LOL, yeah. It doesn't make much sense at all. But none have really.
1) To me, that's what I'd think. He'd have to call home and have it set up. Why he just didn't bring his 50MB tongue push-up video with him on the laptop is beyond me. Or, ummm...youtube?
2) Hell, I don't know how to do that with Win7 out of the box and the assumption that it's not set up as questioned in #1. This is a better ad for Windows Home Server I'd think.
If it's that easy, then it doesn't really sound like Win7 is very secure. You mean Germans can just run into my computer that's turned off!?