Addictive Tips Roundup of the “6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019”

Years gone by, when I was an IT Manager I often used remote access software to assist users on the network. Some of the names mentioned in this roundup, I am familiar with; others, are new to me…

The reasons why anyone would need computer remote control are almost as diverse as there are users. Some telecommuting users need to access their work computer from home. Others do the opposite and want to access their home computer from work. Or perhaps your organization’s IT department needs the ability to remotely control its user’s computers to fix problems. No matter what the reason, controlling remote computers is a key component of many organizations.

Source: 6 Best Computer Remote Control Tools and Software for 2019

Tonido – A FREE Private Cloud Server

YESTERDAY I posted an option to remotely access your files on your computer using Microsoft’s OneDrive (Remotely Fetch files on your PC Using OneDrive); and, TODAY I will give you another option called “Tonido”.

I currently use Tonido to turn my main computer at home into a cloud server, which allows me to access my files from a remote computer (through a web browser) and/or my smartphone (via the Tonido app).

Tonido Server allows you to access all your files on your computer from a web browser, smartphone, tablet or even DLNA enabled devices.

Simple setup. Start your own Personal Cloud in minutes.

Easy to get started: just install the Tonido Server software and your computer turns into a private cloud server.

Easy to remember link to your computer. e.g.: http://john.tonidoID.com

Ideal as a personal cloud server or a home cloud server. Your files reside on your computer not on a third party server.

Your Own Free Personal Cloud

Source: Tonido – Run Your Personal Cloud. A Free Private Cloud Server

Remotely Fetch files on your PC Using OneDrive

Did you know, if you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the “Fetch Files Feature” to access all your files on that PC from another PC by going to the OneDrive website? For example, this feature would allow you to remotely access your computer at home to download files, stream videos and browse photos.

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If you would like to learn how to set up a PC to Fetch files so you can browse its files from OneDrive using any computer, click on the source link below.

Source: Fetch files on your PC – OneDrive

One Of The Easiest Ways To Access Your Desktop Files From The Cloud

TechRepublic has a nice post on a program, called Tonido, that I presently use to remotely access files/folders on a computer I have setup. Tonido is especially useful if you are a self-employed IT Pro. I encourage you to visit TechRepublic to learn how to install Tonido.

Below are some key points quoted from the article:

Tonido turns a desktop into your own personal cloud, making it simple to gain access to your files and folders from the cloud via browser or mobile app. There are two versions of Tonido: Personal and FileCloud.

Tonido doesn’t store your data on its servers. In fact, the only thing Tonido’s service does is serve as a redirect to your desktop. With encrypted passwords (make sure to set a very strong one here), you should be good to go in terms of security.

READ MORE @ TechRepublic

Tonido

Geek Squeaks (#2015-19) – View And Control Your Android Device From Your Computer — and MORE FREE STUFF

View And Control Your Android Device From Your ComputerVysor is a Google Chrome extension that is currently in beta (testing) that allows you to mirror (and control) your Android device (smartphone or tablet) from your Windows based computer. Keep in mind this utility is in beta testing, so there may be bugaboos… Your smartphone or tablet must be connected to your computer via USB. Typically this is not a problem for many Android device users, due this is a method that we often use to charge our devices. You can read in detail — CLICK HERE — the steps and driver involved for this to work. If you are successful, I think you will find that Vysor is an awesome application in the making where you can control every aspect of your Android device from your computer (even texting).

In summary, the ingredients to make this work are: USB debugging must be enabled on your device; your device connected to your computer via USB; the Google Chrome browser; the Google Chrome Vysor extension,; and the ABD driver installed. May sound complicated, but is not as hard as you think and in the end you have a very impressive (and useful) application.

Maryland University To Eliminate Textbooks – A spokesman at the University said “students will be able use a variety of materials like readings and videos online at no cost”.  Many Universities have been following similar models; however, UMUC is the first in making a transition of this magnitude

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4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology – Check out this Inateck Aluminum 4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology. The intelligent charging technology has a built-in smart chipset that detects your devices automatically to deliver the safest current.

Inatech 4-Port Charger

Sandboxie Now Supports Windows 10 – If you do not know what Sandboxie is then you are missing out on a very special piece of software that can keep you safe… Sandboxie is a software application that gives you the ability to run other software applications and surf the internet in an isolated abstraction area called a sandbox. Under the supervision of Sandboxie, an application operates normally and at full speed, but can’t effect permanent changes to your computer. Instead, the changes are effected only in the sandbox; thus, in the event of a malware infection or the software does not meet your needs, you simply delete the sandbox. I currently use Sandboxie to test software that I am not sure about. Since the my upgrade to Windows 10, I found that the developers of Sandboxie are working on a compatible version for Windows 10. If you are a Windows 10 and Sandboxie user, you may want to give the beta (test) version a try (CLICK HERE); HOWEVER, please note that SBIE Beta v5 does not support Windows Metro Apps or the Edge browser at this time. You will need to change your default web browser in Win 10 from Edge to something else. For example, in my case, I am currently (and safely) using Sandboxie to run the Google Chrome browser inside a sandbox.

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Remote Desktop App For Accessing Your Windows (or Mac) Computer Using Your Android Phone or Tablet

One of the best Android Apps to remotely access your PC is Splashtop 2. You would never think this is possible, but it is with this app (and it works exceptionally well). I do recommend that if you do give this a shot that you use a tablet computer to take advantage of the screen space.

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Simple steps on getting you started… Download and install the Splashtop 2 app to your Android tablet or phone (get it HERE) and download and install the Splashtop Streamer Windows installation to your PC (get it HERE). After installing the Windows app, launch Splashtop on your device and create an account. After creating your account, Splashtop will go looking for your PC. One thing that I did was go into the Spashtop Streamer software on the computer (under “Advanced”) and enter my IP Address for my computer. This made things even better…

How well does this work? In my scenario I am using my Samsung Galaxy Tab S Android Tablet to remotely access my ASUS Desktop Windows 8.1 Computer. Using my setup (as described) I can remotely access my desktop computer from anywhere in my home, start up my WinTV application on my desktop computer and stream TV from the computer to my tablet. I am amazed at how well this works. With Splashtop 2 I can operate my computer from my tablet as if I am sitting at the computer. I have found Splashtop 2 to be an exceptional app…

With Splashtop 2 You Can:

* Use your Android device to access all of the programs and files on your computer with 100% compatibility, including all PC/Mac applications

* Use your full desktop browser with Flash and Java support, with all of your bookmarks and your favorite plug-ins

* Enjoy the full video and music libraries that are playable only on your computer, whatever formats they’re in

* Play all the 3D games and all the Flash games

Requirements:

* Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP, Mac OS X 10.6+ or Linux (Ubuntu 12.04).

* A computer with dual-core CPU is strongly recommended for best performance.

* Internet connection is needed to use this app.

* Productivity Pack is available for Android tablet only

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App – AND MORE

Did you know you can access any remote connection enabled computer with the same Google Account? You can with Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App. The nice thing about this app is that Chrome does not need to be opened on the remote computer.

Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App

If interested in giving this a spin, visit the Chrome Remote Desktop App page (in the Chrome Web Store) where you can install the app.

Once installed and you open it for the first time, you will go through an authorization process and will be asked to see your email address (which is the validation key to your account); to see your other activated Chrome remote desktop computers; to receive (and send) chat messages so that the computers can talk to each other; and, authorization to allow remote access even if no one is at the PC using the application.

Need more help with this, check out the Chrome Remote Desktop App Support Page…

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[ACCESSORY] An All-In-One Wireless Router, Power Bank, Wireless USB Storage Reader, and Media Sharing Device – The NEW HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 is the perfect solution for your network needs away from home… @Amazon

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[MS OFFICE] Service Pack 1 available for Office 2013 – Full Download links… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[ANDROID] The 3 Best Android Apps of the Week! – (Forest Live Wallpaper, SlideLock, Trunx)… @Barry’s Best Windows, Android, And iPhone iPad Apps

[WALLPAPER] Cars Wallpaper Set 3 @Awesome Wallpapers

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[WINDOWS]  CDBurnerXP 4.5.3.4643 -CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

[NEWS] Windows XP: 28 Days LaterApocalypse, and if you’ve not read through the comparison yet, grab it from the inline link. But, is anyone wondering what will actually happen after April 8, 2014 when Windows XP is finally laid to rest? Will a moment of silence at its passing explode into a full scale malware war?… @WindowsITPro


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GEEK SQUEAKS- Featuring How To Auto Logon Into Windows 8.1 Using Your Windows Live Account Credentials

imageIf you upgraded to Windows 8.1 and you are now being required to logon with a Windows Live account, there is way to bypass that logon screen and let Windows auto logon for you.

As you may have discovered, Windows 8.1 is tightly integrated into a Windows Live Account.  As a result, it can be a pain, especially for home based computer users to login each time Windows starts. By following these steps, it will make your life using the computer a little easier.

  1. Hit the Windows Key and the R key on your keyboard (Win + R) to bring up the RUN dialog box.
  2. Type in the RUN dialog box netplwiz and click OK
  3. When the Users Account box appear, under the Users Tab you will see he following: Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  4. Uncheck the box and click OK
  5. When the Automatically Sign In Box appears, type in your Windows Live Account username and password and click on OK
  6. Restart your computer to see if it took. During start up of the computer you will briefly see the log in screen (if you followed the steps correctly).

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Avoid Creating Vulnerable Passwords – To help protect your accounts that are password protected, make your password something that is relevant to you, but that others might not consider. Also, stay away from the obvious choices of making the password relate to the account, for example, making your credit card password “creditcard”… @Computer How To Guide

Restore Point Creator – Create and manage Windows System Restore Points quickly and easily, all from a free simple program.  No more drilling through multiple menus in Windows just to create a System Restore Point, now all you have to do is run this program and that’s it.  Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all. Available installer or run as a portable app… @Tom’s World Tech Blog

Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting – One of the best ways to diagnose and examine an unbootable PC is to use a bootable rescue disk (normally a CD, DVD or a USB stick).  Booting from the rescue disk gives you a usable, albeit minimal, operating system from which you can check out the problem. One really useful such tool is the Ultimate Boot CD from FalconFour… @Gizmo’s

BitDefender and Kaspersky top Internet Security Suite AV-Test – In the latest test performed by AV-TEST on Internet Security Suites, BitDefender, Kaspersky, Avira, Bitdefender, KasperskyLab, Symantec and Comodo were among the top performers. These security suites managed to detect 100% of the malware involved in this test.  However, only two packages were able to score the maximum total of 18 points, namely the solutions from Bitdefender and Kaspersky Lab… @TWCN Tech News

TeamViewer Updated – Majorgeek says: I often have to connect to friends computers to do repairs and this is easily one of the best out there and it’s free. I have been able to steer even the most novice PC user to the TeamViewer website to download the Quick Support version and have them give me their 9 digit id and password. It’s fast, secure and what else can I say? I love it… @Majorgeeks

Kingsoft Office (for Android) – The closest thing to Microsoft Office on your phone or tablet. THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR MOBILE OFFICE… @Google Play

Wallpaper – Double Rainbow (Silt, Colorado, U.S.)… @Microsoft

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 21, 2013

LAST FREE VERSION of Weather Watcher… One of my favorite weather programs.

MANAGE YOUR ANDROID FROM A WEB BROWSER, all over the air. Take control of your Android phone or tablet from the comfort of your computer.  No wires required…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK features a ton of stuff on Windows (especially Windows 8.1) and other tech stuff. This is a super site…

TOP 10 TECH FAILS of 2013… Can you guess what they were???

NEXUS 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7″ tablet screen. This is the tablet ot buy…

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Weather Watcher 5.5.63 (Last Free Version)

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This is one of my most favorite Weather applications.  It is still in development; however, went the shareware route. I was able to find the last freeware (FREE) version [click here] .  So far, running great on Windows 8.1…


AirDroid

(Android)

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AirDroid is a free and fast Android device manager app that helps you manage your Android phone/tablet from a web browser, all over the air… GET IT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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New security features added to Microsoft Accounts – Microsoft has added three new security features to its Microsoft Account which you use to sign into various Microsoft’s services like SkyDrive, Outlook.com and Windows 8. A recent activity page, new recovery codes option and more control of security notifications has been added… READ MORE

Featured Topics:

Windows 8.2 to bring back the Start Menu
UXTheme Multi-Patcher 9.0 Released – Windows 8/8.1 support
Nero BackItUp – 5GB Free Online Storage
Animated Christmas Tree for Windows desktop
New VLC for Windows 8.1 Screenshots


Top 10 tech fails of 2013

@ NBC News

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It was a year of great tech triumphs, including big and beautiful phablets, a new wave of easy-to-use fitness trackers and cheap-but-versatile gadgets like the Chromecast. The jury is still out on smartwatches. But there’s just as much cause for hand-wringing among tech companies whose new products flopped… READ MORE


Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 16GB, Black) by ASUS

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Nexus 7 is made by ASUS and packs a serious punch. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, everything runs faster. Plus, high-performance rendering ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic…ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 1, 2013

Summary: Nice Android app to control and manage your Android device from your web browser; The official Android KitKat site to learn more about this new Android OS; Five great alternatives to the Windows Search; and, Be prepared—make sure you bookmark the site below for Cyber Monday 2013… 

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Manage Your Android Device From A Web Browser
With AirDroid

Here is a great (and easy) way to move files (to and from) your Android device, using only your web browser.  You can also SMS Text and lock your device remotely in the event it is lost. Highly recommended!

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The Official KitKat Site

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KitKat is the name for the newest Android OS… Thought I would post a link to their official site so that you can learn more… CLICK HERE


5 Efficient Alternatives to Windows Search

@ Instant Fundas

I want you to take a look at the 5 alternative software options to the Windows search, that has been reviewed at Instant Fundas, and tell me your favorite…  Here at What’s On My PC, I am a big fan of UltraSearch

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Microsoft did a good job integrating search throughout the operating system – on the start menu, on explorer, on the Control Panel. It’s a pity, it doesn’t work as it should, which is why I’m on a look out for the right tool that could replace the default search tool on Windows. Here is what I found… READ MORE


Make Sure You Bookmark Cyber Monday 2013

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Cyber Monday 2013 isn’t until after Thanksgiving weekend this November, so if you’re already here that must mean you are as excited as we are for Cyber Monday Deals! Make sure to bookmark this page today so you won’t miss a thing for Cyber Monday 2013… BOOKMARK HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(WinPatrol 29 Now Available): WinPatrol provides real-time infiltration detection, as a first layer of defense on your PC. Scotty the dog lets you know when a change is about to take place to your computer, whether it is good or bad. Highly recommended and FREE (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Learn How To Create A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive): There is nothing more frustrating than when your computer won’t boot properly and you suspect major problems. This is where a recovery may be the solution (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (TeamViewer for Android): I am a big fan of TeamViewer and can attest to how well TeamViewer works from my tablet to control my desktop PC. I was even able to stream live TV from my desktop PC to the tablet; sound and all (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (The Kindle Fire HDX Is Now Shipping): The 7” version of the Kindle Fire HDX can now be had. Great deal on a very nice tablet computer (SEE BELOW);

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WinPatrol

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WinPatrol was the first program to use a behavioral approach to detect new changes due to infiltrations and Zero-Day attacks. WinPatrol continues to add unique features and remains the smallest, fastest system monitor of its kind. Install WinPatrol anytime you rebuild or purchase a new computer. A snapshot of critical system locations and resources is recorded so if anything changes you’ll know what changed and when… GET IT HERE


Windows 8.1 – Create A USB Recovery Drive

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If you run into problems with your PC, a USB recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems, even if your PC won’t start… LEARN MORE HERE


TeamViewer Remote Control – Android App

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Mobile and flexible: remotely access computers from your android device! Easily support friends and family when they have computer problems – no matter where you are. You can also benefit from gaining access to your private home computer to edit documents or use particular software while you are on the road… GET IT HERE


Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet – NOW SHIPPING

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Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How to get to the Windows 8 event logs): I ran into a situation with my computer where I needed to get to the Windows 8 event logs to perform some troubleshooting. Do you think I could remember how? Guess it is age or I don’t troubleshoot enough. Take a minute to read how to get to this log in Windows 8 and take a look at what the log looks like. You may need it in the future (see below);

Squeak #2 – (A Pill That Turns Your Body Into A Password): A friend of mine put me on this one. You can’t make this stuff up, because this is real. Motorola has revealed a stomach acid-powered pill that will literally will use your body for password authentication. I can see it now in the workplace; “Did you take your password pill this morning? If not, please proceed to HR for a suppository.” (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Remotely Change Your Password On Your Android Device):  Ever lose your android smartphone? Google recently came out with an update to their Android Device Manager that gives you the ability to remotely change the password on your phone or tablet, in the event it is lost or stolen (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (128 GB Flash Drive): It amazes me how flash drives are slowly evolving into excellent backup strategy options by the amount of space that is being developed for the drives (see below)…

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Finding the Windows 8 System Log

@ Computer Performance (CP)

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Launch the Windows 8 Event Viewer – To get started with the Event Viewer press Winkey +w, this launches the Search box with the focus on Settings.  Now type: “ev” you should see ‘View event logs’… READ MORE


Google-owned Motorola reveals stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a password

“The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” Wired UK explains. “After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence.”… READ MORE

 


Google now lets you change your password remotely on an Android device

 @ TechHive

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Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Services that includes the ability to remotely change your phone unlock password—a major addition since the search giant released the Android Device Manager last month… READ MORE


SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128 GB USB Flash Drive

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Store and protect everything from cherished photos and videos to sensitive work files with the Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive. This 128 GB drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you password-protect and encrypt files you want to keep private while permitting access to files you want to share. Additionally, Cruzer Glide’s 2 GB of secure online storage make it easy to safeguard your most valued files. The compact drive features a red slider that glides shut to shield the USB jack… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive

A hot news item this week in the world of computers and information technology has been the re-design of Microsoft’s SkyDrive from its’ standard file management interface to the more metro look (that is the defacto Windows 8 GUI). If you have a Hotmail (or Outlook.com) account, then you can easily get access to SkyDrive. I highly recommend you take advantage of SkyDrive, because Microsoft is really getting this right.

With SkyDrive, you get 7 GB of free storage with SkyDrive—that’s enough for over 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos. For most people, this is plenty of space. But if 7 GB isn’t enough, you can add even more storage for a low yearly fee.

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It was not the metro look that captured my attention or that you can now upload and store any type of file; instead, it is a very powerful feature in SkyDrive that allows you to remotely access your files and folders on your Windows (or Mac) computer from anywhere you have internet access. For example, if I am at work and I need a document file from my computer at home, I simply log onto SkyDrive account where I am able to see my entire file/folder/drive(s) structure on my computer at home. This sort of reminds me when I used to manage network attached storage devices (NAS), with the end user interface being quite similar to this.

As long as your home computer is “on” and is running the SkyDrive software, you can access any file you need from your home computer—from anywhere.

In fact, you can browse through files just like you would if you were sitting in front of that PC. Want to show someone a photo on that home PC? You can view photo slide shows and videos on that PC from any browser, from any computer.

Fetch files from your Windows PC from anywhere

Here’s how it works, straight from the horses’ mouth:

  1. Download SkyDrive for Windows.
  2. Make sure you leave the box checked during setup that will allow you to “Fetch your files from anywhere.” (You can also choose this later by clicking the SkyDrive icon (SkyDrive icon) in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and clicking Settings. On the General tab, under Fetch files, select Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices, and then click OK.)
  3. Open your browser and sign in to SkyDrive.com.
  4. Your PCs that have SkyDrive for Windows installed will appear in the Computers menu. Choose the computer that has the file you want, and you can view, print, or download the file you forgot.

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Wirelessly Manage and Control Your Android Devices With AirDroid

imageI want to start this post by saying that “AirDroid is by far, one of the best Android apps I have experienced’ on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet”. I actually cannot believe that this Android app is FREE.

AirDroid gives you the ability to wirelessly manage your Android device (tablet or smartphone) from your desktop computer’s web browser, using your WiFi network (if you have one).

AirDroid

What I primarily use AirDroid for is to transfer files (such as music, movies, documents, photos, etc…) between my desktop computer and my Android based tablet (Toshiba Thrive). AirDroid, however, does not stop there and provides several utilities to monitor the device status and to manage processes, apps and SD card control. All of this is performed from within your favorite web browser on your computer.

When you make the connection between your computer and your Android device, a very attractive (and easy to use) AirDroid Web Desktop appears. AirDroid will (or should) work on any smartphone or tablet that is running Android 2.1 or later (4.0 is not well supported yet).

How to get started:

Download and install the AirDroid app on your Android devices [ HERE ], start the app and open your favorite web browser, input the address and Dynamic Password to login to the AirDroid Web Desktop.

Detailed steps:

Tips: The Android device and computer need to be connected to the same WiFi network to be able to connect. Don’t have WiFi? Try this tutorial

1.    Open AirDroid on your Android device and tap Start. The web address (looks like http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8888) to visit will be revealed, and a new Dynamic Password will be generated or the Predefined Password will be displayed (looks as predefined).

2.    Open your favorite web browser to visit the web address above. Enter the Dynamic Password or Predefined Password from the previous step and click Login.

3.    You’ll login to the AirDroid Web Desktop.

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FREE Today Only – Splashtop Remote Desktop (Android App) At Bookmarks4Techs

Just posted this on my sister site at Bookmarks4Techs…  If you own an Android Tablet PC or Smartphone, this app is a MUST HAVE.  It is remote software that allows you to remotely access and stream content from your home computer to your tablet computer or smartphone.  Very cool app…  Get it FREE – TODAY ONLY!

Splashtop Remote Desktop

Splashtop Remote Desktop

  • Access your desktop via your Android phone
  • Play games and watch videos
  • Listen to your entire music library
  • Enjoy full use of your software plug-ins
  • Install easily and connect seamlessly with your home computer

Read more and where to download at Bookmarks4Techs [CLICK HERE]

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[Did You Know?] You Can Use TeamViewer Remote Control Software to Manage Your Computer Network at Home

TeamViewer is the critically acclaimed remote control software that you can use to control any computer (anywhere) as if you were sitting right in front of it – even through firewalls.  It is engineered to work across your internet connection to allow you to remote into another PC that is connected to the internet. This type of setup is an excellent (and easy) way to provide support to others (such as friends and family).  The best part about TeamViewer is that it is FREE for non-commercial use.

TeamViewer

Typically, when working with TeamViewer you are working through the TeamViewer’s servers on the internet to make that remote connection happen; BUT, did  you know you can setup TeamViewer to manage your computer network at home (through a direct connection) without having to go through the TeamViewer’s servers? For this purpose, you have to configure TeamViewer to accept incoming LAN connections.

The benefit of this is that after you install the TeamViewer software on all of the computers on your home network, you can remote into each of those computers to perform maintenance, transfer files, multi-task by using more than one computer, etc… Recently I have been using and testing the TeamViewer direct connection on my home network over a wireless connection and have found that it works flawlessly. Connections on your local (home) network are initiated via the IP address (or the computer name).

To set this up, you will need to install TeamViewer on each of the computers that are on your network at home and then follow the instructions below. After setting up your connection, configure TeamViewer to start with Windows. This will allow you to perform an unattended remote session with another PC without having someone being present at the PC.

1. Click on Extras / Options / General.

TeamViewer - Configuration

2. For Incoming LAN connections, select the option accept from the drop-down menu.  Once you select the “accept” option you will be prompted to generate a password.  There may be a slight delay from the time you select “accept” and the prompt to generate a password appears.

TeamViewer - Configuration

How to establish a LAN connection:

1. Start TeamViewer and click on the Remote Control tab.

2. Enter the IP address of the PC you wish to access and click on Connect to Partner.

3.  The TeamViewer Authentication dialog opens.

4. Enter the password of the remote computer and click on Log On.

5. The desktop of the other computer should display.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Firefox Portable, True or False, Android and iPhone PC Monitor, Banking Scam, and Newest Model iPod Touch

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Mozilla Firefox®, Portable Edition 6.0
The popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.

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TuneUp Blog about Windows
True or False: Firefox 7 = Better Performance,
Less Memory Consumption

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Monitor your computer with your Android or iPhone

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Latest Online Banking Scam – Fraud Tricks You To Transfer Money

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Apple iPod touch 8 GB
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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Windows System Control Center Utility, Book Review, Remote Desktop App, and New Google Docs Feature

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WSCC – Windows System Control Center
Organize Utilities from Various System Utility Suites

Paul Andrew Russell.com
Cambrian by Don Britt

Netbook Freeware
ThinVNC: HTML5 Based
Windows Remote Desktop Application
for Netbooks

My Technology Guide
Google Docs Viewer
Now Handles ZIP and RAR Archive Files

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Use UltraVNC to Manage the PC’s in Your Home

UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen.

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If you have a home network setup, UltraVNC is an excellent way to manage all of your PCs from one main PC.  For example, I currently have a wireless network setup of three PC’s in my home consisting of a desktop PC (Win7), a netbook (WinXP) and a Home Theater PC (Win7). The cool factor here is that UltraVNC will work over a wireless network. In this scenario it is not uncommon for me to have all three PCs running at the same time. With UltraVNC I use my main desktop PC (Win7) to remote into into the other two PC’s to perform routine maintenance, updates, transfer files or to simply have another computer resource available (for super multitasking purposes). In other words I can bring up the screens of the other two PCs on the screen of my desktop PC and work on them as if I were sitting in front of them.

Setting this up is pretty easy… When you install UltraVnC you will see that it consists of a “server” and a “viewer”.  Do not let these words scare you. The “server” is what you want to install on the PC’s you desire to control. The “viewer” is what you want to install on the PC that will be controlling the other PC’s. If that sounds pretty confusing let’s use my network setup as an example. I installed the “server” on the netbook and the Home Theater PC and installed the “viewer” on my main desktop PC. I use the main desktop PC to “view” the other PCs. You can get specific install instructions [HERE] .

UltaVNC is pretty powerful remote software and can be used for many types of application. When I was managing a business network, UltraVNC was my go to app to remote into other PC’s to perform help desk tasks and to perform maintenance routines.

UltraVNC was specifically designed to answer the needs of:

  • Help desk (Internal & External)
  • IT departments
  • Remote Computer Support companies
  • Remote Computer Access
  • Remote demonstration
  • eLearning, classroom control
  • Individuals that want to help their relatives and friends, or access their home PC from work or cybercafes
  • If you are looking for a way to easily manage the PCs in your home and keep an eye on your kids; then, UltraVNC will get the job done.

Key features: File transfer, Video driver, Optional Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, Text chat, Viewer Toolbar, Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling, Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater/Proxy-support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.

UltraVNC runs under Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7…). Its embedded Java Viewer allows you to connect (and make File transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any system supporting Java   (Linux, Mac OS…) to an UltraVNC server.

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Geek Squeaksof the Week (#64)

Where does the week go? It is time for another round of Geek Squeaks’; a premier listing of tech links to articles that are crafted by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you are into information technology and computers, then it is highly recommended that you bookmark and follow these sites. I will guarantee you that you will walk away learning something that you did not know. For example, pictured is the ultimate tech beach chair to kick back and read Geek Squeaks’…

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
For Added Internet Protection – Virtualize Your System with Free Wondershare Time Freeze

My Technology Guide
Get a Chance to Win Free License of “Handy Backup Professional” worth $99 [Contest, Giveaway

GadgetsHolic
Genos CYCLOPS universal controller

RGdot.com
Trix: Freeware Efficiency And Productivity Utility For Windows

Mr. Reiner
Why the current computer security paradigm
is analogous to fixing a leaky dam

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites June 15

Laptops Review Central
Toshiba updates Satellite Pro line

TTC Shelbyville
Protect Me!

AKS-Feel The Change
Rotate your PDF document Permanently with RotatePDF.net

AskBillFirst
Adobe reports critical flaw in Flash,
Acrobat | Security – CNET News

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Defense Center

404 Tech Support
Avoiding IT Career Burnout

Tech-for Everyone
WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway

Plato On-Line
BP Oil Disaster: It’s Everyone’s Fault?! –edited

Worthy Tips
Turns your laptop into kids friendly gadget with Smash Key

Rarst.net
MWSnap – old but useful screenshot tool

Netbook Freeware
BatteryBar: Free Software to Monitor Battery of Netbook

Lifehacker
DIY Laptop Riser Is a Convenient Surfing-in-Bed Companion

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Remote Control: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager

I Love Free Software
PulpTunes – Access your iTunes Library from Any PC

thePC Security
Free Sandbox Software for Best Security – Trustware BufferZone

The Internet Security Blog
Best Free Internet Security for New Malware –
Microsoft Security Essentials

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Adds A Caffeine Boost To Its Search Index

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Windows XP Users: End of Support Reminder

TuneUp Blog about Windows
TechEd 2010 – All About Windows Troubleshooting

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The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#56)

If you are finding that you need to be more knowledgeable and productive at your computer, then you need to click on the Geek Squeaks’ category a the sidebar of the blog.  Geek Squeaks’ are a collection of links to articles that have been posted by members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  Each week articles are randomly selected, that have been composed within the week period, to promote the good works of these blogs. I encourage you to become a regular follower of all of these sites.

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What To Do When Your Mouse Plays Dead

Free PC Security
VIPRE Rescue

Rarst.net
Emsisoft (a-squared) Anti-Malware portable

Lifehacker
Dexpot Adds Aero Peek Virtual Desktops
to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Crazy World of G
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thePC Security
Create Secret, Hidden Virtual Partitions
on Hard Disk With SecretDrive

Right On Technology
Next-Gen iPhone Leaked, Closely Examined

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
How Safe Are Trusted Web Sites? Not Very!

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Microsoft launches new Fix it Center Online (Beta)

TTC Shelbyville
Best Windows 7 Tweaker

404 Tech Support
Streaming Netflix with your Wii

Netbook Freeware
How To Use Sumatra PDF Like a Pro in Your Netbook?

Worthy Tips
Get 17000+ Recipes and Grocery List Right On Your iPad

I Love Free Software
Prey: Free Software to Track and Recover Stolen Laptop

Canadian Tech Blogger
Microsoft Office 2010 Hits RTM Will Be Available By May

Internet Security Blog
iPad Antivirus: VirusBarrier x6 – Anti Virus for Apple Mac Products

Mrintech
Can You Track a Mobile Number & It’s Location?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com launches the Theme Team!

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Incredibly Sluggish PC? How to Easily Detect and Combat High Processor Usage

Plato Press
BinarySwitch Eclipse

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Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
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Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

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Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

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Export This Part 5

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Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

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How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

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Online Collaboration with Microsoft SharedView

image Collaboration – the act of working jointly. With Microsoft SharedView (Beta2) software, you can share, review and update documents with multiple people (up to 15 people) by displaying what is on your computer screen. A Windows Live ID (Passport, Hotmail, or MSN) is required to initate a session, but is not required to join a session. You can use your Windows Live ID or a friendly name to join a session without signing in.

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Microsoft SharedView is also integrated with Windows Live Messenger where a session can be initiated by clicking on the SharedView menu item on the Activities menu.  Choosing this option will send an invite to join a SharedView session. The person you sent the invite to can easily join the session you initiated.

Microsoft SharedView is FREE to download and use.  To learn more about Microsoft SharedView and to watch its’ development, I encourage you to click on the following links.

Welcome to Microsoft SharedView

SharedView User Assistance Home Page

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Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate – create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

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An easy way to remote into another PC

There are many, many options available today that allow you to remote into another person’s PC (or desktop) to provide troubleshooting support or to remote into your home PC from the office or from anywhere in the world. One of the easiest options that I have experienced, that is FREE for non-commercial users, is called TeamViewer.

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Many users are intimidated by remote access software and think it is beyond their level of comprehension.  With TeamViewer you can access a remote PC, across the internet, in no time…  The TeamViewer web site provides clear and concise instructions on how to establish a connection; however, to get you into that comfort zone, I have tried to outline how this works.

Basically (3)-three steps are required to make a connection with TeamViewer.

1 – If you are the person who is going to be providing the support, then you need to download, install and run the:

TeamViewer (full version) – [ GET IT HERE ]

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– To provide support to another person just tell him/her to download and run the “QuickSupport”  module; and, provide you with the “ID” number:

TeamViewer (QuickSupport Module) – [ GET IT HERE ]

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– You, as the support person, enter the “ID Number” into TeamViewer, select “Remote Support” and then click on “Connect to Partner”.  At this point the screen of the remote computer should be visible and ready for you to take control.


Features at a glance:

  • Portable USB Stick Version Available
  • Remote access to PCs and servers via Internet (even through firewalls)
  • Great for team collaboration, trainings and sales presentations.
  • File transfer, chat and more…
  • Security and Encryption:

All TeamViewer versions use full encryption. Encryption is based on 1024bit RSA private/public key exchange and 256 Bit AES session encoding. This implements the same security level as https/SSL and is considered completely safe by todays standards. The key exchange also guarantees that the data channel is completely encoded from client to client and that any routers or servers inbetween (including our routers) are definitely unable to read or analyze the data stream. Security and privacy have always been our major concern during development.

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411 for Spyware and Malware Assistance

4-1-1 is one of those telephone numbers we learn to use (and remember) to call the operator for directory assistance (to help us locate a directory listing). It is one of those services that is there to help us when we are in a bind.

As a computer user, what an advantage it would be to have a service available that you could consult with to find information about malware and spyware infections.  Look no further…

If you suspect you are a victim of a malware or spyware infection where malicious software or content has installed on your PC, without your permission, then you need to visit:

http://www.411-spyware.com/

411-Spyware

411-Spyware is your online directory (click links below) for identifying specific infections and removal assistance for:

If you are tech, 411-Spyware is a great research starting point. The site provides visual cues of what the infections look like, descriptions and removal instructions. If you are new to computers and do not fully understand what malware is, I encourage you to visit this site for the educational experience (with pictures and all). Everything that you see on that site are examples of infections that have been engineered to exploit your computer and ultimately compromise your privacy.  Remember, 411-Spyware for spyware and malware assistance!

Tips to remember if you think your computer is infected:

If there are noticeable changes to your computer such as slowness, sudden pop-up ads, browser redirects, homepage changes, fake security software, then you are most likely infected.  Do not panic!

Write down exactly what you are seeing.  This is very helpful for researching and accurately identifying the problem.

Disconnect from the internet…  Do not continue using the internet to do your shopping, banking or other online activities that involve user names, passwords or other sensitive information until you are sure the problem has been resolved.

Use layers of protections (firewall, anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware).

Maintain your Windows and Software updates.

Use common sense when surfing the internet.  If it looks too good to be true, avoid it!

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Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…

When managing a computer network, having the ability to remote into a PC on the network to provide help desk support or to perform maintenance, there is none better than the VNC (virtual network computing) software packages that are freely available. VNC allows you to share, view and control remote computers as if you were sitting in front of them. If you have several PC’s in the home environment that are networked, this is an excellent way to manage those PC’s to perform maintenance routines or to perform alternative tasks without having to physically sit in front of each PC. What “VNC Software” do I have on my PC? There are several VNC packages available: RealVNC , TightVNC and UltraVNC. I “currently” prefer UltraVNC over the rest of the pack.

UltraVNC runs under the Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003…), is available for free (under the GNU General Public License) and is constantly being improved. Vista is not reflected on the list; however, I am using it on a PC with the Vista operating system and have experienced no issues.

Key features of UltraVNC (as indicated on the web site):
File transfer , Video driver , optional Encryption Plugins , MS Logon , Text chat , Viewer Toolbar , Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling,Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater-Proxy support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.

Using UltraVNC to wirelessly connect to my notebook PC… In a previous post, I did a review on the Acer Aspire One Netbook computer [Click Here] that I recently purchased. Since that review I have setup the Aspire One to wirelessly connect to the internet via my wireless router or access point. I currently have the UltraVNC viewer installed on my main PC (Windows Vista) and the UltraVNC server installed on the Aspire One (Windows XP). When installing VNC software, the viewer is always installed on the computer(s) that you want to use to control the other computer(s). The server component is installed on the computer(s) that are going to be controlled. When installing the UltraVNC software, the installation routine walks you through the entire setup process. I have the Aspire One setup to automatically load the UltraVNC server, when booted, so that it is ready at any given time for a remote session. Using the UltraVNC viewer component on my main PC (Windows Vista), I “wirelessly” remote into the Aspire One. I’ve found that this works best if the Aspire One is working off the AC Power Adapter. The neat thing about this, and it works very well, is that I am pulling up and controlling the Aspire One, “wirelessly” from my main PC, with minimal performance loss This gives me the ability to manage the Aspire One and to perform other tasks (i.e. downloads, test software, perform updates, transfer files, etc…) without having to physically touch the (Aspire One) computer. The sole purposes of my setup is that I making good use of my computer resources; the Aspire One is not just setting around; and it is a great conversation piece when people visit and see me controlling another PC through thin air.

 

 

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