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Q: I’m a 15 year old guy from Belgium and I have a question. Sometimes when we are watching TV we realize that our computers (Windows) are still logged on. As they are not in the same room, nobody wants to go upstairs to shut them down. It would be nice if I could just grab my iPod touch and shut them down remotely. My iPod and both PC’s are in the same network. Is there an app that will let me do that easily or is there another way? Thank you in advance.

- Yasser

A: Although there are not yet any applications that will specifically provide Windows Management functions such as remote shutdown, there are a wide range of more fully-featured remote control applications available from the iTunes App Store, both for Windows and Mac.

There are a couple of popular methods for remote controlling a Windows computer. Windows’ own Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) can be used with a compatible RDP or Terminal Services client. To use an RDP client with Windows, you simply need to enable the Windows “Remote Desktop” feature in your System control panel.

Alternatively, you can look at apps which use the VNC protocol. This would require you to install a small VNC server app on each of your computers, but these apps also have the advantage of working with other computer platforms such as Mac and Linux, and can even be used across the Internet when properly configured.

Some of these applications are relatively expensive due to the level of remote control functionality that they provide, but there are also a few basic ones that can be found on the App Store. A search for “VNC” or “RDP” will turn up a plethora of options.

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1

I have just purchased an ipod touch(2nd Gen.) and want to download ONLY music and videos that I purchsed from the itunes store—how do I do this?

  Thanks for your help

Posted by james cannon on January 26, 2009 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

2

Nuevasync does over-the-air sync of Gmail contacts and Gcal, and its free (at least for now).  There were some service issues a couple of weeks ago when they rolled out read-only/multiple calendar support, but that all seems to be taken care of.

Posted by Jacob on January 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM (PDT)

3

I just noticed that there does not seem to be a way to delete duplicate entries in a Smart Playlist. So, how do you delete anything from a Smart Playlist ? (there is NO delete selection in the right click menu)

Posted by dwr50 on January 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM (PDT)

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To answer my own question #3. I have discovered the Live Update feature causes the problem. To stop duplicate entries in Smart Playlists : Turn off Live update. When you do, you will also get a Delete selection in the right click menu.

Posted by dwr50 on February 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM (PDT)

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My music library is too big to keep on my C drive. Is it possible to permanently change the location of the library to an external hard drive attached to the computer? I don’t want it to just be a copy but rather the library copy that will be used to sync with my ipod and the one to which I will add new music. TIA

Posted by pat on February 3, 2009 at 7:29 PM (PDT)

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