Team Viewer (on the iPad)
iPad: So this is how I've been writing articles - as usual, I've been writing some articles on my iPad via a bluetooth keyboard and mouse (you will need a jailbroken iPad to run the bluetooth mouse pointer). The iPad thing is nice because it's mobile and I can take it anywhere and sit down and type away... At this moment, I'm sitting on my couch, watching YouTube on my TV via the PS3.
I'm writing on the standard iOS Notepad, which is synced with my email account - so basically I can pull up the text later on my desktop (which is located in my room) for finalized formatting and editing.
Team Viewer: I'm not always on my desktop, as I previously mentioned. If I need to access and control my desktop - there is an app called Team Viewer. I believe Microsoft has built-in remote on their "Professional" version of Windows, but when I bought my computer, it only came with Windows 8 Home Edition. Since I didn't want to spend another $100 to 'upgrade' just for one or two functions, installing the free Team Viewer software was a better option.
This was pretty easy to setup, you need to install the Team Viewer application on your desktop to generate a random user number/password. Then you use the Team Viewer app on your iPad to login, and that's it. If you have a firewall, you'll need to add Team Viewer to the exception list.
Overall, Team Viewer works as advertised, you can access your desktop remotely. For private usage, it's free, so I can't complain too much for this, considering that other similar services (like Logmein) costs money for essentially the same thing.
DisplayOut: I thought I would be happy with just the standard built in Apple Display Out, but after being unhappy with the 4:3 external display - I got the jailbroken DisplayOut and set it to stretch to my television screen.
This works really well for any app that does not support Airplay (fullscreen), for example the Apple Trailer app, Crackle, or Vudu app (none of which supports Airplay).
Realtree® Camo Mini Pro EX Controller for Xbox 360
I could not get Windows 8 to recognize my PS3 (and PS4) controllers, so I caved in and bought a standard Xbox 360 Controller. The Xbox controller automatically worked with many (new) games. As much as I love the mouse/keyboard gaming, sometime games are just designed for the controller - for example Dungeon Siege III, Witcher 2, Fable Anniversary, and Dark Souls II. These games just works better with a controller. The controller I bought was on clearance at Walmart, it's normally $30 at the manufacturer's website.
Anyway, that's what I've been up to. Hopefully, if there is enough breathing room in Rocktober, I will write about some of the games I've been playing.