A few days ago I posted a blog titled How to fix your mom's computer from the other side of the world using the Copilot application from Fog Creek Software. Well, I received a number of responses to this little scamp. For example, one reader emailed me to say:
Thanks for your recent article on the "copilot" application. Very interesting indeed. It sounds a lot like another application I've been using for a couple of years now, called "Hamachi". You can check it out at This Link (or at numerous others).
When I Google "Hamachi" today, I get feedback that suggests that Hamachi has merged with another older provider of similar capability called "Log Me In", and the new ap is called "Log Me In Hamachi" – or maybe I'm misinterpreting. (Geez, things change so fast sometimes, huh? I must be getting old.)
In any event, without taking anything away from "copilot", I just wanted to alert you to the availability of other very similar applications. In the case of Hamachi, I'm really impressed with its features, and I have used it quite frequently over the last couple of years and never had a problem with it.
I tell you, there's so many cool things around – it makes me sad that I will never find the time to play with all of them. Meanwhile, another reader just sent me the following message:
Hi! I read your column "How to fix your mom's computer from the other side of the world" and if you like that, then you might like VNC even more. This comes in two flavors, the free TightVNC and the commercial RealVNC (you can find out more on the difference in Wikipedia).
It can even work across different platforms! Help you friend with his free Linux-box from your Windows PC. This program originated at Olivetti many years back, and I remember there was even a client for my Palm V some ten years ago.
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