If you’ve got a classroom full of kiddies, you don’t have to buy them all their own computer or tablet, or crowd around a single device. A $25 program called “Multiple Monitors” does the trick. It can mirror the screen from one computer on any other monitors in the room. The program is from ActualTools.com and is easier and cheaper than using HDMI splitters to connect several monitors to one computer. It works in all versions of Windows, from XP on up. Businesses could use it too. We can think of situations where you might want the same slideshow or program running in the lobby and other areas or at a trade show. There’s a free 30-day trial.
For around $300 a year, you can monitor your pet’s health better than you monitor your own. The PetPace “smart collar” tracks dog and cat health 24 hours a day.
This seems like a great thing to have if you’re away on a trip and wondering how Fido is doing at the local kennel. It sends alerts to your phone if your dog is starting to have an abnormal temperature, pulse or breathing pattern, and monitors his calories, pain, and activities, comparing them to other dogs his age. (Get up Fido, it’s time for your floor exercises.)
Ever go into your home office late at night and want to do something on the Windows XP or Vista computer? Turn it on and — Wham! – that screen light hits you like a blow to the head. You can stop that. For reasons which shall remain forever locked in the closed minds of display engineers, most monitors have no brightness control. At least not a useful one. Bob’s previous Samsung monitor had two control levels: Blindingly bright, and knock you out of your chair. Time to download PangoBright. This is a free program that sits in the PC taskbar and lets you choose from nine levels of screen brightness: 100 percent, down to 20 percent. Late at night […]
The Car Chip is easy to install. You plug it into the car’s On Board Diagnostic Port, which is in every car sold after 1996. Don’t know where that port is? Neither did we, but we found it’s just under the dash to the right of the steering wheel and easy to reach. The OBDP, as the mechanics call it, is the very place to plug in the chip that will track a person’s driving habits — as well as diagnose the car’s engine efficiency.
Recently, we wrote about an Alaskan company that’s coming out with a dual-screen laptop. Actually, you can make your own laptop or desktop display two screens without ever going to Alaska. You can have dual displays with Windows XP, Windows 7, the Mac and Linux.