Back to my mac works great

I have been using Back to my mac and it works great. I was able to play a game over the internet just like I was sitting in front of my computer.

Of course there is a slight delay, but it is very usable. I used a wi-fi connection to a 50MB home cable connection. It was fascinating to see the system automatically adjust the screen and colors. It was a free flash game from Kongregate. If you had a regular full frame game like a Shooter or something, it probably wouldn’t be playable.

Back to my mac works greatHowever what the average person does with a remote connection is grab a file or look at something on their own computer. I have used LogMeIn as well in the past for remote connection and while it was cool, it also costs money to work well. Currently there is some question whether a free remote access tool TeamViewer is safe. There is much discussion about people who have it and have said they have lost money or files while it is in use. To me, I never was impressed with TeamViewer. I always thought VNC was faster and better. TeamViewer also has the unfortunate reputation of being used by scammers, so for that alone it is worth avoiding and blocking on a network.

Of course there are other tools that are free to remotely connect to a mac or PC. A very safe tool from apple is called Apple Remote Desktop. This is usually used by a mac administrator in a company network to manage macs. I have used that in the past and it really is neat what it can do. For PC’s you can use the built-in Microsoft RDP client. That requires the end computers to be configured usually through group policy.

So you can always access your files, even if you don’t use cloud storage.

GPS shut down freeway symbol

I ran into a new symbol on my GPS today that I had never seen before. It showed a red circle with a line horizontally in the middle and a zero. Then the highway color turned from green to black. Since the traffic wasn’t moving, I had to assume that the highway had been shut down.

Normally if there is an accident you see a symbol like a car or ! showing a problem. In this case I was luckily near an exit and so I was able to take local roads to get around the problem.

GPS shut down freeway symbolI am going to contact the GPS maker tomorrow and ask that in their next version they program a legend for the symbols. I read the owners guide and don’t recall them explaining that symbol. I have had GPS for 10 years and have never seen it on another system. Do you know what it is? I tried googling it but nothing came up.

That would be a nice feature wouldn’t it? You take a picture of something and then upload it to a search engine? Then you can point at the thing you don’t understand and it would search the internet for that image or explanation. That would prevent having to be on hold with the vendor that’s for sure.

I must admit that I am not fond of the Toyota GPS system. I thought Garmin was the best at GPS. The problem is that having to update the maps yearly is a pain, in comparison to them automatically getting updated through your regular service appointments. However driving around NYC really challenges the GPS of any car. I have driven several different kinds of cars with different GPS systems and they all have had issues. A Chrysler 200 car took me down a one way road the wrong way! Yikes.

Perhaps using another Garmin is the way to go. It’s not pretty having to plug it into the power socket, but I trusted it completely and it rarely took me on a wild goose chase like almost every other GPS has in NY. Perhaps its time to get one.

 

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