Aug 162011

Chrome OS just became a lot more useful for businesses and schools with the release of the Citrix Receiver. Now Chrome OS users will be able to use the Citrix Receiver just as they’d be able to on other computers, smartphones, and tablets. Citrix Receiver is available now in the Chrome Web Store as a Tech Preview. With it you can connect to your Windows PC running either XenDesktop or XenApp. So now you’ll be able to access apps like Photoshop on Chrome OS, or important documents that might not be stored in the cloud for whatever reason. To make…

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Saw this come across the news feed today. This is a big step for virtual computing users of Chrome OS.

Oct 312008

LogMeIn – This is one of the greatest freebies on the Internet in my humble opinion. This gem of a service was around for a long while before I ever became aware of it. Some smart people at my favorite restaurant point of sale company turned me on to this. LogMeIn is a full featured, well implemented remote access program that is both easy to use and readily accessible. Included in the free version is the ability to remote control any machine running Microsoft Windows, OS X, and as far as I Linux, too! The paid versions of this program include outstanding print redirection capability and file transfer features.

Google Analytics – Easy to install and use, Google Analytics makes it easy to see what kind of traffic is being driven to your website.

Bomgar – This is the remote support software I use to provide support for my clients. I chose a hardware solution as opposed to using a software-as-a-service solution such as LogMeIn Rescue or GoToAssist. While a hosted solution is an enticing solution, offering a fixed cost for access to the latest in remote control technology, I opted for the Bomgar appliance, as there are no long term costs beyond purchase of the hardware. Given my business model, it should be some years before there is another mainstream operating system widely used that the current technology does not support. Given a bit of luck, it won’t blow up anytime soon…

MobileMe – While Apple has some work to do in refining the MobileMe service, I have found the synchronization capability of the MobileMe service to be well worth the annual fee. MobileMe can be used to synchronize a variety of data types including contacts, calendars, and a number of third party applications. For a consumer or small business user that has a business model compatible with the OS X environment, MobileMe can be used to implement a super simple disaster recovery protocol.

Hosted Exchange – Individuals and small business users can greatly benefit from having the same capabilities available to enterprise users with a hosted Exchange solution. In its’ simplest form, Exchange server can be used to synchronize Microsoft Outlook between multiple computers. This can be very useful for a user that checks e-mail on a desktop computer as well as a laptop. Mobile device synch is also an invaluable feature if you have a phone capable of connecting to Exchange, such as the iPhone. Presently, I use SherWeb for my Exchange hosting service provider.

Cellular Internet – Internet access is critical to my business. Without access to remote networks, I would spend much more time driving, and a lot less time supporting my clients. Anyone with a need for Internet access away from the office should take a close look at cellular Internet service. Monthly fees for access has dropped by approximately 25% over the past three years, and the local 3G connect speeds are faster than a T1 circuit in most areas. Having been a CellularOne customer, I presently use AT&T for cellular Internet service.

Sep 252008

It’s been a few weeks now since the 2.1 update was released for the iPhone. The update restored the main feature I had missed since upgrading to the iPhone 3G. I now have the ability to listen to voicemail messages on my inexpensive Jabra bluetooth headset. I tested call performance using 3G for a few days, and found it to be improved over the last software release, however, I still find that coverage is better, overall, with 3G disabled.

Sep 052008

Since I disabled 3G on my iPhone last week, I have experienced very good reception and call performance. I am now able to make calls in remote areas, such as 6A in Yarmouthport, and calls are no longer dropped when driving between towers on route 6. It’s ironic, really, that the feature that the new iPhone is named for pretty much cripples the device. The phone should have been more aptly name, “iPhone 3G Capable.”

Also, if you’re reading this, and are interested in some feedback on bluetooth headsets, stay away from the “jawbone.” That headset is an overpriced piece of crap. I returned it after two weeks of frustrated clients that could not hear me. I’m back to a cheapo Jabra that works just great. I miss being able to listen to voice mails with the bluetooth, but the Jabra is 1/3 the cost and I am able to make calls.