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Francois Amsterdam

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« on: September 22, 2004, 10:11:26 pm »
Hello. My name is Francois Amsterdam. I am new to this site and I am just trying to get a feel for this place. I actually dont own a Zaurus yet but I am thinking about getting one. So, here is my question..

what would be a good Zaurus for a first time user that is interested mainly in the internet and downloads?

any help would be appreciated.

My friend has a zaurus and it looks so cool. I think i should get one. for real.  i call him Z man because of the Zaurus he owns.


thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2004, 10:30:40 pm »
I think for a first time user, get a 5500.  They have a lot of support and aren't very expensive.

I got a 5600 at first and was very disappointed.  I ended up switching over to a c860 and now I couldn't be happier.  Eventually, go for that, but it's quite a price hike from the $200 I've seen the 5500's go for.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2004, 11:34:39 pm »
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I think for a first time user, get a 5500.  They have a lot of support and aren't very expensive.

I got a 5600 at first and was very disappointed.  I ended up switching over to a c860 and now I couldn't be happier.  Eventually, go for that, but it's quite a price hike from the $200 I've seen the 5500's go for.


Agreed.  5500 is a great entry level.

If you easily have the extra cash and don't mind a bit more fiddling then the C860 won't dissappoint.

Just remmeber, these are both Pocket computers first and PDA second.

So if you invest a little time, you will find far more uses for the Z than any pda out there.  However, If you take it out just for todo and calender then you will be missing most of the reason for owning one and should really consider a palm instead.

This site is PHENOMINAL.  The people are a tremendous resource although they are sometimes too sketchy on the exact details of doing things IMHO (they are far brighte and resourceful than any group of "PDA" users around....many of these guys use the Z for Linux Admin, so that tells you something). However, Often times people will throw out program names and commands and leave it up to you to decipher.  Followup questions ussually resolve the issue, but when you're in a hurry, you may not get the immediate feedback you want (well, it is a forum after all...not tech support) which can be a little frustrating.  

But as time rolls by and you conquer a few issues (encoding movies to play or running a NES EMU) you will find that the curt answers make more and more sense.

Do yourself a favor and spend some time in the HOWTO section and it will help you tremendously, plus you will avoid re-asking worn out questions (which get the shortest replies  )

Beyond the HOWTO, Offroad and the Admin gang have built a great site that most of us barely scratch the surface of.  There is more here than you will probably need in a lifetime.  That plus the people make this site unmatched.  

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2004, 01:15:08 am »
This site, combine with the new ZSI we are building so you can get the programs you need easier, will be a match that even God himself cannot win.

Unless he sends hurricanes towards the servers.  Then we're screwed.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2004, 12:28:10 pm »
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This site, combine with the new ZSI we are building so you can get the programs you need easier, will be a match that even God himself cannot win.

Unless he sends hurricanes towards the servers.  Then we're screwed.
that's funny shit  

Luckily I moved out of south florida before we started the ZUG.  Being that I (and the servers) live in SF, I'm more fearful of earthquakes...   then again... it might look funny to see the server rack do a little dance...
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2004, 12:52:56 pm »
hijacked.

As I'm not affiliated with HP I cannot confirm a story I heard about some HPUX servers that were thrown around and found on their sides after the big quake in that area.  Apparently they were still plugged in and working.

All my SF solaris boxes are in racks and bolted to the floors and walls.

now back to our program...

like my sig implies, my sister has no problems with the 5500.  She's not using commandline though.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2004, 03:05:41 pm »
I have never used linux before. I purchased a c-860.  I love the clam shell, installed cacko - LOVE the rom, have a 4gig CF card (hacked muvo) and a 1gig SD card.  This all took a little effort. But if you have some sense and computer savy, you will really love the C-860!

Just my 2 Cents worth


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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2004, 10:03:18 pm »
Thanks for the help, people.

so the C-860 is the best thing out there? ok. I am not ready for that yet. i will look into the 5500 though. my friend Z Man has a 5500 so he will show me "the tricks of the trade".  I think my friend Z Man should get a C 860.

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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2004, 09:47:25 am »
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Thanks for the help, people.

so the C-860 is the best thing out there? ok. I am not ready for that yet. i will look into the 5500 though. my friend Z Man has a 5500 so he will show me "the tricks of the trade".  I think my friend Z Man should get a C 860.


Sounds like a good plan.

Heck (and perhaps you meant this in your post)...You could BUY your friends 5500, and he can upgrade to the C860.

Still alot of cash though, and no reason to upgrade if the 5500 fills all your needs.  I mean, if it is good enough for Z4CK, it's good enough for anyone.  (inside joke).

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2004, 01:51:49 pm »
im selling my sl-5500 with the works, like everything you need and all setup for $300 tell me if your interested. https://www.oesf.org/forums/inde...=ST&f=87&t=7183 ... if not ebay has some good deals ocasionally