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VNC Alternatives: Remote Desktop Software

After using VNC for a long period of time, I ran into a situation where I couldn't use it.

Last week, my parents were having some issues with their laptops (future post regarding McAfee Total Internet Protection 2010), so I decided to look into some remote control software since they are in Florida and I'm in Ohio.

Since my mother and father have a firewall, I figured this was going to be a challenge to walk my parents through a firewall configuration and allow me to connect to their machines, so that eliminates VNC from my list of possible candidates.

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VNC Alternatives: Remote Desktop Software

After using VNC for a long period of time, I ran into a situation where I couldn't use it.

February 9th, 2010 at 8:00am — Comments: (4) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

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Last week, my parents were having some issues with their laptops (future post regarding McAfee Total Internet Protection 2010), so I decided to look into some remote control software since they are in Florida and I'm in Ohio.

Since my mother and father have a firewall, I figured this was going to be a challenge to walk my parents through a firewall configuration and allow me to connect to their machines, so that eliminates VNC from my list of possible candidates.

My requirements for remote desktop software were simple:

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New Microsoft Tools to help your developers

Free tools from Microsoft. Get 'em while you can.

July 3rd, 2007 at 10:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Microsoft released some tasty vittles for developers in the last couple of days that I seemed to have missed.

First up for you lan-ers is Microsoft's updated Network Monitor 3.1. This version includes:

  • Wireless (802.11) capturing and monitor mode on Vista – With supported hardware, (Native WIFI), you can now trace wireless management packets. You can scan all channels or a subset of the ones your wireless NIC supports. You can also focus in on one specific channel. We now show the wireless metadata for normal wireless frames. This is really cool for t-shooting wireless problems. See signal strength and transfer speed as you walk around your house!
  • RAS tracing support on Vista – Now you can trace your RAS connections so you can see the traffic inside your VPN tunnel. Previously this was only available with XP.
  • Right click add to filter – Now there's an easier way to discover how to create filters. Right click in the frame details data element or a column field in the frame summary and select add to filter. What could be easier!
  • Microsoft Update enabled – Now you will be prompted when new updates exist. NM3.1 will occasionally check for a new version and notify you when one is available.
  • New look filter toolbar – We've changed the UI related to apply and remove filters. You can now apply a filter without having to UN-apply it first.
  • New reassembly engine – Our reassembly engine has been improved to handle a larger variety of protocol reassembly schemes.
  • New public parsers – These include ip1394, ipcp, ipv6cp, madcap, pppoE, soap, ssdp, winsrpl, as well as improvements in the previously shipped parsers.
  • Numerous Bug Fixes – We've taken your reported problems on the connect site and fixed many of the confirmed bugs.
  • Faster Parser Loading – We've significantly improved the time it takes to load the parsers. Now rebuilding takes a fraction of the time it used to.

If you are interested in downloading it, check out the Network Monitor Blog at technet.

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Grade your Website: 31 free online tests

Make sure your site is running at top performance by using these online tests to grade your web site

May 29th, 2007 at 1:00pm — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Directory Aviva posted a great article of 31 online free tests for keeping your web site in tip top shape.

Some of these tests include the W3C validators (HTML, CSS, Feeds, etc.), link analyzers, accessibility, how your site looks in various browsers, and many more.

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Mind mapping software...online

Offline Mind mapping software is great, but online may be better

March 15th, 2007 at 5:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

I know I've talked about mind mapping software in the past with various posts, but those were particularly offline applications.

MindMeister is one such online application where you can create online mind maps and share them with your friends.

According to the site, you can invite people with an email containing a link to the brainstorming session and get everyone "working on the same page." They save the previous versions before work starts so you can revert back to the old version if some ideas aren't that hot.

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Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta 3 Released

Need assistance with your web development? Microsoft just released Beta 3 of their toolbar.

January 15th, 2007 at 8:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

For those who aren't using Firefox's Web Developer extension (version 1.1 is out now!), Microsoft has updated their Developer Toolbar to Beta 3.

They've added a couple new features such as a Style Tracer, View Source, and an Updated User Interface design.

Definitely a download for you web developers. :-)

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CEO's To-Do List in PDF

Executives should love this free PDF tool.

January 9th, 2007 at 6:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Busy executives are always forgetting something and with all of the newest to-do lists out there, aren't there any paper to-do lists? (Yes, we do need them).

Thanks to AdesBlog.com, Ades found a printable to-do list in PDF format, so you can get started immediately.

I do like the the way it's laid out and presented. Good design and very 2.0-ish even though its not a web site. :-)

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GooSync: Google Calendar Sync To Palm

Awesome utility to synchronize your Google Calendar to Palm and vice-versa.

November 9th, 2006 at 10:00am — Comments: (2) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

GooSync is an application that installs on your Palm and synchronizes your Google Calendar with your date and appointment information.

GooSync is currently in beta and offered for free.

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Log4Ajax for debugging AJAX applications

Nice JavaScript utility for debugging AJAX.

November 8th, 2006 at 6:35am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Recently, I got a phone call at home about a problem with an application that was using AJAX. Over the phone, there was really no way to determine the problem unless I was sitting there and running Firefox with FireBug.

Then, I remembered that I had seen a simple solution on Sun's web site: Log4Ajax.

The whole idea Log4Ajax is to provide client-side logging using a DIV and log everything to that while in JavaScript so you at least know what's happening.

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Fontifier

Have you ever wanted to create your handwriting as a font? Here's your chance!

October 17th, 2006 at 8:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

The Fontifier is a 7-step program that takes your handwriting and makes a downloadable font for only $9 with credit card or PayPal.

This could definitely be a selling point to a client. Take their handwriting and provide them with their own custom font.

I have to find the time to do this.

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PDF Pad

Need some graph paper? A calendar? Why not just print them?

October 16th, 2006 at 4:32am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

This is similar to the first PDF site I found, but now, thanks to LifeHacker, there is another site that prints even more PDFs. Thanks LifeHacker!

PDFPad contains a list of dynamic PDF formats that you can printout immediately, right from your desktop.

The list includes:

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