Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jul 2011 20:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I've kind of painted myself in a corner with that headline, because I never anticipated I would need another preview article for this project. However, thanks to all your comments on both the site and through email, the scope of this project has grown considerably. As part of this growing scope, I'm acquiring more and more devices, and yesterday, I managed to score a phone which, while almost forgotten by most of the rest of the technology press, contained two very important firsts. Not only was this the first phone with a capacitive touch screen, it was also the first phone with an interface design from the ground-up for finger/touch input. Say hello to the LG KE850, better known as the LG Prada.
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Ahhh Nostalgia...
by Morgan on Fri 29th Jul 2011 03:28 UTC
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After reading this and then re-reading the original post, I've been inspired to dig out my old Zaurus SL-5500. Sadly, it appears the battery is toast, as it won't charge or power up at all, even with the A/C adaptor still plugged in. Now I'm on a quest to get a new battery, so I can bring this dinosaur to life and screw around with it again.

I never really got much use out of it even in the old days; it was mostly a mobile "snapshot" of my /home directory that I could whip out to make a few small changes or reference a file. Nowadays I accomplish that with my Android phone and Dropbox. But, it's still a neat little (well, big) device with a potential for fun hacking.

In fact, I'm envisioning using it to SSH into my home desktop to do some remote utility work, especially since it has a physical keyboard that is faster than the touch screen on the Android. That way I don't have to drag out the big laptop or resort to pecking away on a screen while cursing Autocorrect as it mangles my commands.

Of course, all of this is academic if the battery isn't the gremlin, but I know when I stored the unit years ago the battery was on its way out. We shall see!

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