Through the Wormhole
by Gary Woods
A lot of people have more than one computer that gets controlled by one mouse and keyboard and then viewed on one monitor. To do this little piece of sleight of hand they use what's called a KVM switch for Keyboard, Video and Mouse. But sometimes they'd like to get adventurous and use more than one monitor and control 2 computers simultaneously with one mouse and keyboard. Then, if they're totally crazed what they'd like to do is have one of those computers be a Mac and the other a PC.
Okay, I know its nuts but with a JUC400 Wormhole Switch from J5Create http://j5create.com/juc400.htm you can do just that. Using a single cable, the JUC400 lets you share a keyboard and mouse connected to one Mac or PC with another Mac or PC, in any combination. And here's the really cool part, the cable allows you to drag and drop files and folders form one desktop to another, as well as share the computers' clipboards.
When you drag the cursor to the edge of one display it jumps to the other display. The drag and drop of files is accomplished the same way. You can open a text document on one Mac, copy some text and then paste it into a document running on the other computer.
To get the Wormhole working you need a Mac running Snow Leopard or later. And on the PC side it supports Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000. What's really neat is that you don't have install separate drivers, they're all in the cable.
Once you launch the Wormhole software, the small lights on the cable's connectors start to flash and you get a message telling that a connection has been made. Next, you open the preferences menu and tell the Wormhole software where the other computer is situated. After that you're flying along.
If you've got a couple of computers residing on your desk that need to share data then check out the JUC400 Wormhole Switch for just $40 it's very cool.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc