Remote Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

I often use Microsoft’s remote desktop software to connect to various machines. My hands also use shortcuts for various actions via pure muscle memory. However, when using remote desktop, the operating system interprets many keystrokes as destined for the host operating system. This makes perfect sense but usually sends me scrambling to find the keyboard equivalent for the remote session.

The shortcuts are documented on various websites and in Microsoft’s own documentation. I will add yet another page on the web with this information purely for my own convenience.

Display Windows Security dialog CTRL+ALT+DEL CTRL+ALT+END
Windows Menu N/A ALT+DELETE
Action Host Remote
Switch between programs ALT+TAB ALT+PAGE UP
Copy snapshot of active window to clipboard PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+MINUS (on keypad)
Copy snapshot of full session to clipboard ALT+PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+PLUS (on keypad)


TED – How great leaders inspire action

ReadWrite Web had a post entitled "10 Inspiring TED Talks for Startups" on July 13, 2010. This series of posts are my notes from those videos.

Simon Sinek
September 2009
(18 min, 5 secs)

Why are some companies so more innovative than others? Why did certain historical figures achieve items and others did not?

Golden Circle
Inner – why (why do something, why something exists)
Middle – how (some know how they do it…)
Outer – what (everyone knows what they do…)

Inspired people and organizations work from the inside out.

These rings actually map with areas of our brain and how we think and feel.

If your staff believes in the dream they will work with their heads and hearts. Otherwise, they will only work for a paycheck. People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.

Law of Diffusion Innovation
2.5% – Innovators
13.5% – Early Adopters
34% – Early Majority
34% – Late Majority
16% – Laggards

Need to achieve 15% mind share before tipping to success. (Crossing the Chasm)

Example of Failure: Tivo – technology advanced, well funded, name is a verb, commercial failure. They told us what they had only vs. why they have it.

Example of Success: Dr. King’s March on Washington. How was is coordinated? People took what he believed and told others to all show up. Why did they do it? For what they believe – not just to hear Dr. King speak.

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Multicore and Multithreaded Programming Links from July 2010 SW Engineering Notes

The following links were published in the July 2010 ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes in the "Surfing the Net for Software Engineering Notes" by Mark Doernhoefer. This issues topic was Multicore and Multithreaded Programming.


July 2010 mensming Twitter Posts

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Neither Lowe’s nor Home Depot will quote me wood by the cubit. How can I get my ark built otherwise?
Jul 31, 2010

Managing a really remote data center –
Jul 30, 2010

Are Bug Sprints a Scrum Best Practice or a Scrum Anti-Pattern? –
Jul 29, 2010

New Linux OS REMnux Designed For Reverse Engineering Malware –
Jul 28, 2010

WD-40 Goes Retro –
Jul 26, 2010

Good article – I use Evernote instead – Use a Daily Log to Keep Yourself Focused on Productivity –
Jul 24, 2010

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage." – Mark Russell
Jul 17, 2010

RT @testinggeek: Adressing ‘pesticide paradox’ in auotmation by introducing some randomisation.
Jul 13, 2010

Startup Software Quality –
Jul 12, 2010

RT @java: How to be a worse programmer – Any additions to the list?
Jul 9, 2010

RT @garrettgillas: Drinking Its Own Champagne – Amazon Moves Its Own Enterprise to the Cloud
Jul 7, 2010

SW Eng Radio: Episode 164: Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin –
Jul 6, 2010

Or company name – oh wait it is everywhere:* RT @mfeathers: Fact of life: Nvr put the name of your prod. in names in your code.
Jul 4, 2010

RT @SeleniumExample: Stack Exchange Q&A site proposal: Selenium
Jul 2, 2010

GTAC 2010 Keynote Speakers –
Jul 2, 2010

RT @AutomatedTester: Thanks to @erwandf we appear to have hit the minimum requirements for Selenium StackExchange Proposal. WOOOHOOO
Jul 2, 2010

Why engineers don’t like Twitter –
Jul 1, 2010