How to use Flash (or Firefox or Lotus Notes) with your iPad

During my last trip to the US (attending WES 2010) I bought an iPad for a colleague of mine. I played around a little, and my conclusion was: while the iPad has a nice design and a great touchscreen, it lacks essential features like flash – I actually don’t care for the excuses of apple fanboys. Now, this colleague of mine (Christian Vilsbeck, the CPU-Guru of TecChannel) found a simple and yet elegant solution:

He used a VNC-Client to RDP to a Windows-Box. From there he could use Flash, his VPN-Client to access his company’s network and even send and receive e-mails with Lotus Notes.

His approach is so simple, I’m really a little ashamed, that I didn’t think of it. Just install a VNC-Server on your Windows, Linux oder Mac OS, then use a free viewer like the Mocha VNC Viewer. You could also use Remote Desktop Lite, with which you can directly access the RDP-features of Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (except Home).

Conclusion: This simple approach brings more than just Adobe Flash to your iPad. If you combine it with a virtual desktop infrastructure, you get a completely new approach, how to use the tablet in a business environment. Especially in work environments, where someone mostly fills out a form (think hospitals or in the field technicians), the iPad (or any other tablet PC with VNC-features) could be a reasonable substitute for a notebook. Plus, no data is stored on the device itself, but only in the (hopefully) secured virtual environment.

(hey, the first English post at Nerd Supreme. How did I do? Screenshot will follow.)

Über den Autor

Moritz Jaeger

Mo steht für Moritz Jaeger. Ich bin freier Journalist aus München und schreibe unter anderem für den TecChannel, ComputerWoche, GameStar, PC-Welt, CIO, ZDNet oder Security-Insider. Dieses Blog ist privat, hier geht es vor allem um Themen rund um IT, Geek-Kultur oder Comics. Außerdem probiere ich hier immer wieder neue Möglichkeiten aus, es kann also sein, dass ein paar Dinge nicht so hipp/schön/ausgereift sind – aber dafür sind Blogs ja da.

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