Sunday, February 10, 2008

Get a Free Extra Computer

I just came across a web site that offers an interesting piece of software that promises to turn one computer into two by turn your dual-monitor PC into a two-user PC using free software from Userful. The basic concept of this program is based on the fact that your computer is rarely used to its full potential so instead of wasting resources on multiple computers, why not use one computer to its full potential.

Being a single guy, I personally have no need for such software (at the moment) but the premise is so simple yet powerful at the same time that it's worth a mention for those of you who need to share your computer with others.

According to their web site:

Share your PC, worry free: Have friends or relatives visiting and don't want them messing up your PC? This live CD is the perfect solution. Not only does it give the equivalent of an extra fully-functioning PC, it also ensures that your personal files are kept private and that no viruses or other malware are accidentally installed by your guests. Need an extra computer but don't have the space money or energy to or don't want to maintain one?

The World's Greenest Computer: This free CD is limited to 2 users, but using Userful's commercial software products can create up to 10 independent workstations from a single standard PC box. This software is being used around the world in schools, libraries, hotels, and other businesses and has provided huge savings on desktop computing costs by reducing the number of computer boxes that need to be purchased and maintained. Userful is quickly becoming the standard for green computing worldwide. Attaching 10 monitors, mice and keyboards to a single computer reduces CO2 emissions by up to 15 tons per year per system and reduces electronic waste by up to 80%.

Q. What kind of computer can I use?

A. Most standard PCs will work with the Live CD. If you wish to try the two-station features, you need a computer with 2 monitors connected, using a dual-head video card (two video ports on the same card), and an extra USB keyboard and mouse.

I haven't tried the software so I can't personally recommend it but if you have the necessary equipment and are thinking of purchasing another computer at home or at the office, you might want to try this program first to see if it will be suitable for your needs.

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