I'm becoming to be a bit aware of the limitations of using a PalmOS device with a keyboard for notes within lectures, so I've thought of another potential way to handle this. I have a (supposidly) bricked PowerBook 180 in storage, and used it through it's entire life, so I'm certain of what a MacOS 7.x machine is capable of. It would be perfect for just simply taking notes, and the 520 and 540 models in specific have ethernet through an AAUI tranceiver, net access would be fairly easy around campus.
But a few questions arise. I was hoping to find some suggestions or advisements before taking on this "project" to make a nice laptop for note taking and other lightweight things.
First off, I was thinking to prolong battery life, and perhaps even for a speed benefit, as well as making the thing damn near shockproof, removing the internal SCSI hard drive (possibly selling that on eBay), and replacing it with a PCMCIA flash reader, with perhaps a 256MB CompactFlash card, which would be larger than the hard drives those things originally shipped with. It's my understanding that the 5xx series do contain PCMCIA slots that are 16-bit compatibile, and most cheap CF readers out there support 16-bit modes. Also, I've heard that these laptops will indeed boot off of these cards in such a configuration. Can anyone confirm this?
Also, I never really did any networking in 7.x when the 180 was still in service. Is 7.5.3 and there on capable of doing DHCP configuration over the ethernet port on which the PowerBooks are equipped with?
I'm thinking with sufficient RAM, it could be an excellent laptop equipped with two batteries (eh, maybe used ones combined together would work fine after reconditioning them) for light web browsing (akin to what I do with my phone at times), IRC, and perhaps SSH connections to my Gentoo box.
Thanks for any and all help any of you can provide.
(Oh, and also, first post in nearly 2 years. Hurrah.)