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Use a Single Mouse and Keyboard Between Multiple Computers


For those that have a lap­top and a work-station or desk­top PC/Mac, we are often faced with the ques­tion of how to fit and work on both on our tiny lit­tle desks (but that’s prob­a­bly just me). Any­ways, if you haven’t heard of Syn­ergy+:

Syn­ergy lets you eas­ily share a sin­gle mouse and key­board between mul­ti­ple com­put­ers with dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing sys­tems, each with its own dis­play, with­out spe­cial hard­ware. It’s intended for users with mul­ti­ple com­put­ers on their desk since each sys­tem uses its own monitor(s).

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Thank God it’s mid-November

After a few weeks off from work to visit and expe­ri­ence Japan with an awe­some bunch of friends, things have picked up both at work and at home. Don’t you just like it when you come back to work and you receive over 400 emails? Besides try­ing to find the time to do laun­dry and pro­cess­ing the pho­tos I’ve taken from the trip, I’m still try­ing to not think about Japan too much. But when you very much enjoyed an expe­ri­ence, it’s hard not to rem­i­nisce and reply all the fun stuff that you did. The thing I miss the most would prob­a­bly be the food. Oh man… the food!

Any­ways, besides try­ing to process and upload pho­tos, clean my room, do laun­dry, etc. I’m try­ing to get ready in sell­ing or tran­si­tion­ing my Accord to Gabby. Its lease is up early Decem­ber. I didn’t know what to do, whether to buy it out from Honda, return it or get a new car/SUV. I’ve taken great care of it and vice-versa. So what bet­ter way to let go of it than to have some­one you know take over. This way, you feel at ease see­ing some­thing sen­ti­men­tal be taken care of by some­one who appre­ci­ates it. Well, I hope things go as plan so I may get a new one soon—I’m think­ing of the Pilot. What you think? See me rollin’ in one?

I think it’s a good invest­ment if I get one as I don’t drive that much dur­ing the week­days so I save on gas and mileage. That, and I’ll be able to go up the moun­tain a bit eas­ier this upcom­ing sea­son, which I hope will be a good one. Any­ways, time to do some catch­ing up. I’ll leave you with a bless­ing that my aunt (from Nor­walk) sent me this morning:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not for­get the infi­nite pos­si­bil­i­ties that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you….
May you be con­tent know­ing you are a child of God…
Let His pres­ence set­tle into your bones, and allow your soul the free­dom
to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

God Bless You All!

Web 2.0 and the Super Bowl

Oh the things you find while Blingo–ing. Since it’s that time of year again for the Super Bowl, with it comes: the backyard-BBQ par­ties, the trash-talking between teams, the millions-of-dollars-worth of bets, funny & cre­ative com­mer­cials and last but not least, the office Super Bowl Pool. A cou­ple of friends and I have been doing this for the past cou­ple of years now. Too bad, no one wanted to do it this year. Don’t know why?

Mean­while, hav­ing the feel­ing of just try­ing to get into the spirit of the Super Bowl (even though the teams weren’t my pick from the start of the sea­son), I asked around MA to see if we are doing one this year. Turns out there wasn’t even one for last year’s. So, I just vol­un­teered not remem­ber­ing how John-John facil­i­tated it.

Any­ways, with a call to J2 and some Blingo-ing, I found some tem­plates. The best one I found was through:

Num Sum. Easy, Sharable Web Spread­sheets. Keep your records, lists and spread­sheets in one place online. Eas­ily slice, dice and share with others.

It’s FREE. You have the abil­ity to share with friends and fam­ily that don’t even have an account but with they just won’t be able to update the sheet directly and save it. You may also inter­act with a group or team, and share a sheet for col­lab­o­ra­tion. It’s a nice, FREE and great web app.

Other obser­va­tions that I found while study­ing and using Num Sum was it’s home­page lay­out. It strikes sim­plis­tic sim­i­lar­i­ties with the very-outstanding Base­camp in its early days. Why not, right? Why not fol­low some­thing that has done very well in performance.

So, after spend­ing some time to get every­one to join in on the fun, I man­aged to get a 10x10 (100 squares) Pool filled out . The pot is big—$500. It’s $5 per square and you get $75 for the First, Second/Half and the Third. Then a humon­gous sum of $275 for the Fourth/Final, no OT. I was get­ting wor­ried Wednes­day night (after send­ing the email on Mon­day morn­ing about the Pool), that only half of the Pool was taken. But alas, every­one came through to chip in for a cou­ple of squares and com­plete it eventually.

After hav­ing indi­vid­u­als pick from a som­brero (lit­er­ally, the one from Chevy’s), I got the fol­low­ing num­bers (Steelers/Seahawks): 5/1, 3/5, 5/4 and 4/7. The 5s might be hard to get but there is very great hope on the jewel “4/7″ combo: 14 & 7, 24 & 7 and 24 & 17 to name a few. I can’t wait. This should be a fun way for MA to do some­thing together. Good times.

Update
Here’s the com­plete Pool. Ain’t it col­or­ful? Damn skippy, it took a while try­ing to get the same background-color when some­one wanted to add a square. I hope Num Sum adds the fea­ture to do some kind of eye­drop­per tool to just pick the same color, font-style, size or what have you.

Freedom Working From Home

I had the oppor­tu­nity to chat with James to plan our shindig to see the Flickr staff at the Apple Store in the city (SF). Here’s the high­light of it:

james: alright..i’m gonna get ready to go
me: aite… what you have to do? put clothes on? haha
me: bas­tard
james: yeah

Just goes to show, some­times “work­ing” is plain “freedom”.