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.
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.
Edited 2017-10-26 17:26 UTC