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Mar. 13th, 2009 | 11:07 pm
mood: busybusy

In related news, like many (okay, some) people, I use OS X and various flavors of Microsoft Windows on the same machine at the same time, with all of the applications-or-documents intermingled.[1] This is called "Seamless mode", which is both fitting and somewhat ironic. VMWare has some handy configurations for smoothing out the input differences between the OSes, but for performance reasons I often use VirtualBox, which does not have this luxury. I am a heavy user of the "clipboard", in every OS. Therefore, my poor fingers and brain have to adjust muscle memory to type the proper combinations *depending on which OS happens to belong to the window has the focus*. Lately, the OS X keystrokes have been winning this battle for mindshare.

I am quite pleased with myself for the success of the following AutoHotkey script:
#a::^a
#z::^z
#x::^x
#c::^c
#v::^v

which by sheer brute force of will converts the OS X flavor of select/undo/cut/copy/paste keyboard signals to the Windows flavor, only for them what needs it.


Trip


P.S. - sorry for not hotlinking at all in this post, but you have the Google.


[1] At the moment, I'm also using a separate Windows XP box as a Synergy host, with the OS X laptop as client, to control my external mouse and keyboard across all my machines. That box's display is also showing me another virtual machine, also running Windows XP, but hosted on my Linux server and being shown in a window over the network via RDP. But that's neither here nor there....

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Chef Monkey

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from: chefmonkey
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
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Seamless? Unity? I think you're confusing terms.

By the way, I can read this font almost twice as fast as any other fixed-space font:

http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html

He claims that it's optimized for paper, but it does just as well on the screen. If you use it in Terminal.app, be sure to turn on anti-aliasing.

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Triple Entendre

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from: triple_entendre
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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No, Seamless is what VirtualBox calls it. I can't run VMWare at the moment because it does an instant sad mac, requiring a power-button hard reset.

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Triple Entendre

Inconsolata

from: triple_entendre
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
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antialiased in terminal, it *is* very nice at my normal viewing distance (although not if I am closer than normal to the screen). Thanks!

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Triple Entendre

VMWare update

from: triple_entendre
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I've updated to the latest VMWare Fusion release, and as I had hoped, this stops the crashing. It now reports a missing (or corrupt) file inside the VM.

Also, to clarify: when I said "sad mac" what I should have said was kernel panic. This is the one that pulls down a grey curtain which reads, in part, "You need to restart your computer."

Edited at 2009-03-16 03:16 pm (UTC)

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