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mussi
post Apr 24 2005, 02:15 PM
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What do you think about this piece of hardware?



To me it looks pretty nice, although I could do away with the keyboard and have a bigger screen instead. Could this be a killer for bigger Zaurii?
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post Apr 24 2005, 02:29 PM
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? I don't see an image.
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post Apr 24 2005, 03:25 PM
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No pic, no link. I am curious , though.

Personally, I'm keeping an eye on the tiqit.
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post Apr 24 2005, 03:40 PM
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Don't hold your breath with tiqit. They've been at it so long, the news on their web site is from 2003.

Toms Hardware mentioned a device called ruby - a mini pc the size of a PDA
ruby
http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20050416_122355.html


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post Apr 24 2005, 03:47 PM
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I'm mentally imaging something like the OQO, which is one of the ultra-portables most often trotted out as an X86 Zaurus replacement.

Unfortunately it's too hot, twice as expensive, and has less than half the battery life (3hrs).
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post Apr 24 2005, 05:32 PM
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here's the link, and the image:

http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news_9485.html

Attached File  ppc.jpg ( 139.54K ) Number of downloads: 57
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post Apr 24 2005, 06:07 PM
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Yeah.. I know the tiqit has been dragging. there have been recent signs of life that got my hopes up.

Looks like a nice device. I'm curious about the "no touchscreen" bit. If the input stuff is up to par, could be a good thing..keep cost down, etc. If not..yipe.

Will it run linux?

The muramasa c50 looked very cool. I hope it too doesn't turn out to be a $2,000 gadget. -like oqo and the yet-to actually arrive flipstart. I love that stuff... but I would hesitate to carry that much cash on a daily basis, let alone something that's pretty fragile with that value.

Thanks for posting the link
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post Apr 24 2005, 06:34 PM
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QUOTE(offroadgeek @ Apr 25 2005, 01:32 AM)
here's the link, and the image:

http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news_9485.html

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Very cute.

The blurb said it had Wacom, XP Tablet edition, and no touchscreen, which seems like someone is confused.

The problem with small form-factor X86 is lack of power compared to desktops. Either they'll be powerful with short battery life, or the software will be dog slow. The Z gets away with what it does simply because the apps are somewhat scaled down - designed for the small screen and processor. I suspect that what will happen is that these X86 handhelds will end up being both slow AND have bad battery tongue.gif

The Ruby loses out because it doesn't seem to be small enough, either. The thing looks huge there...
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post Apr 24 2005, 07:01 PM
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I think they mean not pressure sensitive, like the first compaq tablet. Looks cool though, was looking at the OQO as well. There have been some linux testing on it at least. As for carrying high dollar equipment, I carry over $2000 worth of stuff on me daily.
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post Apr 24 2005, 07:10 PM
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QUOTE(offroadgeek @ Apr 24 2005, 05:32 PM)
here's the link, and the image:

http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/news_9485.html

Attached File  ppc.jpg ( 139.54K ) Number of downloads: 57

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And I thought my SL-6000 was big and my Newton 2100 positively the biggest handheld ever. I stand corrected.

For me the make/break threshold is squarely situated at the point whether you can reasonably expect to carry the device on your belt. Forget PDA cases. That thing's going to require a holster. On the upside, though, living in Texas there's a good chance no one would say anything if I wore a tooled leather belt and holster with a lanyard securing it to my leg for quick-draw computing. smile.gif
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post Apr 24 2005, 07:28 PM
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Okay since you guys are talking about whats big, here is a link to the daddy of them all, it is the new DIAD device the UPS drivers will start to carry. This is a WinCE device made by symbols, triband modem, 80211, Bluetooth, phone modem. 128 megs ram, built in GPS receiver. 3200 mAmp battery, with all of that plus being practically bomb proof it has an excuse to be big. Might be something to impress your dates with.

Take a look:
DIAD IV

http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/news-deta...p?news_id=53657

The old units, the DIAD III bult by Motorolla I believe were around $3,000 no telling how much the DIAD IV will go for I bet it could run Linux as it is an XSCALE 400

(Why I was at a trucking site is almost a mystery to me)
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post Apr 24 2005, 07:31 PM
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DIAD IV picture attached, hope it shows up here
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post Apr 24 2005, 08:03 PM
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LMAO. a pda for the terminator.
I want one.
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post Apr 24 2005, 09:18 PM
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Kinda cool, I want one of those ring scanners. Would make filling out work orders sooo much faster!
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post Apr 25 2005, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE(mussi @ Apr 24 2005, 06:15 PM)
What do you think about this piece of hardware?

To me it looks pretty nice, although I could do away with the keyboard and have a bigger screen instead. Could this be a killer for bigger Zaurii?
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Not for me. WAY too big. If it can't fit in my pants pockets, I can't use it. And, since I have major left hand & arm tremor, a usable keyboard is an essential must have.

My machine has got to be as portable as my glasses, wallet & keys. ABle to go everywhere, anytime 24/7/365.
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