Pocket PC running MAC OS-X ?

This from EngadgetTeddy the Bear has MAC OS-X running on his Pocket PC

I’ve seen two versions of this article, the one from Engadget, and one from Wired – To access the Mac, Teddy installed a Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, client on the handheld and a VNC server on his PowerBook at home in Vienna.

Of course VNC is available for Pocket PC and for Windows desktop (and for other operating systems).

What gets me about the articles are the following statements…

Pockert PC Thoughts: “Of course, I can do e-mail and web browsing using the Pocket PC software, but because it’s Microsoft, it’s bad.”

Which is closely followed by…

Wired: If the PowerBook crashes when he’s out and about, he calls his “server admin” girlfriend to reboot the machine.

Hmm…. The PowerBook crashes…

So, this makes me wonder whether it’s just VNC running on the Pocket PC or whether this is MAC OS-X running locally on the Pocket PC – Somehow I think it’s the former – in which case the article is not as interesting.

– Mike



Comments (16)

  1. Anon says:

    Pockert PC Thoughts: "Of course, I can do e-mail and web browsing using the Pocket PC software, but because it’s Microsoft, it’s bad."

    Good to see a well established argument pointing the problems with the OS…oh no wait the company and how competitors are better.

  2. Luke says:

    They make it sound like its not possible to do the same linking back to a windows machine and that its a great mac thing. Off to give longhorn a go on my xda2

  3. Steve says:

    It’s the VNC client running on Pocket PC, with VNC server on OSX. You can do the same thing to a WinXP box using RDC client.

    Speaking of that, is the RDC client available for smartphone?

  4. Mike says:

    Thought as much – that’s not very interesting, unless you count the PowerBook crashing… I wonder how many calls a day the girlfriend gets…

    – Mike

  5. Mike says:


    Send me a photo of Pocket Longhorn when you get RDP up and running, would be good to post an image to the blog of that…

    – Mike

  6. synessence says:

    Agreed – a PowerBook crashing enough to comment on is the real story here. Something is amiss with his PB.

  7. I use the RDP client (i think it still calls itself Terminal Services Client) on my Sprint PPC-6601 all the time.

    From *anywhere* that I have cell phone service, I can connect to any of my clients’ networks over my Sprint CDMA2000 connection (~100-150kbps), just as I would from the office. The responsiveness of the connection is truly remarkable given the limited bandwidth. It’s great for diagnosing problems in urgent situations (most of my clients are physician’s offices) and making fixes from literally anywhere… a rest stop, the grocery store, etc.

    Around my house I can connect to my computers using bluetooth. And if I popped in a WiFi SD card, I could get an even better experience. However, if I’m in a WiFi enabled area (coffee shop, airport) I usually have my laptop with me, as I do right now in fact.

    The RDP client has been included in Windows Mobile since at least Pocket PC 2002, maybe even sooner. So seeing something like this isn’t really new to me. You can also use the VNC client to control a unix system, or any other platform with a VNC server. I’d say it’s a very cool feature of the Pocket PC (I’m unaware of any similar solutions for the Palm like my previous phone, the Treo 600)… as opposed to being a cool feature of the Mac OS.

  8. "Something is amiss with his PB. "

    My roommate has been having a lot of problems like that with his Ti Book lately. I certainly wouldn’t blame this on it simply "being a Mac," as his desktop has something like 260 days of uptime right now. I think he’s even beaten my record (which was over 6 months, running Windows Server 2003). Of course, he doesn’t install any updates that would require a reboot, and never makes hardware changes. I, on the other hand, do those things all too often, so my uptime these days is never terribly impressive 🙂

  9. Jack A says:

    It probably only happened (Pwrbook crash) once or twice and he just wanted to brag that he had a girlfriend who would do this for him.

    In my experience running a remote computer over VNC can be pretty frustrating because it is so slow. If they could figure out a way to speed it up it would be cool.

  10. Your Name says:

    It is possible the VNC server application crashed and not the PowerBook/Mac OS X itself.

  11. Aurora says:

    In my experience, it is much more likely that the VNC software crashed than the OS. Also, if it is just a VNC client to a Mac, that’s not that unique. The screen shot, however, is kewl.

  12. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? says:

    > It is possible the VNC server application crashed and not the PowerBook/Mac OS X itself.

    Yup…it’s happened to me–more times than my PowerBook has crashed, that’s for sure.

  13. Mephistopheles says:

    I am typing on a PowerBook G4 right now, and also running a VNC viewer on my powerbook which showing the screen of my office PC (Windows XP). After 12 days without shutting my powerbook, it still run flawlessly. But my PC at office won’t get so lucky. It crashed 10 times during the last 12 days. I have to make a long distance call to my IT guy to get it fix. And guess what? Every pc in the office were affected by virus, except the MAC in the studio.

  14. rootx says:

    Hi, I think it’s a bit uncool to take every little chance to make anything into the tired old Mac/PC argument. Especially here, were I think Kenneth is onto something: Might be the VNC app that’s missbehavin’.

    I just had a similar experience, setting up a work session with a writing partner – we both had a hard copy in front of us, we had audio through Skype, and I set up a VNC server on my G5 and he downloaded the client on his AMD64. Very practical, he could see me making changes to the script as we discussed them, and he could of course assume control over the ‘pen’ and write in the script open on my computer. Very convenient and very cheap…:-)

    The only unstable component was not Panther, XP Pro or Skype, it was VNC.

    And just for the sake of it, lets remember that (almost) all platforms have their advantages. I’m running Pocket PC on my Loox, Mac OS X on my G5 and my twelve inch, XP Pro and Linux on my AMD box, so I can compare, I think.