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Your home computer is the perfect machine. It’s customized to your exact needs, runs all your must-have apps, and holds every important file you’d ever need to access. The catch: It’s not exactly practical to lug a computer with you everywhere you go. That’s where remote access comes in. Here are three dead-simple ways to control your home computer from anywhere—your laptop, phone, or even a friend’s computer—as though you were sitting directly in front of it.

Instead of dealing with spotty connections and speeds that resemble early ’90s dialup, use the hotel’s ethernet connection. Regardless of which room you spring for, there’s a good chance yours will have ethernet. With this wired connection you can create your own wireless network that actually gets you online. You basically have two options: Use your computer or a travel Wi-Fi router.The Asus WL-330NUL N150 is a tiny wireless access point that can also be used as USB ethernet adapter for ultrabooks and Macbook Airs without ethernet ports. Just plug it into that unused networking cable, create a Wi-Fi network with a password, and enjoy speedy wireless internet that’s not being shared with the entire hotel.

If you don’t travel enough to justify buying a pocket router, you can turn your own computer into a wireless access point. All you need is a live ethernet cable, a visit to the the System Preferences panel (for OS X), or a quick third-party app download (for Windows).

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Once you’ve installed the extension in Chrome, clicking and holding on any word on any webpage will open up a sidebar full of related links, images, videos, news articles, and map locations. If you want to expand your search to an entire phrase, you can drag the grab handles on the ends of your selection to add more words to the query. While not exactly revolutionary, Kikin is a very slick solution to an all-too-common web task, and it’s certainly worth checking out.

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Posted via a mobile android device.

Posted via a mobile android device.

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