Friday, August 22, 2008

Keyboard Shortcut in Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)

When you start RDC, you can choose whether you want it to run in full screen mode or not. On the RDC connection window, click on "Options" -> "Display". For full screen mode, slide the remote desktop size option to the max, until it says Full Screen. Do not select your monitor resolution, as the RDC would then start in window mode.

Running in full screen mode will allow you using the same keyboard shortcuts as you usually use. ALT+TAB will shift between applications on the remote computer. START+D will show the desktop of the remote computer etc.

Which is great, but that means that the shortcuts won't work between our local computer and the remote one. We can always use a mouse, but programmers generally prefer keyboard shortcuts. So, how do we set so that the shortcuts work even when we are on RDC?

For our normal shortcuts to work, RDC must be just another application. So it needs to be in non-full-screen mode. To change back and forth between full-screen and window RDC, use CTRL+ALT+PAUSE or CTRL+ALT+BREAK. When the RDC is in window mode, the ALT+TAB wills shift between the RDC window and our local window applications.

When in window mode, there are some shortcuts that can help us navigate the remote desktop smoother. Here are some common ones.
  • ALT+PAGE_UP
    switches between applications from left to right (on the remote desktop);
    equivalent to ALT+TAB in normal shortcuts.

  • ALT+PAGE_DOWN
    switches between applications from right to left (on the remote desktop);
    equivalent to ALT+SHIFT+TAB.

  • ALT+HOME
    displays the start menu;
    equivalent to START key.

  • CTRL+ALT+END
    brings up the Window Security dialog box;
    equivalent to CTRL+ALT+DEL.

  • CTRL+ALT+BREAK
    switches the RDC between full screen mode and window mode
Now, how do you restart a remote computer? Generally, it's not allowed. And even if you have the permission to do so, the Shutdown option for the remote computer is usually disabled.

To restart/shutdown a remote computer:
1. Bring up the command windows (Start -> Run -> type "cmd")
2. Type "shutdown -r" to restart or "shutdown -s" to shutdown.
Note: Typing "shutdown" will give you an information about different options you have. It won't shutdown the remote computer yet.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Engaged for a Year

A year ago today, my sister and I got engaged (to our respective boyfriends, of course).

Since then, I have got married, and my sister has set a date for her wedding. Lots of our other friends got married as well, and some welcomed their firstborns to their family.

It's mind-blowing how everyone seems to grow up nowadays. And to think we used to worry about our exam grades not too long ago...

Friday, August 8, 2008

Seigi no Mikata

Ilove Japanese dramas. In addition to being funny and (sometimes) manga-like, it has a limit on the number of episodes as well, usually 9-12. No 50+ episodes for Japanese drama. You can safely bet that you get to see the ending of a story.

Anyway, I am in the middle of watching Seigi no Mikata: a story of an "evil" older sister and a "bullied" younger sister (of course this is told from the younger sister's point of view). "Seigi no Mikata" literally translates to "Ally of Justice". This term referes to, surprisingly, the older sister in this movie. Apparently, by doing something completely selfish (and sometimes downright evil), the older sister actually manages to make other people's lives better. Ha!

It's quite a funny story. Of course, as with any other Japanese dramas, we watch this one because:
1. the story is interesting enough
2. the actresses are pretty (we are following Shida Mirai from Sapuri, Tantei Gakuen Q, and now this one)
3. the actors are handsome/cute (though he's a bit young, we adore Hongo Kanata)

Actually, seeing this movie makes me a bit nostalgic, simply because Hongo Kanata resembles one of my friends from my birth city. And Kanata is a model! I guess that means that my friend could have been a model as well?

The Quintuple Eight

Have you heard? Clay Aiken's son was born earlier today, 08 August 2008, at 08.08 am. That's a lot of 8's.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Chrisye and Project Pop - Bur-Kat PV

Found this on youtube today. I love Project Pop. I very much enjoy the comedy in their songs.



Let me attempt to translate this song:
Him:
There is a sweet girl I have known for a long time
Her smile is cute, I remember it very well
If she grins, her beauty lasts; if she cries, it itches me
I fall in love, now everyday I am keeping up appearance
When we meet, I stutter "you are beautiful"

Friends:
If you really ca-ca-ca-cannot hold it
Prepare yourself to sa-sa-sa-say it
Confess quickly, you should say it quickly
Confess quickly, you should say it quickly

Him:
I thought about this for a long time
Men has to be brave to confess
"We are good friends,
But I always carry a torch for you"
Rather than keep on wondering
It's better to make an experiment

Friends:
Grab your chance quickly
Before others confess to her

Friends:
If you really ca-ca-ca-cannot hold it
Prepare yourself to sa-sa-sa-say it
Confess quickly, you should say it quickly
Confess quickly, you should say it quickly

Her:
In reality, I love you too
In reality, I like you too
But do not put your home on me
Let us keep on being..

Him:
Stop! Do not continue your words to me
Hey!

Him:
Forget it, forget it, forget all that I say
Forget it, forget it, forget all that I say
Just kidding, just kidding, I was only kidding with you
Just kidding, just kidding, I was only kidding with you
Happy, happy, I am still happy
Happy, happy, I am still happy
Funny song, isn't it?