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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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FreeNAS: The Free NAS Server

An even better option for setting up a NAS for your SOHO (Small Office/Home Office).

September 7th, 2006 at 5:00am — Comments: (4) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Last month, I was talking about setting up a NAS (Network Attached Storage) in the home with two posts: DIY NAS Smackdown and How to build a cheap and fast RAID 5 NAS. You can accumulate a lot of images from your photography, recorded programs with your DVR/Tivo, and device drivers and registered programs. It all adds up.

This post completes the circle.

FreeNAS.org offers the software for free to create your very own NAS server. If you have an old PC sitting around with a couple of hard drives, there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to create your own terabyte storage facility.

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3 ways to use Mind Mapping software in Selling

Mind mapping software is now being used in more than just development.

July 24th, 2006 at 5:10am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

After talking about mind mapping in a previous post, I've been noticing mind mapping is becoming more and more a part of peoples lives as well as in business. It just collects your ideas into a visual schema.

Lori Richardson, the Sales Coach on AllBusiness.com, posted an article about 3 ways to use mindmapping in selling.

Good post, Lori.

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Free Collaborative Online Whiteboard

You can invite two additional associates if you want.

July 7th, 2006 at 5:07am — Comments: (6) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Whiteboards have been around for a long time (ever since the first meeting, I think). If you have a virtual office, you may have problems trying to convey your message, let alone, draw and share a whiteboard that everyone can see.

Well, GE has come up with a slick (and might I add, FREE) online whiteboard. After going through the interface, I think the app has enough functionality to become a useful tool.

Has anyone seen other free online whiteboards? Let me know in the Chatterbox.

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The Scrutinizer

Run your web site through the tests and see how well you fare.

June 28th, 2006 at 10:30am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

If you are looking to optimize your site, and I mean really optimize your site, visit the Scrutinizer.

The Scrutinizer can take your web site and run multiple tests in the following categories:

  • Validation
  • Accessibility
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Browser Compatibility
  • Copyright
  • Alternate Access
  • Information
  • Miscellaneous

This site aggregates the links onto this one page. Very convenient and helpful.

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Tool: What Search Engine Spiders See

Excellent tool if you want to make sure your site is spidered properly.

June 19th, 2006 at 10:41am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

The dlperry.com spider tool shows you how search engines "see" your site when they visit and crawl through every web page.

The sections are split into the following categories:

  • The Page Title
  • Meta Keywords
  • Headers
  • Links
  • Total and Unique Word Count
    • Case-insensitize words
    • Ignore words with numbers
    • Ignore common words
  • Word List Count
    • Count
    • Keyword Density

It may take 1-2 minutes to finish, but its worth the wait.

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How to use the Web instead of your laptop when on the road.

Free online tools are becoming the better way to be productive while on the road and allowing individuals to see your work as well.

June 19th, 2006 at 10:04am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Sometimes users don't need fat clients for their applications. Take Palm and Windows Mobile. You can view Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations, and your calendar from Outlook. However, you need your bulky applications installed on your machine to manage and maintain your data.

Nowadays, users are taking advantage of the free online tools that the Internet is offering. If you are one of these individuals, kudos. That's awesome! Your taking the first step in collaborative networking.

The New York Times posted the article, "Now, Free Ways to Do Desktop Work on the Web," and discusses how you can be productive on the Web as opposed to working on your desktop applications.

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A live HTML and CSS renderer while you create your pages.

June 15th, 2006 at 8:14am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

Rendr is on its second version and all I can say is WOW! Nice little tool for prototyping web sites real quick-like.

Just start typing in your HTML and your CSS and you start to see your page start to develop right before your eyes.

I think I may need to play with this in IE, Firefox, AND Opera. :-)

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Why Mind mapping works

Mind mapping is a diagram that represents thoughts, words, and ideas centered around a bigger idea or concept.

June 12th, 2006 at 7:51am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

You have just been assigned a project and you need a way to organize your thoughts (napkin anyone?).

Before you start up Microsoft Word and move towards an outline mode, take this into consideration. Mind mapping takes your ideas, words, concepts, and thoughts and visually organizes everything into a main concept or idea. In my opinion, its a more flexible approach to how to tackle a project or accomplish something.

Sean Tierney's writes about why mind mapping software works and his take on why he thinks its a better solution as opposed to an outline mode, which I firmly back him up on this.

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Phone Number Geolocator

Interesting tool that uses Google Maps

June 3rd, 2006 at 7:15am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

The Phone Number Geolocator takes the first six digits of your phone and plots the area of where the phone number exists.

I've always wanted to know where those marketing people are at so I can visit them. ;-)

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Free SQL Server Tool: SQL Prompt

Yes, I said Free. :-)

June 3rd, 2006 at 5:32am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Tools

For those who use the Query Analyzer with Microsoft's SQL Server, I've run across a tool (through a blog) called SQL Prompt, which adds IntelliSense to the Query Analyzer.

When I first installed it, I had some issues with MDAC 2.8. I immediately went to their forums and found a posting from Neil Davidson describing how to the fix it to install it properly.

This utility will be very handy since I use SQL Server on a daily basis.

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