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Re: [O] Working on iPad Pro

From: John Hendy
Subject: Re: [O] Working on iPad Pro
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:52:49 -0600

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Peter Davis <address@hidden> wrote:
> I've been using org-mode for a few years, mainly for writing blog posts and 
> documents, and, to a lesser extent, for keeping track of TODO items, etc. I 
> barely scratch the surface of what org-mode can do, and I keep learning new 
> bits incrementally, largely by reading this list.
> I'm now almost ready to shelve my laptop and start using an iPad Pro with the 
> Apple "smart" keyboard. However, I haven't found a good way to do my org-mode 
> authoring.  I know there's org-mobile, but I don't want to have to think 
> about sync'ing, or try to remember where the latest versions of my docs are 
> as I move from one computer to another.

I'm in a similar boat with respect to mobile-org... I've set it up a
few times but just never got into it other than for being able to view
entries from afar. I also don't care for the capture/re-file mechanism
of syncing back to the mothership when I add from the phone. I've
tried emacs on Android, but typing is awful. I think having a legit
keyboard would make this awesome!

> I've thought about using the iPad to ssh to a desktop computer, and just 
> running emacs on that. That might be the best solution, but the Apple "smart" 
> keyboard doesn't seem to have any meta key. Has anyone figured out how to get 
> the option key to work that way in vSSH? Or is there a better ssh app?

I'm not on ios, so maybe shouldn't comment (and I think the emacs apps
on android are pretty feature-ful, so haven't experienced what's
lacking on ios), but there appears to be this relatively simple way to
get full blown emacs on ios:
- http://gamma-level.com/iphoneos/ports/emacs

Or does that require jailbreaking (says you need development tools
available on the device)?

This reddit post suggests the ssh method, and somewhere else I read
the claim that Prompt is the best ssh app:
- https://www.reddit.com/r/emacs/comments/2dwapw/emacsish_text_editor_for_ipad/

> Is there some other option I'm overlooking? I know there are some "almost 
> emacs" apps, but ... they're "almost."

Other than the option key, if ssh would work and the limitation is an
always-on box, could you work with a Raspberry Pi? I have one under my
desk that I've been fiddling with for a few months. Your post reminded
me that this would be an option for me on Android as well. Just
throwing it out there... ~$35 and you'd have something easily able to
handle anything Org-mode. I set mine to use a static ip address so I
can always find it.  Sorry I can't be more helpful, but those are the
options that come to mind... (basically, trying emacs itself or ssh
like you're already thinking about).
> BTW, I also use emacs for gnus, and for web and software development, but 
> org-mode is what I really need on the iPad.

Good luck!

> Thanks!
> -pd
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> Peter Davis
> http://www.techcurmudgeon.com

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