Virtual KVM – multiple system control via network and software

If you have multiple computers you need to have running and available but don’t have space for monitors, keyboards, and mouse-type-thingies (it’s an industry term, I think), you should check out Synergy.

synergy: [noun] a mutually advantageous conjunction of distinct elements

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).

Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all. Learn more about how it works.

Synergy is open source and released under the GNU Public License (GPL).

I tried this tool long ago and it worked well enough that I know it works as claimed. However, I was just testing it, as I didn’t need the functionality, so I can’t really speak on how well it works for regular use. (via LifeHacker)

Geico rejects claims from Optimus Prime

Here’s a look at what a letter from insurer Geico might look like in regards to claims submitted by Optimus Prime.

We have received your accident-claim reports for the month of June-they total 27. I regret to inform you that GEICO will not be able to reimburse you for any of those repairs.

. . .

Since becoming a GEICO customer in January of this year, you have reported 131 accidents, requesting reimbursement for repairs necessitated by each one. You have claimed not to be responsible in any of them, usually listing the cause of the accident as either “Sneak attack by Decepticons” or “Unavoidable damage caused by protecting freedom for all sentient beings.”

The list of some of the rejected claims is sufficient justification for reading the full post. The letter ends well, at least:

…but due to the high number of accidents you have been a party to this month, combined with the many accidents you have had in the preceding five months, your premium has increased to $235,567.50 per month. While that may seem like a lot, I remind you that it is a savings of $137 over Progressive and $98 over State Farm.

Pure gold. (via Consumerist)

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