From the same state that scuttled Stephen Colbert’s presidential election campaign (South Carolina), comes the Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 (Z2). Building on the limited successes of the original Zipit Wireless Messenger which was released in 2004, Zipit Wireless, Inc. has upgraded the palm-sized instant messenger with a handful of nice features and a $149.99 price tag. A color LCD with 320×240 resolution, mini-SD port, backlit keyboard, MP3 music playing capability, and image viewing software are standard features of the Z2. There is no mention of a Linux OS kernel, though. And it was that very feature that endeared the original Zipit to DIYers. Linux in the palm of your hand for less than one hundred bucks. Now those were the days.

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