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We all know that logging into your home PC from another computer -- nothing do but what about using applications on your iPad.
To get access.
Well that is something.
New Walt Mossberg personal technology columnist -- the Wall Street Journal he tested that out for us he's with us from DC now.
With the very latest and as they say -- there's an app for that right.
There's an app for that.
Colin and -- -- and let me ask -- question have you ever had a friend or relative.
You know -- call your email you in a panic because they're not that.
Familiar with their computer and they have a problem and you're there -- -- support yes I've had parents like that so right all right so.
Yeah okay self.
You you know if you're near a computer and you have have -- all set ups in the you can -- ended their machine.
That's usually the fastest and easiest way to fix it.
Rather than have them explain it to you -- you try to explain the solution to them well they idea now is what.
Tablets in particularly the iPad so far are.
A real thing that is replace -- replacing laptops a lot of cases so.
Why not bring that capability to tablets and this is not brand new this has been happening you know over the last few months but.
I decided it was time to take a look at what you could do and it's pretty.
Amazing in a way to see a full -- let's say windows desktop on an iPad screen.
It's amazing but also in your words clumsy confused didn't work out but -- just -- -- Yeah there and cannot match try to be mean to these folks.
Eat you know dig and it's like the story about the singing dog right somebody.
Shows you'd that they have a dog in the -- and saying and your first reaction -- say oh my god don't look at the same and then you realize that but the -- can carry a tune.
So I'm yeah.
-- think we had video -- -- -- here.
I think what I'll -- really I didn't know that -- but.
So you know.
The the first reaction is this is really cool I'm I'm here with something it doesn't run a PC or Mac operating system it doesn't have the kind of processing power that those kinds of machines have and yet.
I can be miles away and I can -- right into windows and and the next second log into a Mac can you know do things on the problem is.
Those computers were meant to be controlled by a mouse and keyboard in the and the iPad and all and I might add all the other tablets that are coming are.
-- primarily the touch and multi touch and so you know moving that cursor around clicking and I'm just the right thing.
Moving the open windows around even though the iPad screen is pretty big right.
There's there's another mode where you can use touch I just found all of that to be a little overwhelm.
Here's what I wanna know on this of -- couple of apps that do this one isn't LogMeIn is one that's done and Walt talks about -- -- column in the Wall Street Journal.
But for people you travel.
A decent amount of course -- many people do for work would this make you less likely to carry a laptop she just get by.
Now with this -- on your iPad and carrying around that your phone with you -- now well.
I'll tell you what.
I think the answer is yes I think.
Not because I think remote controlling your computer sudden you're gonna.
Do and every trip -- do for hours at a time on the trip but it's a little bit like an insurance policy now you know that.
In addition to all the other things that are kind of gradually accumulating.
He can do on the and on the iPad and and and may -- on future tablets.
This is just another one of them that if you're stuck and you need to get back.
And and get control of a computer in your office or your home and and and check out a file or or do something hey what this is yet one another thing one more thing you can do with the tablet.
That you don't necessarily need to be lug a laptop to do so the answer is yes you know.
-- when I was reading their reviews you -- I was going along as you pointed out you can't play flash video.
On the iPad but through these these -- did these apps you can and out like yeah and then I kept -- -- you know went.
Could maybe I shouldn't get so excited.
Well you have the -- at the moment neither of these two apps can transmit audio.
Through the iPad but I I I didn't have space to get into this but am at least one of these companies claims it's on the road -- and they plan.
To offer it they're already offering on android and they will be offering -- on on.
And I phone and then to be fair you know there's a there's a bunch of other.
Remote control lapse on the I've I've had.
I didn't include them because to be honest.
Most them are much more complicated to set up you have to understand certain protocols and look I tried very deliberately to stay away from that.
There are up -- apparently and I haven't tried it.
One or two of those that can also play the audio so I think that that's coming.
Andy you will be able to if you have a fast enough connection play the video and hear the audio -- I -- thank you Walt thank you this great state agencies Goss always talked -- --
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