I've not had experience with LogMeIn, but "easier to install and use than VNC"? How is that possible?
At our offices we have gone through GoToMyPC, Timbuktu, CuSeeMe, Laplink and PC Anywhere. We moved to the free UltraVNC
, and we haven't looked back. It's faster and more reliable than the others. The one drawback is printing to your remote printer (i.e. I'm at home controlling my work computer and I want to print something. It prints at work, not at home.) Since our users don't care about that (they print it at work and pick it up in the morning or email it to themselves), it's a great app for us. And yes, we do use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for VNC access to provide two-way encryption.
Actually, one of our users wanted to be able to print from his work system to his home printer, so I hooked him up with a kludgy workaround using the old-school LPD/LPR (Line Printer Daemon/Line Printer Remote), and it works well for him.
BTW, I can connect to any of our work systems using WinVNC, UltraVNC, PalmVNC or the generic Linux Remote Control application (all versions of Linux have one that works great with VNC products).
If you're running XP in both locations, you can use the built-in Remote Control application, but be sure to set up your firewalls for that purpose, as it's a humongous security hole.
PS: Welcome aboard, bass!