I recently purchased an
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(Note: I don't know anything about Microsoft PPC 2002.)
I deleted Microsoft PPC 2002 and installed Linux. I use the OPIE
PARI/GP Number Theory Calculator
Under Linux, it was easy to compile and install my favorite number
theory calculator package PARI using
the handhelds.org skiffcluster.
Here are some PARI binaries, if you would also like to use it.
To fix backspace I typically run PARI from the following script
where /usr/bin/bs is
stty erase ^?
The iPAQ 3760 technical spec sheet says that the battery life
is "up to 10 hours, [using the] 950mAh Lithium Polymer
- Under PPC 2002:
I set the iPAQ to not automatically turn off, set the backlight to the
lowest setting, and set the StopTime program running. It took 3
hours until the batteries ran so low that the iPAQ automatically
- I tried the same test with the backlight off and it
went for at least 7 hours. (I had to stop the test.) I used
my Palm Vx as a timer, and after about 7 hours the Palm Vx complained
that its batteries were about to die. Thus I think the Palm Vx and
iPAQ batteries provide similar life. Of course, I usually use the
Palm Vx without the backlight, whereas I use the iPAQ with the
- Under Linux: I recorded the apm output under
Linux. Because there aren't constant warnings about the iPAQ being
on the verge of death, like in Windows, i bravely ran the thing for
nearly 10 hours until the battery completely died. Here are the
BACKLIGHT ALWAYS _OFF_, no auto-power-off,
occassional usage. Not in cradle.
Time | % Batt |Report| Actual
5:36PM 100 5:00 9:51 (9 hours, 51 minutes)
6:00 100 4:36
6:07 100 4:30
6:20 100 4:15
6:52 77 3:51
7:11 70 3:30
7:18 70 3:24
7:19 66 3:16
8:17 56 2:48
9:20 45 2:15
9:24 44 2:12
9:30 43 2:09
9:57 38 1:54
10:10 32 1:36
10:43 28 1:24
11:37 24 1:12
11:45 24 1:12
12:11 22 1:06
12:34 16 0:48
1:01AM 12 0:36
1:17 11 0:33
1:37 9 0:27
1:41 7 0:21
2:08 4 0:12
2:20 4 0:12
2:27 4 0:12
2:34 4 0:12
3:00 3 0:09
3:16 1 0:03
3:27AM 0 0:00
Within a day, I have already "broke" my iPAQ! Reportedly, the
stylus on the old iPAQs could be inserted backwards, which would
result in a stuck stylus. This problem has been "fixed" for the newer
iPAQ 3765, in that it is impossible to put the stylus in backwards
without physically breaking the iPAQ. Unfortunately, if you put the
stylus in backwards even slightly it is extremely easy to scrunch the
internal latch which holds the stylus in place. It is possible to unscrunch
the latch using a small screw driver. After scrunching the latch
twice, I've decided to be very careful when inserting the
stylus in the case.
UPDATE: It broke again, and it seems that I can't fix it
without maybe taking the iPAQ apart. Over Christmas my father added a
leather and velcro flap to my iPAQ case that holds the pen in.
The Flash ROM The iPAQ 3765 contains 64MB of RAM on which one
can store programs, data, and so on. If the battery power is
completely drained (which takes maybe one week with the power off),
then this RAM will be erased. The 3765 also includes 32MB flash ROM,
which is not erased even if the power is completely discharged. A
little over 6 MB of this flash ROM can be used to store any file you
want (e.g., a backup of your diary or an extra mp3 file). Thus one
can really store over 70MB of data on the iPAQ.
On Sunday 09 December 2001 09:41 pm, you wrote:
> Saw your page when I did a google search on IPAQs. I am considering
> purchasing a 3765. Best Buy has just dropped the price to $399 and w/ the
> newly announced $50 rebate - it makes the 3765 about $200 less than 38xx
> series. I am just curious where you stand now on your purchase. Still
Yes, I'm extremely happy with my 3765. I've never tried the 38xx, and
I didn't know about the 38xx when I bought the 3765, but I probably
still would have purchased the 3765 since the 38xx was over $600 then.
> I never really discharge my battery (at least on the Palm I am running now)
> so the battery life isn't an issue, and I carry a stylus insert in a pen in
> my pocket, so I never use the stock stylus. Have you uncovered any other
No. Regarding the battery life, I bought an extra smaller iPAQ travel
charger for $20, which I use when I'm reading books on my iPAQ at
home. Incidentally, I have read several complete ebooks on the 3765
and it is a much more pleasant experience than reading ebooks on a
Palm Vx, because of the clear backlit color display.
From: William A. Stein
To: "Kerrins, Bret"
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 14:35:56 -0500
On Tuesday 05 February 2002 14:31, you wrote:
> I found your site on Google as well as one of your other readers. I
> noticed that you have read some ebooks and was concern about there being
> enough page space to see well.
For me it is no problem, but this is a matter of taste. You'll just
have to try it and see what you think. One advantage over traditional
print is that you can adjust the type size, and the display is backlit.
> BTW, I recently purchased a 3765 and I'm just waiting for it to be
> shipped to me. Do you know of anything like Napster or an ebook
> library system?
I don't know of anything like Napster for ebooks. Project Gutenburg
(http://promo.net/pg/) has the complete text of many out-of-copyright
books available (for example, Sherlock Holmes books), but you have
to convert the plain text to ebook format. This site:
has lots of classic books available in ebook format for free.