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November 25, 2010

How to Launch Multiple Instances of Notepad++

Update Nov 22, 2016: I added a video tutorial for this! The written blog post remains available below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfLEEP6QsFQ Notepad++ is my primary text editor, as it offers a huge amount of features, and yet remains fairly simple to use.  After months of using it heavily both at home and at work, I began to wonder if I could launch multiple instances of it at one time. Given that I have two monitors in either case, I thought it would be interesting to have one Notepad++ window per monitor. The best approach I found makes a new copy of Notepad++ launch every time you use a shortcut. To make this work on your machine, simply do the following: Right-click any Notepad++ shortcut. Select Properties. Move to…
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October 4, 2010

Identifying a Font from an Image

Ever looked at a logo, and wondered what font the designer used? From an image alone, identifying the specific font can be difficult, particularly if it isn't among those commonly seen on the web. Thankfully, a web service titled "WhatTheFont"  facilitates this very scenario, while also allowing users to buy the font, once identified. Below are screenshots revealing how to use the service, with the Google logo uploaded as an example. As the above image illustrates, the service is pretty good at identifying characters, but it isn't perfect. It asks the user to identify specific letters, eliminating the risk of false assumptions. Once the user validation step is done, the search results are shown. Clicking on any of the search results will bring up  a page dedicated to…
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October 1, 2010

Searching With Images

All over the web, countless images can be seen. For the longest time, I took the presence of images for granted. That is, until I found an image I really liked, to the point where I wanted to know where it originated. My intention was to seek out additional images from the same photographer. Alas, I soon discovered that finding an image based solely on the visual content isn't very straightforward. Back then, I was unable to find the source. To simulate the problem I had, consider this image: If I didn't link to the photographer's page, or even mention his name, how would you know where the image came from? Sure, the filename can be a hint, but it may have been modified. After…
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