“As personal computers become more affordable, consumers are finding it financially feasible to use two or more PCs side by side. This allows for more flexibility, such as storing memory-gobbling music and digital photos on one desktop while using the other for everyday tasks like email and word processing,” Walter S. Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Some people might want to keep sensitive, work-related documents on one machine, freeing up another for the kids to use. Or, fearing viruses and spyware, more and more folks are keeping their sensitive files on one PC that isn’t connected to the Internet, and using a second, connected PC for online tasks,” Mossberg reports. “And thanks to Apple Computer’s $499 Mac mini computer, many curious Windows users and long-time Mac owners alike have purchased the company’s most inexpensive computer as a companion to a main PC.”
“But these added computers extract hidden costs, beyond the price of the extra PC itself. They normally require their own monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers, and they can double the desktop space devoted to computing — space not every home has to spare,” Mossberg reports. “There is a creative solution to this problem. It’s technically possible to run two (or more) computers — even mixed combos of Windows and Macintosh machines — using a single, shared monitor, mouse,
Mossberg reviews a number of KVM solutions in his full article here.
For our Windows-only friends: If you’re considering adding a safe, powerful, elegant, and fun Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal, information about how to do so smoothly, can be found here. For inexpensive entry to the Mac platform, you might want to take a look at Apple’s new Mac mini which starts at just US$499 — it just might be the perfect machine for you.
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