I was just reading the IA1 Hacking as I had not visited there in a while and I read the following:
"Don't worry, the page isn't going anywhere. I'll definatly leave it here and a resource for people still getting into the IA-1. I still get a lot of usage out of mine as a "by the couch" computer. It just seems that with the advent of the LED controller app and Midori, there's not much need for more info. So, unless anything drasticly new happens, I don't see much more happening to the page."
I blame it on it my being awake at 5am, but when I first read that paragraph, I was thinking the Infrared LEDs and completely forgot about the display LEDs.
My hat's off to the geniuses who persisted in identifying and programming the hardware for that functionality.
But what about that IR stuff? I was just thinking of yet another clever application for this little computer. Does anyone know if the IR link between the keyboard and base system is two-way or one-way? And if it's two-way, what's to stop someone from writing a program that will serve as a universal remote? Or better than that, one of those devices used for programming the recording of TV shows at specific times? Of course this little dream all hinges on whether or not there is bi-directional IR communications between the base and the keyboard, but what a nice idea eh?
And those VCR+ codes I've heard about in the TV guide? I don't watch that much TV to begin with but it's my understanding that there is some sort of coding system that directs a VCR when and what to record. If the stuff above is possible, why not apply compatibility with that VCR+ stuff along with it? For people like my mother (rest her soul -- she was confined to her bed for the last years of her life) you might have several VCRs... how about jockeying them from a single control source?
And has anyone looked into hooking up those Cue-cats to the IA1? I've got a lot of them... :) I can't think of a good use for them at the moment but they are USB... there has got to be a creative use for them somewhere... I heard someone adapted it to read the ISBN number on books and reference it with a database online somewhere. Nice, I suppose, for a library application of sorts...
Anyway... just a little life if it's possible eh?