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13 Feb 2010
After 3 months on the Netwalker, I'm giving it up and I'm returning to the old Zaurus.
The two major reasons are that the Netwalker has a very bad keyboard (compared to the very good Zaurus one), and that the Netwalker standy autonomy is pretty ridiculous : about 5 days (and obviously less if you use the Netwalker !). By comparison, the Zaurus standby autonomy was more that a month.
Short standby autonomy can be considered as "normal" for cell phone, since the phone must power its antenna even when being in standby. But for a mobile computer ? Even my 4-year-old basic cell phone still has more than 10 days of standby autonomy !
In addition, the Netwalker is bigger and heavier. Although it has no mobile parts, it is noisy and emits a little "bzzz", even in standby. It has an inaccurate touchscreen, with unreliable double clicks. It uses specific power connector, and thus I was unable to connect it to my solar panel.
FInally, the software procided by Sharp are not optimized, in term of user interface, but also of optimization. All graphical operation (excepted video) are performed in software mode, since no driver are provided. Consequently, the Netwalker seems as slow as the Zaurus. For instance, the calendar program provided on the Netwalker (Mozilla Sunbird) is incredibly slow, MUCH slower than the Zaurus calendar.
Conclusion : the Netwalker is good for video and surfing (without typing), but the Zaurus is still better for everything else : taking notes, playing games, coding, agenda and addressbook... But I don't like video, and I not so dependent to Internet that I cannot wait until being at home for that. So the choice is easy !
Good luck for people that are still enduring the Netwalker.
22 Jul 2008
I've just bought a Solio Classic solar charger (http://www.solio.com/charger/explore-solio/what-is-solio.html). After charging the Solio battery via USB, I've successfully used the PSP charging tip (sold separately) to charge my Zaurus C1000.
I'm now testing the use of the solar panel. According to charger and Zaurus specifications, 1 hour of full sun should give roughly 1 hour of Zaurus battery, which would be very nice :-)
The very first results are encouraging but need to be confirmed ; I'll probably be able to give more information on that in a few days !
3 Feb 2008
Cacko is one of the most polished Zaurus ROM, however is seems that it is not actively developed or updated. Therefore, I've started to gather and compile some fresh packages for Cacko, in a feed called "Cackophonie".
It contains freshly compiled IPKG (Python 2.5.1, PyQt, Lyx 22.214.171.124, Ghostscript, ImageMagic, RSVG,...), some recent third-party packages (ZEditor, Visiscript, ZBEDic, PetitePeinture, Quasar, ZUC,... in more recent versions that in Cacko official feed).
In addition, CFXGAmirror was crashing on C1000 (it seems that framebuffer is bugged) ; i've fixed it and thus Cackophonie includes a CFXGAmirror that runs well on C1000 (and probably C3x00 too). I've also compiled a Pretec Compactpresenter kernel module for 2.4.20 kernel.
Finally, it also includes French translations for some Cacko software.
Obviously, any help is welcome!
Here is a page with a little more info :
And the feed is there :
26 Jan 2008
I would like to translate some of the Cacko / Sharp ROM applications in French (the ones I use the most, like PIM apps). Of course I don't expect an automatic translation; but I'm ready to translate them by hand. I've already manage to change the locale on the Zaurus, and to translate desktop icons, but not the application yet.
Does someone know how the original Japanese -> English translation was performed ?
I'm interested by any information on that subject. Thank you !
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