windows stuck in insert mode – vmware/apple keyboard

I’ve done this before – running windows XP in vmware fusion on a mac(book), using the an apple super thin usb keyboard, somehow accidentally get myself into insert mode. Following the keyboard mapping advice on the apple site got me nowhere, but eventually found the solution as a post in the vmware forum:-

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/73504

“On my Apple USB keyboard, I found that the zero key on the keypad (that is, the wide 0 key to the left of the period key) toggles insert mode in Windows XP.

If pressing this key generates a zero instead, try toggling Num Lock. On my keyboard, the “clear” button (just above the 7 and just below the reduce-volume button) functions as Num Lock.”

archived comments

Hey man, I feel your pain!! (But me on Parallels!) Thanks for sharing!

Btw – i recognize that view of Tobacco factory garden in ur twitter background! i worked there last year 🙂

benjee 2009-01-30 11:07:51

On the Apple Macbook Pro the key combo for getting out of insert mode while using Parallels is “fn + m”. This would correspond to the zero key in num lock mode.

Sterling 2009-05-22 17:08:45

Web Developers Conference 2008

UWE Web Development Conference

Yesterday was the second Web Developers Conference at the Watershed, Bristol. The attendees are 50% UWE students and 50% industry professionals – some local and some from further afield. The idea is that the students – many of whom are looking for placements, or jobs to start when their couses finish – get some exposure to the industry. There were several excellent talks during the day and two panels – the second of which I was lucky enough to be participate in. A good day – all the speakers and panelists I spoke to enjoyed it, and hopefully the students got something out of it too – roll on next year!

Update: I mistakenly implied that this was a UWE event. In fact although the UWE help with this event it was thought of and run by organiser Alex Older – many thanks for all your hard work Alex!

World Plone Day – Bristol, UK

Today is World Plone Day.

From the website:

“The World Plone Day (WPD) is a worldwide event. Our goal is to promote and educate the worldwide public about of the benefits of using Plone in education, government, ngos, and in business.”

We held an event in Bristol, which I streamed and recorded via ustream – available here. I did a lightning talk on how to use plone out-of-the-box as a small company intranet and searchable knowledge base, other talks included “big plone”, contributing code back to the community and KSS.

The video was streamed straight from the webcam and built in mic on my macbook, so the sound quality isn’t great, especially when the fan kicked in, but it was a bit of a last minute effort. Next time it will be camera, mic and tripod!