Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC
Apple

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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Sabon
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2005-07-06

Does it —really— matter if you are doing this locally?

I have a 12.9” iPad Pro which has the same screen size as a 13” Mac laptop. Second, I use either a Apple Bluetooth keyboard or an iPad Pro keyboard depending on how much and how fast I need to type and where I’m at.

No matter though, it is no better or worse if I’m coding and compiling on my local computer or through a VPN connection. I’ve actually noted that I’ve been doing this for a few years with an iPad when I’m out and about.

Meanwhile dinosaurs keep saying that it is plain wrong to code using an iPad. Pick what you want and don’t try to force me to use the device that you choose. After all, it is the PRODUCT that you produce that matters. Not the device you create it on.

If the device matters more to you than the product you produce, it is better to get out of the way of everyone and move on to a different profession.

Then when I’m back at my desk I can sit at my Mac or Windows computers and code and compile there. Neither way is faster since everything is actually being done on the same machines without me having to lug a heavier laptop with me.

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