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APPRECIATING THE PLEASURES OF FOUR-PLAY

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WEBWATCH

Two-screeners, as you may have discovered in the interval since my last column, are a happy bunch. But fourscreeners are in a state of constant excitation. So go and retrieve the computer box you didn't put on the skip.

The key is a $35 (£18) application called MaxiVista (www. maxivista. com).

With it you can not only run four screens - using two sub-£100 at screens plugged into that formerly redundant computer box and networked up to your new computer - but apparently you can also mirror your screen on any other computer on the network, and control up to four computers with one keyboard and mouse (although a cheap KVM switch will do the same).

Haven't tried these yet but let me tell you what fun it is to whip the cursor back and forth across four screens as if they were one. But look, four screens are great for CAD and for having lots of visuals up while typing text. Deal with envious people in your office with this variation on that old Animal Farm mantra: 'Two screens good. Four screens better.'

A caveat: I had great trouble persuading MaxiVista to send me the unlock code.

Be prepared to issue some abusive emails.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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