Over the past 5 years I’ve had four different Macs. Every time I got a new one, I always went looking for one extremely useful app, Teleport. Teleport lets you control several Macs with just one keyboard and mouse.
Teleport lets you use a single mouse and keyboard to control several Macs.
Simply reach an edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your nearby Mac, which also becomes controlled by your keyboard. The pasteboard can be synchronized, and you can even drag & drop files between your Macs.
Once you have the teleport pref pane installed on your networked computers, position the screens around the host computer. Wherever you position the screen, when you bring your mouse to that edge on your computer, it will push over the mouse and keyboard control to the networked computer. When you are controlling a remote computer, one of the preferences is to have a bezel pop up on the host computer, telling you what computer you are controlling, which side of the screen it’s on and how large of a clipboard file was transfered.
You don’t have to worry about security too much. The first time you try to remotely control, the controlled computer will ask if you want to trust the host controller. You also have the option to enable encryption between the two computers so transfered packets are secured.
All this stuff comes in very useful when you are setting up a new computer, or want to work with a computer with no attached keyboard or mouse. I first found this app back when I got my first iMac. I used to to transfer files between my iBook and the new iMac. Most recent usage is between my iMac and Mac Mini. I use the Mini as a media center, and it doesn’t have a keyboard or mouse attached. Using teleport, I can easily modify settings, run updates, and control Plex or Boxee from my iMac.
Available from Abyssoft, teleport is a free download. I’d consider it a underused, underappreciated gem of an app.