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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 4
Making Web Browsing Easy For The Tiny Screen
July 20, 2005
An avalanche of content will soon appear in the palm of your hand.
Tiny screens are showing up everywhere in PDAs and cell phones. Many are equipped with some form of network device and a browser, so it's not hard to see what's coming down the pike.
Late model PDAs, like my HP iPAQ 3715 no longer suffer from insufficient computing power, lack of memory or having to rely on pricey external 802.11b cards. The little machine is quick to boot up and can handle many daily business functions.
Even though it runs a version of Internet Explorer, jumping onto an access point and browsing web pages is fast and useful.
In this edition, I'll share my observations on things you might consider when converting LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) applications or web pages, for use on the tiny screen. I'll approach the issues from an iPAQ user perspective and focus on convenience and making the user's life easy.