Archive for the ‘tools’ Category

Quicksilver for the PC

09 Dec 2006 - Finally!I’ve been watching Mick (sitting next to me) on his shiney new mac using a cool little tool called quicksilver. Basically it lets you launch/find anything using the keyboard only. Well I tracked down a PC equivelant. if (you==keyboardfreak) then goto AppRocket else next…

And speaking of cool. How did this guy make this photo on the right?

Simple VPN that works

At Tangler, we’ve been using a great little tool called Hamachi internally for a while now. It provides stunningly simple solution to a common problem — remote access to machines. Once you install Hamachi on a machine it can join a secure “virtual lan” that can extend across anywhere on the internet. Using Hamachi, you no longer think in terms of local networks — all the machines are just there.

Great things about it:

  • Hamachi installs as a network adapter, so it appears to the operating system as an actual network (you can ping it).
  • It’s highly secure using an open architecture.
  • It using a reverse connection server to negotiate around firewalls (just like Skype or Zapr).
  • It works on Windows, Linux and the HeatMaster3000 (Mac).
  • It has a fully functioning free version.
  • It works.

Hamachi has been recently bought by LogMeIn, Inc, which I hope will keep things running along the same track. Whilst I congratulate the Hamachi creators, I think they got out too early. This product is brilliant and had a long way to go before realising it’s incredible potential. I blame the VC community for not finding/investing sooner. :)