Month: March 2019

Text editors: Notepad++: how to retrieve the cursor

Self-tutoring about Notepad++: the tutor mentions a way to restore the cursor. Once or twice, while using Notepad++, I’ve had the cursor disappear. Last time, I retrieved it by going Settings→Preferences→Editing→Caret Settings, then setting Width to Block. Source:

Strength training: a trick

Self-tutoring about strength training: the tutor mentions a pragmatic deception. I lift weights with my 16-year-old son. During the past 8 months, he’s overtaken my strength in every dimension. Now, the weights he warms up with are often my maximum

Bird watching: Brewer’s Blackbird

Self-tutoring about birds: the tutor gratefully describes a recent introduction. Yesterday morning, loading the bags in the car at a resort on South Vancouver Island, I noticed a black bird behind me to the left, maybe about ten feet away.

Driving: Dodge oil change indicator light

Self-tutoring about auto maintenance: the tutor looks into the Dodge oil change indicator light. We drive a Dodge Grand Caravan which Dodge maintains. Last oil change, they told us to return at 37000km. It’s around 30500km now, but two days

Traveling: the morning promenade

Self-tutoring about traveling lifestyle: the tutor mentions a custom. I seldom travel, but when I do, I enjoy the infrastructure there. One of my favourite ways to experience it is a morning promenade. Often, a hotel will have self-serve coffee

IE Edge: hard refresh while viewing source?

Self-tutoring about browsers: the tutor comments about hard refresh with IE Edge. In my experience with IE Edge, hard refresh (Ctrl+F5) doesn’t show changes to source when the View Source window (right click → View Source) is already open. However,

Internet security: closing browser after logout, part 1

Self-tutoring about internet security: the tutor continues about closing the browser after logging out. I begin in yesterday’s post about closing the browser after logging out, which numerous sites seem to encourage now. A relevant question seems to be, “Does

Internet security: closing browser after logout: part 0

Self-tutoring about internet security: the tutor looks into advice he notices often. Lately I’ve oft noticed advice like “To complete logout please close your browser.” Why is such a follow-up required after logging out? One point I’ve seen mentioned is

Web design: monochrome

Self-tutoring about web design: the tutor reflects about his fascination with monochromatic color schemes. Monochromatic color schemes, which consist of a single colour of various shades, I find very interesting. I think one appeal of a monochrome palette is its

Academic hints: how to combat writer’s block

Self-tutoring about writer’s block: the tutor mentions a way to overcome it. My favourite recommendation for bridging writer’s block is to allow yourself to write at a lower quality. The sub-par writing can then be mined for ideas that may