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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Keeping Connected to Everything at Home

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5497960/top-1...streaming-tools

"Streaming recorded TV to your hotel room. Grabbing files off your home computer from work. Checking on the dog walker. Your computer can do amazing things while you're nowhere near it, and these 10 killer remote access apps help you do them."

So not everything can exist in the cloud right now, and a lot of people still have a considerable amount of their digital life tucked away on their home. Just because you are not at home, or not right in from of the computer that stores what you need, does not mean that you cannot get access to it. There are a wide variety of tools that provide services like remote access, VPN and streaming. Of particular interest should be the Wake-on-LAN option that is available for most current generation computers. In the world of saving power and arguably faster boot times, you may not need to have your computer(s) on all the time. However, with Wake-on-LAN, you can rouse them from their slumber to do tasks only when needed. You might be surprised just how much power than can save over the course of a year. Now if only LCD monitors could get there. Yes, I know they're improving, but many still use way too much power for what they need when in stand-by mode.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hotspot Shield Grants Hulu Access For Everyone? Sort Of...

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 09:47 AM

http://hotspotshield.com/

"Public networks (both wired and wireless) are great. After all, what would life be without connecting while at airports, hotels and coffee shops? However, the danger to your personal data exists even if you connect to a fee based open network. Your passwords, credit card numbers, and any data you send can be seen and associated with you personally. Standard antivirus software won't protect you as this threat is on the network, not your laptop or iPhone. That's why AnchorFree is pleased to offer Hotspot Shield. Our application keeps your Internet connection secure and anonymous on public networks."

I heard about about Hotspot Sheild last week as a method for watching Hulu content outside the USA - it's a free VPN solution with servers located in the USA, so for all intents and purposes, your browser is inside the USA when accessing online content. The installation does a couple of somewhat concerning driver installs that pops up a scary-looking warning from Windows Vista, but I was installing it inside a virtual machine so I didn't particularly care. I'm not a security expert, but Windows Defender didn't flag anything, so I suspect the program is safe.

After I got it installed, I gave it a test and could definitely tell my connection was being routed through another server. With Hulu specifically, I saw frequent buffering problems, but it did work. Switching Hulu to the high-quality stream made things much worse, and strangely enough pausing the show to let the buffer fill up didn't work - the buffer would fill up, then go back to zero bars. I don't know if the fact that I was running this inside a virtual machine had any impact on the performance, but it's possible. So while Hotspot Shield might work well for basic Web browsing, as a soultion for Hulu, it doesn't seem to be a good solution. Are there any VPN solutions out there, either free or low-cost, that work well with streaming media sites like Hulu?


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