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|Processor Type:||Intel StrongARM SA-1110||Model:||
|Country/Region of Manufacture:||Japan||PDA Series:||Sharp Zaurus|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||30004706|
|Product Key Features|
|PDA Series||Sharp Zaurus|
|Processor Type||Intel StrongARM SA-1110|
|Additional Product Features|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion, Proprietary Lithium|
|Included Accessories||Protective Cover, Charger Cradle, AC Adapter, Stylus, Cf Slot Protection Card|
|Operating System Provided||Linux 2.4|
|Expansion Slots||CompactFlash (Cf) Type II Slot, Secure Digital (Sd) Card Slot|
|Software Included||Hancomword, Hancomsheet, Image Viewer, Media Player, To Do, Text Editor, Memo, City Time, Hancompresenter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Optional Wireless, Optional Modem, Irda, Infrared Irda|
|Display Colors||16-Bit (64k Colors)|
|Connectivity Interfaces||1x USB, 1x Infrared-Irda, 1x Headphones-Output-Mini-Phone Stereo 3.5mm, 1x Serial-Rs-232|
|Input Method||Stylus, Touch-Screen, Keyboard|
|Included Digital Camera||Optional Digital Camera|
|Voice Recording||Optional Voice Recorder|
|Display Technology||3.5in. Color Tft (Reflective) -240x320|
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zaurus sl-5500 as a security tool
After debating on purchasing a zaurus for the past two years, I finally made the leap and purchased this wonderful piece of technology. Sharp has done my things right with this device. I flashed the unit with the Open Zaurus operating system as soon as I got it so I have no experience with the original zaurus software suite. I also purchased a 1 gb sd card from newegg to store files as well as install programs. Out of the door, the Open Zaurus has a text editor, mspaint clone, addressbook, datebook, etc. But the expandability of this product is nearly infinite with ipkg and an ext3 formatted SD card. Please note that if you are using a fat16/32 formatted sd card, you will have a hell of a time trying to get 90% of the packages working correctly on the zaurus. Formatting the SD card as the ext3 file system allows you all the programs to be linked correctly when you download a binary package for it. One of the first things you need to do is start installing programs on the zaurus. But if you plan on only using it as a day planner/address book, then you should leave it as is. What you need will need with your zaurus is a CF wireless card. Ambicom makes some great products as well as linksys. Open up console under the applications tab, the type "ipkg update". This will update the list of binaries that you can install on your zaurus. Note: the updated package list is stored in the ram so if your zaurus freezes, resets, or gets turned off, you will need to re-run "ipkg update". The first thing that I did was install Nmap. Nmap is a beautiful port scanner and remote application identifier. First lets go over some of the basic switches in "ipkg". To install an application with ipkg that is located in the Package manager, you must type "ipkg install package-name". You will never install a package with out using the -d switch. This tells ipkg the destination to install the program to. If you have an sd card that you have formatted to ext3, then you are going to want to use "ipkg -d sd install pkg-name". If you are going to install a package that you have manually placed in you zaurus, using wget or ftp, etc, then you will need to include the full filename, "ipkg -d sd install pkg.ipk". If you arent able to purchase a $5 SD card, then you are going to need to install everything to the ram. Like the updated package lists, the programs installed to the ram will be lost when you restart the zaurus. By now you should be able to install nmap. To install it to the sd card type "ipkg -d sd install nmap" To install it to the ram type "ipkg -d ram install nmap" It will begin to download nmap and its dependencies. To actually run nmap, you will have to "link" all the files together. This is very simple todo. With each program that is being downloaded and installed to the zaurus, it will say "configuring" next to it. Type "ipkg-link add program_name" for every dependency and nmap as well. Now you should be able to type Nmap and scan a target. Other very useful programs include Wellenreiter II and Kismet. I also find myself using Aircrack-ng as well for auditing wireless access points. Overall, the Zaurus sl-5500 is a great security tool for the novice linux user. The zaurus environment allows for even a linux engineer to get his hands dirty.
Handy Hand-held Computer
The Zaurus SL-5500 is a versatile hand-held that runs Linux. The included software provides for most uses a person might have - MS Office compatibility, calendar, Opera Web Browser, etc. The flexibility of Linux allows for a lot of other software, including other distributions of Linux. There are wireless adapters and other add-ons available, and a CF card slot and SD card slot give options for copying to the device. The backlighting on the screen isn't very strong, but the resolution is fine. I don't like the included QWERTY keyboard, preferring the on-screen keyboard or writing recognition, but it's nice to have the option. I'm looking forward to trying out the Einstein Newton emulator software said to run on this machine, but even on its own it is a flexible computer that fits in your pocket.
A geek's pocket toolbox
The SL-5500 isn't for everyone. This is not for Joe sixpack. It is fantastic for geeks. You have a choice of several operating systems. It has a full TCP/IP stack and can even run network servers. The arm port of linux offers you nearly limitless choices of software. I would have rated it higher if it was a little faster, had built in wireless, an included speaker/mic and the ability to attach a microdrive. It's not perfect, but it's really good. I have never regretted buying mine.
Great Geek PDA!
First, I think the one persons review was regarding a specific sellers item, the reviews are supposed to be about the product itsef, it's not for feedback. This product is not for the meek. If you are looking for a user friendly PDA, then you can look at Palm's or PocketPC's. While on outward appearance, this appears to be a simple PDA, it's much MUCH more. It's a full Linux based system, which can be updated via open source sites on the internet. It has both CF and SD interfaces, so you can get a bluetooth or wifi card for it, as well as having more than enough storage. My next one will probably be the SL-C3200 (Although I might go with a 1000 as in interim solution) which looks like a "mini-laptop".
Decent medium Linux PDA
As far as PDA hardware is concerned, the Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 is nothing spectacular or extraordinary, (206 MHz StrongARM, 64 MB RAM, 16 MB Flash, thumboard), but it gets the job done quite well...once you remove Qtopia and install OpenZaurus so you can boot off of an SD card of near-arbitrary size instead of the measly 16 MB internal flash memory. The device has both a CF and an SD card slot, allowing me to have a TON of storage for programs (SD card) and data (CF card) while avoiding the internal sliver of flash memory. It's like having a small, handheld Linux PC. So far, I haven't had the battery issue that others complain about, but then again, OZ has much better power management. In all, a decent, inexpensive, hackable machine.