Remote control your computer from your iPad

Some say that the iPad is a magical device. I won’t go that far, but it is kinda cool, though it does have its shortcomings — especially when you compare it to a desktop or laptop computer. There are just many things done much better on a computer than on an iPad, which is why it’s neat that there’s computer remote control software for the iPad.

One of the easiest I’ve found to use is LogMeIn Ignition. Part of the LogMeIn family, Ignition lives on your iPad (or iPhone, or iPod Touch, or Android) and allows you to control any computer you’ve registered with the LogMeIn service.

Here’s how the process works:
1. Get a free LogMeIn account
2. Install LogMeIn Free client software on every PC/Mac you want to control
3. Register those computers with your LogMeIn account information

If you stop here, you now have the ability to control any of your registered computers from any other registered computer (that’s running the client software), or through the LogMeIn web interface (which is very slick!).

4. Install the LogMeIn:Ignition client on your iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad

And you’re done. You can now control any of your computers via your iPad.

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Don’t forget your Tech Rescue Kit

This time of year many of us travel home to visit family. If you’re the least bit of a techie, you’ll likely be called in to help someone diagnose some sort of computer problem — hopefully not very serious. But if Uncle Billy’s computer ‘just stopped working’ and you know you’re going to be spending an evening there, you can bet you’ll be asked to ‘just take a look at it, you’re so good with computers it won’t take you long to figure it out.’ The next thing you know you’re plopped in front of the system, waiting for it to go through a virus laden bootup while wistfully remembering that hot rum toddy you left by the fireplace. …more



This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techblog. Check out the full post here.