Resolving remote desktop copy-paste not functioning

I’m a big fan of using remote desktop and local virtual machines in my development environment as different projects I am contributing too have different, sometimes conflicting, sets of tools and versions of these. I also need virgin VMs to test built outputs without the side effect of having all the development tools installed.

An annoying issue is that the much convenient copy-paste service between the VM host and VM guest is not very stable. As the user you end up simply having elements you copy on one side not available on the other (no error is shown, the error is silent). The brute force and inconvenient solution is to restart both the VM guest and VM host. That can be quite disruptive when you are in the middle of something.

There is a rather simple workaround for this, albeit arcane. You need to restart the rdclip.exe process. In windows 10, you will find it in Task Manager Processes view under the same RDP Clipboard Monitor (RDP stands likely for Remote Desktop Process). Terminate that process, then run (Win+R) rdpclip.exe

Do this in both the VM host and the VM guest.

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2014 en révision

Les lutins statisticiens de ont préparé le rapport annuel 2014 de ce blog.

En voici un extrait :

Un tramway de San Francisco peut contenir 60 personnes. Ce blog a été visité 3 100 fois en 2014. S’il était un de ces tramways, il aurait dû faire à peu près 52 voyages pour transporter tout le monde.

Cliquez ici pour voir le rapport complet.

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Teryaki sauce home recipe

Work and trials in progress


  • 1/4 rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced green onion
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seed


heat up rice white on medium high heat in small sauce pan. Add garlic, ginger and green onion. Stir to mix. Add sugar and honey. Stir again. Add soy sauce and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes. Add corn starch to thicken, stir. Add sesame seed and let cool off.

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Baked bacon gnocchi with bell pepper

Makes 6 servings


  • Cooktop and oven
  • Shifter
  • Small sauce pan, for the white sauce
  • Large sauce pan, for boiling the gnocchi
  • Blender or food processor to puree the vegetables
  • Large skillet, for reducing the vegetable puree
  • Large baking dish, enough to contain all the ingredients


  • 15 minutes preparation
  • 45 minutes cooking, if you do things in parallel.

Boil enough salted water in the large sauce pan for all the gnocchi.

In the meantime, in the food processor or blender, puree the bell peppers, green onion and garlic. Use one tablespoon of water to help the machine do the puree. Add small amount of black pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in the large skillet, then poor the puree at medium heat to reduce, stirring if needed, for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has mostly evaporated.

While the puree is reducing, the water should start boiling. Add the gnocchi and cook until the gnocchi come to the surface, about 3 minutes. Drain well, and spread half at the bottom of the large baking dish.

Preheat the oven at 375 F (for traditional oven; convection oven should adjust the temperature down).

Melt butter in the small saucepan over low heat. Shift flour and stir it in the butter until smooth. Add milk, stirring again until smooth. Remove from heat and use half to put on top of the first layer of gnocchi in the baking dish.

Spoon over half of the vegetable puree. Spoon over half of the sour cream. Spread half of the bacon and grated cheese over. Repeat for a second layer with all ingredients, finishing with the grated cheese to get a nice crust after baking.

Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. The dish will be very hot, allow to cool a bit after serving and before eating.

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The milihelen

Ladies, can you launch a ship? Congratulations, you achieved one milihelen on this (humorous) scale of beauty. Can you beach a ship? Erh… -0.001!

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Hiring a senior developer for IT enterprise software service

I am hiring – developers with C#, .Net, web services and/or SQL background, please take a look.

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How to apply for internship at Microsoft

(Sharing this in a blog post as several people asked me for internships on LinkedIn.)

For internships you should contact the recruiter associated with your region and university. You can find this person on the Microsoft career website. Go there:

And select “Student or recent grad ->” (United States). Then on the top right corner, select “Find Recruiters & Events”.

If you do get in, there is a big interns community at Microsoft and the internship experience is amazing (I have not gotten the chance myself but I managed and mentored several interns at Microsoft).

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