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).
From Cupertino, CA. Weighing at 3.0 lbs, 0.16–0.76 inches… 13.3″ display w/ a full-size and backlit keyboard; being powered by 1.6GHz Core2Duo, 2GB of memory and 80GBHDD; not to mention 802.11n Wi-Fi…
Selling for $1,799 w/o a CD/DVD-drive though?!?! Don’t know about that part. Size is great if you travel a lot and don’t care about the CD/DVD-drive not being there. That or you have money to burn.
I rather spend an extra 3‑bills for another Macbook Pro personally if I’m going to pay that much.
Well, after searching for hours and hours, I have finally found a solution to a small but troublesome problem. The problem (if you call it that) occurs when I tried connecting to my work’s VPN. Rather than not using my work’s gateway when connected, OSX does this by default. Hence, you can see and hit your internal IPs but not resolve the rest of the internet.
In Windows XP, this may be disabled via the following:
Open Network Connections
Under Virtual Private Network, open the Properties of your connection
Click and open Properties for “Internet Protocal (TCP/IP)”
Click on Advanced
Disable “Use default gateway on remote network”
Hit OK, OK, and then you’re done
Although it’s easy in Windows XP, I couldn’t figure it out for OSX. I searched and search to finally get this article from macosxhints, Avoid Creating PPTP Default Routes. The hints at the very bottom of the comments helped somewhat, but didn’t get me to view my internal IPs—which was the reverse of the original problem. Luckily, with a little bit more search, I landed on this article page by Christian Stocker on Changing default routes on OSX on VPN. Though it was the same as the previous page from macosxhints, I saw this short and sweet reply which happen to have fixed everything:
lonnie @ 22.08.2006 19:22 CEST
Internet Connect 1.4.2 has
Connect Menu -> Options…
|X| Send all traffic over VPN connection
Unchecking should do the same.
I hope this article could be of help, and save those who are looking for the same solution sanity and time.
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