However, the day finally arrived I have been dreading for years. The little monitor I've had on my desktop for some 15 years finally died - and I no longer had an external monitor. So, in searching for a solution that would allow me to use another computer across the network as a monitor, I came across a free, open-source utility called Synergy, that basically makes multiple computers behave like a single one with multiple monitors. The most beautiful things about this software, are:
- It works across platform - Windows, Mac and Linux
- It supports clipboards - so I spent several hours today taking screen shots with Snag-It on a Windows machine, and pasting into Word on the Mac
- It is fast and reliable
- A simple setup dialog allows you to control the screen positions (e.g. dragging off the right edge of WIN001 goes to MAC005)
The project is free and open source, but if you do end up using it, I highly recommend that you donate to support the software.
I did find a commercial utility that allows you to use another Windows PC as a monitor, but that to me seems wasteful - and I do not want more than one Windows machine at home.