Here’s something I run into during the usual tech walk-thru every once in a while. It starts out like this: “Well, Lance, I can’t seem to make this certain program do this”. Now, once in a blue moon, I’ll know exactly what they’re talking about and right where to go (disclaimer: I am not a super-duper computer guru and don’t claim to be!). If their computer was in front of me, I’d have the problem solved super-fast and look like a real hero. Buuuuut, I’m stuck doing the exhilerating “click here, then here, then . . . no, go back . . . um, do you see the . . ” routine.

What I really would like to do at that point is just take over their machine. Well, there have been programs that offer that option for a while. However, you had to pay a monthly fee (which I can’t justify) or buy software (did I say justify? I meant I’m cheap).

Then, I found a cool little program called crossloop ( It makes the above task about as easy as checking email. You just download and install a simple program . . . your client does the same, and viola, you’re running their machine from any internet enabled machine. Good enough for me!

Surely you Joost

Hey, you know how I go on (and on and on) about online video downloads, etc.? Well, here’s a site that just might get it right (or some form of it). It’s called Joost ( The end result should be a form of TV . . . without the TV. If they can get it right, I can see this being a viable alternative to Television (assuming broadband speeds get adequate and consistant). Keep a lookout for these guys . . . now, if only they could offer high definition content.

Just gets cooler and cooler

And here I am again on my TiVo soap box. I remember a year or so ago, TiVo was possibly in negotiations with Netflix DVD Rentals (another favorite) to bring downloadable movies to your TiVo. Man, was I excited. I’ve already mentioned MovieLink in another posting. But, that leaves me to watch movies on my laptop . . . or I can hook the computer up to my television, then jump through hoops to pause and such.

Well, now I’ll be able to simply login to my Amazon account, pic a movie, then it will send it to my TiVo. How cool is that! Just another great reason to get a TiVo . . . and just when I was almost getting complacent with the service!

To see the TiVo news article, click here.