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Using a camera as a file transfer device System
I have an iMac and an iBook, but a slow home connection making large downloads (e.g. OS X updates) frustrating. But the nearby university library has fat pipes with Ethernet jacks for one's portables as well as Windows 2000 (newer Dells) and OS 9 iMacs in the lab.

After hauling in the iBook to get large files via a jack, it occurred to me that I could probably Netscape-download to my digital camera (Olympus C4000, 128 meg memory card), USB-ed into a lab box. This worked, either by saving the download directly to the camera or by saving to the desktop followed by a drag-copy to the camera. Both OS's detected and recognized the camera immediately, treating it as a no-name device. OS X put it on the desktop, Windows under MyComputer.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am, certainly by the simplicity.
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Non-obvious uses for digital camera
Authored by: jgmanning on Feb 07, '03 10:57:24AM

When I realized the camera mounts as a removable disk, I copied my wife's business database onto it and launched FileMaker Pro.

Me: "Look! Look! I'm running your business from the camera!
Her: "That's nice, dear."

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Authored by: xyz3 on Feb 07, '03 11:07:42AM

Try using a crossover cable and filesharing..

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The point was...
Authored by: robg on Feb 07, '03 11:24:11AM

... basically that it's a lot easier to drag a small digital camera and USB cable to the library than it is to haul an iBook plus power adapter plus ethernet cable...


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Authored by: VEGx on Feb 07, '03 11:27:38AM

Why not use FireWire? you can get from the Apple Dev connection the BETA FireWire whatever that allows you to network two Macs via FireWire. I tried it between my iMac and Tibook. Gee! it was fast!!!

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Library to Mac not Mac to Mac
Authored by: robg on Feb 07, '03 11:37:16AM

The article is about how to get files from the Library home. The author used to take the iBook (and I imagine an ethernet cable and power supply). Now he just uses a camera and a USB cable to get the files onto the camera. Repeat the same at home onto one Mac, then use whatever means you want to get it to the other...

If I'm reading it right, anyway, the point is that carrying the camera is much easier than carrying the iBook.


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CD Mavica's too?
Authored by: jecwobble on Feb 07, '03 11:43:45AM

I have a Sony CD Mavica. I can only download my pictures in PTP mode, but when I switch to USB, I can format the small CD (up to 185MB) and use it as an external CD burner. I've never used it on a PC, but I would think as long as the PC had the appropriate software for burning, one could use it as a portable CD burner.

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Use a card reader
Authored by: lestmak on Feb 07, '03 12:24:42PM

You could also use a USB/Firewire card reader or even an PCMCIA adapter with your flash memory. Dead useful for transfering files between my brother's Windoze XP laptop and my Powerbook G3, especially if you have a 1GB Microdrive =P

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Use a card reader
Authored by: robarmo on Feb 07, '03 02:52:35PM

I agree,
I`ve got a Siemens SL45 mobile phone, which uses a MultiMedia Card for storage.
The software and sync cradle was PC only (it uses a nasty "custom" serial to ethernet cable-with serial transfer speeds!)
Anyway-since I bought a USB MMC reader, I can remove the card from the phone and mount it on both Macs & PCs. I can use it to transfer MP3s and .bmp screen logos, but there is a "Misc" folder specifically intended for transporting files between computers.
I've always got my phone with me, and so have always got my files (as long as I remember to bring the reader).

That's even less to carry around than a camera!

The only problem? .DS_store and .Trashes files on my phone.

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Card Readers
Authored by: codec3 on Feb 07, '03 03:22:30PM

Hi, yeah my TIBook always has a 128 card in it. Handy in the office workplace when some people can connect to server *X and some cannot and the file is too big to email. I use them all the time to get scans to people and move files around. Otherwise, I'll startup the laptop in Firewire T mode to move files to the desktop. Good tip...glad more people are going to use it now!

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For the big stuff, I use my iPod, though.
Authored by: codec3 on Feb 07, '03 03:25:19PM

Very handy for video clips to and fro.

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Be Careful
Authored by: mwaehner on Feb 07, '03 09:27:38PM

Digital cameras are simple minded little critters, and they are very picky about their filesystems. After you use your card as a disc, make sure to format it in the camera to restore the camera's filesystem.

Also, if you mount a card in OS9, it is a good idea to format it regularly- the camera firmware doesn't understand the Desktop files OS9 puts on the card.

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Sony Cybershot DSC
Authored by: guillota on Feb 13, '03 01:17:17PM

I have a Sony Cybershot DSC and a 64mb memory stick, and I use it greatly, I only create a folder outside the DCIM etc. camera folders to copy files. And also use it to share files between PC and Mac.

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