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While developed primarily for domestic use, Apple’s COVID-19 screening website looks useful to non-US users too.

Now that studying from home is a reality, I’ve been asking my kids time and again if they need an external display. They keep saying no. What’s it with Gen-Z? Have bad eye-sight? Use external displays, and turn them in to retina-like with a simple MacOS hack in two steps.

  1. Running the following command in a Terminal:

    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.windowserver DisplayResolutionEnabled -bool YES;
    
  2. Rebooting and logging-back into the Mac, and pick the “HiDPI” resolution under System Preferences > Display > Scaled.

Kids’ schools and universities are looking to move curricula online. This is a new frontier.

Modern technology is a blessing. The ability reach out to hear and see your loved one(s) stuck in another continent cannot be overstated. Without FaceTime, our hearts would be in our mouths everyday, feeling gutted and helpless. Instead, we played a few quiz games using kahoot today.

At work, I am provided with two large 27” HiDPI displays (set-up on VESA mounts) that project Windows 10 at 200% scale. Set to warm colours and medium-to-low brightness, they don’t tire my eyes even when staring at them all day long. But the outbreak of this deadly COVID-19 pandemic disease has grounded us all and forced us to work from home, where I neither have nor keen to have this luxury in working comfort.

While the company I work-for kindly offered to sponsor all essential IT gear, including hi-res 27” external displays, I chose not to opt for another piece of gear at home. I’m already on a hardware detox. Less is more. It’s not what you own, but it’s how well you wield your (sometimes limited) resources to their full potential is what defines you.

To improve my working conditions at home, I figured I could turn our household 27” iMac (Mid-2010) into an external display for my work laptop. Today I got it working — all I had to do was order a particular cable. But not before figuring out which combinations work. In the end, I deduced that it should be one cable with Mini DisplayPort ends. In theory, DisplayPort should work too, since there’s no change in signal (or disruption) to video output during the end-to-end transfer. The other thing to note is that this set-up is not universal but is very hardware-specific. Here I am only going to list what worked for me, which by the way is not listed or described in Apple’s dated article on iMac in Target Mode.

Hardware:

The Mini DisplayPort end goes into the iMac, while the DisplayPort end goes into the docking station. With the iMac powered-on, connecting the two ends of the cable instantly picks video signal up from my PC laptop and projects it straight on to the iMac’s display. The iMac even shows PC’s boot sequence! And there’s not a thing to press on iMac’s keyboard. This means that the iMac is actually an independent display as well as a full fledged Mac. Wow!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon:

A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.

In this age of interconnectivity, people unfortunately are armed with far more tools than wit or the wisdom to evaluate the received information, and determine if it is worth sharing. It’s either that or it’s Dunning-Kruger effect. Social media is already rife with things like the false news of the availability of vaccine for the novel Coronavirus pandemic disease, incorrect advice on protective measures, alternative medicine options luring people into a false sense of safety, etc.

Attribution and source are two important things that people tend to forget, and therefore it’s important to gently remind the enthusiasts amongst us to check first. Exercise your duty of care, and be the kitchen sink to incorrect or outright false information, which beckons you to forward it along.

Dr. Joshua Lederberg:

The single biggest threat to man’s continued dominance on the planet is the virus.

The deadly news of the Coronavirus pandemic disease is upon us. Its propagation continues at an unprecedented scale. Global health is in full crisis mode with self-quarantine directives, extensive mass-scale screenings, weekly health clock-ins, and border closures. Leaders of the world are giving us their solemn advice to adhere strictly to practice physical distancing, which is the only form of prevention, since there is no cure.

WHO’s guidance to combat the virus that each individual can practice is in five steps:

  1. Focused hand washing
  2. Coughing etiquette
  3. Not touching your face
  4. Physical distancing
  5. Staying home if feeling unwell

This is a log for the uncertain times. We’re worried about family and loved ones who are afar. It’s week one for us since the advisory to work from home went out. Schools are still open, but not compulsory. Universities are exploring lectures online.