Posts Tagged iPod touch

Air Drive – an APP that turns your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad into a wireless drive

A while ago I introduced an iPhone / iPad app, FilePro, which is a good app for transfer files from your iPhone/iPod to computer. It provides two ways to do this, FTP server and iTune app interface. Recently I came across with an new app called Air Drive. It has the similar functions to transfer files between computer and your handhold devices. Its advantages include using web interface instead of FTP server, and providing alternative way to access your photos on your device. By using web interface, you can easily share your photos and files with others within LAN and even through the internet.

The following screen shot is its WWW server control window. What you need to do is to turn on/off the web server. Once you turn on the www server, IP address of the web server will show in the screen.

Then you can use the given ip address to visit the web server, the following is a screen shot of the web interface. It is convenient and easy to access your files and photos even though its functionality is limited.

Please refer to FileApp – a useful tool for file transfer between iPod/iPhone and PCs for detail to use iTune to transfer data files to Air Drive.

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Free ssh client app for iPhone

I was searching for a good ssh client on iPhone for a while. Most of the ssh clients are paid app. Yesterday, I came across a free ssh client app – zaTelnet. I tested in several ways. It works fine for me. Screen is large enough to view data. Only thing I am not like is the click sound whenever you type.

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iPhone/iPod App – Dictionary and translation

After using iPod for a while, I found that there are a few very good dictionary app and translation app for free.

Free dictionary from dictionary.com

The function I really like is it provides favorite words. Whenever I search a word and want to keep them for future. Put is the favorite list and you can revisit later. It separates the dictionary and thesaurus. Its pronunciation need internet connection. Overall it is a very good dictionary. One thing that is missing or lack is examples. Its speaking word function is nice but a little bit inconvenient.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

This dictionary mixes dictionary and thesaurus together and also provides examples. The examples are really good. That is my favorite part. But it does not provides favorite list. Its pronunciation also depends on internet connection. It seems that it has more words than the Free Dictionary does. Its speaking word function is really nice and easy to use.

iTranslate powered by Google

This one is essentially linked to Google’s translation. All it does is to provide a nice interface for easy use.

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A good remote desktop application – TeamViewer

At home, my computer systems are Windows 7 Home Premium. I really love remote desktop and use this a lot at work. Unfortunately, the Home Premium edition does not provide Remote Desktop Host. You only can use Windows 7 Home Edition as a client to connect to other machines with Windows 7 Professional Edition installed. That is big limitation to me. How to get around this barrier? One solution is to use Dameware Mini Remote Control. I explained how to use it in Windows 7 in the following article.

Install Dameware Mini Remote Control to Windows 7

This works but there are a lot of moments that you will feel frustrated. Not mention about the installation. It is a nightmare to use this one. I kept hunting about this. Finally I found a good one, called TeamViewer. Before I tested it I did not have ideas about how good it is.

I downloaded the application, which is very small. Then installed it to my Windows XP and 7 machines. It only tool me a few minutes to finish installation and setting. Then I started to test it by connection my computers. It works like a charm. The connection interface looks simple and nice.

To connect to another computer with TeamViewer installed is pretty easy. All you need is the Partner ID and a permanent password. There are three options to connect to the host computer: 1) Remote Control, 2) File Transfer and 3) VPN. I did test the first two options. Remote control interface is good enough. One flaw of the interface is the windows size is fixed not adjustable, like the Windows Remote Desktop. That could be a problem when you connect to a computer with a much larger screen than your computer has. In that case, the screen will become blurry and hard to read. The File Transfer is really nice. the interface looks like a FTP client. However, the transfer speed is not you want. So it will only work for files with very small size. Keep this in mind when you do this remotely through internet.

Another nice thing TeamViewer has is its cross-OS functionality. I installed TeamViewer on my iPod and I can connect to my computer and control it even it is not as convenient as I sit in front of my computer. Next I will try the Linux systems.

New discovery: if you do not want to remember the PartnerID, which is hard to remember, you can use your LAN address. To do this, you have to change the default settings in Options. In the General tab under the Connection in local network (via IP address), for incoming LAN connections, select “Accept”.  Click “Ok” and then you are good to go.

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FileApp – a useful tool for file transfer between iPod/iPhone and PCs

FileApp is a free app in iTune store. After I got it and tried a little bit. By following the app maker’s suggestions, I went their website and downloaded DiskAid, which is a paid application. I tried it and found its functions are just so so. Unwilling to pay for the application, my only choice is to use either iTune or FTP.

First let us explore the FTP solution.In the FileApp side, it is straight forward. After you open the app, tap the middle button on the top right corner, it looks like a wireless beam. When the sharing screen appears, tap WIFI button in the middle, the bottom part of the screen switch to Wi-Fi connection. There will be a LAN ip address with a port number, for example, ftp://192.168.2.22:2121, in which 2121 is the port number. When you setup the connection in your FTP client, you have to change the default port number 21 to 2121. The ip address is 192.168.2.22 in this case. In Windows, there are plenty of free FTP clients. I found one at http://www.coreftp.com/. It provides enough functions you need.

Second, let us look at the iTune solution. After you plug in your iPod/iPhone to your PC, you can use iTunesʼ built-in interface for ʻFile Sharingʼ to add and remove files from your iPod/iPhone.  Start iTune, select your device, and go to the ʻAppsʼ section at the bottom of the screen. You will find a list of Apps, select “FileApp”, then at the right hand side, you can see the file and folder list. At the bottom of the box, there are two button allow you add or remove files. See the following screen shot.

Enjoy your iPod/iPhone and FileApp and forget DiskAid.

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