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How to Transform Your Laptop or Tablet into a High-Speed Machine

When mobility is the most important factor

Until now, the choice between laptops and tablets was a choice between mobility and speed. Today, cloud computing has changed everything. In this article, I will offer a quick how-to guide for transforming your existing mobile device into a powerful computer.

What is cloud computing and how has it changed everything? Traditionally, running your own server or website meant that it scaled badly. You could not easily add another server for a busy season and then remove it once it was no longer needed. Cloud computing has closed that gap; now you can add or remove servers whenever you need to do so, and you pay only for what you use.

Cloud computing lets you expand your workspace. Before cloud computing, every few years, you had to replace your device, add a new hard-disk, or deal with various hardware issues. Powerful machines also meant noise — -or additional work or money for cooling.

Today, remote desktop software tools, as well as speedy data centers around the world, allow us to make the most of state-of-the-art mobility. The central idea is to use a remote desktop and lease a cloud server at Amazon.

For this DIY, you will need the following things:

  • A tablet, ideally with the following properties:
  • High resolution
  • Android OS or iOS
  • WiFi or even better, WiFi and LTE for maximum performance
  • A Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (for a full laptop experience)
  • A high-speed Internet connection

Myself, I am using a Sony Z4 Tablet LTE (Amazon.COM, Amazon.DE, but any tablet (even an older one) will work (e.g., Samsung Galaxy Tab S 4G LTE: Amazon.COM, Amazon.DE For my Internet connection, I am using German Telekom LTE 10GB, and public WiFi spots (using a VPN). In addition, you might want to look for a fast loader by Sony and a good loading cable.

Now, to the DIY part!

First, install “Microsoft Remote Desktop” on your device:

( for Mac )

Next, go to:

You might have to log in or sign up. When that is finished, return to the above URL.

The default is Frankfurt, Germany. If you live outside of Germany, you might want to select a different zone. You can do that by clicking at the top right on “Frankfurt” and selecting a nearby data center.

Now, select “Launch Instance.”

Select “Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base” and leave the default (t2.micro). You can select faster servers — -if you are willing to pay extra.

Myself, I am using t2.medium, which is enough for most office work and graphic editing and it costs around $40 per month, depending on how many hours you use it (sometimes, I forget to shut it down).

Now click “Review and Launch” and then “Launch.”

At this point, you have to set up a secret key which you will save on your hard disk. You will need it later to decrypt the password. Select “Create a new Key Pair,” give it a name, check the box, and then “Download Key Pair,” and finally “Launch Instance.”

Let’s head back to the instance overview ( or another, depending on your location). In the list, you should see an entry with the chosen instance type. Once that is green, you can proceed.

Now, click on “Actions” and then “Get Windows Password.” Here, click on “Key Pair Path,” select the previously downloaded key, and press “Decrypt Password.” Copy that password to a safe place, ideally to a password manager like KeePass (

Finally, click on “Actions” and “Connect.” Download the Remote Desktop file and then open it (directly, or by clicking on the downloaded .pem file in your file browser). The previously installed remote desktop should show up, asking you if you want to connect (check the box, and confirm). In the final screen, you will be asked for a password. Paste the password you have previously copied or saved in your password manager.

You are ready to go!

You know have the mobility of a tablet, the Internet speed of a data center, the scalability of a server, no noise, and no administration work (except configuring your OS) at a fraction of the cost of a similar machine.

There are monthly costs involved if you want a faster server, and the device will need a permanent connection to the Internet. Also, there is a small latency that you usually don’t have when running software on your own machine. This means that videos have a lag between picture and sound (but you could run Youtube in the background while working — that’s usually not possible on a normal Android device.). For Internet browsing, it’s ideal. It might even be faster than browsing in your tablet’s browser, given that only the final picture needs to be transmitted.

Because of this flexibility, I switched to a remote desktop system six months ago and I have not looked back. I have my whole computer system in my light-weight tablet.

A few additional points:

  • It’s best to share your tablet’s storage directly with the remote desktop. To do that, we first have to end the session:
  • Click on the three bars at the top, then cancel the session on the left side.
  • You are now on the main screen of the remote desktop. Click on the three dots of your session, then press “Edit.”
  • Finally, click on “Show additional options” and then select “Redirect local storage.”
  • Click “Save” and then click on your session and your remote desktop should have access to your tablet’s data.
  • You might want to download a browser like Firefox or Chrome. The standard setting of Internet Explorer on the server is very restrictive, so either enable downloads there or download the installation file on your tablet and access it via the local storage.
  • Regularly check Amazon’s billing statement ( to check if you are over the free limit.
  • If you are using your mobile plan, be aware of your limits. Depending on your use, you can burn through one GB per full day.
  • On the remote desktop, visit a site like, you might be surprised!
  • It is recommended to use a tool like Dropbox ( ) to sync your data to your new remote desktop. With high-speed Internet access, even larger Dropbox accounts are synced within a short time. You might want to redo the instance configuration and add a larger hard disk, though.
  • Amazon also provides so called “Work Spaces,” including a Microsoft Office license. That type of server is meant to actually be a desktop replacement. The downside is that you would have to use the Amazon remote desktop software which turned out to be very unstable during my tests.



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What was my motivation to write Philosophy for Heroes?

How did you get the idea for your most recent book?

A personal history of Philosophy for Heroes

I never start with a blank paper and just write. Instead, I write little ideas on paper or in my phone, and I use online discussions as a way to motivate myself to write short paragraphs and get immediate feedback.

When actually writing, all I am really doing is compiling and editing my notes.
But how did I decide to write the book and even start an entire book series about the subject? Read on to find out!

In this adapted excerpt from the book Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge, author Clemens Lode discusses what led him to write the series on what it really means to be a hero.





The Creation of the Book Series “Philosophy for Heroes”

An adapted excerpt from Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge.


How the book series started, that’s a long story! Here’s how I explained it in Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge:
“The people who came to see Socrates usually thought that they knew what they were talking about, but after half an hour of his relentless questioning, they discovered that they knew nothing at all about such basic issues as justice or courage. They felt deeply perplexed, like bewildered children; the intellectual and moral foundations of their lives had been radically undermined, and they experienced a frightening, vertiginous doubt (aporia). For Socrates, that was the moment when a person became a philosopher, a ‘lover of wisdom,’ because he had become aware that he longed for greater insight, knew he did not have it, but would henceforth seek it as ardently as a lover pursues his beloved. Thus dialogue led participants not to certainty but to a shocking realization of the profundity of human ignorance. However carefully, logically, and rationally Socrates and his friends analyzed it, something always eluded them. Yet many found that the initial shock of aporia led toekstatsis because they had ‘stepped outside’ their former selves.”

—Karen Armstrong,
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life 

The fear I felt when the Gulf War began is still in my memory. But I was only a child, and did not consciously perceive world events as such and I did not feel connected to the world as a whole before the (second) Iraq War. Not because I was directly affected or had a political opinion about it, but because I was unable to comprehend its context and the reasons for it. This was not the first event in my life that caused me to think beyond my horizons, but it certainly marked the point at which I began to question my viewpoints and to see myself as part of a larger community. Maybe this “shock” (aporia) was what people felt when encountering and discussing with Socrates in ancient Greece the concept that life no longer revolved around the here and now, but instead, revolved around history, the future, and one’s own role in it.
In the following months and years, I began studying history, law, economics, and politics with renewed interest. I reflected on my historical self, i.e., the “mask” we are each made to wear by school, culture, history, and the media. I learned about crime and corruption; but despite all my research, unanswered questions remained.
Is it only the greed and the lust for power that run the world? Are there a few secret powers turning the wheel of history? Which side can be trusted? I grappled with these questions during many sleepless nights. Certainly, there are company mergers, various interest groups, and organizations. There are the mafia and the international drug trade. There are corruption and political intrigue. But do these systems operate independently from human action, and are we powerless against them? Is it sufficient to identify them in order to defeat them? Is it enough to know the names of people in key positions? How could such an extensive or powerful network operate on the basis of violence?


Eventually, it was Ayn Rand who, for me, provided an answer in The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Politics is the product of the philosophy of a society. No matter what sort of evil intentions an individual might have, he cannot easily make others do his bidding. We each have free will. We have values and imagination. Only if these are corrupted, a human becomes a slave to a manipulator.

From this starting point, I was able to distance myself from superficial political debates and actually name real causes. It became clear to me that many misunderstandings and conflicts of opinion have their origins at a far deeper level than it would appear. Apart from being influenced by peer pressure, no one is automatically part of a particular political party; only a complete series of opinions, including those involving very abstract themes, leads to such convictions. With my new insights into philosophy, I was able to see connections between different disciplines of thought. From hard logic and fundamental philosophy, to questions about cognition, to questions about one’s way of life, politics, and esthetics, I could finally consider the world in a unified vision.

And I thought back to a book I read in my childhood—Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, which was very much like what Joseph Campbell described in The Hero with a Thousand Faces: a hero’s journey, the development of a human being toward the realization of what is truly important to him. We are not always what we appear to be; we wear “masks” while we are on a search for our values, our true nature.

Having acquired this knowledge, not only did I begin to understand the world, but also to understand myself. I was finally able to access my true self. Now, the next step is to teach others. Because, like joy, knowledge only becomes truly valuable when shared with others. My driving force is seeing the unrealized potential in myself as well as in the people of the world. I feel that each of us can become a better person and that we are only missing the impulse and the knowledge to do so. With books like this one, I want to convey a small portion of this impulse and knowledge.

Thank you for reading my story!


To act in this world, you first have to discover it.Challenge the traditional idea of “the hero” and discover your own story.

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