8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2010 9:36 AM by hockeyreferee
denise.lau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
i am writing my blog through iweb from my macbook at home. when i travel, i usually take my small window based netbook with me. is there any way i can remote access my macbook at home so that i can update my blog from my iweb on my macbook? thanks!

  • hockeyreferee Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    There are many different ways to remotely access your MacBook; however, if you are not on your LAN, then you will have to pay the price. It can be awful how costly these things are, but they are what they are.

    One of these such programs I know of is GoToMyPC. Here's their website:
    I have not used them, but I have heard from many that they are a good company.

    I have used the following one myself in free mode (not a free trial offer, but an actual free mode). It is called LogMeIn:

    The free version, which I used, is called, I'm pretty sure, LogMeIn Free, or something like that. I would NEVER recommend this to anyone. Perhaps the paid for version is better, but this thing was awful. I pretty much uninstalled it as soon as I installed it, so I certainly do NOT recommend using the free version of LogMeIn, once again.

    So, these are just a few of many remote desktop (they work with laptops too, don't worry) programs. You can find more by just Google-ing "remote desktop" or something like that.

    You may also have heard of Apple Remote Desktop or the Screen Sharing software that actually comes already on your Mac. As far as I know, the Apple Remote Desktop works well, but only on your LAN, not around the world. I know for sure that the Screen Sharing software already on Macs works well (I have used it quite often), but again it too only works on a LAN. I am pretty confident on both of these things, but if anyone else has something different to offer on that, please, be my guest.

    Good luck with choosing the right remote desktop program and with your blog!
  • denise.lau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much for your advice! Much appreciated.
  • Ethmoid Level 6 Level 6 (10,755 points)
    I have to say that I'm not sure this suggestion will work.

    You say that you are using a Blog in iWeb on your MacBook and that when you go travelling, you take a Windows based Netbook with you? iWeb is Mac only, so if you do actually successfully get to link with your MacBook at home, then how will you be able to update your blog when you will not be able to open iWeb and your domain file, which after all is what you need to do, with a Windows based PC? Had you thought about that?

    It seems that you have two options here:-

    1. You can go out and buy yourself another smaller Mac (MacBook Air) and copy your domain file that contains your iWeb blog - to do this go to User/Library/Application Support/iWeb/domain.sites and copy this file from your MacBook to your new computer. Take this Mac travelling with you can you then update your blog from wherever you are and publish it MobileMe if this is where you are publishing to and people will be able to view it.

    2. Create a new blog that is based online, so WordPress (http://www.wordpress.com) or Blogger. These are both free and can updated online from any Mac or PC that has an internet connection. This way, you can still take your Windows Netbook travelling with you and if you can get a connection, you can update your blog online. You should also be able to do this from internet cafe's too, so you don't necessarily need a netbook either. This has to be the simplest option and is probably the one I would choose to use - both are free and online based - if you use iWeb you are very limited with what you can do - you need the Mac and domain file to be able to update anything and you then need to publish and if travelling, MobileMe would be the best option.
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,675 points)
    LogMeIn and that kind of software is similar to Remote Desktop.

    It's a window of your remote computer.

    So you're not actually using the applications on the computer your'e working on.

    At home I use [Chicken of the VNC|http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc> to remotely use the computer upstairs.

    I also have used [Teamviewer|http://www.teamviewer.com>
  • hockeyreferee Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I have heard of Team Viewer. Does it work well?
  • Wyodor Level 6 Level 6 (19,675 points)
    The last time I used it it worked well.

    It's more in the details.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,935 points)
    I certainly do NOT recommend using the free version of LogMeIn

    I'm curious what kind of problem you had with it. I routinely use the free version to fix/run the machines of relatives who live in other cities. All such systems are slow, but this one seems to work quite well.
  • hockeyreferee Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    The problem I had with it was that it was extrememly slow; also very blurry; froze up many times during one session of about two and a half min. Also had to do a lot of wortk to delete my account.