My Recommendations for Best Remote Desktop Apps for iPad

If you’re an IT Professional, or just a big geek like me, sometimes you have a need to use Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP. It can allow you to connect remotely to your Windows desktop computer. Although the overall goal is the same, managing multiple desktops can be difficult, and the features of various RDP apps on the iPad can make a break the usability of a Remote Desktop app. Some features you just need. Although there are lots of alternative solutions, like LogMeIn and TeamViewer, which don’t actually use RDP, if you’re a purist who wants to use the protocol, then here are a few of the best I have found, specifically on iPad – although their Android counterparts are nothing to scoff at either!

PocketCloud (you can use it with a desktop companion app, bypassing regular RDP, if you really want to – but it also supports regular RDP, which is how I use it). If you are willing to spend the money, the Pro version is even nicer and can manage more connections.
Free: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketcloud-remote-desktop/id398798399?mt=8
Pro: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocketcloud-remote-desktop/id326512817?mt=8

My number 2 app is just called RDP, from Mocha. The free version lets you add more computers, but DOESN’T allow you to right click, drag, or have access to certain keys, unless you upgrade to the Pro version.
Free: http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/remote-desktop-lite-rdp/id288362576?mt=8
Pro: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remote-desktop-rdp/id288362053?mt=8

Download links for the Office 2013 Preview

If you were wondering what all Office 2013 was going to pack in, don’t forget about all of the fantastic touch integration for the version of Office that will be built in to future Windows RT tablets & Microsoft’s own Surface for Windows RT, which will include a version of Microsoft Office.

Well, if you are interested in downloading the preview version of Office 2013, or what Microsoft has taken to calling “the New Office” (kind of like “new iPad”), you can visit the Microsoft Office Preview site and click the green “Sign Up” button to enroll and download the preview.

2011 – Jonny Corndawg – Down on the Bikini Line

Jonny Fritz, AKA Jonny Corndawg, is a country singer who knows that Nashville sound as well as anybody, but he also knows how to play songs that appeal to more and more people. He doesn’t take the “hard right” stance that a lot of country singers do, and doesn’t sing about how great America is and how great it is to swill beer all day. In fact, in his song Exercise, from a previous album, the chorus includes “understand that immigrants have the hardest lives.”

The opening track to 2011’s Down on the Bikini Line album is Shaved Like A Razor. It was the first song I had ever heard from Jonny Corndawg, and I was immediately hooked by a classic barn-dance type song with great guitar solos, fantastic fiddle playing, and a kind-hearted twang in Jonny’s voice. Played on a local radio station here in Rochester, NY, they announced that later that night the band would be playing in town. Off I went to see Jonny and company at a local venue. I was not disappointed. The band is down to earth, and Jonny really seems to enjoy what he does. They literally travel the country on their tour, crashing wherever they can after each show, playing to small crowds and recognizing their fans who have seen them more than once.

Jonny isn’t afaid to shine the spotlight on the occasional absurdity of country music, as in the track When a Ford Man Turns to Chevy, as the line immediately following the title line continues with “an angel gets it’s wings, and the babies they won’t never cry no more.” Undercover Dad is a touching song that Jonny sings about wanting to get to know his child better, and the lessons he has learned about parenting by being out on the road seeing younger crowds at shows every night, learning what he can expect to have to face someday.

If Amazon isn’t for you, you can get Down on the Bikini Line and other albums direct from the band’s Bandcamp site, so go get your fix!

Here is the URL for showing off your Xbox Live Avatar

Did you know you can show off your Xbox Live Avatar or Gamerpic in forum pictures, signatures, websites, and even emails you send out? And the best part is, you don’t have to download it and update it whenever you change something on your avatar, like a hat or a hoodie or something. No, it’s very simple. You can modify any of the following URLs, put in your own gamertag, and show off your avatar. Just replace my Gamertag, NuAngel, with your own. If you have a space in your gamertag, the easiest thing to do is to replace the space with %20. In other words, Major Nelson would become Major%20Nelson.

  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/NuAngel/avatarpic-l.png
  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/NuAngel/avatarpic-s.png
  • http://avatar.xboxlive.com/avatar/NuAngel/avatar-body.png

Some of you may remember when the “New Xbox Experience” introduced Avatars in 2008. Back then I built a list of fairly popular Gamertags and their avatars, the gallary still stands, for the most part – although a few of the users have changed their gamertags since that time.