Monthly Archives: June 2014


Synergy – share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk

 

Synergy lets you easily share your mouse and keyboard between multiple computers on your desk, and it’s Free and Open Source. Just move your mouse off the edge of one computer’s screen on to another. You can even share all of your clipboards. All you need is a network connection. Synergy is cross-platform (works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux).

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Windows

To install Synergy on Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Double click the downloaded installer.
  2. Click “I Agree” to agree to the license.
  3. You can choose an install location, but we recommend you use the default.
  4. Click “Install” to begin the installation.
  5. Once finished, click “Close” to finish the installation.

If this is your first installation, the setup wizard should appear when you first run Synergy. The wizard may also appear if we’ve changed something or added a new feature. Note that on Windows the wizard may have started behind another window. Once you have installed Synergy on all of your machines, skip to the “Configure” section of this guide.

Mac OS X

To install Synergy on Mac OS X, follow these steps:

  1. Open the .dmg file you downloaded.
  2. Drag the Synergy app into the Applications shortcut in the same window.
  3. If prompted, click “Replace”.
  4. Open your Applications folder
  5. Find the new Synergy app and double click.

If this is your first installation, the setup wizard should appear when you first run Synergy. The wizard may also appear if we’ve changed something or added a new feature. Once you have installed Synergy on all of your machines, skip to the “Configure” section of this guide.

Linux

To install Synergy on Linux, follow these steps:

  1. Double click the .deb or .rpm file.
  2. Follow any on-screen install instructions for your distro.
  3. Once complete, you can find the Synergy program in Accessories.

If this is your first installation, the setup wizard should appear when you first run Synergy. The wizard may also appear if we’ve changed something or added a new feature. Once you have installed Synergy on all of your machines, skip to the “Configure” section of this guide.

Configure

The Wizard

The wizard is designed to be easy enough to understand without reading a user guide.

The wizard will not fully configure Synergy. You can learn how to configure Synergy by reading the remainder of this section.

Configure a Server

The server computer will share its keyboard and mouse with clients. It needs to know about all clients that will connect to it. To tell the server about these clients, click “Configure Server”.

  1. To add a new client, drag a new screen onto the grid from the spare at the upper right.
  2. To remove a client, drag the screen to the trash can in the upper left.
  3. To move a client, drag the existing screen to another cell.
  4. If you drag a screen on top of another screen, the screens will switch places.

Configure a Client

Once you’ve configured your Server, you need to connect each Client to the server. Assuming you selected “Client” during the wizard, the Client option should be checked on the main window. In the “Server IP” field, enter the IP address of the server. Note: This field will also accept a hostname if you have DNS configured on your local network (most users do not).

Click Apply or Start.

Note: The port number on the Synergy client must be set to the same number as the port number on the Synergy server. You may check this by going to Edit –> Settings (Win/Linux) or Synergy –> Preferences to display what port numbers each are set.

Troubleshooting

  • My Client and Server both state they are “connected” but my mouse does not leave the screen

Is your Scroll Lock key activated? This is useful for when playing video games or other full screen applications. The Scroll Lock key can be used to prevent the mouse switching input to another screen. Users that don’t have a Scroll Lock key can re-assign the lock key by clicking “Configure Server” and selecting the “Hotkeys” tab.

  • Why is the mouse over sensitive in games on the client?

To solve this you need to do two things. First enable relative mouse movements on the server:

  1. Click “Configure Server”,
  2. Click the “Advanced server settings” tab,
  3. Tick the “Use relative mouse moves” checkbox
  4. Click “OK”

Finally lock the mouse to your client screen (see: How do I lock the mouse on one screen?).

  • Why do certain programs stop me from moving the mouse off screen?

This usually occurs in Vista and above, and is due to UAC in Windows. The solution to this is to run Synergy in “Elevated” mode (this can be selected at the bottom of the main Synergy window). You can also try launching Synergy as an administrator.

  • How do I send developers the debug output?

Click the “Edit” menu and select “Settings”. Then change the “Logging level” drop-down to “Debug” or higher. The debug output should appear in the “Log” area of the main window (if not, try restarting the program). You are able to copy text from this area by right clicking.

 


How do I get the desktop version of Skype (Windows 8 or above)?

This article is taken out of skype’s website almost admiting their windows8 skype version is $&!7 :)

Skype for Windows desktop is still being developed and works really well on Windows 8.

To start using Skype for Windows desktop:

  1. Download the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop.
  2. The download bar appears at the bottom of your internet browser. Tap or click Save.
  3. After the download ends, tap or click Run.
  4. When prompted, select Yes to start installing Skype.
  5. Windows 8 switches to the desktop and Skype opens.
  6. Sign in and start speaking to your friends.

Having problems downloading Skype? Check out this handy guide.

When you’re signed in to Skype, the icon of Skype for Windows desktop appears alongside your other apps in the Start screen.

The Start screen with the Skype for Windows desktop icon displayed alongside the other apps.

To find the Skype for Windows desktop icon more quickly, just type “Skype” in the Start screen and the Skype icons for both of the Windows versions will be displayed at the top left of your screen.

Every time you start Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8 switches to the desktop. To get back to the Start screen, just press the Windows key or swipe from the right, then tap Start.

Skype app in Windows desktop

With Skype for Windows 8, you can enjoy everyday Skype features like instant messaging, voice and video calling. To benefit from other Skype features such as group video calls and group screen sharing, you can switch to the desktop version of Skype at any time.

To switch between Skype for Windows 8 and the desktop version of Skype more easily, you can put both of the Skype icons together into one tile space. To do so:

  1. Right click, or tap and hold the Skype for Windows 8 tile.
  2. Select Smaller from the options at the bottom of the screen to reduce the Skype tile size.

    Skype tile selected in the Start screen

  3. Drag and drop the Skype for desktop icon next to the Skype for Windows 8 tile. Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Windows 8 are now displayed in one tile space.
  4. Now you can quickly switch between the two different versions of Skype.

    Skype for desktop and Skype for Windows 8 displayed in the Start screen

 


How to turn on “Automatic Replies (Out of Office)” or the “Out of Office Assistant” – Exchange only.

 

 

How to turn on “Automatic Replies (Out of Office)” or the “Out of Office Assistant”

For Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 and 2010

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Info tab in the menu.

    Outlook File Menu Snapshot

  2. Click Automatic Replies (Out of Office).

    Outlook 2013 Out Of Office feature Snapshot

    Note If you do not see this option, you are not using an Exchange account. Please go to this section: How to enable Automatic Replies in non-exchange account.

  3. In the Automatic Replies dialog box, select the Send Automatic Replies check box.
  4. If you want to specify a set time and date range, select the Only send during this time range check box. Then set the Start time, and then set the End time.
  5. In the Inside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send within your organization, and in theOutside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send outside your organization.
  6. Click OK.
  7. If you selected the “Only send during this time range” option in step 4, the Automatic Replies (Out of Office)feature will continue to run until the date and time set for the End Time in step 5 is reached.
    Otherwise, the Automatic Replies (Out of Office) will continue to run until you repeat step 1 and select the “Do not send automatic replies” option.

For Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

  1. On the Tools menu, click Out of Office Assistant. 

    Outlook 2010 and 2007 Out Of Office feature Snapshot

  2. In the Out of Office Assistant dialog box, select the Send Out of Office auto-replies check box.
  3. If you want to specify a set time and date range, select the Only send during this time range check box. Then set the Start time, and then set the End time.
  4. In the Inside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send within your organization, and in theOutside my organization tab, type the message that you want to send outside your organization.
  5. Click OK.
  6. If you selected the “Only send during this time range” option in step 4, the Out of Office Assistant feature will continue to run until the date and time set for the End Time in step 5 is reached.
    Otherwise, the Out of Office Assistant will continue to run until you repeat step 1 and select the “Do not send Out of Office auto-replies” option.

For Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Out of Office Assistant. 

    Outlook 2003 Out Of Office feature Snapshot

  2. In the Out of Office Assistant dialog box, click I am currently Out of the Office.
  3. In the AutoReply only once to each sender with the following text box, type the message that you want to send while you are out of the office.
  4. Click OK.
  5. The Out of Office Assistant will continue to run until you repeat step 1 and select the “I am currently In the Office” option.

 

How to enable Automatic Replies in non-exchange account

The “Automatic Replies (Out of Office)” or “Out of Office Assistant” feature is not available on non-Exchange accounts, such as Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail), POP3, IMAP.

However, you can combine an Outlook email template with Outlook rules to simulate the functionality of the “Automatic Replies (Out of Office)” feature. For more information, see the following articles:

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How to determine whether you are using an Exchange account

For Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2007

In Outlook, check the status bar. If you are using an Exchange account, the status bar shows “Connected to Microsoft Exchange.”

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Determine whether you are using an Exchange account Snapshot



For Outlook 2003

On the Tools menu, click Email Accounts, click View or Change Existing Email Accounts, and then check the type of account which you are using. 


For Outlook 2003, determine whether you are using an Exchange account



Please refer to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290846

 


Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running

Can’t seem to do any windows updates?

Whenever you go to the update page and click “check for updates” you get the message “windows update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. you may need to restart you computer”?

There is a simple solution:

1. go to START – ALL PROGRAMS – ACCESSORIES and run CMD as administrator.

you may also Click Start then Type: cmd and then Right click on cmd in start menu and select ‘Run as Administrator’

2. Type: net stop wuauserv and Hit Enter
3. Type: ren c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old and Hit Enter
4. Type: net start wuauserv and Hit Enter
5. Type: exit and Hit Enter
6. Good luck
Please refer to link: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_update/windows-update-