Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. December 2, 2003
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Don't Run That Program...Yet
Running programs on a remote system can be a valuable diagnostic tool. However, when you're working with files on a remote system, you should resist the temptation to run a program just to look at some data. There are several good reasons to avoid running programs on a remote computer. First, they will run very slowly because of the speed of the phone line. If you use ISDN, the speed will be better, but still slow. Second, if you run programs over a phone line, you could cause a system hang-up. This can happen simply because all phone lines are subject to noise interference. Some noise at the wrong time can cause you to lose control. When you call a remote site, you're much better off restricting your session to file transfers.