[UPDATED: The developer of iSSH emailed me this morning with a couple of tidbits that will be useful for any early iSSH adopters on the iPad - see my updated notes in bold.]
One app I haven't had a lot of time to work with (yet) is iSSH on the iPad. I tried the iPhone version, but the tiny iPhone screen simply couldn't keep up with a productive SSH or VNC session.
The iPad changes the game, though; I can actually log in via SSH, do some real work, then go back to doing whatever I was doing on the iPad. Since the iSSH developers didn't have a ton of time to work on an actual iPad, there are some pretty annoying bugs right now—but these bugs will be fixed soon. Some of the bugs:
- It is very hard to set up an RSA/DSA key pairing from the iPad to your server(s). You will probably have to type in your password on each connection for now :(
- The interface is a little iffy, and jittery; feels almost like working on a PC.
- Sometimes, the command prompt gets hidden behind the keyboard (even when the keyboard is in transparent mode). (UPDATE from developer: That missing command prompt is due to a rotation bug not found in the simulator. It's already fixed and ready as part of this week's update. A workaround for the moment is to rotate the iPad to portrait and back and the issue will resolve itself.)
But the upside? See the picture below:
SSH on the iPad. Glorious.
In my review of the iPad, I mention that it's pretty easy to type on the iPad. However, there are some characters that take too long to type in iSSH (namely, the forward slash (/), the tilde (~), and arrow keys). Hopefully there will be a nice shortcut bar or something similar to allow me to set up keystroke shortcuts. I can dream, can't I? (UPDATE from developer: one can use the custom key pie menu today to do that. See here for going about setting it up: http://www.zingersoft.com/support_g_2.html).
I haven't tried VNC yet (apparently you can even create a tunnel through SSH and VNC to a remote computer), but I will probably try this once or twice as a possible alternative to LogMeIn (I don't want to pay for their iPad app).