The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #140004   Message #3215947
Posted By: JohnInKansas
31-Aug-11 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Home Network (Desktop Access)
Subject: RE: Tech: Home Network (Desktop Access)
The game in question may be the one at John Deere: American Farmer and at numerous other places. Google gives at least a page of sources when I search for "American Farmer Game." My Norton gives a "green ball" (safe site) for all the results from my search, but of course your search will go through a different server so you may get a different list.

If it's the same one, it says you can download a free trial, and purchase for $19.99 (US). (Other sites indicate a possibly lower price.) If this is the same game you might be ahead to just buy a new copy and install it directly on his machine if there isn't an actual export restriction to block doing that. (The linked site doesn't mention any limitation, and I have no idea whether you'd have a problem completing the purchase from the UK, but there are apparently a lot of sources to try.)

If you haven't given the kid net access from his machine, it's often possible to choose whether to "save" or "run" when you do the download. If you can save it to your machine, copy the file to his, and then run it there it should install on his. The "purchase" usually just means they send you an activation code that you punch in the next time you open the program. (There are variations, but that's what I've seen in most cases.)

It's easy enough to make a copy of the shortcut that's on your desktop, and put it somewhere that he can access on your machine so he can click it from his machine, but the program will still run (and display) on yours unless you can move the whole program to the other machine.

There are programs that let you control one machine from another while displaying the same screen on both machines, but there are serious vulnerability issues with having this kind of stuff permanently on your computers, and that wouldn't really be much help.

Unless your computer is pretty potent, the programs that allow one machine to run a program from another machine usually run the program on the "parent machine" and display it and receive commands on the "slave machine" so you get your chair and monitor back but only "what's left" of your computer. I haven't seen enough value in that to have info on programs of that kind. Someone else may know more about that kind of stuff.

If you have to buy new, make sure to discuss how the kid will reimburse "value for value" for it before you lay out the cash. (BG I guess)