For the serious tech traveller – one who take 2 or more notebook computers on the road – this tip is for you. Having said that, this tip truly applies to anyone who works with multiple PCs at a time.
Recently, my boss (Scott Kerfoot) showcased (via video conference) his multi-computer setup in his home office. When he demonstrated how all the computers could be managed by any of the computers in the setup, I am thinking it must be a KVM switch. NOT! In fact, his setup was all linked together via Mouse Without Borders – a software solution for allowing seamless mouse & keyboard control to any computer in the setup by any computer in the setup (see picture below).
After I installed Mouse Without Borders, I did run into a technical difficulty. Every time I tried to connect a certain PC, it “timed out”. After going down multiple rabbit holes, I came across an unrelated post dealing with network issues setting up HomeGroup. In that post, there was a suggestion that having a dash in the computer name could cause an issue. It just happened to be that the name of the PC having the issue was mpalermo-s9. I renamed the PC, restarted, and Mouse Without Borders worked like a charm!
The main advantage of this tech travel tip is the need to only pack one mouse while you are on the road. Even if you don’t use it for travel, Mouse Without Borders can allow you to use your favorite mouse (and keyboard) across multiple computers at your home or office!
When a product works better than hoped for, it deserves praise. With my heavy travel burden, I want to pack as little as possible to get from point A to B. I have some nice cooling fans for my notebooks in my home office, but they are too clunky to pack and use external power supplies.
I HIGHLY recommend the KINYO|ArtDio Mini Laptop Cooling Fan (CF-201)! Here are my top reasons for this being such a great accessory when travelling:
- Compact when folded, fits in most “pockets” of a computer bag
- When unfolded, sturdy foundation for small or large notebook computers
- USB powered without sacrificing a USB port (daisy-chain)
- Dual fans work great and are virtually silent
- Available for purchase for less than $9
If you are a tech traveller, this product is a must-have!!! If you have a product you can’t travel without, please leave a comment and let me know!
Today I received a personally signed copy of the book – Continuous Integration In .NET by one of it’s authors, Craig Berntson (thank you Craig!).
I often thought this topic was sorely needed in book format. I also wondered how such a book could be written, since there is so many ways to accomplish continuous integration. Would the authors favor a particular way, or provide every possible scenario?
What I enjoyed about this book was the balance of concept and implementation. While methods were explored with certain tools, fair comparisons were made to others. Factors such as cost and ease of use were mentioned. Excellent diagrams and screen captures are sprinkled throughout the book to guide someone new to CI to quickly get started (newbies will LOVE the “Hello World” walkthrough). The book is divided into 3 main parts, and it is VERY EASY to navigate and switch to another topic of preference.
This is my first book review in my new role with Microsoft, and it is my pleasure to proudly recommend Continuous Integration In .NET by Marcin Kawalerowicz and Craig Berntson.