It’s been a little while since my last update but i’ve been busy as usual… Expect a few consecutive posts this morning! The first relates to a few “new” products/services (none of these are necessarily new on the market but they are new to me).

Microsoft Hohm

Microsoft’s home energy monitoring service. Maybe somewhat comparible to google’s offering google powermeter. Unfortunately the Microsoft service is not yet available outside of the United States.

Google Sketchup

Google’s 3D modelling software (I think also capable of 2D modelling).

I don’t actually have a need for CAD/modelling software but the main industry in which I work (events) use various applications for floorplans/room layouts etc. When a colleague mentioned google sketchup I thought I’d take a look out of interest- I was instantly impressed. Checkout some of the training videos on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SketchUpVideo#grid/user/F001616C0ADF4245

LogMeIn Hamachi

I’ve been using LogMeIn as a remote access solution (free alternative to Citrix’s GotoMyPC) for some time now but the annoyances, primarily screen lag & the inability to use local tools on remote servers compared to “real” VPN solutions were getting to be a royal pain…!

https://secure.logmein.com/products/hamachi2/flash/LogMeIn_Hamachi2.swf

LogMeIn launched Hamachi some time back but I’d not had a chance to test it out until yesterday. It turns out to be a real cool bit of kit- especially if you’re working with multiple networks and want an easy way of hopping between them remotely. Now I can use SQL Server Management Studio, Crystal Reports, Remote Desktop etc all from my local machine!

JoinMe

Yet another offering from LogMeIn which a colleague brought to my attention- this time, a free alternative to GotoMeeting or even LogMeIn’s remote support tool LogMeIn Rescue.

It’s great to see so many new products/services appearing and even “greater” to see many of them are free!

L

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