oh god, the geek strikes back!
sitting in a freezing room on a building site, at risk from aggravating rsi and the beginnings of arthritis, i am building up an arsenal of mobile computing technology. i am ashamed.
after various embarrassing fits-starts, i have linux 2.5.1 with ppp, usb, usb-serial, usb-serial-hub/converter (PL2303), also an IRDA port that doesn't work (*sigh* what a waste of 30 quid), a serial / data cable for my nokia 6210e phone, and i am mobile & online.
efax doesn't work, though.
occasionally hotplug gets confused.
once (using the alternative JE uhci driver) i got "uhci has stopped. this is bad!" - repeatedly. whoops.
the uhci driver keeps throwing "interrupt!" messages at me whenever it starts up, thereby causing the usb serial converter to not tell the phone that it's hey, time to wake up and get bizi, with the result that "chat" has to send an "alarm" after 30secs and then everything's hunky-dory.
... but at least i can send and receive email - to the client, who is in hong kong. the pain of the transfer speed is WELL offset by the pain of the cost of mobile phone charges to call hong kong.