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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The GDC Part 4: All Access Anytime

So the home computer has been rebuilt and all of my data has been organized into one folder and setup for quick access. I'm going to go over just a few tools that I use on my Treo to access what I need, anytime with my always-on internet connection:

Avvenu: A great free application that gives you access to your desktop computer files from anywhere. Avvenu's secure mobile version is fast and gives you the ability to download files whenever you need them. Photos display as thumbnails and documents, when opened, launch Documents to Go if installed right from the mobile browser. is another great online storage provider that has a mobile accessible page that gives you access to all of your stored files online. The site is still in beta and their mobile version still leaves a lot to be desired since the only option you have right now is to 'share' the file you want. Once shared, you have to go to an internet enabled desktop computer to access and download the file- kind of defeats the purpose of having a mobile version of the site. Hopefully we'll see an improvement as the site moves out of beta.

Win-Hand is similar to PC Anywhere in that you're able to bring your entire desktop to your mobile phone and work on it as if you were in front of the computer. This type of access is fast and works really well when it wants to. The software requires that you have a secure 'agent' installed on your home computer, but I didn't like the fact that the developer kept blasting the desktop with web pages promoting new versions of his software- a bit of an intrusion I think. I no longer subscribe to the service.

The new Treo 700P with broadband EVDO internet will only make these apps handle better and faster than ever before. Time to think about a new toy perhaps???


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