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Postposted on Tue Mar 12, 2002 6:47 pm

I was wondering if anyone has had any experience using a Palm or Handspring with a serial port and a telnet program. I want to do this to create a very cheap touchscreen interface in my room for various things. I figure with Palms being under $100, they'd be cheaper than trying to find something purpose built.

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Postposted on Tue Mar 12, 2002 7:50 pm

I know you can use a Palm to control devices like your tv and stuff, but what is the telnet program for exactly?
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Postposted on Tue Mar 12, 2002 8:01 pm

http://www.webconx.com/palm/x10.htm

Ripped these from a msg board.
"Check out "Palm Remote" on Palm Pilot Archives site (http://www.palmpilotarchives.com/infrared_apps_2.html)."

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"I have never tried palm remote, but I have tried, and still use omniremote (http://www.pacificneotek.com). I works great. You can program it work with almost every remote. I was able to put 6 differnt remotes on my m105. Its an exelent program. It only costs 20 bucks, so I think it worth it, but if you want that and many more apps and games FOR FREE goto http://go.to/mrtaxi . Great free site, no bs."
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Postposted on Wed Mar 13, 2002 2:02 am

Thanks much, Coldfirex. And the telnet is so that I can do more than just send IR commands. I've got a telnet server for my Winamp program. It's nice to get status updates on my Palm when it's playing. That way I don't need a monitor on the PC.
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Postposted on Wed Mar 13, 2002 2:51 pm

Winamp plugin for Palm:
http://www.luminosity.co.uk/download.html
I've used an earlier version of this and it was kinda neat.

Edit: D'oh! What I used before was PalmAmp not Jukebox. At least this one's free.

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Postposted on Wed Mar 13, 2002 3:19 pm

Oh, and I've got ptelnet on my palm too. Works over TCP/IP or straight serial. It gets annoying when the Palm auto powers off and you lose the connection, though.
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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 12:51 am

Congrats on a very cool idea (the room controller thing). Now for a big question. Is there such a thing as an ethernet connection for the palm platform? The idea being that you put a cheap M100 or somesuch in each room, plugged into a network hub so they can talk to each other or a central computer.
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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 12:54 am

Palm has a Bluetooth SD card up for sale now, should be sufficient bandwidth for a PDA.
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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 1:04 am

Are there any apps for the palm to have it control powerdvd?

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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 2:17 am

On 2002-03-13 23:51, SecretSquirrel wrote:
Congrats on a very cool idea (the room controller thing). Now for a big question. Is there such a thing as an ethernet connection for the palm platform? The idea being that you put a cheap M100 or somesuch in each room, plugged into a network hub so they can talk to each other or a central computer.

Maybe you can get an old terminal server cheap, to do serial to Ethernet.
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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 3:11 am

On 2002-03-13 23:51, SecretSquirrel wrote:
Congrats on a very cool idea (the room controller thing). Now for a big question. Is there such a thing as an ethernet connection for the palm platform? The idea being that you put a cheap M100 or somesuch in each room, plugged into a network hub so they can talk to each other or a central computer.


Actually, the solution is very simple. Fry's has been blowing out refurbished Handsprings for less that $100 bucks. That plus a springboard module, eiether 802.11b or Bluetooth and I'm in business.
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Postposted on Thu Mar 14, 2002 11:52 am

On 2002-03-14 02:11, HowardDrake wrote:

Actually, the solution is very simple. Fry's has been blowing out refurbished Handsprings for less that $100 bucks. That plus a springboard module, eiether 802.11b or Bluetooth and I'm in business.


Sounded real cool, so I did some quick checks. The cheapest I could find an 801.22b springboard was $266 and the bluetooth springboard was around $170. Oh well, back to IR I suppose. The IR access point in todays shortbread looks like it may have some potential.
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Postposted on Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:33 am

True enough, the IR module for Visor I've seen was 59 bucks. Combine that with an IRMan and I'm in business.
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