Ask The Readers: How Do You Offer Computer Help From Afar?

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on October 12th, 2011

We’ve all been there; a friend, colleague, or relative calls us with a computer problem and there’s simply no good way to diagnose it by their haphazard description alone. When you’re in that situation, how do you help? What tools do you use?

This week we’re interested in how you do your long-range trouble shooting. Do you share screens? Remotely connect to the file system of their computer? What applications make life easier when you’re the one with the technical know-how and the person you’re helping isn’t?

Sound off in the comments with your favorite web sites, applications, and other tools for offering your help from afar. Don’t forget to check back in on Friday for the What You Said roundup.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/12/11
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