By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2003-10-24 Print this article Print

& the Web"> The one thing we really missed was Avantgo, an application that downloads news and other data to Pocket PC and Palm PDAs. Theres no Linux version yet and we couldnt find a viable substitute. Linux PDAs desperately need some kind of Avantgo-like application to advance on. Palms and Pocket PCs share of the market. Sharp should really just build its own newsgathering app for its Linux PDAs. We were pleased with the Zaurus speed. The SL-C760 opened applications and handled the usual array of PDA chores quickly (about on par with our iPAQ).
We had no problems getting the C760 connected to our wireless broadband network. It includes a simple built-in VPN for connecting to corporate networks -- something that most major Linux distributions still havent figured out. We used the Compact Flash-based Ambicom 802.11 card from our iPAQ 2215 and it worked well. All we had to do was put the card in, click Settings, then Network. From there, we added the WEP password to our wireless network and were ready to go.
The NetFront browser included with the C760 is one of the best PDA browsers weve come across. With a wireless Internet connection and the Zaurus in landscape mode, it blows every other browser out of the water. We zoomed out the view to 200%, which let us see an entire 800 pixel Web site on the 640-pixel-wide screen. Even at that resolution, sites were easy to read (including ExtremeTech.com). We were able to navigate through articles using the stylus or arrow buttons. Itll be tough to go back to Pocket IE.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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