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    palm as a terminal?

    Just curious,

    Anyone know if there's software available to make a palmpilot a terminal (preferably kde/X not just vt100)?

    Was driving around with the palm yesterday (trying to find an address in traffic) when it dawned on me - nice removable solution for a touchscreen/terminal...

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    how about palm vnc?

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    Perfect... Don't suppose anyone has any experience using it - i.e. how the typical frontends or navigation software appears on the newer palm color screens?

    (Asking because I still haven't upgraded to the T|X yet, i'm already playing with it on my Vx)

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    I like the sound of this too... The CarPC runs X and a media player and sends the video output to a PDA via an ad-hoc wireless LAN in the car... I wonder how cheap a palm with wireless can be had for these days.... And I wonder if this could be done with a 475MHz AMD laptop?

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    Bandwidth becomes a trouble with VNC and video playback, so that won't work too well. Streaming videos to a media player, in the format that player likes, from the PC would be the best bet.

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    Vnc is pretty slow - it's actually not too bad with my vx, mostly because I use an ethernet connection to the laptop. But playing with websites like google earth / google maps - not sure if it's the palm or the laptop - but one of em is down on it's knees begging for a break.

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    I know I might be 'jacking this thread a bit, but I think I managed to give the wrong end of the stick with "The CarPC runs X and a media player and sends the video output to a PDA via an ad-hoc wireless LAN in the car".

    I am still just playing about with software, testing ideas etc. for my CarPC, but what I am planning is simply a laptop based MP3 jukebox, no movie playback, no sat nav, no DVD. It's all about the music, about 200gigs worth (you don't want to know how I plan to get that much storage into a laptop).

    VNC and X-Windows, when configured correctly, can send just an application to a remote screen (the PDA) from the "server" (the laptop). So I was thinking that I could use Amarok or XMMS etc. as my music player. It runs on the laptop, and when music is played it's read from the laptop's HDD and played out of the laptop's audio out, but the application itself is displayed on a PDA. And just the application, not the whole desktop.

    I know VNC can be slow, but what I was thinking shouldn't be too demanding (I hope!).

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    VNC is pretty demanding on resources; try it out and see for yourself.

    Personally I'm moving in the direction of running an apache server on the laptop - using a basic webpage (easily brought up/shown on the palm) to provide the front end for control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyLcgy View Post
    VNC is pretty demanding on resources; try it out and see for yourself.
    Yeah, VNC is pretty harsh, but in my expirience it's better with X11 than on other OSes. I am trying it out now, got Slackware 11 installed in VMware now, lets see if I can get an X app to the Windows VNC client. And if I only need to send 640x480 or so then even the POS machine I have lined up for my CarPC should be able to cope!

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyLcgy View Post
    Personally I'm moving in the direction of running an apache server on the laptop - using a basic webpage (easily brought up/shown on the palm) to provide the front end for control.
    That's not a bad idea at all. It'd be nice if the browser can be set to be full screen, then you'd have complete control over the whole display through the web pages.

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    Yep - it's a nice workable idea... Could be made to work on the palm pretty well; relatively easy to size everything so that it is workable even on the limited palm screens... But for now the coding is beyond my capabilities...

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