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RE: pdas for testing
From: "McAllister, Andrew" <McAllisterA () umsystem edu>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 14:08:27 -0500

In my opinion, don't waste your time with a PDA unless you are trying to
go covert war-walking inside a facility. 

My co-worker and I have Sharp Zaurus C760s (clamshell with keyboard) and
both of us set up kismet to look for wireless access points etc. But to
be honest, it is very difficult to interact with PDA's as fast and
efficiently as you would like. Even with a "full" keyboard like the
Zaurus, you'll still have trouble.

Also, you'll spend a TON of time just setting up the device, getting
device drivers working, etc. I did get BT and 802.11b working with mine.

If you have no life, and need a hobby, then I recommend the Sharp Zaurus
series from Japan. The built-in keyboard IS VERY helpful. I used to sell
them on-line and can give you a pointer to finding a direct Japanese
source (email me directly). Expect to pay at least 20% over the online
prices in Japan.

Really, I think you would be better off with one of the
ultra-light/small laptops. Fujitsu makes some really nice ones (I've got
one); some of the Sony's look OK too (don't own).


-----Original Message-----
From: Mailing List [mailto:maillist () freedomsoftware co uk] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 11:49 AM
To: pen-test
Subject: pdas for testing

I'm thinking of buying a PDA which I would like to install linux on so
that I can use it to help with pen-tests as well as the 
normal PDA type

My current one of choice is a hp ipaq hx2410 which is in my 
price range,
will take linux and has wireless and bluetooth.

Has anyone got one of these and done what I'm proposing? Can anyone
suggest any alternatives which work better? I did look at the Sharp
Zaurus but it isn't easy to get in the UK so I've been put off.



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