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Chapter 17. Windows Unplugged: Remote an... > Tips From the Windows Pros: Access t...

Tips From the Windows Pros: Access to Your Computer When You Travel

It never fails: I can’t leave the country, much less the county, without getting a phone call from a client: “We need you to send us such and such right away!” Even if I take my laptop along, that “such and such” is probably the one file I didn’t bring or didn’t keep up-to-date. If you depend on your computer for your livelihood, you’ve probably had this happen to you too. With the Internet being available all over the world, though, there’s no reason you can’t take care of these emergencies in short order. You have to prepare ahead of time, of course.

First of all, in order to reach your computer by the Internet, it has to be turned on and connected. This means you’ll need an able assistant at home, or you’ll have to leave your computer turned on and use an always-on DSL or cable connection. We Californians are sensitive about wasting energy, so if you take the second approach, be sure your computer’s hard drive is set to power down after an hour or so (see the section “Power Options” in Chapter 22).


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