Right now I am wading through tons of iPad app listings, scouring the store to bring you reviews of ID-relevant apps. Out of the thousands, so far I've only found two that I'm working on. (If you hear or spot something you think an ID'er would want to try out, drop a line or a link in the comments.)
This isn't strictly ID-related, but one of the iPad rumors I wishfully believed prior to the initial announcement was that you'd be able to use it as a second monitor. That woulda been sooooo cool, and a relative steal at $499. I could've put my palettes there, or had a dedicated Tweetdeck screen, oh, the possibilities! And then I could just snap it off and watch movies while doing dishes!
Well, turns out for $503.99--that's $499 for the cheapest iPad and $4.99 for the iDisplay app by Shape Services--you can actually make it happen. Running the app and performing a little server/client voodoo on your machine enables you to turn an iPad (or, risibly, even an iPhone) into an external monitor.
Sound too good to be true? As Gizmodo's iDisplay review shows, it just might be; it's apparently a bit buggy and slow, providing action on the second screen ranging from "choppy but mousable" to "VERY slow." Here's to hoping they work the bugs out on this one. In the meantime I'm diving back into the app pool and should have some reviews for you soon.