At 17:26 -0400 24/5/09, Waylen wrote:
I have an imac g4, with the swiveling adjustable arm on the dome
base. I love the aesthetics of the model, but alas it is getting
grueling to do things. When I upgraded to Tiger it really slowed
down even though it was in the range of being able to handle it.
I’m waiting for Snow leopard also and was going to get an imac, but
my current thinking is to get a Mac mini and max out the RAM and
processor customization options, and then get a seperate display. I
have my eye on a Dell display that looks really good and much
cheaper then the apple cinema. This way I can just upgrade my Mini
or maybe Tower someday and save on the screen. My lcd screen on my
g4 is fine, its just the power mac old school computer that is
getting more obsolete by the day. I used the new imac’s at our
college computer lab for a photoshop class, they are awesome! I
can’t wait for 24" of screen workspace. Working in FW is kind of
cramped on my 15 inch.
Reading this prompted me to mention a freeware Sourceforge project
which allows you to use one keyboard and mouse across multiple machines.
I’ve only used it across Macs, with a 17" MBP on a bracket on the
left, Its 24" monitor extending its desktop in front of me, and the
19" screen of a Mac mini to the right of that. I have also tried it
with my old 17" PB to the right of that. The keyboard and mouse
connect to the mini, and the cursor and focus move across all
screens. The Mac Clipboard also moves, so you can copy from one host
and paste to the other.
There’s no splitting of an application across machines of course, but
I can work mainly on the MBP and have a secondary browser, email, and
other supplementary apps on the mini. It also works with Spaces, the
cursor panning across the current Space on each monitor.
If you try this, things to watch are:
When waking from sleep, use the Mac’s own keyboard. The shared one
works if things wake up right, but if you ever have ‘wake from sleep’
problems, using the shared keyboard for the client(s) will be more
On waking, go to the screen of the one with the keyboard and press
then release all the meta keys - Command, Option, Ctrl and shift.
If you use ‘Hot Corners’ be prepared for some odd happenings. Putting
the keyboard host machine into Dashboard or Spaces ‘array’ mode, it
gets confused. Easy enough to put it right, but it disturbs your
It’s easy to ‘lose’ the cursor when you have three or more screens.
David Ledger - Freelance Unix Sysadmin in the UK.
HP-UX specialist of hpUG technical user group (www.hpug.org.uk)
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