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Hi,

I have a mac (Lion OS X) at work and was wondering if there is software available to connect to it remotely from my windows 7 Laptop at home?
I would like to use XCode from my home PC. Is this possible? What software do you recommend?

Thanks,

Sam

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Try Logmein for OSX, the client can be either PC or Mac based.

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logmein is better

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All macs have VNC, in the mac work this is called screen sharing. On the windows machine install a VNC client, enter the connection information username and password and so on. Then you will be able to use your mac full screen on your windows computer.

Here is a link to a Windows VNC Client

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You could download TeamViwer. It's free and amazing. I use it!

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You could download TeamViwer. It's free and amazing. I use it!

But with Teamviewer you always have to create a new session, with an other ID and password every time. I think Logemin will be a better idea in this particular case

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I agree using a VNC client is the way to go but you might want to setup an encrypted reverse SSH tunnel to run it through.

More information can be found here: http://guides.macrumors.com/Remotely_Controlling_another_Mac

You might also find it easier to use a dynamic DNS (DDNS) service like http://dyn.com/dns/ which allows for 2 free DDNS names. This will make it easy to access your system from home using a simple domain name rather than needing to know the IP address which is difficult when you don't have a static IP issued from your ISP.

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But with Teamviewer you always have to create a new session, with an other ID and password every time.

No you dont, I connect from Linux to windows, and I just double click it in the list of machines, and enter my normal OS logon details.

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You might also find it easier to use a dynamic DNS (DDNS) service like http://dyn.com/dns/ which allows for 2 free DDNS names. This will make it easy to access your system from home using a simple domain name rather than needing to know the IP address which is difficult when you don't have a static IP issued from your ISP.

You wont need that if you use TeamViewer. Also, in my experience, TV and RDP work much better than the extremely laggy VNC.

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You are right you will get a lagging session with VNC but you can use compression.

If you are going to pay for software and you are using windows you could also look at Citrix.
http://store.citrix.com/store/citrixus/en_US/pd/productID.194911600
I have set a number of these up and there is no lag with these clients but like jbennet suggested with TeamViewer you are looking at $900+ for 5 licensees.

To be honest a lot of this is totally moot if I reread the initial post why not just use GNUstep at home on your Windows machine and just bring your code to work to compile it on your Mac later.

http://www.gnustep.org/

I am going to try RDP out tonight thanks for the tip jbennet.

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Citrix costs a small fortune though, but then again, i suppose so do Windows Terminal Services CAL's... P.S did you know they own logmein?

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Yeah Citrix is a small fortune. I had no idea. I remember LogMeIn was big when the iPhone came out. I hate paying for any software so I usually look for a OSS or FOSS alternative if I don't have time to write something myself.

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