Apparently if you ever hook up a USB keyboard to a Windows 7 or 8 computer it will turn off PS/2 keyboard support. Why it does this is anybody’s guess, but I assume it’s some opinionated MS tech forcing people to ditch their old clackity IBM Type-M keyboards once and for all.
To get it working you simply have to open regedit. Then find the following key:
Edit the Start value and set it to 1. For me it was set to 3, and setting it to 1 and rebooting left the keyboard functional instead of turning it off after Windows started.
I’ve been spending my free time playing with Unity 3D, a game development platform which publishes to everything from smart phones to computers to game consoles.
The free version lacks some key features, of course. But the tutorials allow you to very easily create fun games in a few hours. They give you the visual assets, of course.
So far I’ve done the roll-a-ball, Space Shooter and Stealth tutorials. It feels really a rewarding to see the results.
I’ve been trying to create decent touch controls, but it’s really difficult.
This command lists the services currently running with their PIDs. Very useful for finding out which service is using a particular port.
This command lists open ports with PIDs.
Of course there are windows applications to show you these things (Resource Manager) but it’s nice to know there are command line ways of doing the same thing.
Well here’s a fun problem. WAMP wouldn’t start, so I did netstat -aon.
I looked up the PID beside the listening port 80 and found that SKYPE was serving port 80 and 443 for some unknown reason. Seems Skype in all their wisdom made it a default setting to use the web service ports as an alternate incoming port number.
For many users this might be fine because they’ll never need to run a web server on their machine. For a web developer, however, those ports are crucial. Why this is a default setting is beyond me.
Find the Tools Menu and select Options. In the dialogue that opens Click the Advanced Sidebar Tab and select Connections. In that dialogue, pictured above, you will find the default setting. Turn it off to get your port 80 and 443 back.
This year my fiancée and I have decided to enjoy December in Japan. She’s already left today, and I’ll be joining her in mid-December.
This is all very exciting. I’ll miss her, but I’m also really happy that she’s able to go on this adventure.
I can’t wait to meet her in Kyoto.