Re: cluttered desk - MacBook & PC systems...

Subject: Re: cluttered desk - MacBook & PC systems...
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:59:28 -0700

Sorry. Monique. I mistyped your name on my phone. I also misread that you
didn't want a KVM switch.

However, if you don't want to have two computers open at the same time,
you're not left with a lot of options. You could keep remote desktop open
to your machine in the background, so you can track your email.

I prefer two independent machines and synergy. But then I'm a major geek.

-Tony

On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 10:52 AM, Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca> wrote:

> Moniqur,
>
> If I understand you correctly, you have a Win7 laptop and a MacBook that
> you would like to access continually though out the day. You only want
> one large monitor to share between the two systems. And you are comfortable
> with switching. You don't want to run Mac OSX and Win7 on the same laptop,
> because they are already discrete systems.
>
> If my evaluation is correct, then you should use a KVM switch to share a
> common keyboard, mouse, and monitor with both machines. Each machine would
> constantly be running, but you would control each machine separately.
>
> If your Win7 laptop is needed only for email and occasional work, then
> there are different options.
>
> For instance, you mentioned Synergy, an excellent program that connects
> multiple machines together over a network. A different instance needs to
> run on each machine so they can talk to each other. Windows is easier to
> set up than Mac or *Nix. I never used a GUI with my Mac.
>
> However, because Synergy addresses the issue of controlling multiple
> machines, each machine needs to be set up with a monitor (or you could
> share the monitor using the monitor's different inputs or a KVM switch. The
> benefit is of you need to copy text between machines, Synergy lets you do
> that.
>
> The third option of using Remote Desktop (There is a Microsoft client for
> Mac) means you would log into your Win7 machine when you wanted to see
> what's happening. However you control your Mac is what you would use to
> control your Win7 machine.
>
> Which method would you prefer to work?
>
> -Tony
>

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cluttered desk - MacBook & PC systems...: From: Monique Semp
Re: cluttered desk - MacBook & PC systems...: From: Tony Chung

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