Remember Fog Creek Copilot? The app that our 2005 interns built that lets you remote control someone's computer over the Internet to help them with technical problems?
Well, recently we figured out that we're paying for a lot of bandwidth over the weekends that we don't need, so we decided to make Copilot absolutely free on weekends. Yep, that's right... free as in zero dollars, free, no cost, no credit card, no email address, nothing.
How it works: You go to https://www.copilot.com, enter your name, and get an invitation code. You then download and run a tiny piece of software. Tell your friend the invitation code, they go to copilot.com and enter it, and they download a tiny piece of software. Now you're controlling their computer. Works with Windows or Macintosh, through almost any firewall.
Details: Weekend = 8pm EST (GMT-5) Friday night to 2am EST Monday morning. Copilot subscribers can use Copilot free on weekends, too.
ALSO! The Copilot team is still hard at work; Copilot 3.0 is just starting to enter testing. Tyler and Ben want to hire a Summer intern in marketing for the Copilot team. If you're a smart college student that's more interested in marketing than software development, please apply by emailing your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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