February 21, 2005 · Lessig
So in response to my request for a simple hack to enable me to advance a slide remotely, I got lots of great advice about installing VNC on whatever machine I wanted to do this on. That’s a great suggestion, but a bit of overkill (and likely to create some suspicion with some network administrators), though it did show me how to make it easy to help my Mom on the Mac I bought for her (and why doesn’t Apple sell a version of Apple Remote for kids helping parents learn how to use Macs?).
But what I was hoping for in a hack was something simpler than a system to take over all control of a machine. Murray suggests a Java solution, which seemed the right sort of solution. But Kevin Reynen of SidewalkTheory has written some scripts that get run through iChat. This is an elegant little solution to the problem — just facilitating the advance of the slides and allowing the iChat to be used for the voice part at the same time — and in exchange for my promising to give a talk to a class he’s in (via remote), he’s offered to make on for a Win platform as well. I’ve accepted, and I’ll post that code too when it’s done. But thanks to Kevin for giving me a real chance of more time with my kid.