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Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013 11:41 AM


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Ok weird request here;
NCIS makes this look easy.

we've got conference rooms CPU's and projectors or big screens;
one of the screens got replaced, so an extra big screen could be used in the developer "pit"

the idea, and the follow up request, is to make our pit a little like NCIS: if im looking at something, how can i throw an app window to the big screen?

I know of course, if it's tied as an extra monitor to my machine, it's trivial.
I also know i could sit at a CPU that uses that screen, and Remote Desktop to my desktop and show my screen that way.

but has anyone tripped over a program, where i can just "click" something,a nd it's going to show my desktop, or any other developers desktop, instantly like As Seen On TV?



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Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:06 PM


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Lowell (7/9/2013)
Ok weird request here;
NCIS makes this look easy.

we've got conference rooms CPU's and projectors or big screens;
one of the screens got replaced, so an extra big screen could be used in the developer "pit"

the idea, and the follow up request, is to make our pit a little like NCIS: if im looking at something, how can i throw an app window to the big screen?

I know of course, if it's tied as an extra monitor to my machine, it's trivial.
I also know i could sit at a CPU that uses that screen, and Remote Desktop to my desktop and show my screen that way.

but has anyone tripped over a program, where i can just "click" something,a nd it's going to show my desktop, or any other developers desktop, instantly like As Seen On TV?



We have a big LCD screen on the wall in our bullpen and some kind of wireless receiver connected to one of the inputs. The transmitter is a USB fob that requires installation of some software and/or drivers on the host computer - we only have one so we have to pass it around. I personally have never used it because only one other person in the room is ever interested in what's on my screen and the 24" monitor is sufficient for two of us to view. I don't know who makes our device or what it's called, but I can look if you're really interested.


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Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013 3:10 PM


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ok, i've seen that kind of thing, but that's basically a wireless monitor cable right? only one person can use the screen?

I don't think that's quite what i'm after, but my google-fu is stuck on stupid today.


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ok, i've seen that kind of thing, but that's basically a wireless monitor cable right? only one person can use the screen?

I don't think that's quite what i'm after, but my google-fu is stuck on stupid today.


Yeah, I think you've got the right idea about our device.

If you really wanted to put some money and effort into it, you could get a matrix switcher and run 15-pin, DVI, or HDMI cable to each workstation to connect auxiliary monitor outputs to the switcher. (A matrix switcher allows you to route any of a number of inputs to any of a number of outputs and are usually described by the number of inputs and number of outputs, e.g. "8x8" - just Google "matrix switcher".)


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Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 4:29 AM


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Please don't take this the wrong way, but I think the problem is that someone is taking the t.v. show way too literally. Just because they show a technology on t.v. doesn't mean it's real technology that's currently available. As a theatre major, I know a few ways to fake what they're showing on NCIS.

That being said, you'd need a video switcher if you wanted to use multiple computers to possibly input to the t.v. screen. And if wireless isn't available for this, you'd need a wired switch.

I'm thinking you'd need something ala Apple TV, if that helps your google-fu.


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Brandie you are spot on about the too literal thing, and i knew it when i heard the requirement; I thank you for your time in adding to my question here;

As a programmer, I started thinking about how this would be done without a hardware fix, and here's my theoretical idea:

Programs like Remote Desktop, Terminal Services, Skype, goToMeeting, TeamViewer, GoToMyPC, PCAnywhere(still around?), etc all do a variation of this already; it's Video sharing or keyboard-video-mouse(KVM) sharing.

so a theoretical modification of some similar software could be built, dunno if there would be much of a market for it though; but it's an interesting exercise.

The idea would be i would need to "call" the presentation computer, ie like Skype does or something, and that caller would already need to be trusted in some way.;
so that presentation computer's version would be an always on listener, and that automatically disconnected the current "caller" and automatically displayed the ""latest" caller's video feed, where the feed is the current desktop/primary screen.


possible, and in a few hundred man hours, i could probably do something like that myself, but that's not gonna happen.
Off the shelf software, or it doesn't get done in this case, i think.

I'll google a bit more, but i don't think software like that exists.







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Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:38 AM


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OH! Hey, there is software similar to that... I don't remember the name but a couple of our customer service peeps use it to look at our customer's computers. Ummm....

Let me get back to you shortly with the name of it. It requires internet access, but I bet you could build something yourself that only requires intranet access instead.

EDIT: And yes, PCAnywhere is still around, albeit not for long I think given how many other tools people are using nowadays.


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It's a website called Join.Me (that's all you type into your browser, BTW).

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Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 8:15 AM
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You may be able to use MS Lync for this, host a never ending online meeting on the big screen and people can join in and share their screen via Lync when required.
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Couldn't a KVM be used to do this?
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