Originally Posted by ggoodale
Apparently, iMobimac thought they could get more exposure by posting an explicitly commercial comment on my blog (which gets a fair amount of tethering-related traffic). Companies that try that sort of thing to drum up business aren't worth you money, IMO.
Yeah, I actually tried out the app, and was completely disappointed to discover that, although they advertise it as DUN, it in fact is not. It is a glorified HTTP proxy server. You have to run an app on the BB, and an app on your Mac. Then, you configure every application to use a proxy server (that is the Cocoa app that runs on your Mac). This, of course, has obvious limitations. It only works with applications that can tunnel network traffic over HTTP. I have numerous applications that don't. Yeah, okay, I can browse the web and chat using various messengers, but what if I want to open a VPN tunnel? They did make an exception for POP and SMTP ... the Cocoa application (proxy server) allows you to port forward for POP and SMTP. So, for example, you can configure your mail application to use port 10110 for POP, and it will forward the requests to port 110 on the target e-mail server. Now when I am back on a normal network, I need to reconfigure the ports that my e-mail client uses for SMTP and POP. Lovely. And what about IMAP? Sorry, you're outta luck there. You will also need to uninstall any kernel extensions that are activated when your BB is plugged in (PocketMac, MissingSync) ... yet another configuration burden. Now when I want to sync, I must re-load the extensions.
Yes, I got my hopes up too soon on this, thinking that someone was finally writing a kernel extension, perhaps using I/O Kit, so that I could have DUN using my BB. It was not to be. Oh, and when I posted a comment asking about the limitations on their forum ... they did not respond. Instead, they deleted my post
. Oh, well ... just one more reason to return this phone.