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Old 03-29-2005, 09:01   #1 (permalink)
sylva@despammed.com
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OT mobile connectivity

I know there are some IT bods here, I wish to have e-mail access when
staying away from home. Sometimes I may be able to connect to a lan or
wireless lan in a b&b, others I might connect via people like my dad's
next door neighbour who have an open wireless broadband connection and
finally via Oranges gprs or csd. This last option looks expensive but
handy when camped on site.

I have figured how to get e-mail to my cellphone via gprs but it's
hard to read. So I need to find a means of getting it via the
cellphone to a laptop.

Currently the only laptop I use is a ibm thinkpad on w95 which runs
personal navigator with a garmin 12xl on the serial port on com1 but
at 200MB the hdd is at capacity. One problem is I know the m$ active
sync software for my motorola phone uses usb but fouls up the com
ports on my desktop, so want to avoid that and use the infra red port.

The cheap notebook computers seem to have no serial ports now, is a
usb -> serial port adapter just as functional as a serial port?

I take it the current solution of powering the laptop from an inverter
running from a cigar lighter socket is cheapest?

Otherwise where might I look for a basic notebook with dvd combo
drive, serial, infra red ports and ethernet and wireless cards
preferrably running on 12v, oh and a 15" screen. OH I also have a
preference for avoiding XP.

AJH
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Old 03-29-2005, 12:02   #2 (permalink)
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 16:50:54 +0100, sylva@despammed.com wrote:

>I know there are some IT bods here, I wish to have e-mail access when
>staying away from home. Sometimes I may be able to connect to a lan or
>wireless lan in a b&b, others I might connect via people like my dad's
>next door neighbour who have an open wireless broadband connection and
>finally via Oranges gprs or csd. This last option looks expensive but
>handy when camped on site.
>
>I have figured how to get e-mail to my cellphone via gprs but it's
>hard to read. So I need to find a means of getting it via the
>cellphone to a laptop.
>
>Currently the only laptop I use is a ibm thinkpad on w95 which runs
>personal navigator with a garmin 12xl on the serial port on com1 but
>at 200MB the hdd is at capacity. One problem is I know the m$ active
>sync software for my motorola phone uses usb but fouls up the com
>ports on my desktop, so want to avoid that and use the infra red port.
>
>The cheap notebook computers seem to have no serial ports now, is a
>usb -> serial port adapter just as functional as a serial port?
>
>I take it the current solution of powering the laptop from an inverter
>running from a cigar lighter socket is cheapest?
>
>Otherwise where might I look for a basic notebook with dvd combo
>drive, serial, infra red ports and ethernet and wireless cards
>preferrably running on 12v, oh and a 15" screen. OH I also have a
>preference for avoiding XP.
>


Nokia 9500
Symbian OS
Big Screen

Wifi
gprs
IR
Bluetooth

Web Browser
Email
Java
https
SSL

etc.
etc.

soon to have GPS also.

I paid 140 for mine.

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Old 03-29-2005, 14:02   #3 (permalink)
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 19:17:45 +0100, Colonel Tupperware
<big.russ@tesco.net> wrote:

>Nokia 9500
>Symbian OS
>Big Screen
>
>Wifi
>gprs
>IR
>Bluetooth
>
>Web Browser
>Email
>Java
>https
>SSL
>
>etc.
>etc.
>
>soon to have GPS also.
>
>I paid 140 for mine.


OK give us a clue. What is it?

A problem might be that my current mapping software is windows based.

AJH

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Old 03-29-2005, 14:02   #4 (permalink)
Paul S. Brown
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sylva@despammed.com wrote:

> On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 19:17:45 +0100, Colonel Tupperware
> <big.russ@tesco.net> wrote:
>
>>Nokia 9500
>>Symbian OS
>>Big Screen
>>
>>Wifi
>>gprs
>>IR
>>Bluetooth
>>
>>Web Browser
>>Email
>>Java
>>https
>>SSL
>>
>>etc.
>>etc.
>>
>>soon to have GPS also.
>>
>>I paid £140 for mine.

>
> OK give us a clue. What is it?
>
> A problem might be that my current mapping software is windows based.
>


As was said at the top of the post - Nokia 9500 - the new Communicator.

Very nice little phone it is too. Got one here, although mine cost me rather
more than £140.

P.

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Old 03-29-2005, 14:02   #5 (permalink)
sylva@despammed.com
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>As was said at the top of the post - Nokia 9500 - the new Communicator.
>
>Very nice little phone it is too. Got one here, although mine cost me rather
>more than 140.


My bad, I did not relate the 'phone to the rest. In fact I do have a
nokia 9200 and something like this does not fit my bill.

I want the notebook to keep me occupied whilst in b&b or camped on
site. So I need a decent sized keyboard and screen, I could watch dvds
then, whatever they might be.

I acquired the 9200 to see if I could load the some compiled opl
software from the original psion, in order to poke some numbers into a
'phone memory for the positioning idea in the gps thread.

AJH

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Old 03-30-2005, 03:02   #6 (permalink)
Ralph A. Schmid, DK5RAS
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Colonel Tupperware <big.russ@tesco.net> wrote:

>Nokia 9500


I absolutely can recommend this nice little thing. Started with the
9110, went to 9210, and now the 9500...great!



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