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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avgalen
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2010-09-23

I personally like a touchscreen for most personal use on my laptop. It is just nicer to scroll or zoom with my fingers and most consumption (small games, webreading, audio/video) is nicer with a touchscreen as well.
For development it is nice to have a touchscreen only if you are doing front-end development (GUI) so you can test your site/app just like a user would.

I also didn't understand the need for a touchscreen in this users setup. I just included touch as a "requirement" because it was listed as a pro in the article.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

For development it is nice to have a touchscreen only if you are doing front-end development (GUI) so you can test your site/app just like a user would.


Is the implication here that most users would be touching the screen instead of using a mouse? Do people on laptops with keyboards and desktops do that? Or is the implication that its mobile development and somehow using the simulator with your fingers is easier/faster than pushing to device?

Maybe I'm old, but screens that aren't phones/tablets shouldn't be touched.

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

Is the implication here that most users would be touching the screen instead of using a mouse? Do people on laptops with keyboards and desktops do that? Or is the implication that its mobile development and somehow using the simulator with your fingers is easier/faster than pushing to device?

Maybe I'm old, but screens that aren't phones/tablets shouldn't be touched.

No, the implication here would be that some users would be touching the screen in addition to using a mouse. People on laptops, with or without keyboards, and all-in-ones do that (never met anyone who had a destop with a seperate touchscreen).
Of course for mobile development you don't always push to device so using a "simulator" is often another use case.
I am "old" as well, but I touch the screen on my laptop every day. It is just a natural way to interact with a screen and as a result I sometimes touch non-touchscreens as well and do a little "doh" when nothing happens. Touch doesn't replace a mouse or keyboard, but it is a nice addition.

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