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Hi :)
Wow!!  I had no idea!  I had assumed that every company still made it's own proprietary charger 
that would be the only thing able to charge it's devices.  I managed to get  a camera that has a 
fairly unique mini-usb but most seem to have a very standard one.  
Regards from 
Tom :)  

 From: James Knott <>
Sent: Friday, 30 August 2013, 2:05
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Mobile devices?

Tom Davies wrote:
I just had a glimpse of an Android and it looks like it's got a
  mini-Usb socket in the top.  If that could break-out to a powered 
usb-hub then surely you could get keyboard, mice, maybe even screens working off the Android?  

So 1 docking station at work and 1 at home might be enough to do emailing and more serious stuff 
there and still be able to keep an eye on things when travelling around or out?

Or is Android just not yet set-up to do this sort of thing?  

Every mobile device is required to have a USB connection for power.  It
doesn't have to be used for anything else but generally is.  I don't
know about keyboards though.  However, keyboards are supported via Blutooth.

From: James Knott <>
To: Tom Davies <> 
Sent: Friday, 30 August 2013, 13:06
Subject: Re: off-list  Re: [libreoffice-users] Mobile devices?
Tom Davies wrote:
There is a separate power-supply socket to plug mains-electricity in.
Regards from

According to some European regulation, all devices must be chargeable
from USB power.  This is to avoid the proliferation of proprietary
adapters in landfill.  While many have a built in USB connector, some,
such as Apple use a cable with USB plug on one end.  Thanks to that
regulation, I have adapters that came with phone, tablet, camera and
other and they all are interchangeable.  In addition, I can pick up a
cheap cable to charge from a computer or inexpensive car charger.  Years
ago, a car charger for a cell phone was expensive and limited to
specific models.  Now, you just buy one with a USB outlet and you're
good.  Newer cars may even have them built in..  There are even USB
charging outlets on some passenger aircraft.
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