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Jun 22 2006

Synergy Software

Recently I picked up a MAC to put in my office at work as a second computer along with my PC. Since they were two different computers, I had two monitors with two keyboards and two mice. I didn’t want to take up that much room on my desk and after talking to a co-worker of mine, he told me about Synergy.

Synergy: [noun] a mutually advantageous conjunction of distinct elements

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all.

This is the coolest piece of software that I have seen in a long time and if you don’t like it, I will be shocked. In my office we have it running between 3 systems and there is only one keyboard and mouse for all of them.

Main Page: http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

Configuration: http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/running.html

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About the author

Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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