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Summer holidays make it easy to keep on top of RSS feeds, and easier to spot some ace new blogs. Check out this one, I think it could be quite good.

My father-in-law is back in Scotland for the month, so we’re off to see him tonight and I’m really REALLY hoping he wants us to bring in a fish supper for dinner. I’ve not had fish and chips for ages and currently have a real craving for them.

XNeat Windows Manager is yet another application capable of doing some nice UI effects in Windows. Best of all, and the reason it wins out over many other similar applications for me, is that with it installed you can MIDDLE-CLICK TO CLOSE APPLICATIONS STRAIGHT FROM THE TASKBAR. Sounds simple I know but it’s a habit I use all the time in Firefox to close a tab, and it’s been bugging me for YEARS that I couldn’t do this in Windows until I stumble across XNeat.

A quick thanks to Daisy for nominating me for a Post of the Week award, I didn’t win but was quite surprised to see my name in the shortlist. Who knows, it might inspire me to indulge my creative side a little more often (there was a similar post later on last week too).

Since I bought my iPhone I’ve changed the way I think about how I work when I’m at home, and find myself leaning towards my MacBook more often than my PC, it’s just so much nicer to use. The only downside is the small screen and limited hard drive (my music collection is larger than my MacBook’s hard drive). So I’m looking to the Belkin Flip (DVI version) as a solution.

Physio tomorrow, we’ll see if the eccentric loading exercises I’ve been doing (and for a change I’ve been pretty good at remembering to do them!) have had an impact. They FEEL like they have, fingers crossed.

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Why not put your music on an external drive and run it from there?

I’m not sure why you need a KVM though? Can’t you just use synergy to and do it in software?

Yeah I do have it all backed up onto 2 drives… hmmm can I use one drive with two installs of iTunes (one on Mac, one on PC??)

And KVM is to because my monitor only has one DVI input, meh.

Does your monitor have a VGA input.

I plug one into DVI (laptop) and one into VGA (Mac mini).

I know you can use 1 itunes library with two installs. I think you just need to use the library over the wire instead of locally. I’ve done it once but I didn’t need the set up, so reverted.

OK iTunes library is fine.

But, VGA input? UGH!!

And this way I also get the benefit of using a nice keyboard when working on the Mac, and a MOUSE.. ohh joys.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bet you cant tell the difference between VGA and DVI input. (If set up well)

Also using Synergy you get to use the nice keyboard with both. And the mouse.

And with the money you save, you can buy me a present.

Now that’s what I call subtle, Sevitz.

Hmmm we do use Synergy at work for Win/Nix combos but hadn’t considered it for home.

So I’d have the PC hooked up through VGA, the MacBook through DVI (when it’s plugged in). Keyboard is wired, as is mouse (well it’s wireless but not bluetooth, there is a receiver which is USB).

So to switch between MacBook and PC I’d need to swap two USB connections (keyboard and mouse), and then select a different input on the monitor.


Plug everything into KVM, click a button.

Not really much of a competition (take money out of the equation).

Or get a wireless keyboard. Plug that into the PC.

Then just synergy onto the laptop.

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