View Full Version : Screen sharing to infinity - why?

May 31, 2011, 09:13 AM
I am currently running a MacBook Pro 15inch i5 processor, and have recently discovered the unfound wonders of screen sharing with another mac (or even to your own external IP address which is allowed by the Finder).

I have googled up the "screen sharing to infinity" as it is described wonder where a screen appears inside another and then another and another and gradually it becomes smaller and smaller (as if you have a tunnel of a million screens going towards the centre).

I came across this for the first time when i connected my Macbook Pro to its own external IP address (and then relatively quickly quit Screen Sharing).

I also seem to have this when i connect my Mac to another mac, and then that Mac connects back to mine (or vice versa) and then on the other mac screen, whenever a fully opened window (such as Safari, Firefox, Skype, Finder etc) is minimised the "screen sharing to infinity" begins on the Other Mac in the screen sharing window (but not actually physically on my own mac).

I was just wondering why this happens since i couldn't find any threads pointing to why, as well as how to prevent the problem, if there is a prevention method.

Thanks for any help.

May 31, 2011, 01:07 PM
Because Derp? ;)

I don't know why they chose that representation but why would you want to log into another Mac from your Mac and then screen share back into your Mac? I have done it on accident and been amused but other then that, whats the point?

I do not recall having that happen when minimizing a window from another machine. That sounds like a glitch.

May 31, 2011, 03:45 PM
It happens because the screen-sharing protocol doesn't prevent it.

It doesn't prevent it because there's no particular reason to do so. Where's the harm? It's not going to create a black-hole singularity or implode your screen. Worst case, your network traffic increases dramatically.

If you want to look at tiny diminishing screens, then do it. If not, then don't. Why? Why ask "Why?"? Why not ask "Why not?"? The software isn't going to stand in the way of doing something that may seem useless. Who knows, there may be some reason to do this for testing purposes.

Les Kern
Jun 1, 2011, 07:51 AM
No offense, but this is one strange post.

Jun 1, 2011, 10:18 PM
Look into a mirror with another mirror behind you. That's the physical analog to "screen-sharing to infinity".