleI was exploring the Ballard’s Sunday Public Market and then I run into a couple performing Acroyoga near the market.

So what is Acroyoga you ask?

Acroyoga (also written Acro-Yoga or AcroYoga) is a physical practice which combines yoga and acrobatics.

–Wikipedia

Luckily, I filmed the performance:

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