Wi-Fi via USB Tether – Mac via Android, Courtesy of June Fabrics
Last week my wife and I made the move from Palm to Android. It was sad to see my venerable Treo go, but it really wasn’t cutting it any longer. No wi-fi or GPS (in 2010!). And while it had good bluetooth functionality, the IR port on it just screamed retro. (People in IT literally laughed when I pulled it out of my pocket to schedule a meeting or check an email.) While I have yet to box it up and sell it back to Sprint (for $10 – ouch!), it’s done.
The new hotness (for me) is the HTC Evo, a candy bar of a phone with a 1 ghz processor and a 4.3″ display. It would seem huge to just about anyone in the market these days. But it’s actually about 2/3 as thick as my Treo and not all that much larger. HD video, 8 megapixel camera, GPS, wi-fi, and so, so much more. I’m still working my way around this beast, but it is so nice and super responsive. I used the GPS (my first GPS experience, really) on a Maine trip and I might as well have a Garmin since the screen is about the same size. Spoken turn-by-turn directions courtesy of Google.
And today, after discovering that my wi-fi will be a bit spotty in my Maine residence, I decided to try to use the phone to establish a wi-fi connection via USB tether. June Fabrics’ PDAnet on the Mac and on the Android. 5 minutes of installation and setup. Voila! (The image in this post comes from the June Fabrics site.)
You’re reading a blog post made from the Mac via USB tether. How’s that for cool? (Yes, I have the WordPress app for my phone and I can post that way. But the point here is to test my ability to conduct “real” work from a 15″ screen via my phone’s data connection. Done.)
Looks like it won’t last through the next OS update. I’ll have to think about that data plan add on, or find a reliable hotspot.