I am currently using two computers on my desktop, one main computer and a laptop on the side working as a extra monitor, I control it via Mouse without Borders.
I am mostly using a headset when I am in front of the computer so to get the sounds of both computers in the headset I went looking for a solution. Initially I thought I would need some kind of virtual sound-card and then stream it to the other, it was much simpler than that.
I found SoundIt in the Chrome Web Store. It shares your audio via an easy to get to web site. After installing it I start it from the Apps in Chrome, setup to share my screen and open the URL I get on the other computers. That’s it! Sound it!
I have most of the time had a multi-monitor setup and when I recently got rid of one of the monitors I started using my laptop as an additional screen to keep documentation on. This works quite well but it gets it gets a bit work to constantly switch keyboard and mouse to control the laptop.
There is a solution for this, a KVM switch. I have not had the best of experience of neither hardware nor software switches. They must have improved since the last time so I started looking for what was available.
I went through the usual suspects; Synergy, Multiplicity and ShareMouse. While some offered free versions (that I did not really qualify for) they all seemed to have improved over the years.
During my quest for the optimal software KVM for me I stumbled across Mouse without Borders. It set it up on my desktop and laptop and it has been working great for more than a day! 🙂
If you are using only Windows (10 in my case) on your computers it will probably get you started and if you notice you are missing a feature some of the commercial solutions may be a better option.
I am a Windows Insider and recently had to revert back to Windows 8.1 due to some issue with a recent build. I don’t really mind as I know I am testing and am prepared to quickly switch Windows version without much more work than reinstalling the applications I use.
I achieve this by keeping most of my data on services like OneDrive and Visual Studio Online for my sources. I am also using multiple disks where my system disk is primary for OS, applications and cloud stored data. My secondary disk is where I keep files that I could be without but that is easier too keep, such as game installs. With GTA V being around a 60GB install I would prefer not to download it again even though I have plenty of bandwidth, but why use something when I don’t have to?
I was not sure how to be able to avoid having to download the GTA V files so I made a wild guess and started the install in the same folder as I had installed it previous. It seemed to start to do a full download, which would take a while, but it is also possible the installer is smart enough to see the already existing files, well, if not here is what I did that worked out fine.
- Start install into same folder as existing GTA V.
- Cancel when it is downloading
- Start install again
- Choose repair option
- Tada! All done in a few minutes.
It seems the repair option skips downloading if it finds all files to be correct.
I noticed I restarted my progress on story mode, but my online character was as I left it. Pissed and high in the strip club.