Dear Lifehacker, I'm about to head off to school for a few months, and I'm the tech-literate one in the family. My parents depend on me to fix their computer problems and set up new things they want to use. What application can I use to connect to their computer from school and work on it when they need me that requires little to no setup on their part? Signed, The Prodigal Son Dear Prodigal Son, We feel your pain—sometimes being the tech-savvy person in the family comes with a host of responsibilities you never knew you signed up for. How Do I Troubleshoot My Parents’ PC Remotely?
Eighteen-year-old Soheil Khalilfar probably thought he had struck the jackpot when he ransacked a flat in West Kensington during the recent London riots and walked away with a 13-inch MacBook Pro . What he didn’t know was he was stealing from, and that made all the difference in this case. It turns out that Kalilfar stole the laptop of 29-year-old Greg Martin, an information security professional from Texas. Martin’s resume is strong, showing that he’s been employed as a technical adviser to the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, and NASA. Tip: Don't steal a laptop that belongs to an ex-FBI Secret Service employee
How to Troubleshoot Your Friends’ Computers From Far Away SExpand You're the computer whiz in your circle of friends and family, which means, inevitably, somebody is going to call for tech support. If you can't fix it in person, these are the best approaches we've found for troubleshooting from far away. Photo by bigpresh. With distance being a formidable foe, and without the ability to see the computer in question, there are limitations to what you can do. You can, however, get Aunt Sally's computer working again, regardless of whether you, or she, have a mastery of remote desktop software and command line codes.
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How to Fix Your Family's PC Problems - PCWorld When the phone rings in my house, there's a 50/50 chance it's a call for help--tech help. Maybe it's my sister trying to figure out why her wireless mouse no longer works. Maybe it's Dad wanting to know why virus warnings keep popping up on his desktop. (Uh, oh.) Or it could be Aunt Judy looking for the file attachment she knows she saved--but doesn't know where.
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