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Targus Universal Docking on a Virtual Machine

The DocKtor is often asked if Targus’ Universal Docking Stations (docks) can be used with a Virtual Machine? The short answer is, “Yes.” The long answer, or rather, official answer is, “Probably.” That is, while not validated the DocKtor is aware of many customer using docks with VMs. I have even been told that one customer is booting their Macbook to a Windows VM PC connected to a dock using […]

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Disappearing Power Tips

The DocKtor has been asked for ways to prevent the Targus ACP71 and ACP77 power tips from “walking away” or otherwise getting lost. The Targus Universal Docking Stations come with a lock slot, and Targus does supply locks for using it. Targus even has dual head locks for those applications where the dock and the PC are better off locked in a more permanent workstation setup. It should be pointed […]

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Software Trumps Hardware

  Software is too often the one technology product that ships with known bugs. The DocKtor is at heart a hardware engineer, and as such is in group two as described at, “Why Buggy Software Gets Shipped”  (Please feel free to post a reply with your vote.) Lately, I have come to appreciate, or rather start to appreciate my software brethren as their work applies to Targus Universal Docking Stations. […]

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Surface Pro Power Tip For ACP71/ACP77

Lately I have been asked if there is a power and charging tip for the ACP71 or ACP77 to use with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.  The short answer is, “No.” The issue for power and charging the Surface Pro 3, or other Surface for that matter, is not one of mechanical compatibility, a charging tip circuit, or the power (Watts).  These new tablets are powered by a 5VDC and […]

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Targus Universal Docking Station Audio

All of the Targus Universal Docking Stations have 2-channel (stereo) audio in/out jacks. The ACP70 and ACP71 have an HDMI 1.4b port carrying 6-channel (5.1 aka surround sound) PCM audio including Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, and SDDS and other common 5.1 systems, or 2-channel audio, as originated at the PC/Macbook source. The ACP77 has two DisplayPort 1.2 ports with 2-channel (stereo) audio PCM audio. The DVI-I ports on the ACP076, […]

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KVM + USB Docking Station = Faster Development

From time the time the DocKtor is asked if the Targus Universal Docking Stations work with a KVM (Keyboard, Video, & Mouse) switch. Most of the people asking are software developers for the brand name cloud application companies, and a few OS companies (imagine them being called Company G and Company M and one that sounds like a fruit). Well, the short answer is, “Yes!” To enables efficient testing of […]

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Not Since Eve Did Biting the Apple Cost So Much

“Eat an apple a day to keep the Doctor away.” Indeed, but when it comes to client side computers, it is not financially healthy to keep the DocKtor away! The DocKtor recently had the pleasure to visit a large social media company that is about 80% Mac. To develop software and applications, diagnose and troubleshoot bugs, and generally do what web companies do, they figured out that multiple monitors make […]

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The Thunder Down Under

Targus Australia made some short videos showing the versatility and usage models of the Targus Universal Docking Stations.  Check them out at Targus Universal Docking Stations CounterClockwise Perspectives .  However, it is still not clear if USB data flows clockwise or counterclockwise down there. DocKtor Out!

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