My new venture (also, I’m BACK!)

I realized with some sadness today that it’s been over a year since I last posted on this blog.  😦  For some reason, my blogging interest tends to wax and wane over time.    Not a good thing really.

But in my defense, I *have* been pretty busy.  Aside from the usual things (raising 2 kids, my day job, etc), I’ve also recently been learning Java and how to program for the Android phone environment.   Damn, I never thought I’d say I’m learning Java.  :-).  Still can’t say I like the Java language, but I *do* like the Android framework.   In fact, I’ve just recently released my first application for Android.  It’s a customizable soundboard called ByO Board!

I do plan to start blogging again.   I’ve just overhauled the look of this blog (well, as much as I can overhaul it within the limits of the free WordPress plan) and I’ll hopefully be posting a few new things soon, probably on topics related to Android, but I’m sure some Emacs, Ruby, and IP Networking will slip in there as well. 🙂

Moving offscreen windows in MSWindows

Here’s an interesting tidbit.  How do you move a window that’s completely offscreen?

I run into this problem from time to time.  My work computer is a laptop.  When I’m in the office, I run it in dual monitor mode with my windows desktop extended across both my desktop LCD panel and the laptops built in LCD.   But of course when I’m away from my desk the laptop LCD is the only monitor.   You would think that Windows would be smart enough to automatically move all of the open windows around so that the ones that were on the no longer connected second monitor would be moved to the remaining monitor, but you’d be wrong.  This can cause an odd problem where the windows that were on the second monitor are no longer accessible!

The solution turns out to be this:

Right click on the task bar button for the application.  From the popup menu, click Move.  Then hit any one of the arrow keys on the keyboard.  That will cause the offscreen window to “snap” to the mouse cursor.  Now you can move it wherever you want!

Tango Desktop Project

A friend of mine recently reminded me of the existance of the Tango Desktop Project. Aside from the good work the project is doing to standardize theming and look and feel across the open source desktop projects, it’s also a good source for free icons you can use.

I suck at drawing icons (or anything for that matter), so I’ll probably snag a couple Tango icons to dress up some of my Rails apps! 🙂

Anyone out there care to recommend other (free) sources for icons, graphics etc. for opensource apps?