Word of advice: if you’re getting an iBook and you think you will ever use Bluetooth with it, make sure you get the Bluetooth option installed when you order it (it’s $50 extra). Otherwise, you’ll be paying more than that to get the module installed aftermarket. I took my iBook in today to get the module installed and I now have a Bluetooth enabled laptop. It’s pretty slick!
So, I took my iBook into the local Apple Authorized Service place and they were very cool. The only thing that isn’t cool is that my iBook is gone for 5-10 days. This does not make me happy :(. This means that Coaster development is stalled until I get my iBook back. Sorry guys! I do have everything backed up, so I’m not worried about the Coaster build directory. Thank goodness for tar over ssh :).
On a better note, I asked them about getting a Bluetooth card/chip and antenna put into my iBook aftermarket and they said they would see what they could do. The guy actually sounded hopeful that he could get one in. The biggest challenge for them will be getting the antenna, but maybe they’ll tell Apple that my antenna (which is non-existant) crapped out on me as well. If not, it won’t hurt for them to try.
As you probably know from my last few posts, I’ve been looking for Bluetooth stuff and I think I’ve found something really cool: a bluetooth print adapter to do wireless printing. I also saw this one from Anycom and this one from HP, but the IOGEAR adapter looks the most promising. If any of you out there have had any experience with these products, please let me know if I’m making a good or bad decision. Also, I’ve been looking for a bluetooth trackball (trackballs are way easier on my wrists), but to no avail. If I can’t find one, I’ll probably go with the Logitech MX 900 Bluetooth Mouse or the Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer for Bluetooth. Again, if anyone has had any experiences with either of these mice, please let me know which is the better of the two.
By the way, after talking with Edd Dumbill and reading some of Linux Unwired on O’Reilly’s Safari I’ve decided to get the D-Link DBT-120. It seems you can upgrade the firmware in it with OSX so it gets some new features that are useful in Linux. Sounds good to me. Plus, it’s endorsed by Edd Dumbill :).
I’m looking to get into the Bluetooth craze, but my iBook is not equipped with Apple’s preconfigured Bluetooth module (and you can’t get it installed aftermarket, from what I can tell). So, I guess that leaves me with the option to get a Bluetooth USB dongle. I know Apple recommends the D-Link DBT-120 but I don’t find it aesthetically pleasing (because it doesn’t match my iBook at all). Does anyone else out there know of another Bluetooth USB dongle that will work in Linux and OS X?