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>| There are SSH programs for the iPhone; there will be similarly useful utilities built for the iPad too.

The idea of typing shell commands on a touchpad makes me cringe...do people really do this?




The idea of typing shell commands on a touchpad makes me cringe...do people really do this?

Yeah. Not for day-to-day work, mind, but if I am on-call say, this is the difference between being able to go out in the evening and just check something quickly if I have to, or restart sommething, or lugging a laptop around and needing to find some space to set it down, connect the 3G dongle, log in, blah blah, all that business takes longer than actually fixing whatever's gone wrong sometimes! I am really looking forward to the iPad, it will be liberating.


It can be a lifesaver in a pinch.


example pinch?


Remote administration on the train to or from work.


sudo apache2ctl restart


It's not an all-the-time thing to be sure, nor an often thing. It's nice to have though.

> The idea of typing shell commands on a touchpad makes me cringe...do people really do this?

Granted, I think that about netbooks. I used a 10" ThinkPad for two years and the idea of using something smaller just sounds insane to me.


Sometimes you need to. For example, when making an image of an iPhone's flash. It works, but is extremly slow. With some exercise you might be able to type commands slightly slower than on a computer.

A 'reimagined' shell for the iPhone might work really well. Something similiar to zsh, with lots of prediction.


Not all the time, no, but it can be a life saver when you're out somewhere, without access to a computer, and a server goes down and you have to deal with it.




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