Crossloop! Screen sharing so easy, that even Grandma can use!

If your like me, you probably dread to pick up the phone when your parents or grandparents call. You know that they are going to have some kind of problem with the computer, and they know that you can fix it. It’s like your on their speed dial or something. They usually try to describe it but can’t generally give you enough detail to fix the problem. Then it usually ends up in frustration for you and sometimes your parents or grandparents. Often at times your have to drive to there place just to fix a simple little thing. Trust me, I know how you feel!

There is nothing like a picture to help solve problems with the computer; just recently I discovered a free program called CrossLoop. What it is, “is a FREE secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of VNC’s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings.”

Crossloop Screen Shot

CrossLoop has helped me to solve many of my parents and grandparents computer problems. I actually answer their phone calls without to much fear and I can solve problems a heck of a lot quicker now. Anyone who feels like they are tech support, this is an absolute must download! It has probably saved me days worth of my time!

Thank You Crossloop developers!


Pandora Cuts Off Access from Outside the US!

To start this blog with my first actual post, I am going to start with one of the most depressing emails I have ever received!

Here is the message:


Dear Pandora listener,

Today we have some extremely disappointing news to share with you. Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply, deeply sorry to say that we must begin proactively preventing access to Pandora’s streaming service from Canada. We began blocking access from almost all countries outside the U.S. last week and had originally hoped to maintain access to Canada. However, it has become clear in the last week that we just haven’t been able to make enough progress to continue streaming.

It is difficult to convey just how disappointing this is for us. Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but for the time being, we can no longer continue as we have been. As a small company, the best chance we have of realizing our dream of Pandora all around the world is to grow as the licensing landscape allows.

We show your IP address is ‘***.***.**.***’, which indicates you are listening from Canada. If you believe you are seeing this by mistake, we offer our sincere apologies and ask that you please reply to this email.

Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the people who created the music – we have always believed in honoring the guidelines as determined by legislators and regulators, artists and songwriters, and the labels and publishers they work with. In the U.S. there is a federal statute that provides this license for all the music streamed on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S. and there is no global licensing organization to enable any webcaster to legitimately offer its service around the world. The volume of listening on Pandora makes it a very expensive service to run. Streaming costs are very high, and since our inception, we have been making publishing and performance royalty payments for every song we play.

Until last week, we have not been able to tell where a listener is based, relying only on zip code information provided upon registration. We are now able to recognize a listener’s country of origin based on the IP address from which they are accessing the service. Consequently, on May 16th, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from Canada. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

We will be posting updates on our blog regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. We will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We deeply share your sense of disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding.

-Tim Westergren
(Pandora founder)

This has to be one of the saddest messages to ever get, for a service that I use almost daily and for it to just to suddenly end. It makes me kind of upset, to see that we do not have a world wide standards for music. This way those Americans can’t have all of the webs little treasures. 😉 A person would think that they would be able to implement something to allow this service to continue running. Infact I would even pay for it!

Anyways, it wasn’t easy to take the news, but what can a person do?

Just a side note: They haven’t kicked me yet, as I was still listening as I wrote this post! 😉 But how much longer will it last? 😦


I no longer have access! 😦 Now I listen to the sound of my fan.

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