Nexus 7, Bluetooth Keyboard, and RDP
Just in case any of you are interested in such obscure things, yesterday I tested the Nexus 7 for my upcoming travels. Yes, it works perfectly with a Bluetooth keyboard — I have (and love) the Motorola Wireless Keyboard for Atrix, which by the way is on sale at Amazon.com for $26. Really.
Yes, the Nexus 7 works perfectly with a Bluetooth mouse.
And most importantly, yes it works perfectly with iTap's RDP app — I connected to my computer back at work flawlessly, first time, and was able to run all my desktop functions just as if I was sitting at my computer back at LensWork. I assume other RDP apps like PocketCloud, etc. will work, too. If you are unfamiliar with RDP, see this post.
I've done remote desktop connections before with my ASUS Transformer and found it worked as expected. Most interestingly with the Nexus 7, however, its high resolution screen was a far more pleasant experience in spite of the fact that it is a 7" tablet.
Very sweet and very useable, long battery life, and the weight of the Nexus plus keyboard plus mouse is less than my iPad, less than my netbook, and far less than my clunky old laptop. It's rare when everything works like this so well, so I'm going to bask a while in the moment.
Why do I fuss with all of this?
I'm going to experiment with something new this trip. Rather than upload all my images to my laptop and work on them in my hotel room, I'm going to plop a select few RAW files into my Dropbox where they will sync automatically with my desktop computer. I'll then login to my desktop back in the office using RDP and be able to do Lightroom work on them, post them to the blog, email them to friends, etc. — all accomplished remotely with the full power of my main computer back home. During my trip to China, I tried using Adobe Touch on my ASUS Transformer and although it worked, I found it slow and clunky. I'll see if this works any better.
And it'll be fun.