Comments on: Fog Creek Copilot Official blog of Red Sweater Software Fri, 09 Oct 2015 20:11:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andy Lee Wed, 31 Jan 2007 15:33:31 +0000 I want to check out Copilot, because I help the non-techies in my family with their Macs, and you know how that can get. “VNC with no configuration hassles” is a terrific nutshell description that locks the product in my mind as something I want to try.

By: Bob Peterson Sat, 27 Jan 2007 14:00:33 +0000 Good for PC users, but it may be too late to compete on a Mac.

I welcome products like this. I even wrote about the need for it back in 2004:

History note: Netopia once made a version of Timbuktu called Housecall, which did the same thing as Copilot. When They stopped supporting it, the app became useless as it needed Netopia’s servers to initiate the connection.

The competition will come from Apple itself. Built into the O/S. iChat Screen Sharing does what Copilot does. I suspect it uses AOL via iChat to just initiate the connection. So it is possible it may fail when firewalls are present, whereas Copilot routes through their servers, presumably through HTTP/HTTPS.

Copilot presumably works across platforms: A Mac user supporting a PC user, for instance. Copilot requires your browser to keep cookies for maintaining your payment “receipt”. I’d have to tell OmniWeb to continue to delete cookies on exiting, but save the ones from

Oh, and while researching my post, I found this Mac-only iChat tool available today:

By: Jan Fri, 26 Jan 2007 16:27:31 +0000 Nice!