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7. Advanced Techniques > 93. Share Your Home Automation Mac with Other Users

Share Your Home Automation Mac with Other Users

Use Mac OS X’s Fast User Switching to safely run your home on a computer that’s also used for other tasks.

Traditionally, Macintosh users have had to dedicate a Mac to running their home. It was necessary to ensure that the computer would always be on and running the necessary home automation software. It was simply too easy for a user doing a little word processing, or playing a game, to quit or otherwise interfere with the system. But then Mac OS X Panther came out, with its superior stability and preemptive multitasking architecture, and I was intrigued by the idea of running XTension as a background task on my main office Mac, eliminating the need for a second computer.


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