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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).

Con­tin­ue read­ing →

MacBook Air

Steve Jobs presents the Macbook Air at Macworld 2008 in San Francisco, CA
Pho­to from Giz­mo­do

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 80GB HDD; not to men­tion 802.11n Wi-Fi…

Mac­book Air

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.

How Not to Use Default Gateway on VPN (PPTP) in Mac OSX

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:

  1. Open Net­work Con­nec­tions
  2. Under Vir­tu­al Pri­vate Net­work, open the Prop­er­ties of your con­nec­tion
  3. Click and open Prop­er­ties for “Inter­net Pro­to­cal (TCP/IP)”
  4. Click on Advanced
  5. Dis­able “Use default gate­way on remote net­work”
  6. 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.

Top 2007 WWDC Stories

If you aren’t sub­scribed to any Apple/­Mac-relat­ed newslet­ters, here’s a cou­ple of aster­isks to add to Apple’s his­to­ry and/or time­line (dur­ing this WWDC 2007 next door, from Macworld newsletter):