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linuxhippy 04-12-2008 11:11 AM

Text messaging with a Zaurus SL-5500
I mostly use my pre-paid cell phone for text messaging. What I don't like about it (it's an old Nokia 1100) is that I have to press one of the # keys several times to get the letter I want. It's tedious and slow. I also have an old Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 Linux pocket pc that is running the default Qtopia desktop. The Z has infrared and a full QWERTY keyboard.

If I had another phone with infrared, could I compose the text message on my Z and then send it to a phone with IR?

MS3FGX 04-12-2008 03:30 PM

If you could find a phone that still has IR (I have never even seen one, but I know they were made) then you might be able to use the Zaurus as a emulated keyboard for it, but I don't think you would be able to send it a text message for it to then relay out. You could do that over Bluetooth if your phone supported it, but the Zaurus obviously doesn't have that capability built in. There are BT CF cards available, but I have no idea what the status is with the old kernel the SL-5500 is using.

You would probably be better off getting a WiFi CF card for the Zaurus and sending text messages over the Internet, but of course that requires you have access to WiFi.

For future reference, "Pocket PC" refers to a portable device running (or at least, designed to run) Windows Mobile. The proper term for the Zaurus and other non-Microsoft devices is a PDA.

linuxhippy 04-12-2008 05:56 PM

yeah, I was looking at new cell phones and didn't see IR on any of them. Maybe I'll buy a phone with bluetooth and try to get a bluetooth CF card and see how that goes. I have a networking card for my Z but the Zaurus gets very unstable (freezes up and shuts down) when I use the card. It's very stable without it. I've tried sites that send text for you, but they don't give the reply phone # as your phone so that people can reply to your text.

oh, I never thought of putting a Linux pocket computer in the same category as Palm Pilots. I think of the Zaurus as a pocket pc and put those M$ handheld things in the PDA category. Those Windows pocket things don't even have keyboards!

MS3FGX 04-12-2008 10:44 PM

You might want to look into a newer OS for it, as the stock Zaurus firmware is pretty archaic. I used OpenZaurus on my SL-5500 and it is much much more advanced. Though I think development is over now, the SL-5500 is difficult to support in the long term due to kernel issues.

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