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Software / Getting Things Done Tiddly-wiki
« on: November 08, 2005, 10:05:19 am »

it occurs to me that this would be a neat way of having a To Do on your Z... install with a local web server, then use web browser to access it.

to use from PC, just ensure Z is on the network and access it remotely.
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having actually read how it works, all you have to do is save the page to your local file space... the application is a completely self-contained web page - you re-save the file when you've updated data.

it works directly in the browser, and works with Opera on zaurus (am using cacko 1.23 full-fat).

you could of course access the file remotely from your PC using samba, rather than opera on the Z.

it's not particularly quick, but it is useable.
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Speculatrix, do you know why its response is so slow?  Have you found a way to improve it?

Not a bad application.  I can see some uses for it, but I would need a bit better response time.

C1000/3x00 General discussions / Sl-c3100 Review In What Laptop
« on: November 07, 2005, 05:34:58 pm »
I have no argument with what they said, but it was a bit abbreviated.  There is so much more they could have said: accessories, ability to flash other roms, available software, etc.

But, we'll take any positive pub we can get.

General Discussion / Help Picking My First Zaurus (ok Went For C760)
« on: November 04, 2005, 09:36:46 am »
First of all thanks for the all the advice,

I have decided to be sensible   and have picked up a c760 on eBay. (I have promised myself a c3100 as long as I get some use out of the 760).

I guess I should head to the cxx0 room now but before I go a few general questions  

1st  Which ROM I am have looked at the cacko 1.23 or the pdaXrom (but any other recommendations for the 760 gratefully received ) just wondered if there are any strong reasons either way or is it a case of keep flashing till you find one you like.

2nd  Am I right in saying that the hardware on the 760 and 860 are the same and the only difference is the shipped software/firmware


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John, welcome to the fellowship of Z users.  It is a great handheld and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

1st - Cacko is great!  Well supported, everything works, very little tweaking required.  Good choice if you want more of a PDA feel.

pdaXrom, also great!  Well supported, mostly everything justs works, may require a little more tweaking.  Good choice if you want more of a desktop feel.  

Don't forget OZ.  2.6 linux kernel, and other nice features.  May require some tweaking, depending on what you want to do.  

My best advice is take a weekend and have a flash party and try them all.  There is really no way for anyone to tell you what you should like, so jump in the middle of the pile and see which one makes you the most satisfied.

2nd - Yes, 760 = 860 from a hardware standpoint

General Discussion / Any News For The Next Zaurus?
« on: October 21, 2005, 11:03:28 am »
Thanks Marc (TRIsoft), your comments kept some from being put on blood pressure medicine.  I personally think the Zaurus will be around for quite a while.

It is obvious that the traditional PDA is dead and is being swallowed up by smartphones.  However, I see the Zaurus as an important device serving those who need near laptop capability but ultimate portability.

I think in the next few years we will have 4 clearly distinct markets: 1) desktops  2) laptops  3) smartphones  4) palmtops capable of replacing your laptop without sacrificing a lot of functionality (Zaurus).

The Zaurus will continue to be improved to fill this tweener category - PDA on steroids or laptop on Slimfast?

General Discussion / Any News For The Next Zaurus?
« on: October 20, 2005, 10:14:49 am »
Sharp w-zero3 on akihabaranews

"we get a 3.7" screen, Wireless LAN, an Intel PXA270 416MHz, 128Mb Flash memory, 64Mb of SDRAM, but also telephony functions in this one thanks to the W-SIM technology (an improved version of the SIM)." qwerty keyboard

But not linux....
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What started out as a nice seasonal thread suddenly turned into worst nightmare. Sharp took 2 most attractive features (linux and clamshell) from best device they ever designed and released this? After this I don't believe we will see continuation of zaurus line - at least not with linux. I guess it's time to go and pick up a few 3100's while they are still around (or wait for Jobs to release some small osx based clamshell).
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Hold on now!  Sharp's a big company and can support more than one flavor of handheld device.  Besides, the Zaurus is the King of PDAs in Japan and many use it for the extensive dictionary, which this does not have.
I think the Zaurus line will still be maintained and this is just Sharp's attempt at getting a piece of the the convergence/smartphone market.

General Discussion / Any News For The Next Zaurus?
« on: October 19, 2005, 10:24:28 am »
I would hope that all these rumours are false, and  no new model will be coming out in the near future.
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I have to ask what might seem a strange question: Why did you buy the 3100?  Was it because it fitted your needs, or was it because it was seen as the "ultimate" PDA by some yardsticks?

If it was for the first reason, then don't even worry if a new version is brought out: your 3100 still does exactly what it did before the new model was announced  and developers will still be finding ways to make it do quite frankly incredible things.

If it was the second reason... Well...  There'll always be something around the corner that's cooler or better spec'd.  That's Moore's law and progress for you.

I do understand your concern, as does every consumer.  I saw the backlash that happened when Subaru announced that their newest STI Impreza would have a 2.5 litre engine - all the premium buyers had bought a special edition WR1 last year that was promised to be the "ultimate impreza".  And it was.  At the time...  Look at Canon with their digital SLRs, or Apple with the ipod range.

Sharp will keep innovating in the market in order to get people to upgrade and increase their revenue.  Personally, I applaud them for this: at least we have the option of an upgrade, whereas users of Microsoft HPC2000 devices (Jornada 720, 728) have no upgrade path...

Which would you prefer?

Sorry if this sounds confrontational, it's really not supposed to be but it is addressing a fairly emotional topic  .  I bought my SL-C1000 because it met my needs, yes, but undeniably because it is cool and different too  and I also reckon there's another top end model around the corner (or certainly within a year) that will be better for me than the 3100 is.
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Good point, but I think there is another element here that GadgetGuy mentioned that is important.  Newer models tend to divide the developer community, which we depend upon heavily, for ROM upgrades/fixes, software, etc.  If a revolutionary platform emerges by year-end and a good portion of the developers shift their focus to the new device, then the former devices are left in suspended animation in their current states.

I agree, that if you bought it and it fits your needs now you should not have too many gripes.  But many of us also buy for the future potential that can be realized by industrious folks such as the OZ team, pdaXrom team, Cacko team and others.

I do believe it is time for Sharp to raise the bar in hardware specs and the OS (2.6) and I hope they do it all in the next model release and get it over with.

General Discussion / Any News For The Next Zaurus?
« on: October 18, 2005, 05:09:20 pm »

So it's mid-October now (just look at my C1000 and can't help but saying time flies   ), which seems to be about the time for an upcoming Zaurus model.

Just wonder if Sharp is coming up with some new and even cooler stuff for the next Zaurus.   

Or, what would you think (not anything in your fantasy though  ) is going to appear in the next model?
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Well, since you asked. I've noticed several things lately, the increase in wifi use in Japan and the increase in the video display capabilities of phones, pdas and pvps.  I believe Sharp will blow our socks off and debut a true "next generation" Zaurus with the following specs:

Intel PXA270, 624 MHz;  Intel 2700G graphics accelerator
802.11g; Bluetooth
5 inch 854x480 WVGA Transflective (16:9 aspect ratio) LCD
  (will make handheld slightly larger than SL-C3100)
Video out
USB 2.0
4GB internal flash memory (replace internal hd)
CF/SD expansion slots
2400+ mAh battery
Built-in microphone

2.6.x Linux kernel
QTopia upgrade (v3 or 4?)
Movie player optimized to chipset
Picsel browser
Updated Hancom Mobile Office Suite

This will create a platform for the Japanese consumer to plug in their cellular CF cards for their mobile network, yet still be able to take advantage of wifi, when available, without removing the CF card.  It will also have the ability to handle streaming video with ease.

I'm looking for Sharp to come out with a new platform that will only need to be tweaked over the next 2-4 years.  All this is doable now and much is present in other handhelds already (Axim, OQO, Nokia 770, etc).

Software / Audiobook Player
« on: October 18, 2005, 09:31:23 am »
I too would like an audio player that bookmarks large mp3's.  Does anyone know of a good open source desktop Linux application that might be a candidate for porting?

General Discussion / Video Ipod Playback Specs
« on: October 14, 2005, 10:12:04 am »
the video card in the x50v from dell is only clocked at 70mhz and is powerfull enogh for xvid @ 640 * 480 with a 1.5mbps vide stream, the cpu only has to decode audio and take the data from the filesystem and dump it to the video card

video decoding is a parrallel task, cpu's are designed to do things quickly and sequentally, thats why a video card always beats a cpu when it comes to video decoding.
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would you happen to know if the battery drain from a PXA270 coupled with the 2700G is significantly more than a lone PXA270 dealing with both audio and video?  Since the 2700G is specifically designed to deal with video, I was wondering what are the challenges, other than added cost, that would prevent Sharp from putting it in the next series of Zaurii.


Does Mplayer dynamically skip frames to attempt to provide smooth playback?  How can one determine fps at time of playback?

General Discussion / Video Ipod Playback Specs
« on: October 13, 2005, 06:11:37 pm »
You can get very good looking video on the Zaurus, but I don't think it can do anywhere near 30fps at 640 x 480, and I'm not even sure about 320 x 240.
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See this [a href=\"][/url]
for a nice 640 x480 ( actually, since it is widescreen, it is 640 x 326) demo clip. I am not exactly sure about what fps it is, but it looks very smooth for me...
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I encoded that clip.    As I say, it looks good. But I don't think it plays back at 30fps.
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I viewed the clip and it does playback smoothly, nicely done.  The File Info on the clip displayed by Kino2 says this:

   Size:  326x640
   Codec:  DX50
   Bitrate:  511608
   FPS:  23.976
   Codec:  mad
   Rate:  32000
   Bitrate:  32000
   Channels:  1

Can anyone shed some light on the chipset of the Video iPod and how they are able to produce 30fps.  I  suspect the hardware is not superior to the Zaurus and that they have highly optimized the software.  By the way, is the iPod running a scaled down version of Quicktime?  I've found no mention of which player it's using.

It is my belief that the next Zaurus will be more revolutionary rather than the evolutionary products recently released Cxxxx's.  I'm banking on a faster PXA270 coupled with the 2700G for true full screen 30fps video.  Would not be surprised to see a screen upgrade and possibly integrated wireless (sorry to stray from the topic, techdreaming a bit).

General Discussion / Video Ipod Playback Specs
« on: October 13, 2005, 02:39:25 pm »
why can’t the Z with more horsepower produce 640x480 at 30 fps smoothly?
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Who said it cant? 640x480 works nicely on my Z...
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Is that at 30fps or a lesser fps rate?  I've seen some of the threads that have dealt with this issue and always came away with the belief that no one was able to get full screen 640x480 at 30 fps without sound issues or glitches in the video.  And that in order to get smooth playback without the aforementioned problems, sacrifices had to be made, such as a lower fps or lower screen resolution.

If 640x480, 30fps playback is possible on the Z hardware its obvious I need to update myself on the latest encoding techniques that are yielding these results.  High quality video playback is the last real hurdle in my Zaurus experience.  Of course I would love more power, longer battery, integrated wireless, but I can find either solutions or work-arounds for all of these except video playback.  There is no substitute for your favorite action movie playing full screen at 30fps, flawless sound and video displaying as smooth as butter.

General Discussion / Video Ipod Playback Specs
« on: October 13, 2005, 12:56:24 pm »
Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 768 Kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 480 x 480, 30 frames per sec., Simple Profile with AAC-LC up to 160 Kbps, 48 KHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats

Does anyone know what chipset the Video iPod has that allows it to replay video at 30fps?  

I was always under the impression that an iPod was not even close to the Zaurus where processor power was concerned.  So is it in software that this performance comes from or is the iPod packing more under the hood than I’m aware of?

If they have a less powerful chipset that the Zaurus and can playback mpeg-4 at 480x480 and 30fps, why can’t the Z with more horsepower produce 640x480 at 30 fps smoothly?

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