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[REBOL] Re: Build this and they will come...

From: mat:eurogamer at: 28-May-2001 11:54

Heya Terry, TB> A Rebol PDA with the following specs... What physical form? TB> - Built on a Rebol friendly hardware platform (avoiding Palm type limitations) TB> - Rebol friendly OS (or even, do I dare say it... a Rebol OS?) If you're talking off the shelf, it has to be WinCE? Which isn't bad as it means you've got Pocket Word and a decent browser I suppose. TB> - Color graphics, Multimedia capable. Stereo is so often lacking on PDA, annoying stopping most of them from doubling as MP3 players. I can't claim to care about colour, it's nice but the big problem is battery consumption. Double life with B&W. TB> - Small Qwerty keyboard ( like the Blackberry RIM www.blackberry.net) Absolutely. None of that Palm silliness :) TB> - 500 MB rewriteable DataPlay discs ( www.dataplay.com ) for a storage. TB> - 128 mb of ram :) That sounds like full client spec parts. Not really necessary is it? PDAs need and use very little memory. So long as it takes CF you've got plenty of options. Although using SODIMM memory would be nice, like the discontinued Compaq Aero 8000. That unit *is* pretty much what you have specced but it's kinda sub notebook size. The keyboard is wonderful though. TB> - Bluetooth chip for adhoc networking (perhaps dual chips, the other for CDMA or whatever the latest broadband that's readily available) I'm afraid I'd have to seriously disagree here. Bluetooth is a horribly broken standard. Well 'standard' is giving it more credit than it deserves, it's an absolute abortion. If you want to interface with a mobile, the best bet is a bog standard serial port IMO (even infrared has a bag load of issues). For LAN networking, 802.11b all the way. TB> - Under $300 TB> I'll preorder 100! Probably doable if you lowered some requirements like the big memory, re-writable disks or colour screen. The Compaq Aero 8000 is going extremely cheap here in the UK as it's clearing out old stock but it's still 250, way way over $300. You know, the Psion Revo would be a really really nice Rebol platform but unfortunately with RT being American they can't be bothered with porting to it :( A nice /view port to such a device and you could work entirely from within the rebol desktop. That'd be nice assuming that everyone jumped on board and started writing the necessary apps. (Which I think would happen if such a platform and a /view port existed. It'd be cool!) -- Mat Bettinson - EuroGamer's Gaming Evangelist with a Goatee http://www.eurogamer.net | http://www.eurogamer-network.com