I'm a PC and I want to be in control :)

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  1. Commodore

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    So I got my iPad3 a couple of days ago. I've been a PC, I was a Commodore (much) earlier :) and this is my first entry into the world of apples. Seems like a great device so far, except that I don't want it to be "a series of tubes" (pun intended), but rather a tool that serves me. I even RTFM on day one ;) and after a day or two, I jailbroke it. So far so good, but I still can't seem to find two things:
    -some sort of adblocking and socialblocking (like e.g. Adblock Plus and Ghostery on Firefox) -- I was only able to find an adblock that you have to buy.
    -some decent file explorer/manager -- also I only found one that isn't free.
    I know some things are worth paying for, but these two seem as elementary as a driver's seat and a steering wheel in a car. Is there another browser I should be using instead of Safari, that has adblocking addons and offers more control?

    Also, how can I tell if apps send out encrypted or plain-text username/password data? It's pretty straightforward seeing a "https" in a browser, but with the various apps, it's hard to tell. At least Mail I hope is using encryption (ports 993, 587)...
     
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    hi,welcome to the forum,here are some helpful links-
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discu...412896524?mt=8
    Apple - Support - Manuals
    3 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
    TIPS AND TRICKS - for those of us who don't know!
    iOS5 Tips and Tricks
    We have rules like any Community so please read these also
    Forum rules - everybody please read!!
    poisonivy.

     
  3. alanchan

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    I agree with you, I am also a Windows PC person
    the only decent file explorer/manager APP I purchased for my iphone/ipad is call "Files Connect"
    it can transfer (copy) files from PC/Mac and Apple Time Capsule to your ipad.
    I still don't know how to copy files from my ipad to a Windows PC using Files Connect
    if you kow how to copy multiple files, please let me know
    good luck
     
  4. Commodore

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    Well, today I found a desktop application called iExplorer. It has access to iPad filesystem (among other neat things), but I haven't tried copying anything yet. All in all it offers more access to the gadget than the default iTunes and Windows Explorer (the latter only shows DCIM folder on iPad).

    The encryption of credentials is something I'm still a bit wary about, especially since the iPad is something that's more or less to be used in "public hotspots"... still needs to be tamed for that purpose. ;)
     
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    What does being a Windows PC person have to do with anything? This is nothing unique. That sounds like code for "I'm inflexible and only want to do things the way I already know how to do them." :)

    The iPad runs iOS and you'd better deal with that. It is not a file-centric OS. Files are owned by the applications that create them. Manipulating files is extremely limited compared to DOS, Linix, Android, Windows, and OS X, etc. (Jailbreaking does open up the file system, so that is an option.)

    If you can't deal with that, you may find you prefer an Android tablet for with these you can access all files on the device with any if the many file managers in the Play Store. The Google Nexus 7 by Asus is, IMO, one of the best options right now.
     
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    Nothing, I was merely introducing myself. :) I know it's not a file-centric OS. And I don't really need to know and work with all those system files. But I do want to have an overview over my files (regardless of their format) and sort and move/copy them however I want, and transfer them easily between whichever devices I choose. Right now, Dropbox seems to be doing a great job with this...
     
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    Yes, Dropbox is a very useful app to have. Another one is GoodReader. Between those two, you can do a lot of stuff! GoodReader will talk to a lot of different cloud servers, works the FTP, etc. Strongly recommended. These two will keep you sane! :)

    And welcome!
     
  8. Commodore

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    Well, unlike on "real" computers, iPad's Dropbox only keeps local copies of files if they're marked "favorite". I found out that with SugarSync, on the other hand, I can literally "push" folders (from a desktop web browser) to get downloaded to iPad. But still... how come that music downloaded in either of these two won't show up in the default Music app (same goes for photos)? I would have expected that (being a non-file-centric OS) the system would scan and look for media anywhere and add them to corresponding apps (Music, Video, Photos...).
     
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    Why? If the music app doesn't own it, why should it grab it? Or the video app? If you have another app that has more features than the stock app, you don't want the stock app grabbing everything. Also, dropbox works like that on all mobile devices because they tend to be storage space constrained, otherwise you'd quickly run out of space. Pushing folders is a feature that sugersync offers, so what? Drop box is still king of cloud and frankly has the best support overall.
     
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    Not grab; just index and become aware of it. Yes, I don't want one app grabbing everything (like some applications used to do in Windows with taking file extension associations to their domain); but I'd prefer to see that an app finds all the files it can handle, wherever they are (and if I have two apps that can handle them, those files could be seen in both). It doesn't make sense to have some media files in one app, another bunch elsewhere, or even duplicates; but it would make sense, if I open e.g. Music, to see all playable music there (linked, or whatever).
     

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