microsoft patent with idea's from this list
iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 18:09:45 CET 2009
>Seems the cradle is the only missing component here
Except the patent states that it doesn't have to include a cradle and,
in fact, that a cable may be considered a feature.
Well done Microsoft, you're trying to patent USB host mode on a phone...
2009/2/3 Helge Hafting <helge.hafting at hist.no>:
> Gothnet wrote:
>> Peter Nijs wrote:
>>> I'm almost sure someone suggested
>>> hooking up an external screen to it. That's technically not possible
>> Isn't it?
>> You can get external USB gfx cards these days.
>> Whether FR has the power to drive one, or if there are FOSS drivers, I have
>> no idea.
> No problem.
> The dock may contain a powered usb hub - so no power problem.
> An "external screen" can be a serial terminal, and usb-to-serial
> converters certainly exists. Linux always had drivers for serial
> terminals, these days also the usb-to-serial converters.
> For something more modern, use X over the network. (usb network or wifi)
> The usb cable to the pc seems to do everything:
> It connects the phone to:
> * the pc keyboard (use ssh software)
> * the pc screen (ssh tunneling X)
> * the pc mouse (ssh tunneling X)
> * network connection, whatever network(s) the pc is accessing
> * I have no camera, but it can be done using SANE.
> Seems the cradle is the only missing component here, but phone cradles
> aren't exactly new either.
> I guess it is possible to overturn that patent, if anyone has a hobby of
> suing microsoft...
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