USB On The Go – Bilder von der Kamera mit Kabel auf das Handy übertragen

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Ich weiss nicht wie gut bei euch die WiFi Apps der Kamerahersteller zum Transfer auf das Handy funktionieren – bei mir ist das eher Mondphasen-abhängig. Und da man das ja tut um die Bilder SCHNELL auf dem Handy zu haben habe ich mich nach einer anderen Lösung umgesehen.

Gestolpert bin ich dann über eine 100% zuverlässige Lösung für EUR 8,75:

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Das Kabel macht das Handy zum USB Host über den USB On-The-Go Modus.

Wenn ich die Kamera mit dem Kabel an mein Handy anschliesse öffnet sich der “Camera Importer” und zeigt mir alle (JPG) Bilder auf der Kamera an (die sollte im MTP Modus sein), von wo ich sie dann importieren kann.

Funktioniert sofort, zuverlässig und immer. Was will man mehr.

It’s 2009, and Nokia *still* does not get USB

Over the last few weeks, I played with two new Nokia Series 40 phones, the Nokia 6600i, a beautiful Slider with 5 MP camera and metal case, and the Nokia 3720c, a great candy bar phone with excellent battery life and great reception (the only phone so far that will work flawlessly in my basement office).

The 6600i came with a 15cm short MicroUSB cable, and much to my surprise, this was the first Nokia phone that actually charged the battery through that cable.
But here’s the kicker: instead of supplying a small USB adapter for wall outlets, Nokia puts another one of the stupid ‘ant dick’ chargers in the package. This, of course, means that they also build a second completely useless jack as a counterpart. Waste of electronics and space.

Of course, when I plugged in the 6600i‘s MicroUSB cable into a standard USB plug that I use to charge my iPhone and other US devices, it refused to charge the phone.

The Nokia 3720c came without a USB cable, and will of course also NOT charge through the CA-101 USB data cable.

Way to go, Nokia, way to go…

By the way, it’s nearly the 5th anniversary of me complaining about that ;)

Nokia N79 Eco – epic green FAIL

When I first read the article, I made sure it wasn’t April 1st already.

“We understand you don’t always need another charger. So, when you buy this Nokia N79 online, it comes without one. All we’re asking is that you keep hold of your old Nokia charger, and use it again. It’s part of a trial to save energy and reduce waste, so it comes in a smaller box too, and for each one we sell we’ll donate £4 to WWF, the global conservation organization”

WTF? Who are they trying to fool here? I’ve been complaining about Nokia avoiding USB like the plague for 4 years now.

Granted, nearly all Nokia phones have USB connectors now, but they’re also the only phones with USB connectors that don’t charge via USB. Nokia even has the guts to sell a ridiculously overpriced USB charger!

A joke. And a bad one.

Free software for your USB stick

I’m becoming a fan of portable apps, i.e. stuff you don’t need to install on your system, and may just live on your USB stick.

Dirk Loss has a great ressource for free Windows apps that fall into this category. The list doesn’t seem to be maintained anymore, but it contains tons of useful stuff anyway.

Using the Samsung ML-1610 GDI printer with MacOS X

My mother just got (on my recommendation, as I own the ML-1210) a Samsung ML-1610 USB GDI printer.

GDI usually means that it will only work on Windows, but I got the ML-1210 working on a Mac, so I told her to get the ML-1610, thinking that it would be an easy job.

I got a bit worried when I read – after she had ordered it – that people just couldn’t get it to work, supposedly because it had a new kind of printer language called SPL2.

On other sites I read that it ran on Linux, so it had to be possible somehow. Lo and behold, it was as easy as I expected: go get ESP Postscript and the Samsung GDI driver from linuxprinting.org and install the two. Go add a USB printer in the OSX print center, hold the option key to get to the “Advanced Options” and add a “Samsung” printer, chose the ML-1210 driver and you’re done.

Easy, wasn’t it? Just writing it down here to help somebody else who might be looking for it…

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