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copy paste weird network bug?

copy paste over network

   
9:19 pm on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ok, so this is very strange. Today while at work I went to copy (control+c) something, then went I went to paste, it was not what I had copied, instead it was what my co-worker had just copied to his clipboard! The only was I knew this is because I said out loud what was just pasted and he said "hey, thats what I just copied".

My question is: One has anyone ever encountered this? Two: How the heck is this possible?

Only thing we could think of is that both PC's have the same username. This is because the computer my co-worker is using is my old pc that I gave him.
10:55 pm on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There are Copy & Paste add-ons for browsers that let you sync the clipboard between machines. Do you have anything like that installed?

If not, what sort of network is this? Do you have a domain, workgroup, or home group?
11:08 pm on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Both Pc's are win 7 with the same home group. There is nothing installed and it happens outside of the browser as well. We were able to reproduce the issue several times.

I'll copy something, then before I paste I'll have my co-worker copy something, then I'll paste and boom, there it is, what he had copied and not what I had. It also work's in reverse too!
11:29 pm on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Also note: just rebooted my machine and now the issue is gone!

So either this was a bug or some hidden setting that we enabled momentarily.
3:07 am on Dec 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Well, you did say you were using the same username on both machines. Did you have your Windows Live account attached to this username?
4:49 pm on Dec 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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No, nothing with windows live account. Really strange since after the re-boot it doesn't happen anymore.

So at the very least we know that our clipboard data is traveling through the network. Interesting...
7:13 pm on Dec 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ok, I think we figured it out!

We both stay connected to our office music pc using tight VNC. When we are both connected to this PC with the same VNC account it see's us as the same person and therefore shares the clipboard data. Crazy! Wonder if I should share this with the developers at tight VNC
 

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