That is incorrect if you have an Expresscard/34 port on the left side of your MacBook Pro like I have.Nope. Can't do it. (this applies to both your questions)
Ok - you are right in a very specific case. If he has an Early 2009 MBP he will have an Expresscard/34. Mid 2009 does not have that for the 15" model. So, I suppose I could have given a more thorough answer - however you didn't address this either and added "like I have" as a caveat.That is incorrect if you have an Expresscard/34 port on the left side of your MacBook Pro like I have.
On google, search: Expresscard/34 external graphics card for MacBook Pro. You will find axaxtly what you are looking what you need.