Monday, 4 August 2008

Turbo-charge your productivity with dual computers

Ever hear someone talking about using dual monitors (or two monitors attached to one computer) to increase productivity. I used to think that way too, until I realized that why not use two computers with two monitors instead. Luckily, if you have a home network (in my case I have a wireless network at home) you can use a wonder piece of open source and free software called Synergy to use two computers together. Here's how you can use two computers simultaneously with 1 mouse and 1 keyboard to turbo charge your productivity. I was aware of using synergy when I first heard about it in some podcast, but it never struck me that one could put two laptops together and work on both of them at the same time with only 1 mouse and 1 keyboard.

Step 1: Prepare Ingredients (stuff you need)

  1. First you'll need 2 or more computers that are capable of running either Windows, Linux or Mac OS.
  2. You'll need a network between the three computers
  3. You'll need one [1] keyboard and one [1] mouse that is going to be connected to your 'server'.
  4. You'll need Synergy server on the host computer and synergy clients on the client computers
Step 2: Install synergy and hook up your computers

The synergy website has a great guide that is going to help you out with this step -- just make sure you follow the guide to the T.

Step 3: Enjoy your super productive computer workstation.

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