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2 Computers 1 Mouse

For Christmas, The Child™ got a new laptop. I’ll be getting the old one, which I thought I wanted to use as a second monitor, but at the same time, I didn’t. After all, it’s a computer, too. And that fact kept me from going all-in on dedicating it to being nothing but a display.

So, I did a search for controlling two computers with one mouse. Most of the results said I would need something called a Keyboard, Video, and Mouse Switch (KVM Switch), a piece of hardware that I can use to toggle between them.

However, a few results returned some software solutions. The first article that I looked at had added a link to a later article they did pointing to a new (at the time) piece of software that would do the trick. I wasn’t sure if it would work, or if it even still existed, since the original article was from 2011, and the update article was from 2012, but it turns out that not only does the software still exist, it was recently updated in October of 2015.

The software is called Mouse Without Borders, and it’s from the Microsoft Garage.

It’s pretty easy to set up and use. All I had to do was install it on my desktop, and tell it I didn’t have it on the other computer yet. It generated a code, and told me to install it on the other computer, then use the code to finish. I installed it on the laptop, used the code to pair them, and I was good to go.

I can now use both my desktop’s keyboard and mouse on the laptop. All I have to do is move my mouse past the right side of my desktop’s screen, or the left side of the laptop’s screen to move back and forth.

It also has an option to set a keystroke combination to switch. Which I think I’ll end up doing, because I’m pretty sure I won’t like it when I’m playing a game, and suddenly, my mouse is no longer in the game…

You can get it from this link.


Today Is Today’s Date

About a month ago, the charging port on my Kindle Fire died. So, I replaced it with a Google Nexus 7 (2013).

One thing I like about iOS, and don’t like about Android, is that the Google Calendar icon is static. Having the icon match the current date is one thing I really like about iOS.

So, I wanted to do something like that for my Nexus 7, and I finally figured out how to do it!

You will need the following free apps:

You will also need this clear .PNG file that I’ve attached to this post:

[ Clearn Icon] (Right-click between, and just above those brackets, and you can save the image. Or, I think a long press on that area will do it on a mobile device. Or this link should do it…)

Once you’ve installed those three, here’s how you get Google Calendar to have a dynamic icon:

  1. Go into Nova Settings, tap on Desktop, scroll to the bottom, tap on Advanced, and check Widget Overlap and Overlap When Placing.
  2. Long press on the Google Calendar icon. Thanks to Nova Launcher, you can change the icon for any app. Tap Edit on the menu that pops up, then tap on the icon. By default, it will show Built In Icons. Tap the word Gallery in the upper left corner, tap on Gallery to launch your Gallery app, navigate to your saved clear icon, tap it to select it, then tap OK in the upper right corner of the Crop Image interface that comes up.
  3. Tap the checkmark in the upper left corner to save your icon change.
  4. Long press on a blank area of your screen, and choose Wigets. Scroll down to UCCW, and choose the first entry, UCCW 1×1.
  5. Select Calendar Pad from the list of wigets.
  6. Long press the widget, then drag it on top of your Google Calendar app.

And there you go! The Google Calendar app has a blank icon, the Calendar Pad widget is on top of it, and tapping it will open Google Calendar.

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