Archive for November, 2008


Strange keyboard behavior with VMWare Workstation 6.5 on Ubuntu 8.10

I’ve been having some weird keyboard issues for Windows VMs running in VMWare Workstation 6.5 on Ubuntu 8.10. I mean really weird. Primarily with the arrow keys.

I press the up key and the VM thinks I’m pressing the Print Screen button.

Pressing the down key and the VM thinks I’m pressing the windows key and up goes the start menu.

Pressing the actual windows key does nothing.

Strange and aggravating, but I found that many people were having this issue.

Well I found a fix. Enter this from a terminal:

echo ‘xkeymap.nokeycodeMap = true’ > ~/.vmware/config

That will prompt this window every time you power on a VM, but you can choose to never show it again.


Blogging from OneNote and Windows Live Writer

Onenote is pretty badass and I’m not sure I could live without it anymore.  My life would be in complete disarray without it because of the amount of notes and scribbles I make on a daily basis.  What makes it extra special for me is that with CrossOver Linux I can flawlessly run Office 2007 in Ubuntu..for the sole purpose of having Onenote.

My friend Chris at turned me on to Onenote’s blogging functionality, which has worked out pretty well for him especially for screenshot laden posts.  Just what I need, one more thing to aid my laziness…  However, being that my blog engine is b2evolution and we’re talking about my luck here, of course b2evolution isn’t supported.  Hopefully b2evolution can do something about this soon, because they’ve let things like this go for far too long.

So I did a little digging and found that Windows Live Writer beta DOES support b2evolution.  Woohoo. Although as soon as I make a little headway I get knocked down again.  Live Writer doesn’t support Server 2008 or x64, only Vista or XP.  I run Server 2008 on my Windows workstations at home and at the office.  So this first attempt at client blogging is a copy/paste from onenote into Live Writer in a XP virtual machine.

If I take a liking to blogging from a client b2evolution very well may get ditched for something else.


My ESX cluster can beat up your ESX cluster…

.That’s right. What do you get when you have 8 HS21 blades with two 3 ghz quad core xeons and 32 gb of ram each rocking ESXi? A whole lot of awesome, that’s what.

44 VMs running at total memory usage stays around a whopping 13%.