“Shushi breathes new life”

Recently, I read another interesting article that touched upon the conflict on Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The story is about the city of Shushi. It is written by Daniel Bardsley for The National. This is not the first article about Armenia or Karabakh that Daniel writes for this UAE newspaper. Here’s the excerpt:

Shusha, or Shushi as Armenians call it, is on the brink of the kind of renewal that has transformed Stepanakert, the enclave’s capital that lies 16km to the north. Since a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, with Armenia in de facto control, Stepanakert has turned into an attractive and leafy city with a string of new hotels, a modern assembly building and countless street cafes, even though Armenia and Azerbaijan are officially still at war over the region…

For a more detailed account of what kind of renewal Shushi is facing as well as for an overview over the past years in Shushi, read the whole article at The National.

The Madrid principles analysis

I came across an interesting analytical article by Karine Ter-Sahakyan (PanARMENIAN.net) about the the Madrid principles, concerning the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict:

Armenia, that has no control over Stepanakert, in the eyes of the world community loses the moral right to conduct negotiations, and the political competence as a negotiating party is reduced to zero…
Read the whole article at PanARMENIAN.net

Curious that the Azeri side does not address the issue of the Madrid principles to the same extent that the Armenians do. Just search for the query madrid + principles in Google news.

Browser Tab Shortcuts

To switch between tabs in a browser, there are different shortcuts that can come in handy, especially if you have many tabs open. For many months now, I have been using Ctrl+Page Up (to move from tab to tab in the direction right to left) and Ctrl+Page Down (left to right).

Recently though, I have been opening too many tabs to move by one tab at a time and in one direction only. What helps me is the very handy shortcut scheme: Ctrl+(Number 1 to 9).

Shortcut Description
Ctrl+1 Go to the first tab
Ctrl+2 Go to the second tab
Ctrl+3 Go to the third tab
Ctrl+9 Go to the last tab

Note, that if you have opened ten (or more) tabs and hit Ctrl+9, the shortcut will not take you to the ninth tab, but to the last one. Similarly, the same shortcut combination will take you to the fifth tab, if you only have five tabs open, as will the combination Ctrl+5 in this case.

With the more-than-ten-open-tabs example, the easiest way to go to a ninth (or higher number, but not last) is to hit Ctrl+9, which takes you to the last tab, and then Ctrl+Page Up as many times as needed (alternatively, Ctrl+8, which takes you to the eighth tab, and then Ctrl+Page Down again, as many times as needed).

Google Maps shortcuts in Firefox

There are several shortcuts in Street View that you might not know of. I discovered them by accident and I am glad I did. Just in case my mouse doesn’t work and I want to move around in the Google Maps Street view. (Mind that the shortcuts are only tested in Firefox on Windows)

Shortcut Description
Alt + A Pan left
Alt + D Pan right
Alt + W Pan up
Alt + S Pan down

I usually use Alt + D to set the cursor to the address bar in Firefox (and Ctrl + E to get it over to the Search bar). That explains the accident that helped me find the shortcuts. Now, sometimes the shortcuts wouldn’t work, which I do not have any explanation for. But I know how to get around it.

  1. Make sure you are using Firefox on Windows
  2. Make sure you are viewing Google Maps in Street view
  3. Move around by doubleclicking a circle or a rectangle somewhere in the image
  4. Go ahead and try the shortcuts now

Do you know of any other shortcuts in Google Maps?

Update: Apparently, you do not need to hit Alt with the letter. Just use the letters for navigating around in the street view.