20 tech habits to improve your life

A few new habits can make the difference between staying on task, finding what you need, and getting things done--or having a tech meltdown.

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1 Telecommute by Remotely Controlling Your Office Computer

You can work from home--but use the computer in your office--through remote control software such as [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/128407/geektech_cheap_and_easy_remoteaccess_software.html|LogMeIn|LogMeIn]] (free version available) or [[xref:http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html|TightVNC|TightVNC]] (free). You can view the remote computer full screen, launch and close programs, read e-mail, copy and paste text between PCs, and access any files you left behind. Save money on gas, claim home equipment on your taxes, and convince your boss that you'll be more productive without leaving your house. Even the iPhone has some VNC clients, such as [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/149267/mocha_vnc_and_mocha_vnc_lite_for_iphone.html|Mocha VNC|Mocha VNC]] and [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/article/149389/teleport_for_iphone.html|Teleport|Teleport]].

If you don't need full remote control but you do require access to your office or home files, set up [[xref:http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,62602-order,4-page,8-c,filemanagement/description.html|Microsoft's free file-syncing tool, FolderShare|Microsoft's free file-syncing tool, FolderShare]]. Your files will always be up-to-date, no matter where you're working or where you last updated them.

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