Thursday, November 19, 2009

How to use a Mac Keyboard with Windows with remapping

Update 14 Nov 2010: I only remapped the left command key so when I'm using my Vista machine to VNC to the Mac server, the right key still works as the Command key. Handy! So you can use it where applicable as well.

Update 19 Nov 2009: Mac Keyboard also works with Xbox 360. No big surprise there, but it does.

Update 17 Feb 2009: the Mac Pro keyboard Volume Up, Down, and Mute all work in Vista as is. Cool. The Mac Pro mouse works of course too.


Ok, I know most of the keys work. But mainly, if you have a KVM switch hooked to a Mac and a PC or plug a keyboard back and forth between the two, you have certain annoyances.

What bugged me was going from Command-C to copy on the Mac and Ctrl-C to copy on the PC. Ditto that for closing browser tabs, etc etc.

They keyboard's the same but having to remember Ctrl or Command based on what computer the keyboard is hooked to was a pain.

Enter a fine program called KeyTweak that lets you remap your keys on Windows. I remapped my left Command key to be a Ctrl key, so now the combinations I used most are the same on both computers.

The right Command key is equivalent to the Windows key still, so that's available, and the Ctrl key is unchanged.

Hope it helps. Now buy something from Amazon over on the right side. :)

7 Kinds of Awesome Chili

I made this, but then performed the following magic:

I cooked it basically as the recipe on the box, but I used 1.3 lbs of ground chuck in a coarse chili meat size grind, and I took the meat out of 1lb of Beer Brats from Target. I used one 8 oz can of HEB whole tomatoes with chilis and 1 can of HEB diced tomatoes with chilis and blended them in a blender instead of tomato sauce. You could substitute the Ro*Tel brand but the HEB is cheaper. Both cans were 'mild'. I also added about 1/8 cup of honey and 1/8th cup of raw sugar (You can find it on the coffee aisle.) Why honey and raw sugar? The honey makes it richer, and you get a bit of a sweet taste (not much) at first, then the spice gives you that 'Ahem'-clear your throat-feel when you swallow it. A bit more complex. You'll get that on every bite. A bit sweet, then spice. I also added 1 tbsp of black bean garlic sauce, which is an oriental item so look on that aisle. And a half cube of chicken bouillon. I'm lazy, so I just dumped the masa flour straight in. Didn't mix it first with water.

I added 1 cup of dry pinto beans that were prepped by simmering until tender, and drained. Continue cooking for a few hours.

Of course, you can use spicier Ro*Tel versions or less sugar, less black bean garlic sauce, etc to season to taste.

I ate some at about 930PM and I had started cooking it about 4-5pm. I had to make myself stop and put the bowl away, it's that good. The sweet-spicy taste cycle really makes you want to keep shoveling it.

If you can really wait, eat it the next day as with most chili and stews so the flavors come together.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Netflix Rating System: New option

I saw that Netflix has a new rating system. Instead of one star up to 5 stars, it is now one collapsed star up to 5 stars.

(click me)

Photoshop contest anyone?

Free Beastie Boys Tracks has a free copy of Doublecheck your head you can download. MP3 format, so it works everywhere.

So whatcha want?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mystery Jelly or: Granny, is that you?

Actually, it's a cinnamon apple butter. I think.

I opened it yesterday, because it was a rather opaque brown, and curiosity just got the better of me.

It was contained in a glass jar like the middle jar, only with the old fashioned two part lid consisting of a center piece and outer ring in a brass colored metal.

That style of jar is a 'Ball Quilted Crystal Jelly Jar'. That has a certain southern genteel ring to it.

It was oversweet, but with a good flavor. I'm enjoying it as I write this with crunchy peanut butter on wheat bread. (Yes, I'm typing by pressing keys with the sandwich.)

My only remorse, is that I don't know if my dear departed grandmother made it. She passed away in 2003. Which means this 'jelly' might be old, for jelly.

I mean, I'm not remorseful about eating old preserved goods, but I mean I wish I knew.

At worst, it's a lovely reminder because it's the sort of thing she might have made. If it were figs in a strawberry jello concoction, or just straight up figs then I could be more sure.

And if you know for a fact that you gave me some homemade apple butter, please keep it to yourself and leave me my illusions.

Anyone got biscuits made in a cast iron pan?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

2009: The Last Thanksgiving

I was putting a pencil to some facts and figures and I've discovered that according to my calculations (which let's admit, are invariably infallible) that 2009 should be the last year for Thanksgiving. As you can see, this relatively non-commercial holiday (and therefore irrelevant) will be overshadowed completely by next year.

I can't wait until it's time for Christmas Two!

Happy Love Day everyone.
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