[muglo] Controlling a computer from afar

  • From: "Eric D" <hideme666@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: muglo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 23:06:29 -0400

Well, there's now an easy (& free) way to control a Mac computer from the 
internet using VNC.

Check out <http://www.redstonesoftware.com/vnc.html> for a VNC server and do 
a google search for VNCThingy for a Mac-based VNC client. They both work 
"out of the box" and are easy to use (and, if you have a slow client 
computer and a fast server computer chances are you'll be able to do many 
things faster through the VNC connection than if you used your slow computer 
locally to do the hard work of processing)! That said, you can use whatever 
client/server combination on any OSes you desire (as long as it's VNC ;-).

You can log into and control the Mac with a client running on any operating 
system. Just run the VNC server, and note the port number (or assign your 
own). Use this port number along with your computer's IP address (or domain 
name) to login from a VNC client somewhere else. Clients and servers exist 
for both OS 9 and OS X.

PS If you run a Linux/UNIX VNC server and log into that server from a 
client, you're not actually controlling the computer (like on the Mac) but 
instead are logged into the machine as if you were a local user (concurrent 
with any other VNC logged in or physically logged in users, in their own 
accounts with their own desktops and everything).


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