Over the holiday I got myself the Droid phone, featuring Google’s Android operating system. I’m afraid that I’ve spent the last week or so geeking out on it a little.
I’ve done the obligatory web browsing, email and social networking. Then I started to dig a little. Tonight I managed to create a key-authenticated connection to my home PC and then ran VNC through the encrypted tunnel, just like I’ve described for my other remote work. It was all but useless with such a tiny screen, but it would do for an emergency. For example, I was able to lookup a PDF and read it. If I was troubleshooting for someone it would be enough for me to look at their screen and read error messages. It’s possible to zoom and pan and such, but I think if I had to do much more I would get myself to a full-size VNC connection.
I’ve been hearing a lot of ads lately for a company that promotes the service of accessing your work computer remotely from anywhere. I’m sure that they offer some special functionality that I’m not considering, but I’ve used open-ssh technique to do the same thing through my home Internet connection. If there’s interest, I’ll put out a quick tutorial on what I did.
Monday everything begins anew. More about what’s new with me in the next entry.