Yugma.com Beta

Yugma : Web conferencing, Online Meetings, Free Web Conferencing, Free Online Meetings, Web Conferencing on MAC, Online Meetings for MAC

I just came across this today and I am really thrilled!

I posted recently about Virtual Networking (VNC) and a one to one ability to operate a remote machine over the Internet with Crossloop.com but this is more for presentations or collaboration but would be great for support as well.

Installing it means downloading some Java and registering an e-mail address to identify you and that’s pretty much it. It requires a relatively new Windows or Mac operating system, I have not had success running it on my Ubuntu Linux machine I believe because it doesn’t use the most up to date Java but it could be something else.

Once running you get a chat window for communicating and a phone number listing if you want to conference call though it would be a long distance call for most folks.

The program seemed quite well made to me, it runs much as GoToMeeting.com does but without some of the bells and whistles they give for their $50/month service. Yugma.com is flat out *FREE* for up to 10 connections and just $10/month to go up to 20 users and added features of taking control of a remote computer and having hard disk storage online for folks. The free version does allow passing the presenter abilities around among those connected.

All in all this is a GREAT find and I hope their business goes far.

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Vyew.com Revisited

From my PC Users Group to the church meetings I attend I am always looking for good “cheap” meeting software so that folks can attend online as well as in person.

The best I have found is GoToMeeting.com but it’s not cheap and for non-profit groups it’s over the top.

Newer on the scene is Vyew.com 2.0 which, at least while it’s still beta is free.

To make use of all of its features requires a simple registration the visitors to your meetings are not required to join the site.

Unlike the GoToMeeting.com service Vyew is less involved with computer sharing, although it is now able to do so in a limited way, but it is great for collaborating on documents, file sharing, presentation design and the like.

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CrossLoop – Simple Secure Screen SharingCrossloop

All I can say about this is… WOW!

For someone like myself who is a geek and is often asked to help others with computer use problems this *FREE* program lets others allow me access to their computer over any broadband connection.

I use UltraVNC and TightVNC which are the foundation of this program, but this simplifies it so it works past firewalls and does it quickly.

Consider this a five star rating from me after it’s first uses!

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Captioned Fractals

Blue Oyster Spiral Fractal Zoom – Google Video

This is an interesting demo of two nice items.

First this is from Google’s new “Captioned” videos they have available. I am listing this one because it is a relatively short show, but you can also see full programs and movies more than an hour long now at Google and hitting the “CC” button now lets you have closed captioning with it.

This show is a dive into a Fractal. If you aren’t a mathematician it may not sound like anything interesting but if you read up on what fractals are and how they were “discovered” this show is like a jump into infinity. Well worth the experience.

From the author:

No matter how deep you go, there’s always more. This movie took quite a few days to calculate.In 1993, when i first made a poster of the
image i call “blue oyster spiral,” which is a zoom at about the 100
Billion X magnification level inside the Mandelbrot Fractal, it took 34
computers 3 days to render it. today, the same poster can be rendered
on one typical PC in just a few hours.

Google Reader Upgrade

Google Reader (100+)

Today Google updated their page format of Google Reader. It now can look much more like Bloglines or Pluck in addition to its old style of display.

Personnaly I think this is a great improvement once again making Google the big bully on the web, M$ is falling backward again.

Consider this a top recommendation from me, I think Google really made something useful here!

How is your hearing?

Mosquito Ringtone and other ultrasonic ringtones only kids can hear!

I’d never thought of this!

The link above offers some high pitched sounds for you to listen and judge how high a pitch you can hear.

The story is that if you are under 20 you may still be able to hear tones over 17kHz but older folks can’t. I could hear the 12kHz but nothing higher.

So some folks got the idea to use these tones as teen repellent! Just by blasting them in areas teens hangout and adults don’t want them the teens tend to go away.

Kids, have now begun to use these tones as cell phone text message ring tones. That way when they get a text message the teachers can’t hear them receive their messages.

What next! 

Mozy Remote Backup: Free. Automatic. Secure.

Mozy Remote Backup: Free. Automatic. Secure.

Backups, I’m guessing at least 80% of us are not backed up at all and a good part of the rest would find they lost ‘something’ if they had a hard disk crash right now.

I happened across this service and just started using them to see what I thought. So far, I’m impressed, and for the price, (2gigs free, 5gigs for $20/year and 10gigs for $30/year) it’s probably the best secure offer going for small users.

It requires Windows XP using NTFS drive format, it doesn’t work with 32bit FAT systems. I can’t use it on my wife’s Win2000 system or the Ubuntu Linux box.

It won’t look across my LAN system. (Thought I could take care of my wife that way.) It only works with local hard drives.

The install went very easily and it scans your drives and offers common groups of files to backup or you can select on your own. It will sit in the background and encrypt groups of files and upload them during your choice of times of system non-use times.

I’m impressed. Years ago there was a service called XDrive that had a free offering but it has gone to pay only and costs $10/month for 5gigs.

If you are interested in trying it they have a referral offering so use this link to signup and you’ll be helping me. 🙂


Google Calendar

Google Calendar


Calendaring has long been a sore spot for me. MS Outlook does most of what I want but it’s M$ software, expensive. Yahoo has a decent system but its covered with ads. Mozilla Sunbird is developing slowly and I believe will eventually be what I use as it uses the MAC iCal standard but it doesn’t have all the needed features for me yet.

Along comes Google Calendar and it looks like its going to be very good. It’s still beta but has promising features working for the most part right now, specifically calendar sharing, alerts and most of the repeating event features that make a calendar useful.

It’s new and it’s worth a look. If you have a GMail address now, it’s a must!

Hit the Switch!

Switch. Off.

More people are interested in switching off their PCs & Macs than ever before. See why they made the change and how easy it was. Discover how compatible you are with other people. Learn about all the great ways getting out more will give you a better life. And understand how a simple outdoor activity can make your life easier and your possibilities endless.

OK, it’s a joke and it’s on me.  🙂

Makes a good point though.