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13 Jan 2005
There's an awful lot of Japanese on my new C3000. Should this be so?

For instance, on the lower-left on all the screens in which you enter data, there is a set of Japanese characters. Until I turn that into a keyboard icon, all that I enter converts into Japanese characters.

Is something amiss? Or is this normal?
13 Jan 2005
Whenever I read a message like the one I'm about to write, I find it a bit frustrating. How is it that I am supposed to help someone else with a case of Buyer's Remorse. I don't know what to tell them.

And yet, I feel like >I< have buyer's remorse after having purchased my c3000... and I don't know what I should do.

I received my C3000 yesterday from Dynamism and it's a nice device. It's smaller than I thought, very compact, but easy to use. The screen is amazing and while I don't really care for the fonts installed, it's pretty darn nice.

Then I asked myself a question that I should have asked BEFORE I bought it:

What the heck do I do with it?

I had planned to purchase it and install Debian as per the HOW TO. I wanted the experience with Linux and I had been playing with a SuSE desktop in my spare time. So, I thought this would be a great experience, plus, with all the accolades I read about Linux and how it's going to help me be a better person (technically, mind you), I figured it's a can't miss.

Then I started to list the things I _COULD_ use it for ... and I came up quite blank. Date Book? Address Book? Phone List? On-The-Go Internet Access? That's all done on my Treo 600.

And then? And then?

I drew a blank. And I became very nervous that since this is a Japanese device and since I don't ultimately know what the heck I'm doing in Linux, I could seriously damage it and wind-up, simply, out-of-luck.

I obviously don't know what I _CAN_ do with such a device. What is it? A PDA? A mini-computer? If it's a mini-computer, how I can carry it as a desktop replacement? Is that even possible? How do I even connect it up to a desktop to transfer files?

Dynamism did not ship any English documentation to me. I was a bit surprised, but I figured I just missed something.

Is it possible to install Debian w/ ICEWM and Open-Office? That would make it a pretty darn nice documentation manager. Does Debian see the same WiFI cards QTopia does?

I am sitting here looking at what could be a simply wonderful device with all kinds of possibilities, but I don't know what I should nor what I can do with it!

For the first time since owning computers, I don't know what the heck to do. ;-)

Any thoughts are welcome.


6 Jan 2005
Very interesting.

The price of the C3000 @ Conics has dropped three times in three days. It's now down to $735.00.

Is this is a result of Yen/Dollar conversion? Or is something else going on?

6 Jan 2005

I am pretty close to SOLD on one of these C3000s. I am very interested in it for a linux machine so I can play a bit. Plus the Gadget factor, I can't discount it.

I am wondering about practical reasons for owning one though. I work as a roving tech support person supporting Windows machines and networks. Using this device -- indeed, using any Linux-based device -- what are some practical ways in my line of work that I can use the 3000.

Are there CF WLAN and LAN cards that work with it? (I see notes about WLAN cards, but not LAN cards.)

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