Newsletter Archives

  • Remote help to an iPhone or an iPad

    Michael Horowitz shared his experiences with remote control of an ipad:

    TeamViewer comes in many flavors, and the free QuickSupport version, when installed on iOS allows remote viewing. To the techie (you and me) the connection process is the same as when TeamViewer is installed on a Windows PC. I tested it on iOS 13 and 14 and it worked. But, the process of setting up the connection is, in my opinion, too hard for a non-techie. There are too many steps and its a bit confusing. Then too, the same applies to the process of ending the connection. And the documentation on this from TV is quite poor, to be kind.

    Hoping for a better experience I also tried AnyDesk for remote viewing of an iPad from a Windows PC. The experience was very similar to TeamViewer Quick Support which leads me to believe they are both using a function built into iOS.

    He said he went on to try Zoom’s remote viewing as well:

    I tried zoom and it worked fine. Interestingly, the remote viewing on zoom has a user interface very much like the other two. But, its a bit easier to start up the remote viewing once a zoom meeting is in progress. I tested zoom using my free account, so remote viewing of an ipad is not something you need to pay zoom for.

    Good to know!

  • Gathering for the holidays — via tech



    By Susan Bradley

    It’s that time of year again!

    I love the end-of-year holidays. Right now, Hallmark Christmas movies are playing on my television while we sort through decorations on the living-room floor. (Like over-eager kids, we like to start the season early!)

    This is the season when we’d normally be crowding together in kitchens and living rooms to share edible treats, swap gossip, and watch sports and holiday movies on the tube. But, of course, this year is unlike any other we’ve experienced.

    To stay connected with friends and family, we’ve had to become more creative. And much of that creativity relies on technology.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.46.0 (2020-11-23).

  • RemotePC: An excellent tool for accessing and controlling PCs


    By Lance Whitney

    I’ve used a variety of remote-access applications over the years, but one remains my favorite.

    iDrive’s RemotePC is reasonably priced, easy to use, and filled with helpful features.

    The one drawback? Using RemotePC requires a subscription — there’s no free edition. But that’s okay if you’re an individual or small-to-medium business that needs reliable connections among a variety of client and host systems.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.44.0 (2020-11-09).

  • How to use Chrome Remote Desktop



    By Lance Whitney

    There are plenty of apps for connecting two devices. Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop offers a simple, free, and no-frills approach to remote access.

    As you might expect, Chrome Remote Desktop (CRD) is cross-platform; there are versions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can also connect to a “host” system from an iPhone, iPad, or Android device via mobile apps. Use the app to remotely access your home or work machine, or to provide someone else with support and/or troubleshooting help.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.39.0 (2020-10-05).

  • Patch Lady – COVID-19: The challenges of working from home


    By Susan Bradley

    “Social distancing” — such a simple-sounding phrase. But it’s having a titanic impact on our social and economic fabric. By any measure, we’re now living in uncertain times.

    With so many folks being furloughed or laid off, consider yourself fortunate if you can work from home. For those who can, there’s a wealth of online information on remote computing. Here are some highlights for making the experience effective and safe.

    And for all of you with kids staying home, I’ve included some information on home-learning resources.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.12.0 (2020-03-30).

  • Options for secure remote access


    By Susan Bradley

    Do you regularly use some form of Microsoft remote-access technology?

    If so, you’re probably wondering how to manage the transition from on-premises to in-the-cloud versions.

    But that’s putting the cart before the horse. It might be tempting to go straight to the cloud, but simply moving the tools you currently use to a cloud-based virtual machine can be the most expensive and least efficient way to change technologies. Before you jump to a cloud solution, you should first assess your actual remote-access needs.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.30.0 (2019-08-26).