Once you start to run more than 4 monitors, most computers start to struggle. So, then you need more computers to have more monitors 🙂 And then, you need to share one keyboard and mouse across multiple computers… so you need a mouse and keyboard sharing utility, that preferably also shares your clipboard.
I just added the 5th monitor to my office setup:
All you need is to install Mouse without Borders on both machines. The utility allows you to use keyboard, mouse and clipboard from one computer on another one.
I have been finetuning my office-at-home recently, and it turns out I have lots of computer screens available. However, it is not always easy to connect multiple (like 4) screens to one computer or laptop. What if you could use a piece of software to extend your available screens onto another computer entirely?
That’s where spacedesk comes in…
Ensure both computers or laptops are on the same LAN
Install the server software on your main PC (the one you actually want to work on)
Windows 10 64 bit or 32 bit or Others
Repeat steps 4-6 for each secondary monitor you want to add from other pcs
These show up in Windows and you can adjust resolution:
Basically this is screen extension or mirroring technology, so you will still be bound to network speed and may experience some compression, because your main pc is actually sending frames over the network to the other pc. Overall, it seems to work quite well.
Recently I wanted to start ‘unduplicating’ some files in my Pictures folder on OneDrive. There are a lot of tools out there to look for duplicate files, but here were the two that I found to be the best:
Process Explorer is a free and very powerful task manager that let’s you really see what is going on with your system… One of those things every IT person should have in their toolkit. You can get it here:
Go to Find > Find Handle or DLL. In the “Handle or DLL substring:” text box, type the path to the file (e.g. “C:\path\to\file.txt”) and click “Search”. All processes which have an open handle to that file should be listed.
Put the above in a text document and save with the .ps1 extension
Quick summary of how it works:
As it is a powershell script, you will need powershell installed and it will need to be enabled with appropriate permission etc to access the network.
Set up the script as per text above
Set up Windows task scheduler to call the script periodically. Each time:
Script runs and creates a CSV of filenames and dates etc in the monitored folder
This automatically syncs (using the Copy-Item step) to Google Drive where it is shared with a gd url
The gd url of the csv file is imported into another Google Spreadsheet, where ARRAY formulas are performed on it to create additional filter parameters based on file name
This ‘filterable’ Google sheet was shared with an ‘lv’ key so that it could be easily filtered by recipients. I think the new Google Sheets allow per user filtering, so that step may be unnecessary now.
You may need to set some additional arguments in the Windows task: