Hobie no more

[Update: the sale fell through. I still have my Hobie, and I don’t know if I’m going to put it up for sail again. It’s just too much fun – even if it does take a full day to get out there & back.]

I sold my Hobie yesterday, almost 6 months to the day from purchasing it. It was a blast of a boat, and it’s going to a good home. I’ll miss it big-time once the summer thunderstorms and lack of wind end, and the fall breezes fill in. But with a 50 mile drive each way, it just took too long to drive out and set it up before I could even get on the water. I would be gone most of the day on weekends just to get in 2-hours of sailing.

So instead of sailing I’ll just stick with my little skiff and motor around whenever I get the chance.

Hyper-V shortcuts in the VM

Looked all over for this and finally found it on Ben’s “Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog.” Posting it here so I’ll be able to find it later. . .


These can be used from inside the Virtual Machine Connection window. . .

Standard: CTRL + ALT + DEL      VMC: CTRL + ALT + END       Displays the Task Manager or Windows Security dialog box on Windows (or logs in).

Standard: ALT + TAB      VMC: ALT + PAGE UP       Switches between programs from left to right.

Standard: ALT + SHIFT + TAB      VMC: ALT + PAGE DOWN       Switches between programs from right to left.

Standard: ALT + ESC      VMC: ALT + INSERT       Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.

Standard: CTRL + ESC      VMC: ALT + HOME       Displays the Windows Start menu.

Standard: N/A      VMC: CTRL + ALT + PAUSE       Changes the Virtual Machine Connection window to / from full screen mode.

Standard: N/A      VMC: CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW       Releases mouse and keyboard focus from the Virtual Machine Connection window.

Some extra things to know about Virtual Machine Connection key combinations:

  • By default the standard Windows key combinations do not get sent to the virtual machine, unless you are in full screen mode.  You can change this so that they are always sent to the virtual machine (if the Virtual Machine Connection has focus) by going to the Hyper-V Manager and selecting Hyper-V Server Settings… and then Keyboard and selecting the Use on the virtual machine option.  I always enable this setting.
    • Note: CTRL + ALT + DEL will always go to the physical computer – so you need to use CTRL + ALT + END no matter what you select for a setting here.
  • You can change the release key combination (CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW) by going to the Hyper-V Manager and selecting Hyper-V Server Settings… and then Release Key and selecting one of the options from the drop down (I usually change my release key combination to be CTRL + ALT + SHIFT as I find it easier to type).
  • If you use the Virtual Machine Connection under an existing Remote Desktop Connection (not recommended – but I do it all the time) the Remote Desktop Connection will grab all of these key combinations before the Virtual Machine Connection gets to see them (even the release key combination).  To deal with this you will need to change the Hyper-V Server setting to allow Windows key combinations to go to the virtual machine, change the release key combination to something other than CTRL + ALT + LEFT ARROW, and use the toolbar button or Action menu of the Virtual Machine Connection to send CTRL + ALT + DEL to the virtual machine.

Thanks Ben!!!