Access your desktop from your iPhone

So far, this is a Windows-only deal, but there’s no reason why it can’t quickly be done for Macintosh, too – and it clearly foreshadows what’s possible in the future.

cre.ations.net reports, “I want to be able to use my PC from the comfort and safety of my iPhone. I got to thinking about it, and it seemed that modifying VNC was the best option. It already has the remote framebuffer thing down pat and I just had to write a web interface for it so the iPhone could connect up.”

“I decided on TightVNC as my starting point. There was already a built-in HTTP server that I modified heavily. Right now it’s Windows only because that’s all I have to develop on,” cre.ations.net reports.

Full article with more info, download links, and screenshotshere.

12 Comments

  1. “I want to be able to use my PC from the comfort and safety of my iPhone.”
    Is there some unpublished feature of the iPhone that somehow increases personal safety? A force field, or personal bodyguard perhaps? Or maybe the environment surrounding the author’s PC is inherently unsafe? Maybe his PC is installed in a heavily fortified underground bunker defended by vampires wearing body armor and wielding assault rifles.

  2. Not being a developer I didn’t really understand the implications of limiting iPhone development to web 2.0, but I am seeing the wisdom in this model. It looks like security was #1 priority in the iPhone software development. RoughlyDrafted has a series of very interesting articles about the iPhone architecture.

  3. “Is there some unpublished feature of the iPhone that somehow increases personal safety?”

    Andy C.: Don’t you think accessing your home PC from your iPhone would be much more secure than accessing it from a random internet cafe PC, which is possibly laden with malware, password sniffers, etc.? Sheesh.

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