Remote Access Computing

Copyright 2008 by Stephen Vermeulen
Last updated: 2008 Oct 12
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VNC is a very useful piece of software (now supported by RealVNC) that allows you to control one computer from another's desktop. It is free, source code is available, it is quite small and is available on many platforms. It also allows you to control a PC from a UNIX box or visa versa. In fact you could even access your PC's desktop from a PalmPilot (since the Pilot's screen is so much smaller that the average PC this is really a technical curiosity, but it works and may occasionally be useful). In fact, this software is a lot like Norton's PC-Anywhere except its free and works many places Norton's will not. Another project called TightVNC exists (reviewed here) that is working to improve VNC's performance over bandwidth limited connections. Here's a simple "macro" capability for automating a VNC session. Recently (1 Feb 01) a web based service from to do this has also shown up. It appears that webex and Control-F1 also have similar technologies. vncrec is a tool to record VNC server sessions as a movie. CamStudio is another package that can be used for capturing screen sequences. A guide to capturing a screen sequence and saving it as flash using vnc2swf,  there is another guide to this here which also mentions using the Windows Media Encoder package to do the same thing (but producing larger files). Here is another guide, this time using pyvnc2swf on a Linux system.

ThinkNic is a diskless workstation aimed at the internet terminal niche.  For US$199.00 and no more fees it sounds rather interesting. Here is an artical on using these to run some form of Linux.

  • 2007-Nov-28: The hotwire-shell project is a Python based system for remote administration, in Nov'07 the project worked for UNIX and Windows development was in the early stages. [4207]

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