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    Hey folks! heres what Im gonna be trying.
    There is this program to control a pc with a Palm pda. I already have a palm. So, Im gonna buy a thumboard keypad for the palm ($16+ on Ebay) Use the free control software, and thats my mini-keypad + touchpad

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    http://www.btinternet.com/~harakan/PalmVNC/

    I put this down in the mini faq I tried writing along w/ some more info.
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    you need a lan connection to use it. I have that prog on my toshiba e740. Trust me, its not as great as you imagine. It acts like a virtual desktop for your pc. If you display on your pc is like 640x480 you won't be able to see all of it on the pda (considering if you pda is 320x240 or less).

    Its also very slow. My e740 is 400mhz and its still pretty slow to view the window and run programs, can't imagine how slow it'll be on a palm.

    I have to say imho, that that is not really the road you would like to go. You have to get a ethernet card for your palm inorder to connect to your pc a lan connection running on you pc as well.

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    That is a good point Alphared, perhaps I was overly enthusiastic at just finding something close to what I want to be able to do.
    I do not think using a palm as a VNC controller would work out well. However, if Im just using it as means to input text, it might work out ok. The needing ethernet part would be a pain though.


    What do you think about the following:

    Right now I am thinking that the "Compaq iPAQ Mini Portable Mobile Keyboard" is the best bet in terms of a cheap pda keypad that can be made to work on a pc
    - It already has a mini-usb plug, so with a mini-usb to usb cable, there is no soldering of wires involved.
    - There are already wince drivers for it.
    - perhaps those wince drivers will work on a regular pc? perhaps someone has written a regular windows driver for that keypad?
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    Resurrecting a 1.5 year old thread.

    Anyone succesfully used one of these thumboards on a PC?? I've done a few google searches but can't find anything that shows how to convert a thumboard for PC use.

    Thanks.

    -HD

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    here is a small keyboard you might like:
    http://www.fentek-ind.com/touchstream.htm#kbmig

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    $200???? - woh was looking for a cheap solution....but thanks for the information

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    You may just want to hook up w/ one of those PalmV folding keyboards & get the omniPPK.
    I think you can get the keyboard fairly cheap from our favorite auction site & the omniPPK is like $23 shipped. So you figure for roughly $30-40, you have a nice, cheap, folding keyboard for your ride...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenominous
    Sod the keyboard interface, I wanna hook up my phone to open my car up

    Dave
    **** that! Imagine controlling the actual CAR!!!!!
    I'm sure most of us here have seen that radio controlled car on the net that some guys smashed up in a desert - all you need now is to combine the two.....
    Mind you, if you reached the limits of the bluetooth range then it could be disastrous....

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    Yeah, only one problem....
    $215,-

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    Oops, didn't see the second page...
    Sorry...

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