September 10, 2011
Working in Synergy
It’s a Melbourne Spring Saturday. Typical. Doesn’t know whether to be warm as summer or breezy and cold as in winter. “The lawn (well, better call it grass) in the back is a bit long” – she says to me pointedly. Hmmm. I'm in weekend recovery mode and not quite favouring energetic activity at the moment. The best I can muster is to install Synergy onto the old faithful desktop and the stainless steel skinned (well, it’s aluminium, actually) HP ProBook 4530s, with Sheila Majid singing in the background (yes, I know, from that era when my hair was still majorly black). Should I have a look at the Indonesian Festival today, the 10th September, or tomorrow? They’re at Queensbridge Square instead of Fed Square – maybe they’ve been pushed out by MSFW activities? Or maybe the Fed is getting too expensive to book?
Anyway, two things whilst I’ve got my nerd hat on. Synergy allows you to specify a different network card interface by typing in a static IP address when it is acting as server but if your machine has more than one network card (wireless and wired) and you want to run it as client, it doesn’t want to listen. Hmmm.
And, photographically speaking, we do care about the “look” on our LCD monitor. I’ve noticed that desktops, especially with DVI interface, automatically do their best to the LCD monitor. Notebooks on the other hand, hum and haw because they have their internal LCD screen – when you connect them to an external monitor, the display looks a little sub-optimal – neither the quality of the internal screen nor the quality of the external monitor – and that’s with the internal LCD screen off.
While those things are on the slow cooker percolating through Google searches, how’re you doin?
Update: A few hours is a very short time in IT. Just found out via The Windows Club that at Microsoft’s Garage, Vietnamese developer Truong Do has produced the Mouse Without Borders program – it offers better security, shared clipboard (inclusive of screen captures) across up to 4 Windows PCs, drag and drop files and personalised login screens.
What’s better than one PC with 2 screens? Well, 2 PCs, each with one screen each that are controlled by one keyboard and one mouse, so that CPU and Disk intensive activity are completely isolated per PC.