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Off Topic forum / New Linux/calculator melding
« on: May 19, 2004, 03:56:55 am »
It\'s not quite a competitor to the Zaurus, but definately encroaching a bit and has some neat functionality.  Like I\'ve been saying, Sharp will eventually have some real competition in this market.  

What makes you think that? Check out - there are LOT\'S of Linux PDAs and other devices: most have been around for a while... and eventually vanished. The Zaurus stayed for a reason, even though Sharp could have done better in supporting their device, they must have done something right as well!

Netherlands / eenzaam maar toch niet alleen ???
« on: May 18, 2004, 07:34:10 pm »
Is het enige verschil tussen de 860 en de 760 nou de software en de kleur?


Netherlands / eenzaam maar toch niet alleen ???
« on: May 18, 2004, 04:08:44 pm »
Als je geen probleem met de witte kleur van de C760 hebt en het display geen krassen heeft, zou ik voor een C760 gaan. Maar het kan, dat je alleen maar 30EUR bespaard, als het japanse toestel door de douane wordt opgepikt!

(Sorry voor mijn Nederlands!)

Brisbane / New Zaurus Desktop - Planned for 2nd 1/4 of 2004
« on: May 18, 2004, 08:45:01 am »
As for Lycoris on my Z, I wouldn\'t run their stuff on a PC, I don\'t like Opie very much and I doubt I\'d bother with it, especially if there is a price tag. But if they commit their changes to the community then it could be a good thing, that\'s my tuppence worth..

I don\'t like Lycoris either. And they will have to support the new Zauri  to get a little interest, as the market changed over the last months a lot. There are already several ROMs available, and IMHO OZ/Opie is the best for the SL5500. So we\'ll see what they are contributing...

General Discussion / Thorn between 860 and 6000!
« on: May 16, 2004, 03:21:53 pm »
It IS a difficult decision! And your using it mostly as an PDA doesn\'t make it much easier...
In my experience, the SL5500 is still the best game console of the Zauri: it\'s difficult to navigate most action games on a clamshell and whatever other\'s may say: I still don\'t like the option to play games designed for the QVGA on a VGA display.
So it seems to come down to the formfactor and the price, if builtin wlan isn\'t a major selling point to you.

- The SL6000 is bigger, has a screen, that should be better in direct sunlight than the screen of the clamshells, but worse (only in the sun) than the SL5X00s. It also has a cursor pad, which is usefull for several games. A plus is the usb-port.
- The clamshells are smaller and lighter, which is nice for a PDA. Until now there are the best ROMs (for PDA functionality) available for them. A plus is the \"best keyboard\" on the market.

So you\'ll have to deside: does the size of the SL6000 bother you more than the lack of the inbuilt functions (wlan, usb-host)? Would you still carry it around enough?
And you should also consider, that with a new device there usually also follow new application demands: looking at the nice keyboard of a clamshell every day could make you write far more emails on the Z than you do now. And with the great resolution you could rediscover the Internet and miss the builtin wlan of the SL6000.

So as I said: it\'s a difficult decision, but I\'m sure, you\'ll enjoy the new Z! Both, the clamshells and the SL6000 are a great improvement :-)

Cxx0 Hardware / repair advice for bad NAND blocks
« on: May 15, 2004, 05:41:07 pm »
Ouch! That is much more than we expected, right? Didn\'t Sharp say \"not more than 100$\" before?
I hope your Z will be back soon so you can get an opportunity to play around withe the MuVo drive :-)

I think, we all learned a lot from your experience,

Cxx0 Hardware / beautiful, slim C860
« on: May 15, 2004, 04:40:22 pm »
Hi Bob,

Thanks! This is a great battery pack!  Looks rather small :-)
I also have one (just in case): the Samsung Digimax Battery Pack. It\'s quite expensive, but I can use it with my camera as well, so this is quite handy...


Cxx0 Hardware / beautiful, slim C860
« on: May 15, 2004, 12:29:19 pm »
Sorry for this unproductive thread - but I just have to share my excitement with you: I\'m using the C860 with the small battery now, when I\'m not using the wlan or listening to music - and I just cant stop congratulating myself to this purchase ;-)
The C860 just looks amazing all in all silver! It is soo thin, so much more refined: so sleek it looks just like what it is: a highend piece of hardware!
The touch is now very metallic, there is nothing cheap or rugged about it anymore. I just love it! (Even more than I did before.)

Btw: you can change the batteries without having to reboot the Z, when it is plugged to an external power source during the swapping process!


For my personal usage habits, I can easily write significant amounts of emails with a stylus, which I do nowadays, but the problem is that any PDA or Zaurus or non-laptop device will not be able to run specific software that I may need (e.g. Scientific Workplace, Latex -may be possible on Zaurus?-, IDL programming language, etc...). Of course, most people use Word/Excel, and there are \'compatible\' devices, but absolutely no software to help me write a scientific article with greek letters and horrendous equations.. which is why I suddenly find something like the U70 quite attractive: a PDA+laptop (standard price combo), or a Zaurus+laptop (expensive combo), or UPC on its own (medium price).

I understand that you are concerned about the price. Still, I\'m convinced that such a hybrid device can\'t really replace neither a PDA nor a Laptop. You will miss the best parts of both worlds: the huge screen of a \"real\" laptop and the \"pocketability\" of a PDA.
My Laptop has a very good battery life, and it\'s \"instant on\", because I reboot it only when I try out a new kernel config, but I don\'t carry it around all day and it doesn\'t wake up to remind me of meetings and stuff.
In fact, I used to have a subnotebook for greater portability, but I changed it for a T40p with a 1400x1050 res on 14\" display, as I\'m note forced to have it with me all the time, because I have my Zaurus. So I now I can enjoy a much nicer screen for the \"real work\" and can use my Zaurus for inbetween (btw. some scientific stuff like R is possible on the Z).

If you are as good with the stylus as you claim (but still: a keyboard IS a nice thing on a PDA) then maybe a smaller and lighter U70 with an external display in addition to the external keyboard for your desk would be a nice solution. But with 550g I would be too lazy to carry it around all day and the price would go up significantly. Plus you would be \"chained\" to your desk for some serious work (and I sometimes prefer other places...)
Seems like there isn\'t a cheap perfect solution, but as the Zaurus is close to perfect, you could use it for a long long time ;-)

Hope, this helps,
cheers Kathrin

With 550g and no internal keyboard the Sony Vaio U70 is more like an upgrade to the old Simpad (but the Simpad has a much better batterylife).
It has nothing to do with such a small device as the Zaurus and it can\'t replace a laptop, if you care for the screen size. It\'s nice to have in addition to a PDA and a Laptop, but I bet you wouldn\'t use it that much as you should for that price ;-)

Off Topic forum / bSquare 640x480 device in the UK
« on: May 05, 2004, 07:57:40 am »
It\'s ugly! The SL6000 (nearly equal in size) has far more capabilities (and I bet a nicer screen!) and looks far more beautiful...

Software / key bindings in vim
« on: May 05, 2004, 07:15:24 am »
\"Shift and -\"

The one left of space ;-)

6000 - Tosa / Zaurus SL-6000 Monster Review on
« on: May 04, 2004, 11:18:17 am »
Great review! Nice pics :-)

Zaurus - pdaXrom / 2 basic getting started questions
« on: May 03, 2004, 05:26:06 pm »
1) I can\'t remeber for now if there is any client - but you can normally just insert and remove as you like - of course it shouldn\'t be done while writing to the card.

... and if you like to keep you filesystem intact, an umount /mnt/cf or /mnt/card wouldn\'t hurt...

Accessories / Remote control headphones?
« on: May 03, 2004, 05:01:59 pm »

so, any similiarity of your remote with this one?


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