In my recent article on "Hasta La Vista," I mentioned, "I have had this powerful Windows Vista computer sitting on my desktop for a month now, alongside two older Windows XP systems, a Macintosh and a Ubuntu Linux computer." A newsletter reader wrote to suggest that I must have a very large desk in order to hold that many monitors, keyboards, and mice!
Not really. In fact, I have one monitor, one keyboard, one mouse, and five computers.
(In my earlier article I didn't mention the 500-gigabyte LaCie Ethernet disk that I use for storing backups. This is a special-purpose computer designed for just one job: backups. It also has connections for monitor, keyboard and mouse. This is the fifth computer that I use.)
Admittedly, I do not keep all five computers powered on and operating all the time. I only power them on as I need to use them. On a typical day I may work on only two of these computers. However, the LaCie system that stores all the backup files runs twenty-four hours a day.
If you plan to get a new computer, there is no need to purchase a larger desk or even another monitor. You can use your present monitor, keyboard, and mouse and easily share them between two, five, or even fifty computers, if you wish. You can do so with hardware or with software. You can also save a lot of money in the process.
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