Splashtop 2 went free today, dunno for how long. With the free companion server app for your desktop computer, you don't just have access to your media, but to your programs as well. You don't need to create a Splashtop account as long as both devices are on the same wifi network. It really works--I downloaded an MKV on my iMac, loaded it into VLC, and watched it...all from my iPad. I disabled the iMac's sleep remotely to prevent interruption. Afterward, I reenabled sleep and quit the server app remotely. The performance was very good, and the options for controlling the desktop without a mouse are about as comprehensive as you could possibly expect. Pretty cool.
No affiliation, just another iPad user.
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