QUOTE(chuckr @ Jun 5 2006, 09:32 PM)
QUOTE(Streamline @ Mar 8 2006, 03:20 AM)
As normal we now have the 3200 avilable for PREORDER on our site ( http://www.streamlinecpus.com
) . We know this model is not what everyone is hoping for however this is good for a few reasons. It stops the speculation by some that the Zaurus was dead. It shows Sharp is making improvments to the "Z" (slowly). We will post the ship date once we recieve it here as well as actual pics once the unit is recieved. Should you have any questions please let us know.
Actually, now that I've done my own work to prove to myself that swapping out the internal microdrive is so eminently available to anyone with a small phillips screwdriver, I'm sitting here and thinking about what I would order up, if I were ole "Mr. Sharp" himself, so as to improve the Zaurus. You folks want to sit back for a minute and think about just how far the Zaurus is, in front of the rest of the pack. This is largely due to their outstanding screen and keyboard, but not only that. If I couldbn't expand that 4Gb drive to something newer, then maybe I coiuld see a beef, but the biggest thing I see right now, is Sharp missing out on the boat, in what has to rack up there nearly with IBM's leaving the PC behind, or Commodore's walking away from the Pet (remember that?). As far as a marketing blunder, it's pretty enormous, and all efforts to explain it as some part of a deep, dark strategic plot really need to take another look. Sharp wouldn't be the first company to just get so wrapped up in tunnel vision that they can't see the golden goose right when it's in the act of laying a big one.
Think about it; Sharp's position, both compeitively (because of the unique attributes of their screen, they own it, right?) and because of the leg up they have because of all these user groups, is so enviable, it's like a Marketing Guru's wet dream. When will Sharp wake up? Just after someone else steals their market ,I'm beginning to think.
yes, I was thinking about the same thing... I am really wondering what Access will eventually come up with...http://www.palmsource.com/press/2006/02140...uxplatform.html
ACCESS Linux Platform
An open and flexible software platform - Major components of ALP include:
* Standard, commercial-grade Linux kernel - version 2.6.12 and above
* Optimized implementation of GIMP ToolKit (GTK+) - popular open source libraries for the creation of graphical user interfaces
* GStreamer - an open source, modular and multi-threaded streaming media framework
* SQLite - a high-performance database engine commonly used in embedded devices
GTK based gui, palm os program compatibility....
This is sounding really really good. I just hope they do it right. Of course... they could completly blow it
But I would LOVE to be able to write scripts in pearl and have Palm OS style gui front end.
I think it would be great to have a linux powered Palm, Also if this goes well and this ends up being a modification friendly platform, this could really help the Zaurus and provide some competition.
anyway... (kinda of topic!)