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  1. I'm pleased to donate, on behalf of myself, a $50 Gift Certificate to ThinkGeek.com. After all the BBQ has given me, the least I can do is give a little something back . What will you buy with it? Maybe you're feeling classy. Or retro. Or snuggly. Or you know what? Who even cares. You'll find something.
  2. If you only knew the "gestures" I've made at my computer over the last 5 years dealing with this issue . OK, so upon applying this fix to my work VM this morning, I found a new wrinkle. The basic cause & steps to fix are the same, but the starting configuration has a minor difference. This is with a brand new Parallels VM created from scratch with Windows 8.1 a couple weeks ago. I installed LabVIEW 2014 and a couple other applications, but it's basically a "clean" VM. I'm posting this since I imagine there will be other people stumbling through here over the months/years with brand new VMs – more than those of us with VMs from Parallels 4, to be sure . Anyway, when I went to Control Panel >> Change Input Methods dialog, the only input method installed was the "United States (Apple) - Parallels" one. In order to switch to a different one ("US" in my case), I had to actually Add the "US" layout, then Remove the Parallels one. Interestingly, in this case I did not need to restart Windows afterward. So that's more like Jonas's experience.
  3. For future reference, and perhaps a different way to fix this at the root cause, without monkeying with Windows settings, this Parallels support forum post recommends the following: (copied from the post in case it disappears some day, cleaned up for readability) Shut down your Windows virtual machine. From Parallels Desktop menu go to Window -> Virtual Machines List -> right-click on your virtual machine -> select 'Show in Finder' (note this applies to Parallels 8; other Parallels versions have different menus/windows) Right-click on the .pvm file for your virtual machine -> select 'Show package contents' Open config.pvs using TextEdit Locate the "KeyboardLayoutSync" tag and change its 'Enabled' value to '0' (zero) Close config.pvs, saving changes
  4. First of all... Jonas, you da man. Thank you very very much. This is such a huge help, and I've waited a long, long time for it. Jack's HOWTO didn't work for me (under Windows 8.1) because I oddly don't seem to have the "Keyboards and Languages" tab he mentions. I Googled around quite a bit trying to figure out how to get it to show up, but to no avail. However, I was still able to fix the problem via basically the same steps along a different route. Maybe this will be helpful to someone.... Step 1. Open the Control Panel and select "Change input methods". Step 2. You should see two keyboard layouts installed under whatever your selected language is. Click "Options". Step 3. Click "Remove" next to "United States (Apple) - Parallels". Step 4. Click "Save". Step 5. Note that you've only got one keyboard layout now: "US". Step 6. Restart Windows. (This apparently wasn't necessary for Jonas, but it definitely was required for me.)
  5. And the beat goes on. I have now experienced this problem ("Ctrl+Shift keyboard shortcuts don't work in LabVIEW") twice on completely different Parallels 10 VMs... (1) I have a years-old Windows 7 64-bit VM that has never exhibited the problem, across multiple Parallels updates (probably since Parallels 7). The other day I upgraded it to Windows 8.1 64-bit (which required reinstalling all my apps) and when I reinstalled LabVIEW 2014 I discovered it was affected by The Problem. (Edit: Note that this VM did not exhibit The Problem in Parallels 10 at first – the issue appeared when I updated it to Windows 8.1.) (2) I created a new Windows 8.1 64-bit VM from scratch, and upon installing LabVIEW 2014 I discovered it was affected by The Problem. So whatever the root cause of this issue is, it clearly hasn't gone away in Parallels 10.
  6. Seeing everyone at the BBQ is one of the highlights of my year. Anybody got any limerick topic requests?
  7. Ah, how I love this issue. Since I keep getting mentioned (and since Eli is new to the problem) I'll summarize what I know. And Eli, if there's anything I can do to help work this inside NI, please ping me privately. I would be happy to help, and I've banged my head against this for quite some time. Like Jack said, I'm pretty sure this actually is LabVIEW's problem. That's based on a couple datapoints: LabVIEW is literally the only application this problem appears in. Additionally, the exact same shortcuts (Ctrl+Shift+E, Ctrl+Shift+W, etc.) do work in other apps in the VMs. This makes it extraordinarily difficult to get help from the Parallels people, since no one but LabVIEW users (on Parallels) can reproduce the problem, and it doesn't even affect 100% of us! There are a few apps (Jack pointed me to one but I forget it now) that display keypress captures in Windows. These tools all report that the keys seem to be caught correctly by Windows, so whatever is going on seems to be happening inside Windows on the VM, not at the Mac/VM boundary. My gut says that the cause is probably wrapped up somewhere in an interaction between Parallels Tools and... I dunno... something in the way LabVIEW registers for keypresses? Let me fill in a little more background on this, since I've been dealing with this issue for a long time. First off, anyone who is affected by this issue take note: whatever your experience is, it's basically a single sample. Several times I've thought I figured out a pattern to the issue, but I've always found a counter-example usually from my own later experience. Here's what I know for sure, based on direct personal observation: (Definition: by "the issue" I mean "LabVIEW doesn't recognize 3-key shortcuts, e.g. Ctrl+Shift+E, Ctrl+Shift+W, Ctrl+Shift+Z, etc., when running in Parallels.") The issue has been happening since at least Parallels 6. I have personally witnessed it on every recent release of Parallels (6, 7, and 8) except Parallels 9, but obviously Omar has seen it on Parallels 9. The issue occurs in Windows XP VMs as well as Windows 7 VMs. The issue occurs most frequently when upgrading VMs between versions of Parallels, but also can occur on brand-new VMs. The issue is only triggered by upgrading or new-VM creation. I.e. the issue doesn't just spontaneously occur out of the blue. Once a VM is affected by the issue, it's affected forever. Upgrading to an even later version of Parallels will not "fix" it. The issue is not related to a specific version of LabVIEW. I've seen VMs with anything from LabVIEW 2009 through 2012 affected, and it (rather obviously) affects all versions of LabVIEW on a given VM. If a VM becomes affected by the issue when upgrading, I have had some success in rolling back to a non-upgraded Time Machine backup of the VM and re-running the upgrade. I.e. there seems to be some "luck factor" in whether a given upgrade works out or not. As you can understand, this is one of the most inscrutable and frustrating things about running LabVIEW in Parallels.
  8. JKI will provide two prizes this year: Prize #1: LabVIEW for Everyone, 3rd Edition, signed by Jim Kring Prize #2: An AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter that you control with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
  9. Couldn't miss it if I tried!
  10. I'm sorry to hear you feel "disgusted." The idea of the Summit isn't to keep ideas bottled up; it's to create an environment for CLAs to really let loose so ideas can flourish, with the knowledge that no one will be daunted by technical complexity or lost due to lack of experience. We have to set the bar somewhere, and NI has chosen to set it at "must have CLA," which I think is a pretty reasonable choice. Hopefully those CLAs take what they learn and create, and go home and share that with their colleagues & customers. I know that when I've gone, the energy of having lots of people who really, really love LabVIEW all together in the same room is pretty inspiring. How would you envision that happening? If you can provide suggestions for how CLAs can do more to contribute back to the community I think you'd find receptive ears. I'm confident nobody at the Summit wants to prevent open discussions. An alternative solution would be to go to your boss and tell him/her how valuable the Summit looks, and how disgusting it is to miss out, and how much more valuable you think you'd be to the company if you had your CLA .
  11. (cross-posted to the NI CLA Forum; you'll need to be a CLA to view that link) Do you care about software licensing? As evidenced by this exciting thread from last year, some of us (including me) obviously do . Here's the deal: I'm going to be leading a session at the CLA Summit Americas on Software Licensing. I want to make sure I have the areas of focus dialed in so that everyone gets useful information out of the hour we'll have together. Whether you're a CLA or not, and whether you're coming to the Summit or not, can you please post software licensing questions or concerns that affect you or your business? This will help me capture as broad an understanding of people as possible. Here are some seeds to get you thinking: Do your consulting customers ever ask you about licensing issues with your software? What questions do they ask? Have you ever had a project fail due to licensing issues? What was the core hang-up? If you make (or are considering making) LabVIEW add-ons for the LabVIEW Tools Network, is there anything related to licensing that you're kind of stuck or can't understand? Software licensing is a big topic with lots of tricky details. What do you feel like you just don't understand? Thanks! P.S. If you have some licensing question or story that you'd rather not share publicly for some reason, feel free to PM it to me!
  12. Interesting question, for sure. My take on it is this: By uploading the code in question to ni.com, you're unquestionably granting NI the rights defined in the ni.com ToS. That much is clear. But now someone else (not NI) comes along and downloads that code from ni.com. What rights does the downloader have? Going back to the ToS again, the "Use of Software" section seems to cover it pretty clearly: "Use of all software that you download from this Site ('Software') is subject to the license terms of the applicable software license agreement for such Software." So I think you're right -- you could easily post code on ni.com and say, "This is BSD," while still implicitly granting NI all the broad rights covered in the ToS. A clearer way to do it, though, would be to send it privately to NI (post it in a private group?) and then also post it on LAVA as BSD where it's less liable to confuse/frighten people.
  13. Doubly funny because it's filmed literally at the registration desk.
  14. I didn't comment on your CC example primarily because you didn't link to the full license and there are a lot of CC licenses. It appears to be CC0 1.0 Universal? This is, flatly, incorrect except in extreme cases. You are the author of the code, and you retain copyright over it. Whether any version you create is a derivative is immaterial because you, as the author and copyright holder, are not bound by the license under which other people use the work. The exception to this would be if you assigned the copyright on the code to someone else. But that's not a license, that's an assignment of copyright (and you'd be bound by the license under which they licensed it back to you, if any). Completely different animal, but see below about your cherry-picked CC example. Nor was I, which is another part of why I only responded to one of the specific examples you brought up. We can do as many examples as you'd like, though. As a side note, you mentioned that you'd gotten yourself into a bind with regard to a license that locked you in to something you didn't want. What license was that? It doesn't waive all your rights, though. It gives you the exact same rights as everyone else who wants to use it under the terms of the Creative Commons. And for what it's worth, CC0 1.0 Universal is literally one of the most permissive licenses on the planet. You picked a true edge case, which I'd go so far as to say is really more an assignment of copyright (to the Commons) than a license (to users), but that's a bit of a semantic grey area. You say you're talking about licensing in general, but you're conjuring up very specific hypothetical straw men. With apologies, this is again completely incorrect. Refer to the way mySQL does it. You basically have two options with mySQL: (1) Use it under the GPL, with all the rights and restrictions afforded to you (and your derivative works) under that license. (2) Use it under a proprietary commercial license which is completely at odds with the GPL. The proprietary license here is absolutely not an extension or clarification of the GPL, not least because I think one of the terms of the GPL is that it not be modified or extended. So yes, you can conjure up approaches to dual-licensing that don't make sense and wouldn't work in the real world. But that doesn't change the fact that dual-licensing exists, and works.
  15. That's only true if you chose a license that doesn't fit your future needs. I have released multiple pieces of software (not all in LabVIEW) over the years under various licenses (GPL, LGPL, BSD, MIT, proprietary), and I have never been put in a difficult position by any of them, even when commercial issues or dual licensing were involved. Right, but this is a huge distinction from saying "I relinquish all my software rights to you." Under the GPL, the author doesn't "relinquish" any rights -- they just grant additional rights to users beyond what typical "non-free" licenses do. This irrevocability thing gets to another misconception about the GPL. I'm not saying you're committing this error, but lots of people do . Rights granted under the GPL are irrevocable for the specific source code covered by the license. Once you release the source code (say it's Widget Factory v1.2) under the GPL, that version is covered by those license terms forever. However, because you are the author, you can still: (1) License Widget Factory 1.2 under any other license you want, including any proprietary or closed-source licenses. Again, mySQL is the best example of this. (2) Continue development of Widget Factory and release v1.3 (and any other future versions) under a non-GPL license (or any license you wish), or not release them at all. The GPL applies to Widget Factory 1.2, but that's it unless and until you release future versions under the GPL as well. Note that the word "irrevocable" here is really covering the case where the author wants to say, "Just kidding!" and to undo a grant of license for something that already exists. It doesn't bind them to anything for any future development. I'm afraid I don't understand this sentence. Dual licensing is "applicable" whenever an author releases something under two licenses, and it's not clear to me what "relinquishes an authors rights restriction" means. Can you help me understand?
  16. I think you're mixing "I relinquish all my software rights to you" with "I grant you a license to use this software subject to these restrictions (or without restriction)." The first is a transfer of intellectual property rights, while the second is not. "Public Domain" is not a license. The author of a work can place a work in the public domain by choice, or works can enter the public domain subject to various criteria, which differ based on local laws. A work in the public domain does not require a license to use, precisely because it's in the public domain. If by "Non-Commercial" you're referring to a specific CC license (e.g. CC-BY NC), then the answer is, "Works that are in the public domain are in the public domain, while works that are licensed by their authors as "CC-BY NC" are provided to others under the terms of that license." Clarification, since the semantics actually matter here... "Work for hire" means the entity hiring the developer owns the licenseintellectual property created and is free to do with it what they want because they own it.
  17. This is a common misconception about licensing. The author of a work remains the copyright holder to what they create no matter how they license it, and they retain the right to license their creations to other people under any other terms they want. This is exactly how MySQL licensing works. In other words, just because code is uploaded to LAVA under CC or BSD or GPL or whatever, that doesn't mean that NI can't work directly with the author of that code to get it under a license they're happier with. While I'm on the subject, I fully support this idea .
  18. I'm just dropping by to register my name on the small (but growing?) list of people who've seen the same problem as Jack. In my case, I had the following: Windows 7 64-bit VM (in Parallels 7) LV2011 I saw exactly the same symptoms Jack describes; they began to appear when I upgraded the VM from Parallels 6 to Parallels 7. In my case, I fought with it for about 2 full days then finally gave up and rolled back to Parallels 6 from a backup. Recently I was forced to upgrade to Parallels 7 (required for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion compatibility). This time, as if by magic or dumb luck, the problem has not recurred. However, given that Jack & I have both seen this I'm sort of living in fear of every new Parallels or LabVIEW update that I apply.
  19. As usual, a few people paid cash for the BBQ but inquired about how to get a receipt for the purchase. Perhaps you might consider pre-registering next year but in the meantime please feel free to use this completely official LAVA / OpenG NIWeek 2012 BBQ receipt!
  20. TICKET PRE-SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. There are still tickets remaining but you have to find me at the show to buy them. Finding Me: I will be around the JKI booth (#630) quite a lot, especially on Tuesday. You might also want to catch me after my presentation on Tuesday morning: (TS8244) Secret Sauce: Non-LabVIEW Tools to Make You a Better LabVIEW DeveloperTuesday, August 7 – 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Room 12B Paying Me: I'm going to try to take in-person purchases with credit cards this year but the system isn't well-tested so I can't guarantee anything. Cash is preferred . See you all very soon!
  21. Awesome! Thanks for the love. IMPORTANT TICKET BUYING UPDATE I will be shutting down online ticket presales on Sunday. If you don't buy your ticket by then, you will need to find me at the show (at JKI's Booth #630, or elsewhere) to get one. Please buy early if you can. At some point on Monday tickets will become limited. You don't want to be that guy who's chasing me around trying to get the last ticket, do you? DO YOU?!? No, you don't. In other news, this year's BBQ is shaping up to be a huge success! Check out this presales graph... (note the date is corrected so the lines match up even though NIWeek is ~1 week later on the calendar this year)
  22. JKI is pleased to add to the high geek factor pile: we're donating this shiny new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Pssst... we're hiring. If you love LabVIEW and you're a CLD/CLA (or on your way there), you should definitely visit Booth #630. If you do it before the BBQ, I might even let you hold the box the Nexus 7 is in .
  23. --- UPDATE 2012-08-05: Ticket pre-sales are now closed. If you need to buy a ticket at NIWeek, this post has what you need to know. --- It's that time of year again! Are you coming to NIWeek 2012? Do you want to enjoy cold beers and hot mesquite BBQ with your friends from LAVA, OpenG, and the whole LabVIEW Community? Then come to the 2012 LAVA / OpenG NIWeek Bar-B-Q! Year after year we bring together all your best online (and real-life!) friends from LAVA (LabVIEW Advanced Virtual Architects), OpenG (home of LabVIEW's open source community), and even the leaders in NI LabVIEW R&D. Come enjoy great barbecue with great people away from the hustle & bustle of the convention floor. Menu*: Mesquite BBQ beef brisket, chicken, and pork ribs. Potato salad, pinto beans, and coleslaw, and iced tea. There'll be a cash bar, and they have a great selection of brews. Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012, 7:00 PM (after the NIWeek "Block Diagram Party") Location: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Cost: $30 per person How to buy a ticket: Ticket pre-sales closed. See here to buy a ticket at the conference. *Vegetarian food is available on request -- PM Justin here for info. What to Wear: A LAVA T-Shirt, of course! Door Prizes Galore: Everyone is in the running for one of there super door prizes donated by other LAVA members. (You're welcome to offer up a prize too - hint, hint!)
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