I acquired a second monitor so now I have my Linux and Windows boxes running side by side on my desk.
This is real nice but I still have a KVM for the keyboard and two mice (the KVM doesn’t work with my mouse).
I had a vague recollection of somebody at work showing me how they controlled two PCs without a KVM so I decided to investigate and found x2vnc.
From the x2vnc site:
The program will open a small (one pixel wide) window on the edge of your screen. Moving the pointer into this window will trigger the program to take over your mouse and send mouse movements and keystrokes though the RFB protocol to a VNC server running on another machine. When the pointer is moved back towards the opposite edge on the other screen, the mouse is then released again.
That’s what the site says, but it clearly works by magic, probably black magic even.
When you move the mouse pointer off the edge of one screen and it appears on the other it can only be magic.
You can even copy and paste!
Some software really can change your life (if you’re a geek like me that is).