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Cocktail Talk
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April 2008
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Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world.  Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.

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Cocktail TalkNationwide there are roughly 18.6 million telecommuters. Telecommuting may or may not be for you. So lets take a look at it and you can draw your own conclusions.

Telecommuters are those people who use their office computers from home. Not those addicted to their crack-berries. Those who avoid the commute to the office by working from home. People who "dial-in".

(The term "dial"-in and is still used even though most people who dial-in have only seen rotary dial phones in movies.)

What's used is a technology called Virtual Private Networking (VPN). There isn't alot to understand about VPN, it does like its name implies, it virtually creates a private network for you, across the internet. Working from your home PC is just like being on the network at the office.

Your communication to and from the office across the internet is kept private using something called point-to-point-tunneling-protocol (PPTP). Again, it just does what its name implies. It creates a cozy-safe tunnel through the internet from one point, your house, to another point, the office.

When you dial-in to your office you must have permission. The office will only allow those on its guest list. Your ID and password will also be checked before you're allowed in. You're carded so to speak.

Once "in" you can use the office network just like you were there.  The most popular tool is the Remote Desktop Protocol. Remote Desktop or RDP for short.  RDP is just the tip of the iceberg but its attractive enough.

RDP lets you use the PC at your office just like you were sitting in front of it. Your keystrokes and mouse clicks from home tunnel through the internet to your office PC. Your office PC does as its told and displays its screen on your home PC.

All processing is done on the office PC. Just your clicks and the office PCs image travel back and forth. Your Outlook correspondence, spreadsheets and documents are at your fingertips without them ever leaving the office, or you leaving home.

Imagine getting up extra early on a Saturday morning, and leaving quietly so you don't wake the family to drive to the office.  You buy convenience store coffee, you look and feel like hizzle and hope nobody will see you, just to do an hour's worth of work. Reverse the trip and you're home by noon, you're late for Tammy's hockey game, and you are in deep shizzle.

Or, sneak into the den in your PJs and work for an hour while watching cartoons with a fresh cup of coffee, leaving plenty of time to shoot pucks off the garage door with Tammy before game time, making you, the ultimate hero.
Maybe telecommuting isn't for you, but that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.

Thank you for reading,
Craig Phillips
CN Consulting, Inc.
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