Apple iPad – Problems And Solutions

So, received my new iPad and thought I would post some guides on how to work around different problems I encountered.

Air Video on Ubuntu
So I found this lovely app that enabled me to live convert and stream my videos from my computer(s) to my iPad! So excited I took a closer look and found out that the server-software was only made for OSX and Windows. Luckily, the server software was made mostly in Java, which means a port to linux could easily be made.

Here is a guide on how to comile and install the required packages in Ubuntu: http://wiki.birth-online.de/know-how/hardware/apple-iphone/airvideo-server-linux
And here is a forum-post about the issue on providers website: http://www.inmethod.com/forum/posts/list/34.page

Another issue I encountered, was that the ahavi-daemon setup didn’t work – so I found a working one in the forum post. Create a file called /etc/avahi/services/airvideoserver.service – and add the following lines:

<?xml version=”1.0″ standalone=’no’?><!–*-nxml-*–>
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM “avahi-service.dtd”>
<!– $Id: airvideoserver.service 995 2010-04-12 15:06:53Z sam $ –>
<service-group>
<name replace-wildcards=”yes”>%h</name>
<service>
<type>_airvideoserver._tcp</type>
<port>45631</port>
</service>
</service-group>


Watch ABC,Netflix,NBC outside US
This was an issue I didn’t know if would work – and if I were to get it to work, how much would it cost me? The basics of this workaround is using an VPN provider to “fake” a US ip.

So I went for a relatively cheap solution from http://www.purevpn.com to test it. Turnes out it is a good and stable solution which gives me more than enough bandwidth to stream all the movies and shows I need.
I went for the $6/m Shared IP Plan – there are also 3 US servers to chose between, so if one were to be blocked, there is still 2 more to use. The iPad/iPhone setup is also really easy and is provided in the email you get after signing up.

US iTunes account outside US
The last issue is getting a US iTunes account to work. This is pretty much the easiest task, but not really a desired one to use forever. You need a US address to register on, I’m pretty confident you can use whatever US address you can find, since no credit-cards are associated with it, and nothing is snailmailed to you.

To actually register without using a credit-card, get on iTunes and browse the iPad/iPhone apps and find yourself a free one. Order up the free one and go for the “Create new user” option. Once proceeded with this option, you are able to chose “None” where earlier a credit-card was required.

Complete the registration and violâ! So how can you buy shit you ask yourself? The magic of iTunes gift cards of course. Here you just neeed to find yourself a source. Ebay has a lot of them, so does all kinds of resellers. Personally I use http://http://www.skeetsenterprises.com/. Courtesy of Roy Skeets, who delivers a quick and painless delivery. Highly recommended.

Thats all for now people, if you need some app recommendations let me know and I’ll post some awesome apps. Really enjoying this new iPad of mine!

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