Live Mesh is…

Well, it’s actually kind of cool, regardless of what Joel Spolsky thinks.  I got my invite today and spent a little time trying it out.  Here’s my first impressions.

First, you need to understand a bit of how I’m currently setup.  I have two needs for what Live Mesh offers and neither of them have anything to do with file sharing.

First, I need to be able to access my office computer (screen/keyboard/mouse) from anywhere there is an Internet connection.  I also want to have a minimum of ports open on my router so I currently use SSH tunneling so that I only have to have one port open for everything I might want to do and then use Remote Desktop to actually view my computer screen.  I can then remote into several of my computers without having to have a separate port opened at my router for each of those computers I might want to access.

I used to use UVNC to do this, but switched because I find remote desktop to be just a bit faster.

I also need to be able to see my client’s screens from anywhere there is an Internet connection, including from my office, or even from a hotel room.  Again, I have some SSH stuff configured along with PcHelpware (ultra vnc product) that lets me do this.  This setup requires two ports to be open on my router.  But, one of them is already open for the remote desktop solution I’m using.

Live Mesh will allow me to do both of these things without having to open a port.  This makes my network more secure and helps me achieve basically the same solution and it’s all still FREE!

There are a few things I don’t like about the current implementation.

First, I use a 24 inch monitor and a 17 inch monitor (two monitors) on my office computer.  When I access my office computer via Live Mesh on my laptop, it squishes the two monitors into one window.  If I tell the client to show the monitor at actual size, I have to scroll the monitor because even my 24 inch monitor is bigger than the monitor on my laptop.  One of the things I like about remote desktop is that my laptop monitor becomes the monitor for my desktop, not just a picture of what’s on my monitor.  Someday, maybe they’ll make this an option in Live Mesh?

The other thing I don’t like, is that you have to turn on the UAC.  I guess I can live with that.  But, I do wish I could have the UAC turned on without having to grant permission to everything I always say yes to.  Can’t the UAC learn that certain apps that I use have absolutely full permission and stop asking me about it?  I’m all for protecting idiots from themselves.  But, having to tell the UAC EVERY time… just a bit much if you ask me.  Well, I guess that’s not a Live Mesh problem so much as it is a UAC problem.

On the whole, I like the product.  I’m waiting for a chance to try the performance out under different situations.

 

Other site discussing Live Mesh:

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  • Blogs from the team
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  • Live Mesh preview
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  • live mesh tech preview
  • - I finally got my invite for Microsoft’s Live Mesh today. Spent some time playing with it tonight. On the surface, it looks to be.. lacking. I really didn’t look into the ins and outs of Live Mesh before trying to get an invite. …

  • Live Mesh – Good or Bad Idea?
  • - Today I would like to talk about Live Mesh, a technology you are probably not very familiar with but it is a brand new thing and it will hit the streets in the next couple of months. Therefore, it is a good candidate for abuse from …

  • Live Mesh beta program
  • - I heard about Live Mesh last week and decided to check it out. So I’ve signed up for Live Mesh beta program and it is pretty neat, but still fairly simple. I’ve not (yet) been accepted into the Mesh Developer beta, which is a separate …

  • Live Mesh “Synchronizing your life” (video)
  • - If by now you still don’t understand what Microsoft’s Live Mesh is, then let this short 60-seconds promotional video originally featured at the Web 2.0 Expo explain it to you in ultra-slow-motion. …

  • Pointlessness of Live Mesh
  • - Best article I found on pointlessness of Microsoft Live Mesh(via). Nothing much I can add except for the fact that Live Mesh will get it’s early death in the very near future. This would be the same for SugarSync from Sharpcast, …

  • A killer app on the Horizon? – Live Mesh and the future of …
  • - While it’s easy to take this as more Ozzie hand-waving futuristic talk, this time he is describing a specific product, one that we’ve been calling Horizon, and Mesh, and is now being referred to internally as “Live Mesh”. …

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