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Laptop Simulating a PDA

can it be done?

     
12:48 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am on a very slow wireless connection and would like to pretend to be a PDA, assuming that a lot of the sites I visit will be less likely to hog my bandwidth with junk I do not need.

I do not know whether PDA OSs would run under 2K but that is not even it. I would like the server to send me only their 'mobile' css ...

What would be the best thing, other than using Opera 'sans' pictures, to do?

Not to mention it would be great to test what happens to your pages on a PDA - without actually having to buy a plethora of gadgets ...

12:55 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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One possiblility is:

[wap.google.com...]

I think it only works with Opera.

1:11 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There is a Palm Simulater out there.
4:59 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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victor-

I went to the site, but am not really sure about the meaning of it - to be honest. It loads fast, but the search results? the proxy? I don't get it.

Please elaborate!

1:34 am on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Download Opera

then click SHIFT F11 and the browser will render as if it was a PDA or mini browser.

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3:30 pm on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My apologies for the confusion!

I use Opera.

That is not what I meant.

What I am trying to do is have the server believe I am a handeheld device, so I only get the mobile specific css and other (hopefully smaller) handheld specific output!

One thing is looking at the same stuff in a smaller window. The other is browsing as if I were a PDA albeit sitting in front of a laptop.

That's what I want to achieve!

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11:31 pm on Apr 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What you want is for the browser to report in the http header that it is a PDA, not the browser that it really is. There are ways of doing that.
11:33 pm on Apr 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes ....?
11:42 pm on Apr 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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1:04 pm on Apr 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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thanks ogletree that thread definitely made things clearer, I guess I'd need to create my own proxy, sending my own 'fake' http headers?