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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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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darknexus Member since:

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

Nope. I'm a sysadmin and I use an iPad as my on-the-go (usually my main) machine. Since most of my admin work involves RDP, LogMeIn, and some SSH, it hardly matters because, even when I'm at my main computer, I'm doing a lot of remote control anyway. The only thing I don't have is RSAT but, with how Microsoft is really fscking up RSAT lately (leaving out the DNS management tool in the 1709 build, seriously?!?!?!) I end up logging into the servers for admin. The way Windows 10 is handling RSAT (forcibly removing them every time there's a feature update, then forgetting to package some tools into the next build) means I'm better off working directly in a server anyway. Add to that the iPad's capability for full Ethernet when necessary for on-site networking equipment maintenance, and it makes the perfect on-the-go workhorse. Adding in the amazing battery life just makes it better.

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Delgarde Member since:

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

It depends on the circumstances. Contrary to what some people believe, internet access isn't always available. E.g when I visit a client site, I'm usually not allowed to connect my hardware to their network, so internet access often takes the form of a limited-bandwidth guest wifi, or a mobile-broadband connection which often suffers from weak signal when deep inside some sprawling office building.

So yes, in such circumstances, it does matter whether you can work locally - with everything running on my laptop, I can work fairly well anywhere. But with everything running remotely, reliant on continuous internet access, not so much.

And that's not an artificial example, by the way... that's something that happens pretty much every time I have to spend time at a client site. Internet access isn't something that can be taken for granted.

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Sidux Member since:

Even this is changing..
While you're not able to connect direct to data centers you can build your project / fix locally (with your own set of communication tools) and then ask one of the employees from the team to handle the deployment as instructed.
Companies are moving though to cloud services faster than anyone can assess / realize today.
It's mostly how software is done these days..

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WorknMan Member since:

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

Actually, it does. Keep in mind there's no such thing as 'the cloud'. There's just a bunch of hardware and software you don't own, being maintained by people you don't know.

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leech Member since:

One thing that would prevent me from ever using any sort of tablet device as a workstation... I need multiple monitors, and preferably large ones. My workflow pretty much demands it.

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