Hey ianmacd ! Yeah, the IPAQ stuff is rather expensive. I ended up buying a dual pcmcia sleeve so I could run a 1g microdrive and a orinoco wireless card at the same time. The sound system on the IPAQ with headphone engaged is truly remarkable. The pre5 release seems to be working quite well for me these days. The microdrive is mounted as /dev/hda1 and it has a few hundred mb of mp3s on it. The power does drain rather fast but the sleeve does have an extra battery. One thing I have noticed is that the IPAQ will drain the battery down if a wireless card is left in it. The new 38xx models sound totally cool! I read on one of the mailing lists off handhelds that there would be an official announcement about running familiar on the new ones. They have gorgeous screens and also have an SD slot built in. They are expensive toys though and the new one is no exception from some of the pocketpc sites I visit.
Today I got to play almost three hours of Loki's Alpha Centauri. Very nice exploration game. Beautiful graphics and nice AI to play against. One of my favorites. I really like the simulation games like SimCity and also some of the shooters.