Posts Tagged ‘#remote’

HD revisited

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis June 15th, 2012

High definition, right?  Nope, in this case I’m talkin’ about Hard Drives.  I’ve written posts about the drive shortage, backing up, and solid state drives.  But there’s a whole new fleet of External USB (or networked) drives that deserve a closer look.  Several companies are making drives that you plug in and can access from all over the planet.  Others create their own WiFi network that you can log into from smartphones or your PC.  There are also some very stylish drives that are much smaller these days.  I have clients that will buy several pocket-sized drives and rotate them for offsite backup.   They also have some really tough built HD’s that can withstand a lot of abuse.  This would be perfect for industrial sites or college students :-)    Here’s an article  that shows them in detail (thanks to Marc Saltzman at Digital Crave).

Webmail vs Outlook

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis February 10th, 2011

Because of all the winter weather, a lot of people are stuck trying to work from home.  Many of you have Outlook at work, and are using webmail at home. But everyone needs to know that when you have outlook, it removes the mail from The Cloud so the only copies are on that PC.  So people that want to do web mail need to CLOSE OUTLOOK before they go home.  They also need to understand that this ONLY GIVES ACCESS TO NEW MAIL that comes in, not the stuff that’s already been downloaded to the PC.  For that you’d need something like Teamviewer (remote control of your work PC).

Remote Access

Helpful Hints | Posted by Dennis February 3rd, 2011

There are lots of ways to control your work PC from home, or vice-versa.  We used to run PC-Anywhere or Windows Remote Desktop (WRD).  Both are decent solutions and give you full control over your remote PC.  But they can be tricky to set up and secure properly.  For example, WRD requires the host PC to have the PRO version of Windows installed, and you need to know the WAN IP address.  Another problem is that your router will need some tweaking, and that intimidates a lot of people.  A GREAT new solution is Teamviewer.  It’s free for personal use, and can be set to ONLY allow your other PC to control it.  It works on port 80 (same as browsing) so no router or firewall configuration is necessary.  Our biggest client bought a license ($800) for us, and we remote in to locations all over the US.   If you install it, be sure to set up a WHITELIST to prevent hacking.