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Is it possible to access my mother-in-laws MAC (OS X) from my PC (Win XP) over the Internet.  I've set it up for her several times, but within a month it's "not working properly" or "won't print" or "can't e-mail" etc. etc.  She lves 200 miles away, so paying a visit isn't a viable option!

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Not without Timbucktu. Im sure you're familiar with Timbucktu so further explanation is probably not necessary. You COULD use telnet, SSH, etc but you probably want more control than that.
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I would put Share My Desktop (http://www.bombich.com/software/smd.html) on your mother-in-law's Mac, and then get a VNC client for your Windows box (www.realvnc.com has one, there are others).  When she has problems, she can connect to the Internet, run SMD to start up the VNC server, and communicate to you somehow (phone, IM, etc.) her connection info.  Then you can take over her machine or at least see what she's talking about when she says "do I click on this thing here?" (my mother does that, at least...I'm guessing she's not the only one).

Best of all, VNC is free.
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