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IPad meets IT - three tools you need

Mark Gibbs | Feb. 28, 2011
Three things IT peeps need on their iThings

Based on the well-known open source tool, VNC (which stands for Virtual Network Computing) is a remote desktop viewing application. Mocha VNC implements the same functionality on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Mocha VNC uses the standard VNC protocol with encrypted password sign-on, supports 8- and 32-bit color modes, local Mouse support, zooming and scrolling of the remote screen, landscape mode on iOS, Wake on LAN, NETBIOS and Bonjour names, works with RealVNC, TightVNC, UltraVNC on Windows and Apple Screen sharing (which is included with the Mac OS X).

Actually, accessing an OS X machine with Mocha VNC is outstanding. It's fast and you can configure Mocha VNC to sense the iOS device's accelerometer so that, for example, shaking your iPad will toggle the visibility of the on-screen Mocha VNC control buttons while tipping the iPad will scroll a zoomed-in screen!

There's a free Lite version which works great but for serious IT use you'll want the full version which adds keyboard banners with ALT, CTRL, Option and Apple keys, full mouse support, dragging, right click, hover and wheel, and a CTRL+ALT+DEL key. All that for just $6!

To end with, I have a product that is crucial to all IT people.

You know what it's like after a grueling week in the IT salt mines having spent 50 or 60 hours toting that virtual barge and lifting that bale of cabling? When it gets to the weekend and all you want to do is kick back and maybe cook a little barbeque (although if you live in the northeast of the U.S. you might have to do this indoors for a few more weeks).

But how to combine barbeque and tech?

Sure, you could invest in something low tech like the BBQ Guru Pit Bull 25 CFM blower which, if you're trying to create a nuclear inferno to roast a whole ox, will be fantastic. But I'd guess, my friend, that you'll probably want something a little more relaxing.

Why not throw, say, a boned leg of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary on the Weber and kick back? But you won't want to be jumping up and down taking its temperature every few minutes to ensure its culinary perfection. Nope, you need high tech.

The iDevices iGrill

Enter the iGrill. Priced at $99.99, this is a temperature probe that you poke into whatever you're cooking and, via a battery-powered transceiver connected to the probe by a 48-inch heatproof cable, it can talk to your iOS device (Android support will be forthcoming) by Bluetooth (the range is claimed to be up to 200 feet).


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