UPDATE: Since LogmeIn stopped their free service, I, like so many others have dropped it an moved on. My current solution is Splashtop which runs on tablets very well, and can be used for remote control from all kinds of platforms, and can be used as a wireless monitor, so I can see what’s on the projection screen behind me. Whereas LogMeIn was limited to a webpage, the native Splashtop apps are multiplatform and multihost. If only they would produce a Linux Version for more than Ubuntu (some of us use Debian, for goodness sake!) then my zoo of Mac/PC/Android Tablet devices could all talk to each other.
I have been using this software for a few weeks now to manage a Windows 2003 server remotely, and have now stepped into using it to control a number of PCs and Macs in a sort of headless mode – where I don’t have easy access to a monitor or keyboard for them. Logmein.com works brilliantly and offers a free basic service which simply works. It works through the web browser, and therefore makes remote access from anywhere really possible. This screen shot is of my Mac Mini over a Mobile Broadband dongle, and it works! There is a paid-for package which costs and adds good functionality, but for my low-end needs this works fine. I needed to pick up a document from my home network and so went via the logmein website to my area where I could connect to my Mac Mini and email the document to myself – how cool is that? The paid version allows chat, support and file transfer, but for me, access to Google Mail was all I needed. I have even connected to my machines via the browser on my iPhone! So, if you need to support and solve your Mother’s IT problems, if you need access to the network at home, if you need to control a server, then this comes highly recommended from me. ps- do you like the book cover? The manuscript is nearly complete, and the book is due out at the end of the Summer. I keep it on the desktop to motivate me!