Tablets & Remote Desktop: The New Laptop?
As for tablets that have been announced or are about to hit the market, here’s a quick rundown::
Getting Things Done. Perhaps one of the most exciting features about these new slew of tablets is that they are not your parent’s idea of a “tablet.” Where a tablet for Gen X is simply slapping the word “tablet” on out of date hardware. Yes, we are talking about flash hard drives, front facing cams, bluetooth, wifi and if you’re lucky, 3G connectivity. Whether you need to quickly jot down a note, fire up your Skype for a face-to-face chat or load up a presentation in WebEx, these new tablets are ready to handle your daily tasks!
To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right! Another great feature of these nifty new tablets is that they are 0.5 pounds light. Yes, you read that right, we’re not talking about five to seven pound monsters that your parents owned. They should be so light that you can dance the Cupid Shuffle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExC1oGN5J28) while surfing the web. We’re talking about tossing the keyboard, hard drive, unused USB ports and heavy batteries out the window. Taking their place are green, ultra low power processors paired with flash memory storage making these devices light as, well, your coffee mug, but with enough processing and battery power to run a remote desktop session for hours.
Never Buy Another Desktop Again? Imagine only carrying around a light tablet and remoting into a beefy cloud server or work laptop. You’d truly have computing on demand and the best part about never having to own a massive machine or bulky laptop taking up space in your house and driving up the power bill. Imagine now having the ability to remote into a Linux or Windows Cloud machine and run your various applications from your local golf cart! You’re on the 10th hole with a 9:30AM call to Hawaii where you need to demo your code from your desktop at work. No problem. You can get started on that process here: http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/03/16/windows-7-rdp-changes-improve-virtual-desktop-performance
Mix and Match Your Devices? Thus far, I am still using both my tablet and my various laptops both at home and at work for different tasks. I like my x60 because I can get the portability with the speed I need for my power-point and excel documents. At work, I use my work provided machine because I need access to Outlook and I still use a desktop machine at home for Photoshop projects.
Your Call To Action! If only I could get my remote desktop to my desktop beast working while on a thumping Virgin flight to Los Cabos. My first step though, would be to get the time off! But between all of these meetings and content creation sessions, Los Cabos might be an impossibility! So if anyone happens to have experience with remote desktop on a tablet, please share your experiences! Oh, and please really do share if you have had thoughts about using cloud servers as an on-demand computing resource. I would love to hear from you!