Goodbye KVM hardware. Hellooooo Synergy software! 

For years I have wanted an easier and more effective way to quickly switch from one PC to another using the same keyboard/mouse.  Until today I had to manually switch my keyboard and mouse or use a KVM.  For me the KVM didn't work well when screen resolutions were different - and the PC's were slow in recognizing the now active keyboard and mouse in either situation.

And wouldn't sharing the clipboard between PC's be great?  That all seemed like a dream... until now.

The answer is here - its software - and its free!

Synergy is free and open source, and according to their website always will be! Still if you like it remember to donate $10.00 or such to keep the developers motivated.  They ask you for $50 which is a bit much for personal use but very reasonable for a business environment.

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From their website:

Synergy lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk.

  • Supported on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
  • Simply move your mouse to any computer and start typing.
  • Copy and paste between all of your computers.
  • Encryption keeps sensitive data safe on public networks.
  • Save space on your desktop by using one keyboard and mouse.
  • All you need is a network connection (no extra cables).

Replacing hardware functionality with software.  I love technology.

Posted by Joe Vago Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:52:00 AM Categories: software utilities

The 2013 Award for the Best Browser Goes to… Firefox 

On June 30, 2013 Adam Overa at Tom’s Hardware posted his 2013 browser benchmark results online.  The thorough test looks at all aspects of browser performance -  including start-up times, rendering, memory use, reliability and standards support.  Yay for completeness.

This year’s winner is somewhat surprising to me … Firefox.

Firefox is my favorite browser but Chrome is often the Developers choice... typically.  When I am just browsing I tried to get used to Chrome but Firefox was just... better for me.

Firefox's reputation for speed and efficiency had been damaged in recent years - mostly by articles & blog posts about how Chrome was the fastest and most met CSS3 and Javascript standards.  And I found that to be true in my little tests. But apparently in the complete picture Firefox kicks butt. 

Kudos to Mozilla for stepping up and turning the situation around. At least on Windows.

Firefox comes top in relatively few tests but it’s often in a strong second or third place and offers good performance in all areas. Chrome leads in many speed tests but is let down by start-up times, multi-tab memory use and its shocking reliability result.  Who knew?

A quick glance at the chart may lead you to conclude there’s a gaping chasm between the best and worst browsers. Don’t believe it. While tests such as this are interesting, the applications are closer than they’ve ever been — no single browser is an outright winner in all areas.  But I still recommending avoiding IE 10 - and lower versions even more so.

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Posted by Joe Vago Monday, July 8, 2013 12:33:00 AM
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