Synergy – not just an overworked buzzword

It’s a cold, raw, foggy day here in Virginia and it gave me a good excuse to blog and do research on the internet using a great little application called Synergy from Sourceforge.

Synergy

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems without special hardware. Synergy is open source and released under the GNU Public License (GPL).

It took less than a half hour to install it on three computers. (It would have taken even less time if I had read the instructions first.)

It is very natural to use. The cursor flows from one screen to the other without a pause and the keyboard acts on whatever screen the cursor is on.

Working at this console array is unexpectedly  liberating. I can have open browsers on two screens while I create a post on another. I can cut and paste between screens, which adds a new dimension to writing and editing copy.

With Synergy, I can finally make effective use of two laptops that were gathering dust for most of the time. I could add many more if I had the need. This configuration speeds up production and the price is right.

Kudos to the good folks at Sourceforge.

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0 Responses to Synergy – not just an overworked buzzword

  1. BethW. says:

    Facinating. I’ve got to try that!

  2. I could easily see you day trading on one screen while writing recipes and blog posts on another.

    I am still discovering new things I like about it.

  3. David says:

    Thanks for pointing out David. It is definitely a useful tool and I’m excited that it works across multiple platforms. I will be sharing more of my adventures with Synergy in the near future.

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