I just signed up for a new Beta service called Yoics today. (I wonder how that is pronounced by the way?) It’s a very interesting Remote Desktop sharing service, and it works with PCs and, most importantly, Macs. The underlying technology appears to be VNC, which I appreciate because it is a mature technology. But it seems they’ve managed to make it extremely simple to use.
Yoics allows you to share not only your remote machine’s desktop, but also the drives in your machine and even devices like Webcams!
That’s right, you could set up Webcams all over your house, and use Yoics as a remote security monitoring system. But wait! There’s more! If you happen to have a Drobo file storage unit and the accompanying DroboShare network adapter, you can also directly connect to it via Yoics.
Here is what the good folks over at Yoics have to say about their service:
Yoics offers an easy and FREE alternative to remotely access computer desktops, computer files, web cameras, IP cameras, network storage devices and just about any other network accessible product or service. If you are a consumer, device manufacturer or software publisher, Yoics has a product or solution for you. Our core consumer services are FREE to use, just sign up for an account. We will soon offer premium services for those that need our premium services.
One of the things that I especially appreciate about the way they’ve designed this service is the fact that they are thinking of all the different ways that people can interface with it. For example, they’ve built a G-mail gadget so you can have access right from your Gmail interface:
They’ve also taken pains to ensure that the interface is remotely accessible via the iPhone:
Anyway, I’m not going to keep going on and on. Those of you who are interested probably haven’t even waited to read this far. Check it out if you ever wanted to get access to your computers, but just didn’t know how!