[Scottish] slightly OT: PDA advice

Colin McKinnon colin.mckinnon at ntlworld.com
Thu Nov 10 20:37:32 GMT 2005

Hi all,

Having discovered the Gutenberg project (www.gutenberg.org) I've decided to 
get myself a PDA. I do have a laptop, and while it also doubles as a 
hot-water bottle in bed at night, I thought a PDA might be a more practical 
solution for reading books offline.

Of course, having a (very) limited budget, I'll probably be shopping at eBay. 
An of course, I'd like something which will talk to my Linux PCs.

For cost reasons primarily, but also for battery life, I find myself leaning 
towards Palm devices, there's lots of cheap monochrome devices available, but 
I wondered if anyone has opinions on how practical a 160x160 screen would be 
for the application....and speaking of which, are there decent text viewers 
available? What about HTML format books? What's all this AvantGo / Web-to-go 
stuff about?

Sure a Linux PDA would be nice, but (with the exception of the VTECH device 
which only sold about 6 units, and the Agenda-VR) they tend to require more 
expenive hardware. I'm hoping to be up and running for under £40

Any advice gratefully received,



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