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The great iPhone serial port hack

“While the majority of the iPhone’s easter eggs and secrets have
over time been discovered, pulled apart and analysed to the
umpteenth degree, the smartphone continues to have one,
little-known trick up its sleeve: A hidden serial port. The
inherent possibilities are endless: Network engineers have talked
of even bringing their phone into server rooms, rather than having
to use a laptop or remote terminal.

“According to Chris Pollock at io Networks: “the real benefit in
all of this is that there are so many console packages for iPhone
in Cydia now that you can have a fully functional computer, as
useful as a linux box, but without carrying around a laptop”.

“One company has already tried to jump on that boat but even
though its purpose-built accessories were announced in February,
they are yet to hit store shelves. The solution: Build it
yourself.”


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