Green computing with multiple users, one PC – free software

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Calgary, Alberta (Feb. 5, 2007) – Need an extra PC around the house? Userful is giving away its innovative software that gives you a second computer for free. They had such a warm response to their holiday giveaway that they have decided to continue giving away the software. It is the perfect way to reduce line-ups for the computer as spouses, parents, and children battle for a turn.

Userful’s Desktop Multiplier software turns one computer into many, enabling a single computer box to support multiple users at the same time. Simply connect an extra monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse to your standard computer box and this software makes it possible for two users to work on the same PC at the same time.

“The free two-user giveaway doubles the utility and value of your existing computer with minimal cost,” says Tim Griffin, President of Userful. “In fact, if you already have an extra monitor and keyboard, it’s like getting a free computer.

Userful is giving away its eco-friendly software to show how much un-tapped value lies hidden in today’s Desktop PCs. “Environmental responsibility is increasingly on all our minds,” says Griffin. “Maintaining an extra PC is a lot of work, and not everyone can afford a second home PC. We had such a warm response to our holiday giveaway that we decided to continue giving away our software. Everybody likes something free, and it doesn’t get much better than a free PC with zero environmental footprint. The opportunity to help make a difference is very satisfying. We’re hoping that people will see how well this software works at home and start recommending it to their workplace or school as a way to save the environment and save on IT costs. We’ve also added a live CD meaning you can carry it with you and transform virtually any PC into a two user computer.”

Userful’s Desktop Multiplier software can create up to 10 independent workstations from a single standard PC box. This software is being used around the world in schools, libraries, hotels, and other businesses and has provided huge savings on desktop computing costs by reducing the number of computer boxes that need to be purchased and maintained. Userful is quickly becoming the standard for green computing worldwide. Attaching 10 monitors, mice and keyboards to a single computer reduces CO2 emissions by up to 15 tons per year per system and reduces electronic waste by up to 80%. Userful recently stated that in the last year their software has saved over 13,250 tons of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking 2,300 cars off the road.

The free two-user licenses distributed under this promotion enable users with an extra video card (or a dual-head video card) to add an extra workstation by simply plugging in a spare monitor, USB keyboard and mouse. Thousands of users have obtained free two-user licenses and information about the promotion from . There are two free downloads available: a Live CD, which allows you to turn your PC into 2 independent workstations without affecting any of the software on your hard-disk, and one for users already running Linux.

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Userful software lets you multiply and manage your desktops: multiplying your hardware investment by delivering up to ten workstations from just one standard PC, and managing them all at once through a central web-portal. Privately held and founded in 1999, Userful was recently named Alberta’s 10th fastest growing company under $20 million in revenue.

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