Nov
1
2011

Tech Travel Tips: Mouse Without Borders

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!

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Aug
16
2011

Tech Travel Tips: Outlets To Go

monster-outlet-to-goWhen I travel, the hotel rooms are usually lacking with regard to a sufficient number of power outlets.  I typically travel with at least two notebook computers, two phones, an iPad, and a video camera.  So it goes without saying I need as many open outlets as possible.  I once travelled with a typical surge protector, but that was very clunky.

I am very happy I found the Monster OTG300 USB EFS.  Here are my reasons I highly recommend this product:

  • Very compact, cord wraps-and-snaps in conveniently
  • The the external plug at end of cord is small, so if fits in “snug” situations
  • The three extended outlets are far apart from one another, so bulky power adapters are not overlapping an available outlet
  • A power USB is available that accommodates phones and iPads
  • Can be found for purchase for just over $10

If you are a geek and travel is something you do often, this is one item you will be grateful you packed!

Don’t miss out on the previous tech travel tip.   

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Aug
1
2011

Tech Travel Tips: Mini Laptop Cooling Fan

mini-laptop-cooling-fanWhen 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:

  1. Compact when folded, fits in most “pockets” of a computer bag
  2. When unfolded, sturdy foundation for small or large notebook computers
  3. USB powered without sacrificing a USB port (daisy-chain)
  4. Dual fans work great and are virtually silent
  5. 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!

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