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Remote Desktop

With flashy Web 2.0 applications popping up left and right, my favorite new tech tool is a little closer to home:

Plain old Windows Remote Desktop.

If you haven’t heard of it, remote desktop allows you to control a computer at a distance online. Other than a slight delay in accepting commands, it works just like using windows. The desktop of the remote PC shows up on the one you’re using.

Sure, it isn’t perfect. I wish I could drag and drop files between computers when logged in remotely. But for basic productivity, remote desktop is a lifesaver. When I’m at the reference desk and things are slow, I work on projects that require my office computer. When I’m at my office PC and need to reference travel plans on my computer at home, I can do that too. Of course, I have to plan ahead and leave the computer on that I’m trying to access.

During the Gaming in Libraries conference, I needed to get some information from e-mail stored on my work computer. I sent an e-mail from my laptop to the co-worker I share an office with. She pushed the power button on my PC, and voila! Full remote desktop access to a computer in Alabama from Chicago.

Maybe I’m easily amazed, but we do live in amazing times.

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  1. Chad-

    You can transfer files on remote desktop. You you have to allow your local harddrive to be shared with the remote desktop. I can look at the settings and tell you how to do it. Basically once your local drive is shared, on the remote computer if you go to my computer you see a new drive called “TSClient”. Basically you can get to any file on you local machine from there. It ignores NTFS, so its fully open.

    At work I used this to transfer files to my webserver (better than FTP), so I just made shortcuts to all the locations I need and when I’m logged in via remote desktop the shortcuts work, otherwise they don’t.

    I’ll look up my settings and we can chat about them sometime!