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A handheld for everything but PIM

by DrWily / December 8, 2004 10:52 PM PST

I have had a Zaurus SL-5500 for a few years now and it has done everything great for me. In the last few months I even bought a Zaurus SL-6000L and it has performed beyond anything I could have hoped for. Now that these are not being sold in the USA anymore, I am lacking in advice for my friend who wants something that can pretty much do the same thing. Here is a list of features and what I use them for:
Serial connectivity to devices (APCs, managed switches, etc.)
Terminal window or command prompt (Pinging, traceroute, telnet, and displaying IP information.)
Compact flash slot for using a CF Ethernet NIC and CF WiFi card, or a handheld that has a WiFi and a Ethernet NIC built in.
A web browser for testing internet connectivity (something that can go to Google and search for potato)
A way to backup its configuration to some type of removable storage.
Some things I can live without but would be good to have:
Built in keyboard, some kind of remote connection software (pcAnywhere, VNC, etc,) and support for both Compact Flash and Secure Digital/Multi Media Cards.

Both of my Zaurus can do all that and more, but I can't buy them new anymore. Any suggestions of handhelds or even very small laptops would be most appreciated.

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Re: A handheld for everything but PIM
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 8, 2004 11:03 PM PST
http://www.google.com/froogle?q=zaurus finds new units (not your model since those are years ago) and even in most countries. Including the USA.

As you may have noticed, SERIAL PORTS will not be found on most, if not all PalmOne, HP and other PDAs. For that we are exploring CF/SD/BT/other serial comm devices.

Cheers,

Bob
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Re: A handheld for everything but PIM
by DrWily / December 9, 2004 2:55 AM PST

Every site that has a Zaurus listed on Froogle links back to Amazon.com who is sold out.

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Re: A handheld for everything but PIM
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 3:37 AM PST

Keep looking. It's something that another neighbor had the same complaint and after a few days on google/froogle he found his new Zaurus.

Bob

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