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

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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Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Thu 26th Oct 2017 17:26 UTC
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In essence it's not much different from using a Chromebook, with the exception that a Chromebook has a built in keyboard and has access to the underlying Linux based OS if absolutely necessary.

I also find it amusing that we are essentially stepping backwards in the way we operate computers. Around the time I was born, back in the early 70s through the early 80s, everything was computed on the mainframe and the user interacted with a terminal. As desktop computers became more powerful, the heavy lifting shifted to the local machine. Now, we're getting back to everything being done "in the cloud" (on the mainframe) and pretty much any Internet-connected device can be a dumb terminal.

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by darknexus on Thu 26th Oct 2017 19:11 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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It does seem like we're going somewhat backward, though I suspect it's a consequence of the workstation/bandwidth dynamic shifting in favor of bandwidth over processing power. That, coupled with the fact that most people don't want to maintain their machines, and we end up swinging back and around to this way of computing.
As for the Chromebook, I did try that. Chrome OS just doesn't have some things I need such as LogMeIn, and the support for RDP is kind of gimped. The Android versions didn't work well on a Chromebook for me when I tried. My iPad always has its keyboard on it anyway, so it may as well be built in, and the battery life on it blows all the Chromebooks I've tried clean out of the water. Everyone's situation is different though and, if you primarily remote into *NIX workstations (wish I did), a Chromebook will get the job done though I worry about how much stuff gets sent back to Google while I'm using the thing.

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by Sidux on Fri 27th Oct 2017 09:01 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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That and companies realized that making profit from "desktop computing" at least for average people was not easy at all.
The beautiful ecosystem in which everyone builds his own tools and buys into a set of utilities to do work however he pleases does not have much contact with the reality of the matter and what people ended up doing.
If it weren't for gaming these days, the desktop PC would be long gone or set aside somewhere.
It's not exactly easier to do things "the new way" but it's certainly much more profitable for many.

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RE: Comment by Morgan
by stelios on Fri 27th Oct 2017 12:41 in reply to "Comment by Morgan"
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Wasn't it Scott McNealy that said "The internet is the computer."? Turns out he was right.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by phoudoin on Fri 27th Oct 2017 14:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
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Wasn't it Scott McNealy that said "The internet is the computer."? Turns out he was right.

Which means that when Internet is not there, you've no computer.
Except if you do have an actual computer yourself, not just a terminal to access remote computers over Internet.

The truth is both your computer and the ones on Internet are computers. But you've access control only over the former.

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