Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Remote clipboard - revisited

I've blogged about a remote clipboard before (and search for Remote Clipboard). Back then, I used two computers, basically because some applications were only available on one computer. For this I used the "Remote Clip" tool, unfortunately, it hasn't been updated since 2002. I know that it works fine between Windows computers. It works between a Linux and Windows computer, but with reduced functionality (no file copy, text encoding issues). I was interested to see whether it still works under Mac OS X.

And the results are pretty much negative. Connecting between computers works, but getting anything over is not possible. It might be related to the fact that I'm using VMWare to test the setup... Still, I think it is a pity that this small tool doesn't work quite as well on different platforms. Especially because Java is used, so one should expect some cross platform functionality.

So, Remote Clip is not an option anymore. I would really like a solution that enables me to synchronize text between computers. I was thinking of a simple web page with a text box, that is continuously synchronized with a back-end system, so that if I open the same page on another host, I would see all changes. This shouldn't be that hard, but I don't feel like implementing it myself ;-)

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