RE: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse

Subject: RE: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse
From: Gregory P Sweet <gps03 -at- health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us>
To: TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, techwr-l-bounces+gps03=health -dot- state -dot- ny -dot- us -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:55:15 -0400


> And then I thought: Why would anybody want to use that when they
> could just get the laptop set up the way they liked, with any/every
> external display they could beg, borrow, or steal... and then use
> Remote Desktop to view and control any other PC, Linux box, Mac,
> whatever, under their purview?

Using two PCs rather than VM boxes or RD sessions can have advantages. For
example, when I am teaching via webinar, I run a second PC to monitor the
session performance and keep an eye on what the students are seeing. I run
that on a separate computer, and it is much more convenient to use a
software km switch to operate both PCs that to keep jumping from keyboard
to keyboard as I go. Or when doing multimedia production and crunching
video is taking up most of the system resources, it's really convenient to
just mouse over to my second PC and keep working.

I use Synergy BTW. another free software KM switch. It's main advantage
over the MWB is that it is cross platform and supports Win, Mac, and Unix
boxes all in the same setup.

-Greg
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References:
KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse: From: Monique Semp
Re: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse: From: Wolfgang Schapat
RE: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

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