Serial Port Connection for iPhone Is the King of All Retro HacksS

Making your iPhone play nice with an ancient serial connection is a feat in itself—but a group of IT workers didn't just do it to impress. Turns out, it's incredibly useful to have access to the dinosaur port.

Serial Port Connection for iPhone Is the King of All Retro HacksS

A jailbroken iPhone hacked into last decade works wonders with server racks, allowing technicians to carry around something pocket-sized instead of a laptop to troubleshoot and do maintenance. IT worker Chris Pollock explains: "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." It's almost enough to make me nostalgic for serial ports... wait, no. Not at all. Still, an impressive and clever hack. [ComputerWorld via Boing Boing]