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I want a friend of mine to review my code. I have a mic built into my laptop but i can use another software for voice chat. So i would like to have him to either view my screen (taking control might be fine) or show me his screen so he can talk about a specific piece of code.

What software is good for this? We both think about security so an MS product (netmeeting? if that still exist on normal msn live installs) or an open source would be preferred. Should be free.

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Is this Windows, Linux, Mac? –  Brian T Hannan Feb 5 '10 at 21:27
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Skype allows you to do screen sharing... And you can have your voice chat at the same time...

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+1 for Skype as it's easy to use and free. But it should be noted that you can't remote control the machine only watch. –  Chris Nava Feb 5 '10 at 21:40
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You can tryout Team Viewer

TeamViewer connects to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. You can remote control your partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it.

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DimDim

Dimdim is a very simple to use browser-based web conferencing service. You can show presentations, collaborate via whiteboards, chat, talk and broadcast via Webcam

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GoTo Meeting works very well but it probably costs money. There is always VNC, which is light and free.

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In my experience VNC is too slow for collaborative work. –  Sathya Feb 5 '10 at 21:33
    
Yeah true, if you don't have fast computers VNC is probably not a good option. –  Brian T Hannan Feb 5 '10 at 21:38
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Maybe you can use GoMeetNow. It’s a good screen sharing software. Wile it’s not free, you can use the demo version which gives you unlimited sessions with a 30 minute timeout. http://www.gomeetnow.com

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I really like Ammyy. Its fast and free to use. Also I use dropbox to share my code. Like we use Eclipse for java IDE and we just both point to the project location on our sharefolder in dropbox. Everytime one of us saves the project, the other just refreshes and then we both have the same code.

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There's Logmein free:

LogMeIn Free gives you remote control of your PC or Mac from any other computer with an Internet connection.

Simply install LogMeIn on the computer you want to access (it takes about 2 minutes), log into your account from another computer and click the computer you want to control. You'll see its desktop and be able to use all the applications on your remote computer as if you were sitting in front of it - even if you're across town, across the country, or across the world.

and it apparently works with both Windows and Mac OS X

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Then you have to share our password/account info with the other party? Also requires running application even when you are not using it –  thegreyspot Feb 5 '10 at 23:00
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One possibility is etherpad - web based, very good for shared work, and no need to share the screen.

You can use also copilot (payed), or TeamViewer (free).

If the "host" machine is not behind a router/firewall, then you can use buildin windows Remote Desktop Sharing or you can use uVNC, now it has encryption plugin.

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showdocument Looks cool, never really used it, but it seems to offer a lot of features. Not sure if it has VOIP.

mikogo Says it offers screen sharing.

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join.me has worked well for us

I think they were acquired by Logmein mentioned above

You could also try VSee which has screen share with annotation and video to boot.

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