Although the 200LX and the DC20 are tiny, the cables and other accessories that the manufacture expects you to carry around with the units generally weigh more and take up more space than the primary devices themselves. An excellent example of the disparity is that the camera to computer connection cable that is shipped with the DC20 weighs more and takes up more storage space than the camera itself.
The only good solution I have found is to design and build my own serial
connection system. The following picture shows the entire connection setup
for the computer, modem and associated serial and telephone connectors.
Since the image was taken, I have modified the HP connection to include
a DC20 camera connector. I apologize, but the 4 clear plastic RJ-11 connectors
in the picture are hard to identify.
(Minimal Palm Click Here)
For the HP owners out there, note the HP serial to DB9 adapter just above the Flash Rom. It's smaller than a small pecan and adapts the standard HP serial connector to any DB9 PC serial cable.
The case on the left holds everthing shown OR both the camera and computer if the modem and connectors, except for the camera connector, are put in a pocket or left in the suitcase.
Click here for more Serial Secrets and a description
of the system shown above.
One project related to my "minimalist" tendancies was to deal with the size of the "portable cable"
Well, I've now moved on to the HP Jornada 540 which had the same problem
with the cable... total size and weight of the cable itself was not much
less than the Jornada itself... so, unpack the wirecutters, solder, iron
and hot glue gun at begin anew, and you can view the Jornada minimum serial
results by clicking here.
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