Solitaire with an iPad

April 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

So I have been using dropbox for a while now, and recently had the problem that I had a file on my laptop at home and didn't have it on my iPad. Of course it wasn't uploaded to dropbox - and there I was - somewhere between stupid and forgetful.

Enter UDP and teamviewer. Teamviewer is a free (for private use) app that comes in server flavors like mac, windows and linux and viewer flavors like android and iOS. Sweet. It installed on ubuntu 10.10 in a heartbeat, there was nothing to set up other than installing the free app on the iPad, and inside of five minutes I was controlling my laptop remotely and securely. (Caveat: I was on the same LAN using WIFI. Will update this when I have tried to access from a differnt LAN.)

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As you might notice, the color depth of the image is NOT "millions", and as I noticed, video playback is stuttery at best. Furthermore, when the processor load of the host computer is high, things slow down to a great degree. Also it is quite difficult to do any kind of drawing tasks with gimp because of the way that the mouse emulation worky.

But I have to say, having the ability to chroot into a remote server from a remote desktop makes me think a little bit more about never bringing a laptop with me anywhere I go, and gives me options for using up that limited dropbox space... Now if only someone would come up with that SUDO MAKE ME A REMOTE SANDWICH app I could retire on a desert island...

This is addictive.

March 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I am afraid I am going to be losing a lot of sleep. It is like four in the morning, I have spent all this time drawing and can't put the pad down. Although I have a drawing tablet for my laptop, it is a much more immersive environment to actually be pushing pixels around a surface "directly" rather than "indirectly". (And furthermore, when I unplug the tablet from ubuntu the system crashes, it is a huge device to be carrying around and if I forget the stylus - well, its just generally a hassle.)
My first computer was a commodore 64, and I have a very vivid memory of directly painting a landscape on the screen by changing the color of the space bar. I am not sure anymore how that really worked, but then, as it is now, was such a visceral experience of touching something in a delicate and transient way.
I have the feeling that this will change my working method in such a dramatic way... Yeah, well you can write with this thing too. (I am using the wordpress app, by the way.) So I think I'll get back to that other screen now.

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Give a man an apple…

March 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Today I got my first mac in almost a decade. It is an iPad first generation, and although the next gen should be here in a few weeks, I decided that it would be a good time to try out the multitouch waters. A friend offered to sponsor an iPad for the Künstlerhaus, and with that kind of offer it is impossible to say no, especially considering the "Infinite Resolution" exhibition that will be running this coming winter.
So we went to Saturn, bought a 16gb iPad, got it insured and picked up a protective case, a VGA adapter and a 15€ certificate for the app store. After getting it out of its box and struggling a while to put the protective sheet and case onto it (which was a 50% fail), downloading iTunes for windows [fuck], adding the credit to the account, two of the very first apps I installed were Adobe Ideas and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. Here is one of the drawings from today.

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I have to say that it was a lot of fun getting started, and I'll be keeping a journal of what happens on this channel...

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