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roguefury
Mar 27, 2012, 12:13 PM
Howdy all,

In a never ending quest to reduce the amount of stuff I lug around, I'm looking to leave behind my MBA 13" for a several week jaunt and try to VNC into it via a new iPad. So, my question has two parts to it:

1. Is there anything to worry about if I leave my MBA on for, say two straight weeks? Given that there is an SSD on the machine, and it runs cool to begin with, should I worry about some unknown issue?

2. If I leave the MBA on, what is the 'best' VNC app for both the MBA and an iPad? I've tried SplashTop, which works, but has puked after just a few hours on the MBA. I'm looking for a solid, stable solution.

I suppose the long(er) term solution will be to get a Mac mini, but in the interim, I would like to see if this setup serves my needs.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!!



miles01110
Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM
It's fine to leave your computer on for as long as you want.

GGJstudios
Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM
1. Is there anything to worry about if I leave my MBA on for, say two straight weeks?
As long as you're not running on AC power all the time, it's not a problem to do a 2 week stretch with it on and plugged in. You can leave any Mac on for months at a time with no problems. This should answer most, if not all, of your battery questions:
Apple Notebook Battery FAQ (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=9875442&postcount=23)
2. If I leave the MBA on, what is the 'best' VNC app for both the MBA and an iPad?
If you're looking primarily for remote desktop and file transfer functionality, I use TeamViewer (www.teamviewer.com), which works with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Ubuntu, iPhone, iPad, etc. It's very secure and quite simple to set up and use (no messing around with ports), which comes in handy if providing remote support to those who aren't very computer literate. You can talk them through the setup on their end and be connected to them in less than a minute. It's also free for personal use. I prefer it over LogMeIn (https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/) because it includes free file transfers between computers, a feature I use frequently.

miles01110
Mar 27, 2012, 12:20 PM
As long as you're not running on AC power all the time, it's not a problem to do a 2 week stretch with it on and plugged in.

As you well know it's perfectly fine to run off AC power for two weeks.

GGJstudios
Mar 27, 2012, 12:24 PM
As you well know it's perfectly fine to run off AC power for two weeks.
Yes, I know that. That's why I said it.

Stealthipad
Mar 27, 2012, 12:44 PM
I know people who their laptop has been on for months 24/7. No harm.

GGJstudios
Mar 27, 2012, 12:47 PM
I know people who their laptop has been on for months 24/7. No harm.
As already stated, it's not a problem to leave a Mac notebook on for months, even years at a time. The only caveat is to not run on AC power for that long, since the battery needs to be exercised to stay healthy. A couple of weeks on AC power isn't a problem at all. You can leave it on for many months, as long as you unplug and run on battery periodically, to keep it healthy. More details are in the Battery FAQ.

Stealthipad
Mar 27, 2012, 12:52 PM
As already stated, it's not a problem to leave a Mac notebook on for months, even years at a time. The only caveat is to not run on AC power for that long, since the battery needs to be exercised to stay healthy. A couple of weeks on AC power isn't a problem at all. You can leave it on for many months, as long as you unplug and run on battery periodically, to keep it healthy. More details are in the Battery FAQ.

You do NOT HAVE to exercise the battery on a rigid schedule as you and Apple suggests!

I suspect that after many months the battery would have lost some capacity but if you cycles it a few times, I bet all would be regained. The manual is to be used as a guide for people who do not have a clue!

GGJstudios
Mar 27, 2012, 12:55 PM
You do NOT HAVE to exercise the battery on a rigid schedule as you and Apple suggests!

I suspect that after many months the battery would have lost some capacity but if you cycles it a few times, I bet all would be regained. The manual is to be used as a guide for people who do not have a clue!
I didn't say anything about a rigid schedule, and neither does Apple. You can't regain lost capacity. The manual is used as a guide for people who have Mac notebooks, whether they have a clue or not.

Spikestrip
Mar 27, 2012, 01:02 PM
You do NOT HAVE to exercise the battery on a rigid schedule as you and Apple suggests!

I suspect that after many months the battery would have lost some capacity but if you cycles it a few times, I bet all would be regained. The manual is to be used as a guide for people who do not have a clue!

I have a 5 year old MacBook and I still get three hours of real use out of the battery. When I worked as a Mac Genius, we saw lots and lots of people who said their battery life was terrible on a computer that was ~1 year old. Almost every single time, it turned out that person had their laptop plugged in 24 hours a day like a desktop. You don't HAVE to do anything you don't want to do. Stop breathing if you want, no one will get in your way. But if you don't exercise your battery, I promise it will detract from its health.

roguefury
Mar 27, 2012, 01:10 PM
Thanks for the battery, power, feedback everyone. I was pretty sure the battery issue would be the main concern, but I think the consensus is that Apple has engineered this thing to handle a reasonable length of uninterrupted use.

As for the VNC apps, LogMeIn seems cool. There is one called 'Screens' that Gruber thinks is the best. LMI is free, at least to try, so I'll go with that one first, then see if I need to make a switch to a paid app.

Stealthipad
Mar 27, 2012, 01:37 PM
Thanks for the battery, power, feedback everyone. I was pretty sure the battery issue would be the main concern, but I think the consensus is that Apple has engineered this thing to handle a reasonable length of uninterrupted use.

As for the VNC apps, LogMeIn seems cool. There is one called 'Screens' that Gruber thinks is the best. LMI is free, at least to try, so I'll go with that one first, then see if I need to make a switch to a paid app.

You can also get the 3 year warranty and if in a year or so the battery does not spec out, Apple will put in a brand new one!:)

Do not fear using your Air as you please, for some here, it is such a major life investment that they wear gloves to use their device:p

mis204
Mar 27, 2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the battery, power, feedback everyone. I was pretty sure the battery issue would be the main concern, but I think the consensus is that Apple has engineered this thing to handle a reasonable length of uninterrupted use.

As for the VNC apps, LogMeIn seems cool. There is one called 'Screens' that Gruber thinks is the best. LMI is free, at least to try, so I'll go with that one first, then see if I need to make a switch to a paid app.

I use LMI as well as Jump Desktop. I found that Jump worked well on my iPhone with a tap-to-move-cursor interface, and moved it over to my new iPad for connecting to my MBA.

halledise
Mar 27, 2012, 03:06 PM
I may be missing something here - but if the OP is going away for a few weeks, why not just turn the Air off?
can't see much value in leaving it on irrespective of the power source :cool:

GGJstudios
Mar 27, 2012, 03:07 PM
I may be missing something here - but if the OP is going away for a few weeks, why not just turn the Air off?
can't see much value in leaving it on irrespective of the power source :cool:
Yes, you are missing something, from the OP:
I'm looking to leave behind my MBA 13" for a several week jaunt and try to VNC into it via a new iPad.

halledise
Mar 27, 2012, 03:17 PM
Yes, you are missing something, from the OP:

ah so.
thanks for the clarification ;)