So I’m a Firefox Girl. Its my internet browser of choice. I’m familiar with it, it does what I need it to do. It has fun extensions and themes. And yes, I’m aware most people don’t care what browser they use as long as it gets them to the internet.
But I recently started using Chrome at work, and my other half and his team mates pointed me to an AMAZING extension this week that has changed me life. No seriously. It has!
It’s called Chrome Remote Desktop (you can go to the Chrome web store and search for it) and basically, it allows you to access other computers over the internet. IN A BROWSER WINDOW!
Ok, yes, you’re probably wondering why I’m so freaking excited. So look. I have a work laptop. It’s a PC. I don’t have admin rights so I can’t install stuff. At home, I have a Mac. It has all my writing stuff on it. All my personal stuff. And while I use Dropbox to store my documents and files so I can access them from work, it doesn’t really help if I don’t have the program on my work laptop to open them. (I’m looking at YOU Scrivener).
So, what this Remote Desktop extension does, is let you connect in to your home computer and bring it up in a browser window and you can do anything there you’d do if you were working on it from home. For example. I can sign in using my work laptop, open Chrome, connect to my home Mac and pull up Scrivener and start typing where ever I left off.
I am only scratching the surface of the amazing-ness of the extension, but I can see that it’s going to make my life SO MUCH Easier! Need a file from home? No problem, just log into your computer from work. My geeky little heart is just bursting right now!
So, have you guys found anything lately that’s changed your life?
Um… well I’ve been reading Tribes (Seth Godin), which is changing my perspective on some things and making me reconsider some goals I’d thought were “unattainable.” That’s useful 🙂
While this is very cool indeed, it also freaks me out. The idea of accessing ANY computer remotely (even mine) has always been way too 1984-hackery for me…:D