Sunday Funnies: Using a smart phone as a diagnostic tool

Atticus grobe0ba at
Sun Feb 27 20:20:45 CST 2011

I use Android phones, mostly for remote administration. SSH using
ConnectBot. If you want a really durable phone, with the option of a little
bit of additional functionality, I would take a Motorola Droid 1, throw
CyanogenMod on it with a p3droid kernel. The phone itself can survive 3ft
falls @ 30 mph (proven myself on accident), the keyboard is very useable,
and overall is an amazing phone. You can also use a fair number of command
line tools, and add your own statically compiled tools, or dynamically
compiled with a bit more work.

On Feb 27, 2011 9:03 PM, "Jay Ashworth" <jra at> wrote:

Do you have a smartphone?  Blackberry?  iPhone?  Android?

Do you use it as a technical tool in your work, either for accessing
devices or testing connectivity -- or something else?

If so, what kind of phone, and what (if you don't mind letting on) are
your magic apps for this sort of work?

(My motivation?  Well, um, Lee, I'm looking at buying an HTC Thunderbolt,
if everyone can get their thumbs out, and I want to get a feeling for
the lanscape, if you'll pardon the pun. :-)

-- jra

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