Monday, May 23, 2005

Software Synergy

Maybe it's just a nerd thing, but I've been in several situations where I wanted to have two or more computers on the same desk so I could handle multiple tasks, but that usually involves multiple keyboards and mice (unless you want to go through the process of setting up a switch box and deal with all the extra wires.)

Now there's a nifty little software solution called "Synergy." This open source bit of software allows you to control multiple computers from a single keyboard and mouse. Simply move the mouse to the edge of the screen and it moves to the next screen. The keyboard only controls the computer that the mouse is displayed on. What's really neat is that this system works for windows Mac and Linux systems so you can hook up almost any combination of systems and control them as though they were part of the same work station. It could be REALLY useful for people who need to run applications on multiple platforms.

Now all I need is to do is get more computers so I can use this software!

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