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) –http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
I first learned about synergy about six months ago. At the time I thought it was a great application but my problem was that i didn’t want to set it up. It seemed like a bit of work and well I didn’t really need it.
Today I again read about synergy on lifehacker and again my interest was sparked.
So I fired up synaptic and searched for synergy and I find quicksynergy which is described as “GUI for easy configuration of Synergy” and that’s exactly what it is. After installing quicksynergy which installs synergy as a dependency I can tell you that’s exactly what it is.
I simply Installed it, added the clients to the server (Note that the name of the computer must be used not the IP)
Started the server. Then added the server IP to the client and started that and I was off.
The whole process took less than 10 minutes (Including solving a problem I had where I was putting NaN’s IP instead of its name) and this whole post has been typed from my main computer’s (MinusOne) keyboard on my laptop (NaN). This is definitely a program I seem myself using in the future since I am always using more than one computer, and one of the best features is that it lets me share my cut and paste buffer across the computers. letting me cut on one computer and paste on another.
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Note: “You should be aware that synergy does not provide any secure connection. Anyone who has access to your network segment may sniff the keystrokes and get a password typed from one computer to another for example.” — Jeremie Corbie That being said its still great for controlling my music, or video, or just typing on another computer. Just not for typing passwords. More Info
Warning: There are reports that Democracy dose not work with feisty, see the comments for more info.
With Democracy you can subscribe to any podcast or vlogs rss feed and like an RSS reader it will alert you when that feed has new content. Not only will It alert you of new content but it will download it for you this is great for vlogs like diggnation or ze frank (even though the show is now over) for two different reasons. diggnation is a weekly vlog but is is quite large and takes some time do download, before Democracy I was forced to download the show and wait, or play it while it downloaded which when my Internet connection was slow caused me to have to restart the show 3 or 4 times.
With the arrival of Democracy I’m now watching more and more vlogs some worth highlighting include
• NBC nightly news
• Global National nightly news
• Ask a ninja
• I’m sure I’m missing some. See the screenshot
Great so Democracy is good for people, but you said everyone wins, what gives?
If a player like Democracy where to become the norm everyone would win. Some of Democracys features include, ranking content and allowing people to search there archive for what interests them, this gives the producers more exposure. Another big problem that producers may have is that as they get more and more users they are using more and more bandwidth. Democracy also solves this problem by letting you subscribe to a feed with torrents instead of actual videos. This lets content providers produce distribute there content without paying for the bandwidth.