A little about myself.
I am an IT technician, participate in many projects, some HTML work, and reading a lot. I also contribute articles to IT magazines about Open Source Software as a core member of Japan Apache Users Group. I've been in computer related fields from 1978. starting in college, nuclear physics major, I had to take a class in FORTRAN and that was it, I was hooked on the machines. I started working first as an application programmar at a system development
company. Then moved on to a system integration company, and specializing in data communication, small & mid size systems. I run a small intranet at home, a router, Windows Servers, Windows Desktops and CentOS Linux . The Linux runs DNS, HTTP, FTP, SMTP, and POP3 making it nice for software testing and development.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sharp's NetWalker, buy or not?

Sharp's new mobile Internet device NetWalker is very magnetic for me. I have a smart phone, HT's Touch Diamond, and connect to Internet anytime anywhere. It's very convenient and I satisfied it.  But the phone is very small, and because of small, it's a little bit hard to type quickly. especially using software keyboard or stylus.

I have a net book, too. But net book is too big to carry it sometime. Smart phone is too small to type quickly sometime. Not a few people want to have the middle size of them, easier to carry than a net book and easier to type quickly than a smart phone.

I have to check this machine can connect to Internet by my smart phone. If I can, I really want to buy this. I have one problem. This machine seems like not to have bluetooth. Bluetooth is a greater device than USB to connect Internet easily because of wireless, especially for train commuters like me or almost all office worker in Japan's urban area.

Netwalker has 512MB of memory, 4GB of HDD, 802.11 b/g wireless, a USB 2.0 port, a mini USB 2.0 and the battery life up to 10-hours.The operating system using Linux and loaded with several free software like OpenOffice 3.0, Flash player, GEdit text editor, Firefox browser, Thunderbird mail, Totem video player, and many more. The price available around $478 and will be on the market next month.

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