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Getting the Zaurus online...

...wasn't anywhere near as painful as I thought it would be. In fact, all I had to do was slot in the spare D-Link 802.11 card (after checking the Sharp site to see that it was supported), fill in a simple configuration form, and launch the built-in browser. The engineers at Sharp have done a great job here. The Zaurus implementation of Opera is by far the best PDA browser I've seen, too - it's fast, supports most Javascript (does the roll out menus on our site) and renders HTML and images well, even when using page scaling.

It wasn't always this easy: I remember, way back in the early 90's sat in my lab for a couple of days tweaking Linux kernels and moving jumper switches to get the UK Online firewall built. At one point I even had to go and buy a new (more compatible) set of network cards as that was easier than making all the changes that were needed. Ah, today's geeks, they don't know how good they have it now and how hard it was for us all those years ago....


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Sep. 20th, 2002 01:59 am (UTC)
The weakspot on the Zaraus is the core PDA functionality. Thats what lets it down, which is a real pity as it should be so much better.

Sep. 20th, 2002 07:49 am (UTC)
Now, when I was a boy...

Yeah, the Z's networking is just as easy as you'd expect a modern Linux's to be: if there's a DHCP server on your network, an ethernet card just plain works.

I really wish it had 2-channel audio input, though.
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