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It’s Your Media, View It Anywhere*

Free Program Turns Your PC Into An Internet Media Server

I came across an program that you can download and install on your PC which allows you to “serve” (aka “stream”) your stored media (recorded shows and movies, music, jpegs, etc.) over the Internet.

orbtestAll you need is a XP, Vista, or Win7 computer (to be the “server”) and a broadband Internet connection.

Then, when you are out-and-about (“mobile”) you can ‘log in’ to your “server” (your PC) and access your stuff – from your phone, laptop, etc., and/or you can share it with others.

It is called Orb, and it is feature packed and very simple to use.

Orb MyCasting is a free service from Orb Networks that makes it easy for consumers to remotely view and share their live and recorded home and Internet TV, music, videos, photos, podcasts, and other digital media stored on their PC, from any Internet-connected device, be it a mobile phone, PDA or laptop.  MyCasting is the opposite of broadcasting, allowing you to stream your digital media when (time), where (place), and how (device) you want it.

Orb Networks is the first company to offer a single solution for enjoying virtually all of your digital media remotely, using the devices you already own.  There is no need to choose which technology path to go down to access your media remotely; other options are cumbersome and require an additional investment in yet another “cool” technology.  Orb is free and begins with one easy download: there is no hardware or software required, and no additional time needed to catalog and categorize your digital media.  You get instant access to the digital media that’s already on your PC.  Just download Orb and start MyCasting.”

I can see lots of uses for this technology whether or not you are a “road warrior” and often away from your PC. And it’s free. The folks there at Orb Networks get a big tip of my geek hat, and I encourage you to click here and visit their website. There is a short animation which demonstrates how it works, and screenshots of the many features.
(Also, you can view their Orb FAQ.)

* Orig post: 9/22/09

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June 17, 2010 - Posted by | computers, digital Video, dtv, how to, Internet, software, tech, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, XP | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. About privacy Paul? I think users should not select the root drive or personal storage part if they have their music there. Instead, they should move them to the public storage part for ‘streaming’.
    Afterall, any and every internet service can be hacked!

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    Comment by Ranjan | June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Ranjan,
      You raise an excellent point: privacy and security should always be a (if not “the”) primary consideration. (True: never expose c:\ to the web.)

      As a reader of T4E, you probably have seen me say that I am not a TV watcher. Well I am not a big music playlist sort either. Nor am I a roadwarrior. Short version: I really have no use for this sort of program. So I have not used it myself. Looking at the available information, it seems as though a person could go in and set c:\ as a source folder.. but I think the folks at Orb have done a good job setting up the UI (and other controls) to prevent such a faux pas, and make it work as it is intended.

      However, you are correct: anything you you intend to share to other computers should be moved (or copied) to the purposely included “Public” folder (“Shared Documents” folder in XP) or better yet, the appropriate sub-folders.

      Thank you for bringing this up.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  2. Not a problem. Glad i could share something useful.
    Nevertheless, as u said, the folks at Orb have made a terrific app based on a fresh concept. I hope, they’ll add better privacy and security features like data encryption, in their next release.

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    Comment by Ranjan | June 18, 2010 | Reply

    • I was able to find more information…
      From http://support.orb.com/docs/about-features-applications.htm:
      Orb does not compromise your firewall at home. In fact, Orb does not introduce any opportunity for “strangers” to get into your files or network.

      Also note that your Mycast account is encrypted via SSL2-128bit and your Orb media is safe and secure until you reveal your Orb account with others.

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      Comment by techpaul | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. Oh! That’s a good news, Paul. Thanks for letting us know.

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    Comment by Ranjan | June 18, 2010 | Reply


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