LogMeIn vs TeamViewer

LogMeIn and TeamViewer allow for remote desktop control of computers. Although both applications offer similar functions, choosing one over the other, for most part, is a matter of preference. I happen to like TeamViewer, but don’t have any qualms using LogMein. Both require signup on their website for easier control of remote computers. LogMeIn requires the desktop’s username and password for remote access, while TeamViewer doesn’t. It has it’s own temporary or permanent passwords for remote authentication. Both applications use strong encryption. LogMeIn uses 256 bit SSL encryption, while TeamViewer uses 1024-bit RSA and 256-bit AES sessions.

The big difference between the two approaches is how LogMeIn uses the browser for remote access, while TeamViewer uses it’s own application. LogMeIn tends to be a bit snappier based on my initial tests. TeamViewer automatically disables the remote desktop background to speed up remote access. TeamViewer also gives you the option to optimize your connection, choosing between quality and speed. Although, I prefer to use TeamViewer, I highly recommend that you test both applications. Give it a run. Eventually you will come to a conclusion. Choose one that suits your needs and preference.

OS X Mavericks Upgrade

I’m currently upgrading Apple OS X Mavericks as we speak. It’s a huge file, 5.29 GB to be exact. Sit back and relax, because it will take sometime to download the new OS depending on the speed of your internet connection. After the download, launch the installation. It requires a reboot. After boot, expect about 45 mins for the installation to complete.

Ubuntu Touch

This week Ubuntu Touch makes its arrival. Ubuntu Touch is officially supported on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones, but there are other smartphones that Ubuntu Touch will work on. You’ll need to flash your smartphone to install Ubuntu Touch. The intriguing question is, will Ubuntu Touch be the next hot mobile operating system?

Gigabit DSL called G.fast

There’s a new broadband standard called G.fast with speeds up to 1Gbps over regular copper wires without the need for a fiber backbone. G.fast is scheduled to be approved by 2014. G.fast users should be able to install it without assistance. The self-installing system will eliminate costs for providers that they would have to pay for technicians. This could significantly improve the speed of the rollout. G.fast is meant to support bandwidth-intensive applications. Initial tests resulted 1.1Gbps over 70 meters and 800Mbps over 100 meters over a single cable. Consumers should expect G.fast connections to be available in 2015.

NoCatSplash With Authentication

DD-WRT is an open-source Wi-Fi firmware that you can install on select consumer-based wireless routers. I’ve been using the DD-WRT firmware on several Linksys and Buffalo wireless access points for a number of years. In addition, I have also implemented a feature called NoCatSplash.

NoCatSplash is a feature that allows wireless users to be redirected to a special splash page, whether to notify users of a disclaimer, or to make users agree to certain terms and agreement, or simply to advertise a web page. The NoCatSplash feature will prevent users with access to the Internet until they click on the submit button, thereby agreeing to the terms and agreement.

What was lacking with NoCatSplash was authentication. So, with a little bit of research, I found someone’s code at Github that allows simple authentication with NoCatSplash. It’s written in PHP and doesn’t require a database. It’s quite simple, but works flawlessly. The login credentials are kept on a file and can be changed anytime you’ll need to change passwords.

I’ve modified his code to fit my needs. Suffice to say, the code works great as advertised.