How can you use the same keyboard and mouse with your Mac and PC without using a KVM switch? Well with a piece of Software called Synergy you can do just that. Synergy is a free open source application that allows you to control both computers over your local network. It’s free and pretty easy to setup. Note that you can also set this up to work with Linux as well, and all at the same time.
Before I show you how to set it up I thought I would mention if you want to control two Macs with the same keyboards and mouse you can see my post on teleport which is a lot easier to setup than Synergy if your working with two Macs.
Okay instead of trying to write out how to setup the connection I thought I would just show you. If you want a written tutorial you can try blogs.popart.com or lifehacker.com. The PC Versions of Synergy can be found here, and the Mac version is here.
This first video show how to setup synergy on your Mac as the server side.
This video shows the PC setup on the client side.
Everyone has been talking about the new release of the iphone Facebook 3.0 application. The interface is faster and more responsive. It has a great new easy to use interface that also allows you to view things in landscape mode. You now have pages on the main screen, kind of like the iphone interface, where you can add links to your favorite friends profiles. You can interact with more of Facebook’s features like viewing and RSVP to events and viewing and searching pages.
Oh course the best feature, in my mind at least, is the new video and picture upload. You can now upload videos directly to Facebook from your iphone. You still can’t watch videos from Facebook because their video format is not compatible with the iphone. With photos, which you could upload in the old version, you can now create Albums and upload photos to them. The old version made you upload them to a “mobile upload” album.
Here is a complete list of new features that can be found in the new iPhone Facebook Application 3.0.
- See your upcoming Events and RSVP
- See your friends’ birthdays
- See Pages and post updates and photos to Pages you administer
- Write Notes and read your friends’ Notes
- Upload videos from an iPhone 3GS
- Upload photos to any album
- Complete photo management (create albums, delete albums, delete photos, delete photo tags)
- Change your Profile Picture
- Zoom into photos
- Like posts and photos
- See the same News Feed as the Facebook website
- Visit links in a built-in web browser
- See all of your friends’ friends and Pages
- See mutual friends
- Easily search for people and Pages
- Make friend requests
- Become a fan of Pages
- Quickly call or text your friends
- Create shortcuts to your favorite friends and Pages
- Friends sorted by first or last name according to your settings
- Chat friends sorted alphabeticaly
It was bound to happen with the PS3 dropping it’s prices Microsoft will not be out done. Microsoft announces that as of tomorrow they will be dropping the price of the Xbox elite model by $100. The Xbox pro will received a $50 price cut, and the arcade will get no cuts what so ever. So after the price cuts the new price Lineup for the Xbox is
Xbox Elite - $299
Xbox Pro - $250
Xbox Arcade - $200
There is now only $50 bucks between you and the better version of the Xbox. I don’t know why anyone would want a pro now that it’s only $50 bucks cheaper. That 120GB hard drive looks mighty attractive. People who are still within their return policy of their Xbox Pro should return it and get a free upgrade to the Xbox Elite.
One thing that Google Voice is missing is the ability to transcribe voice memos and send them to your e-mail. It will only transcribe your voicemails for you but does not have a voice memo feature. Mark Stout on his blog, came up with a cleaver way to setup Google Voice as a kind of audio transcription service. Here is how he did it.
- The first thing you will want to do is make a special group and call it Voice Notes or something clever. Then you will want to add a contact for yourself if you don’t already have one. Add your contact to the special group you just created.
- Once you have done that go to the Setting Menu and select the phone tab. Click advanced settings and where it says voicemail access select No and save. This will allow you to call your Google voice and not go straight to voicemail admin
- Then click the groups tab and find your special group you created and click edit. You will want to disable the rest of the forwarding phones so you don’t call your other lines, by selecting the edit option by the words ”ring default phones”. Uncheck all of them and save.
- If you would like you can even go back to the “general” tab and make a special voicemail greeting that is shorter so you don’t have to wait through a long recording of yourself. You would have to then go back to groups and select that greeting.
There you have it a Google Voice Memo transcriber. When you leave voice messages for yourself Google Voice will transcribe them and send it to you in an email. If you don't want the text messages of the message make sure to turn them off in the general tab under notifications.
I have been a Mac guy ever since I got into computers. I have had my fair share of Windows PCs, but I have fallen in love with the Mac. They can do just about anything a Windows machine can do and they work so much better, with fewer crashes and virus problems. They can even boot Windows natively if you want to run both operating systems. I have been tempted however to get a netbook, the new bread of laptops meant to be small, affordable and easily portable.
The only problem is Apple doesn’t really make one. They have the Macbook Air but it’s not really a netbook it’s pretty much the same size as a regular laptop just thinner. Not to mention that fact it’s super expensive, which is why netbooks are so attractive in the first place because they are so affordable. Apple is also rumored to be coming out with a tablet, which is sure to be expensive as well.
Ever since Apple released their OS for the Intel chipset people have been trying to install it on their PCs. Some have been successful and have even tried to sell computers with the Mac OS preinstalled. These people of course got sued immediately and for good reason. Apple doesn’t want to loose their right to sell their OS and hardware together. There is enough support out there now however that you don’t have to be an expert to install the Mac OS on a PC anymore.
So what stops you from buying a $200 – $300 netbook and installing the Mac OS onto it? Nothing! If you have a Copy of the Mac OS and some time you can do it. There are several places that can provide instructions on how to do this. The first place I would send you is a post by Gizmodo. This is a great post talking about the different netbooks that have been successfully hacked. There are links on their page that will take you to instructions on how to install the OS on that specific netbook.
I am a fan of the Lenovo s10 and it seems this netbook makes it easier to install the Mac OS on than others. I have found a couple good resources for installing the Mac OS X on the Lenovo s10. The first is a Youtube tutorial done in three parts. It is well done and shows you step by step how to install and then fix the broken OS utilities like network interfaces and sounds. The second resource I have found can be found here. If you want written directions this might be the way to go. They are both done a little bit differently but the tools used are about the same.
Good luck with your Hackintosh install and enjoy a Mac Netbook on the cheap.
Snow Leopard ships August 28th and is only $29 for the upgrade. Snow Leopard is the new OS designed by Apple. The OS doesn’t have that many new features just a lot a great refinements and new technologies that will make the OS faster and more responsive. I feel that some people will not upgrade to the new OS because they don’t feel there were enough changes. Well I would disagree and say that the refinements and new technologies added would bring a big bonus to people who update.
New Features and Refinements
The finder has gotten some upgrades they have made it faster and Apple has upgraded some of finder’s features. They have made expose work with the dock and given stacks some new features and a new look. Time machine is faster than ever in the new Snow Leopard OS. Apple has also made the OS take up less space on your hard drive giving you about 7 more GB of space. Quicktime has received a new look and some pretty cool new features including a Youtube upload and a new trimming interface. Apple has made iChat faster and increased the quality by 4X.
With this latest release of the Mac OS Apple has added two major pieces of technology. They have made the switch to 64 bit and add something called GCD, Grand Central Dispatch. The 64 bit transition is now complete with all Apple’s core applications being 64 bit compatible. With the addition of the GCD technology applications will be able to use multi core processor more efficiently, making your applications run faster.
This is something that was a long time coming. It is finally here for all you Microsoft Exchange people out there your native core applications like mail, ical, and the address book will not interact and play nicely with Exchange. This integration itself might sell the new Snow Leopard because there are so many people who are forced to use exchange with an office or school and can’t integrate with the core applications. Now you can and everything makes since again in the apple world.
There are a lot of features I have left out so checkout the Apple’s website for more information.
I have been on a quest to find a free multi platform video conference/collaboration application. I think I have found just that in Tokbox.com. With Tokbox you can start a video conference with anyone as long as they have flash, a camera, and a microphone. The best part is your guests don’t need an account. All they have to do is follow a link and setup what devices they are going to use and presto your video conferencing.
Tokbox has some great features. You can conference with up to 20 people! which is more than you will probably ever need. You can share and view videos from Youtube and PowerPoint presentations from slideshare.net. You can also share pictures from Picasa, flickr, and other photo websites. With the ability to view PowerPoint presentations with the group this free application becomes great for group collaborations and long distance group meetings.
A text chat is built right into the video conference so things not needed to be said can be typed to reduce chatter over the speakers. You can full screen the video window so you can see a presentation better or see the other participants better. The flash setting can be setup by clicking the wrench icon which will open a series of dialog boxes that will assist you in selecting a video source and microphone source.
One of my favorite things about Tokbox is that they have created an adobe air application that will present itself like a multi-client chat application. You can then add your accounts on various chat networks, like gmail and AIM, and Tokbox will allow you to chat and send them conferencing invites right from the application. You can also add Tokbox to your website or facebook page with a widget that has a push to talk feature. When someone clicks on the widget it will attempt to contact you and start a video conference. You can share your video conference link to anyone via any social network.
With the combination of slideshare.net and Tokbox.com you have a Free and very powerful tool that can do the same things as some of the expensive collaborative applications like gotomeeting and Webex.
This guy's video is a little old and Tokbox has changed a bit since, but it will give you a good idea of what Tokbox is capable of.
A man broke into a cancer charity office in Cambridge and ransacked the place. He absolutely turned the place upside down. In fact he tore the place up so badly that the fund raising efforts of the charity group have been hampered severely. It will take at least 2 weeks to clean up the mess.
So the big question is did the police catch the man who dared to steal from a cancer charity? Well luckily for the police the man was drunk when he entered and left finger prints and blood from where he had cut himself, as he furiously destroyed the office. Did the police solve the case by taking blood and finger print samples and compare it to a criminal database like you see on TV? No actually, the police found the suspect passed out under a filing cabinet. The man was treated at the scene for injuries to his hand, and was arrested on charges of suspicion of burglary and bailed until next month.
That must of been one good night of drinking. I mean to brake into an office and start fighting the office furniture only to lose in the end to a filing cabinet. It was either a good night of drinking or a really bad drug trip. Either way I'm sure the guy will lay off the sauce for a while. :)
There are times when one needs to find the Mac address of a specific Network interface on a Mac computer. There is a simple way to find your Mac Address for your different devices. Each network interface will have a different Mac address. So your Airport card will have a different Mac address than your Ethernet card will.
To find your Mac Address on your Mac you can open system preferences >> Network. Then click the interface you want to find the Mac address to and then select advanced. When in the advanced menu click Ethernet and somewhere on the page you will see the Ethernet ID, AKA Mac Address. If you are still confused about how I got there just watch the video and I’ll show you.
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