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Remote Pairing by Joe Kutner

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Choosing a Screen-Sharing Tool

Screen sharing is so easy that your boss can probably do it. In fact, management types do it all the time with products like WebEx and Live Meeting. But those tools aren’t best for pair programming because they don’t allow for two-way control.

There are, however, many other kinds of screen-sharing applications. In fact, there are three other categories, all useful in their own way.

Lowest Common Denominator

This category is characterized by ubiquity. Virtual Network Computing (VNC), Remote Desktop Protocol, and the Mac app Screen Sharing (built upon VNC) are the lowest common denominators of screen-sharing technologies because they’re often packaged with a computer’s operating system. However, they lack many ...

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