ZaurusJune 23, 2006
Anyone out there ever heard of TiVo? For many, that might be their first real experience with a Linux appliance as that is what is running TiVo. I don't have TiVo, but I do have something that is running Linux right now.
That would be my Zaurus 5500 SL PDA which I use to type 99% of my blog posts. I got a PDA because I couldn't afford a laptop and the Zaurus has become a real companion and fulfilling most of what I would use a laptop for. It has a built-in Blackberry-like thumb-pad/keyboard which I've gotten good at using.
Basically, I read and write documents using an Office knock-off called Hancom Word. After writing this, I save it on either the SD or CF card. Then I put it in the card reader on the computer and then I run it through a spell check and then post it using cut and paste. Any Word documents (and some pdf documents) can be saved on the flash drive and then I can read them on the Zaurus.
The Zaurus runs off of a simple Linux Kernel. The screen looks and behaves just like a Windows machine, where the stylus enables one to use the touch screen. It was this journey which has made me a lot less timid about trying out Linux on my PC.
Sharp still makes a Zaurus and you can find one like mine on eBay for around $200. More portable than a laptop, it has made it much easier to read and write blog entries on the couch, in bed, in the car or wherever. It has become my #1 blogging tool.