migrating to Huawei phone

it’s an anxious business when one needs to change a phone, especially when one has not used that particular brand before. if you are reading this, probably you are also about to, or deciding if you should get a Huawei 华为 phone too? migration to and from samsung phones’ seamless with its dedicated apps. but googling around doesnt reveal if Huawei offers similar solution. only some PAID 3rd party solutions turned up in the searches.

went ahead with the migration (from an ASUS), and was pleasantly surprised (though not totally unexpected) that Huawei prompts us to install its own Phone Clone app from Play Store on the old phone! installed and the syncing was a breeze.

one thing though, am unsure why Contacts are blanked out in the app (which means the app is capable of doing it, but probably blocked by some security settings in the old phone). so had to use my favourite SA Contacts app as an additional step. backup and export to Google Drive from the old phone, followed by import from Google Drive on the new phone.

done. nice (:

screen capture and annotation software

have been relying on FastStone Capture 5.3 for many years but it started having compatible issues from windows 7 onwards. when it completely failed, have switched to using windows’ built-in snipping tool for a while. but the annotation part is troublesome.

found a great alternative this morning: greenshot.

it has all the functions of FastStone Capture, including upload to Dropbox support. and best part, it’s free, but we could always support the developer with a dollar or two if we like/can (:

#enjoy

google classroom is now free

…actually now is somewhat backdated, cos google has since made classroom freely available to all, from Apr 26, 2017 onwards, as noted in this blog post (:

in other words, anyone with a personal google account can use the system to start managing learning (cf. LMS). school teachers are however encouraged to use Classroom by enrolling the school in the G Suite for Education. this would allow your to more conveniently manage your classes of students.

btw, thanks to PS for first highlighting this news to us. enjoy (:

office 365 free education license for teachers

we mentioned this during today’s 12541-Clinic. first found this more than 1.5 yrs ago. and yes, microsoft is still giving MOE teachers free access to licensed Office 365. just enter your ICON email address, and follow the instructions received in your inbox to obtain your license today. up to 5 copies of Office 365 can be activated per license, and it works for both Windows and Mac OSes.



enjoy (:

play DOS game on a windows pc or mac?

if u are/were a game addict since DOS era, chances are you would like to revisit some of these old games. many of these games are now called “abandonware” cos though copyrighted, developers have allowed them to be freely download on the internet; not much monetary returns for hogging the rights perhaps?

to play any DOS game, you will need an emulator. and that has to be DOSBox.

there are 3 ways you could do it:

1. download DOSBox, and do the configurations through the all-too-familiar DOS command prompt

2. download a Windows frontend if u are using a Windoze PC, or

3. download a MacOS frontend if u are using a Mac(Book).

a common question for 2 or 3 is, which frontend is the best? different frontends may have different features, but personally, i have used D-Fend Reloaded for Windoze, and Boxer for MacOS. i like them for their simplicity in terms of interfacing with DOSBox (included in the installer, which not every frontend does), and game installation/configuration.

Bandit King of Ancient China running in Boxer:
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and yes, with the frontend, the next step is to google for your favourite games or use the terms DOS abandonware and you could start playing in no time. enjoy 😉