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Connect To Your Computer From Anywhere (And For Free) November 14, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Technology, World Wide Web.
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remoteWatching TV last night, I saw an ad for a paid-for service that lets you connect to your home computer from any other machine with internet access. Great idea, but why would anyone pay for it, when there are free tools that do just that?

Here’s a handy list of options that will allow you get at your desktop from anywhere. Great for accessing info or files, or for getting at your mum’s PC when she can’t figure out how to attach a photo to an email (again).

LogMeIn
LogMeIn was one of the first popular remote desktop solutions aimed squarely at consumers, offering a quick, no-hassle set up to remotely control your computer from the comfort of any web browser. LogMeIn comes in a variety of flavors, but the two that are designed to satisfy your remote desktop needs are LogMeIn Pro and LogMeIn Free. A Pro account adds more features to the service, including drag-and-drop file transfer, file sync, and meeting tools.

This is the one I use to get at my home computer when in work. It’s easy to use and simple to set up.

TightVNC (Windows/Linux)
TightVNC is a cross-platform, open-source remote desktop application. With TightVNC, you need to set up a VNC server on the computer you wish to access remotely; you can then remotely access that computer from anywhere else with any VNC viewer.

TeamViewer (Windows/Mac)
TeamViewer—like LogMeIn—offers free and paid accounts for remote controlling any PC. Unlike LogMeIn, TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial users. It doesn’t offer browser-based remote control, instead using small utilities to connect between computers. TeamViewer is even available as a portable application you can carry around on your thumb drive.

Windows Remote Desktop Connection (Windows)
Windows Remote Desktop—the default remote desktop app that comes bundled with Windows—is still more than enough for most Windows users looking for full-featured remote desktop control. If you’ve never happened upon the Remote Desktop Connection application buried in the Accessories folder of your Start menu, now might be a good time to try it out. Just be sure you’ve enabled remote desktop access.

This is what we use for staff to access our system remotely here at the Chamber.

UltraVNC (Windows)
UltraVNC is an open-source, Windows-only remote desktop application. UltraVNC supports a hefty feature set, including text chat, file transfer support, and support for optional plug-ins. Although UltraVNC only runs on Windows, you can still access your computer from any operating system using your web browser.

So, don’t shell out for something that’s already available free.

This list was put together by those nice peeps at Lifehacker. You can see their post here.

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Merit Event – Getting Ahead With Flexible Working September 22, 2008

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We are pleased to announce the latest event being organised by the IT support group Merit. It takes place on Wednesday 15 October at Everton FC.

We have been describing work as a place we go to for hundreds of years. Within the next ten years, your business will be ‘doing business’ in different ways from today.

Attracting and retaining staff, reducing the cost of doing business and continually improving product and customer service capabilities will be the key elements to maintaining and improving profitability. The ‘old’ way of getting the job done in one place of work will be replaced by more flexible and responsive methods. In particular, more people will be working from outside the ‘traditional’ office.

As well as providing an excellent networking opportunity this event will look at the economic, environmental and social benefits of ‘flexible working’ and what it means to your business now and in the future. It also looks at dispelling the myths of flexible and home working providing tips on how to get started and will show how businesses can maximise the benefits from technology to help them work more flexibly.

This special event supports ‘Small Business Week 2008’ – a week-long campaign dedicated to championing the 4.3million-plus small enterprises in the UK , bringing together small businesses from across the country, independent business organisations,

For further information on the campaign visit www.sbw08.co.uk

Registration 11:00 – 11:30

Presentation
11:30 – 12:30

Lunch/Networking/Demonstration
12:30 – 2:00

There will also be a FREE tour of the ground and a prize draw.

Venue

Everton Football Club,
Dixie Dean Suite,
Liverpool
L4 4EL

Register for FREE on the Merit website.