I have two computers on my lab bench: the Franken-Computer that I wrote about a few weeks ago, and another regular computer running ‘Slacko Puppy 5.5′ (which is a lightweight Slackware build) I have had these two systems going for a few months, and have had two sets of keyboards and mice, but knew I didn’t want to waste all that good useful desk-space with an extra keyboard and mouse.
I had initially thought that I would put in a KVM switch and just switch the inputs whenever I needed to, but instead I installed Synergy on both systems and now I am able to use both computers just as if it were only one! Really awesome.
I simply move my mouse off the edge of the screen, and voila!!! it appears on the other system!
I didn’t have any trouble setting up the Synergy client on the Fedora system, but I did run into a bit of trouble on Slackware. I had to track down a pesky dependency that Synergy needed, but a few minutes googling led me to it with little trouble.
I am converting an old Compaq Laptop and A Dell Flat-Screen Desktop Monitor into an All-In-One computer with one power supply and dual Displays.
I took the display panel off the rear mount, and behind it there is just enough space to mount the power supply for the laptop motherboard.
And here I tied the power input to the same input the monitor shares.
Here is the first bench-test connected to the lower display.
Here is the notebook motherboard mounted to the back of the display and many of the connections routed.
It is aliiiiiiive!!!! Booted into Fedora 18 with both displays active.
Here is a better picture of the rear, showing how I routed all the data and power lines.
The final project. Complete.
Working, mounted to the wall, and ready for action!!!
A few years ago I was using the Daytimer system. I kept all of my appointments and meetings with the daytimer. In that pre-iPhone world, keeping my life on paper was the way it was done.
I enjoyed using the system, and even continued to try and use it after the iPhone, but it was just redundant, so I gave up.
But for posterity’s sake, I thought I would share this little hack that I liked so much.
I took my new Daytimer Distressed Leather Open Binder, and added this watch face to it: