Monthly Archives: June 2006

Got two monitors, keyboards and mice? Try out Synergy

Recently I got a new machine here at work and up to that point I was a single
machine single monitor guy but, that’s all changed. I sit next to Mark Edington
and from the day he got dual monitors he’s been telling me that I just don’t
know what I’m missing. I never really bought into that as I like to be a
minimalist in terms of configuration to keep things simple. Well, I finally
broke down and requested a second monitor so I now can see both my new machine
and old machine at the same time (no more Remote Desktop).

Now the kicker… Shane Hausle who used to work here in QA once pointed out
this software keyboard and mouse switch called Synergy. The Synergy web site
description says it best:

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard
between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own
display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple
computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

So, if you’re in a similar situation I highly recommend you take a look at
Synergy as it works great even on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro
which has a row of additional buttons at the top of the keyboard for Volume
browsing etc.

Skype, yeah it too is written in Delphi

I‘ve seen this mentioned before but since I just
posted about Yahoo’s Go for TV I figured what the heck, might was
well throw Skype into the mix too. Skype is only slightly harder to recognize as
being written in Delphi but
only because they’ve decided to package the whole application up into a single
18MB EXE btw, isn’t it nice how Delphi gives you that option. If you search for
strings in the Skype.exe you’ll see lots of Delphi classnames like
TInterfacedObject and friends.

Inevitably, the question “Can you point me to any well known large Delphi
applications out there?” comes up time and again on the public newsgroups. Well,
I think Skype.exe weighing in at 18MB and worth $2.6 Billion answers that
question wouldn’t you agree?