Covid-19 Is Straining The Internet

Server farms under strain from increased streaming & videoconferencing during Covid-19 outbreak

Across the globe, hundreds of millions of people are using their Internet connection more intensely than they did just a few weeks ago. Usage ramped up so quickly that the infrastructure is being stretched past its limits.

I don’t have any tips. You don’t have to do anything differently. It’s just another interesting way that Covid-19 is turning our economy and culture upside down. […] continued

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Working Remotely: Splashtop Tips For Dual Monitors & Blurry Displays

Splashtop Business Access - Remote Access Software

A lot of you are working remotely, connecting to an office computer from a home computer or laptop. Here are some tips that can improve that experience – setting your office computer not to go to sleep, two tips for dual monitors, and a way to improve a blurry display.

Splashtop has become one of the most popular products for remote access. […] continued

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LogMeIn Hopes You Won’t Notice That Its Price Is Absurdly High

LogMeIn price increase 2018

In 2013 LogMeIn was free for individuals.

In 2018 the exact same service from LogMeIn costs $349.99/year.

That is so outlandish, so absurd, that it seems like it must be a joke.

LogMeIn 2018 price

No joke.

LogMeIn is a publicly traded company that offers a number of services for collaboration, IT support, and remote access to computers. […] continued

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Tales Of The Unknown, Volume 17: Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome is a web browser. I kind of vaguely knew that it could do other cool tricks.

I stumbled on a pretty amazing Chrome app that I’ve been overlooking for five years. Sometimes it seems like Google is having all the fun with new technology.

With Chrome Remote Desktop, you can control a Windows or Mac computer remotely from almost any other device: another Windows or Mac computer, a Chromebook, an iPhone or iPad, or an Android phone or tablet. […] continued

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Use Splashtop For Remote Access To Office Computers

Splashtop - affordable remote access

Splashtop is the best choice for remote access to office computers in small businesses.

Splashtop is an alternative to LogMeIn and TeamViewer, each of which have their own problems.  Splashtop is affordable, works well, has an easy learning curve, and works on many types of devices. You can control Windows or Mac computers. […] continued

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The Lesson You Need To Learn From The TeamViewer Hack

Don't use easy-to-guess passwords!

Don’t re-use the same password over and over.

TeamViewer is in the news this week because of a nasty ongoing security problem. It might not be TeamViewer’s fault, and with luck it won’t affect any of you, my loyal and much-loved readers. But the story illustrates an important basic security principle: Don’t re-use the same password over and over. […] continued

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Introducing Bruceb Remote Access

 

Bruceb Remote Access - secure, inexpensive alternative to LogMeIn

Bruceb Remote Access gives you remote access from anywhere to your home or office computer. It is a low-priced alternative to LogMein for Bruceb Consulting clients.

For $25/year per computer, you can log in at https://www.bruceb.com/remoteaccess and work on a remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it. […] continued

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Leaving LogMeIn

Leaving LogMeIn

LogMeIn is the highly regarded company that makes the best known remote access program in the world. It also provides top-rated tools for enterprises and IT professionals, including LogMeIn Rescue, the support tool that I’ve used for years to start remote sessions on client computers.

I’m leaving LogMeIn. You don’t have to follow my lead (although I might tempt you to switch to a different remote access program), but let me give you some background about why I think LogMeIn is on the wrong track. […] continued

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LogMeIn Kills Its Free Service

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LogMeIn unexpectedly announced that it is discontinuing its free remote access service. LogMeIn users have seven days to sign up for the expensive Pro premium service before the free version stops working. It’s an unwelcome bombshell for LogMeIn users.

LogMeIn’s free version has been free for so long that it feels like a birthright. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Log In Remotely To A Windows 8 Computer

Remote desktop - Windows 8

There are a variety of ways to connect remotely to Windows computers – Remote Desktop, LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and many more. You might need to enter your name in a new way to make a remote connection to a Windows 8 computer, if your Windows 8 user account is connected to a Microsoft account. […] continued

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Afterword: Amazon And Microsoft Are Preparing To Offer Hosted Desktops

Amazon Workspaces - hosted desktops

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer
Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Amazon and Microsoft are well along in their plans to offer hosted desktops as a cloud service. In 2014 you will have the option to use a virtual computer to access a copy of Windows with your documents and programs from any device, including tablets. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Computing Without A Computer

Hosted desktops - computing without computers

Previously:
Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

This is one possible future for small business computing.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO COMPUTE WITHOUT A COMPUTER

You sit down at a monitor and keyboard. There’s no computer in sight but there’s a login prompt onscreen. Log in with your user ID and password and your Windows desktop appears. […] continued

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Looking Forward: Why You Might Never Buy Another Computer

Why you might have bought your last computer

Science fiction readers are familiar with novels that describe a near-future built on an outlandish concept, followed by an Afterword where the authors reveal that they are describing very real technology that is further developed than you realized. (Recent examples, all recommended: Daemon by Daniel Suarez, about artificial intelligence; Zero Day by Mark Russinovich, about cyberterrorism; and Nexus by Ramez Naam, about brain-to-brain communication.) […] continued

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Bruceb Remote Management: Staying Up To Date In A Dangerous World

Bruceb Remote Management - monitoring & updates

Your brush with danger from the weekend Java vulnerability ought to help you appreciate the importance of staying up to date on all the programs targeted by malware: Windows, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat & Reader, and the other programs that are under attack by the bad guys. […] continued

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LogMeIn Basics

logmeinlogo2LogMeIn has become the most widely used product for remote access to a home or office computer. Remote access is requested by more offices all the time as a cheap and efficient way to use line-of-business programs at the office from a home computer or notebook or iPad. LogMeIn is free or cheap, it’s secure, and many people find it easier than any alternative, even if there’s a Small Business Server at the office that will set up a Remote Desktop session. […] continued

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