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14 Oct 2003
Hi there,

I've been a developer/network admin in the Microsoft / IBM AS/400 world for about 15 years, and I've decided to leap into the world of Linux, which I know virtually nothing about.

I have a few ideas for some PDA applications that I was originally considering writing for Palm OS, but due to several hardware limitations, it appears that I'll have better luck with a Zaurus. So I'm going to pick up a C760 and setup a Linux PC to cut my teeth on...

I have some questions regarding how the Zaurus compares to other PDA's. I know these are very basic, but unlike most PDA's, I can't run down to my local computer store to put one in my hands, so I'll pose these questions to current Zaurus owners:

1. Does it turn on instantly, the way a Palm OS PDA does?
2. Can I turn it off and turn it back on right where I left off?
3. If so, will it reestablish a wifi connection after "waking up"
4. Can it automatically establish a wifi connection to a 'preferred' preconfigured wifi network once it detects one (the way WinXP does)?
4. Does the C760 have a built in microphone, or support for an external one? Is the Bluetooth Headset Profile supported?
5. Can I move files between an SD memory card and a CF memory card?
6. Could I 'stream' an MP3 from a network attached drive over wifi and listen to it? video?


Sorry, I know these are dumb questions, but these are basic issues that will affect my decision to purchase this pricey little gadget or not...

I am bummed that the SD slot doesn't support SDIO, do you think the next C7XX will support SDIO, and/or do you think it will have Bluetooth and wifi built in? What has been Sharp's typical time frame for releasing new Zaurus models?

Thanks in advance,


Scott McCoskery
Technical Director
Choice Medical Supplies
Bellevue, WA
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