guenievre: (canna change)
For those of you who keep multiple computers on your desk, I wanted to share a tool I *adore* at the moment:

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

What does it do? well, I have 2 computers on my desk - a Windows laptop with 2 monitors, and a Macbook. With this software, my keyboard and mouse are split between them, with no physical KVM switch - as far as *using* it, it's just like switching moving your mouse between monitors, though obviously you can't move windows between them. You *can*, however, cut and paste.

Works easily on Windows, and works well on Mac, though is slightly harder to use (I still haven't figured out a way to start the @$#@ thing without going into a terminal window. Which is tedious, but worth it.) Theoretically works on Unix, though I haven't tried it there.

Oh, and free is good. :)

No affiliation, just sharing because it's cool.
guenievre: (inifinite possibilities)
So on [livejournal.com profile] siderea's advice of "try before you buy", I brought home the old mac that lives at work for the weekend. (It's a iBook G4 that hasn't been used in years - it got bought in ~2003 or 4, I think, for a color sales rep who needed it for graphics customers and then left in something of a huff... it's a couple versions out of date, running OS X 10.3 (and I have no idea which cat that is...)

I'm writing this entry on it.

So far, the thing that's bothering me the most, not that I've done much other than "kick the tires" as it were, is that I can't figure out how to truly maximize a window. My standard way of working on things tends to be a lot of maximized windows that I switch between - having the edges of the other windows sticking out here and there sort of bugs me in an OCD sort of way. Likewise, the shared menu bar will take some getting used to, though I can already see some advantages there.

Otherwise, it's *damn* peppy for a 5+ yr old computer, which gives me warm fuzzies about the possible speed of a new one.

Off to go download trial versions of some of the software I want for "my" future computer, if I go that way. Assuming much of it runs - as I said, it's an *old* computer.
guenievre: (inifinite possibilities)
I may be turning to the dark side.

Or possibly the light side, depending on who you ask.

I haven't actually owned my *own* computer for years, as the work laptop I'm typing this on had many advantages. ( I have about as much control over it as I would one I owned, and it gets upgraded on a reasonably consistent basis, and of course the ever important, I didn't have to pay for it portion of the experience. )

But...See, y'all know I'm in love with my iPhone. It practically makes me breakfast in bed. More on this later.

I've realized that I rather like having a desktop computer these days - most of the functions formerly served by having a laptop at home, like reading my email from the comfort of my couch or bed, are now served by my phone, so when I want a "computer" computer these days, I've been using Pandora. The catch here is that Pandora is Nick's baby - he built her from scratch, and he's not entirely happy with me having sort of appropriated her for my own use.

Thus me acquiring my own desktop to share my desk with my sewing machine would be a Good Thing. And here we come to the Dark Side.

Did I mention my love for my iPhone?

I'm pondering a Mac. Specifically a cute little Mac Mini, ordered from Amazon bundled with the extra memory ([livejournal.com profile] soucyn says he can put it in fairly easily, and it's well under half the cost of ordering it from Apple with the memory pre-installed. ($60 vs $150 seems a nobrainer there). That, and a 20" HP monitor (is it sad that I can get THAT cheaper through Amazon than through work??!?!) and I should be all set, though I haven't decided on new keyboard/mouse yet.

I'm sort of conflicted over this though. I've never owned a Mac, but they appeal to me. That said, I'm afraid I'll hate it and will have paid a significant premium over getting a Windows box - for instance, I could get an HP desktop with better specs and the same monitor as the one I'm looking at, for the price of *just* the Mini without any peripherals or even the memory upgrade. So that tradeoff for a user experience that I'm not *absolutely* sure I'll love is... scary.

And yet... I *adore* my phone. And I wouldn't have believed that the user experience there would make it nearly as cool as it is - certainly the Helio phone I had *before* my iPhone had similar specs, better in some areas, and yet it sucked. So maybe it's worth it?

Oh, and of course to further complicate things, there are rumors that prices on iMacs are falling soon. So that's a temptation, but not MUCH of one, because even with the price drop, it'd still be outside my budget. Sexier than the Mini and not-matching monitor, though.

So... reassure me? talk me out of it and into something else? Either way...
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Y'all might know that I use a laptop for *everything*. I've done this for years, but my neck is beginning to protest looking down at a screen all the time - as in the muscles on the back of my neck have gotten overdeveloped and look weird now. This is Not Cool.

So I'm thinking about getting one of these - it's a universal docking station that lets me not have to plug in a separate monitor just to use it. This would make me happy, as I have a Very Nice, widescreen laptop and it'd be a waste to not use the screen. Anyone have this one? or something like it? Comments?
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I'm amused - this thing figures out what MP3 I'm playing - that's kind of cool... (SEMagic+Winamp+some plugin, forget the name but it's on www.winamp.com)

So meanwhile I have enough to do for Pennsic that I don't even know where to start... and I just realized that people are coming over, and inevitably we'll end up going out to dinner...

OK, off to sew....
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So I finally killed Baal last night - finally!! (the trick was knowing which twin was which... d'oh!)

The most disappointing thing today, however, is that my new linen undertunic is too small... rather was, had to cut if off myself... it'll make decent loaner garb for one of Amye's tiny friends... meanwhile I'm kind of frustrated because I have two others cut out just like it, that I'm not sure how I'll fix. .

Meanwhile, off to dinner... though i have no idea where we're going....
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So I haven't been updating - if you know me, this shouldn't be a surprise - short attention span and all that - ah well. So meanwhile I'm doing busywork at work, and I should be at home sewing if I had my 'druthers. Of course, if I was at home, I'd probably rationalize that "I don't need THAT much garb for pennsic" and start playing Diablo again.. that was my weekend.

and I'm beginning to hate my assassin... i mean, she can't kill anything!!!!

I'm looking forward to pennsic, but... i'm still kind of intimidated by the entire idea. I mean... jeez... it's over a week in a tent! oh well, if I hate it, we'll do something else next year...

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