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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 11:54:24 -0600

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:52 AM, John Hendy <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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/

Adding: this is where I saw Prompt mentioned, and it happened to
appear on a thread related to the option key issue you mentioned:

So if you could learn to use Esc, sounds like ssh might be a legit option?


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

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