<10 years but On Topic
allain at panix.com
Thu Jul 21 10:50:16 CDT 2005
I just got my first taste of the General Magic DataRover 840
and man is it a fun machine!
Here's an intro although I believe that several designers
may be on list to tell you more.
It's sort of like the first hard drive Mac simplified by half
and made pocket sized. More Newton sized than Palm.
The screen is really high resolution for a pocket machine,
much better than Palm. The O/S and apps have all the
cleverness you might expect from Apple, but a little more
streamlined for quick use. There's the pictoral desktop, a
hallway with file cabinets, etc. great graphics all around.
Surprising this isn't used on all Cellphones at this point,
I believe it was attempted for some.
Hardware includes A Phone port for Voice, Fax, and Internet
connectivity. PCMCIA*2 ports. A form of IRDa, and a small
port that may be a form of SCSI since there is a driver for that.
They're practically giving them away right now, even on eBay
so hence the mention. This situation will definitely not be the
same in 5 years.
I think it deserves inclusion here even though at 7 years (1998)
it's out of band formally, but due to to the severe Crash and burn
of both the product, which couldn't fight both CE and Palm, and
of the company (Internet bubbled?) it's becoming _ancient_
history real fast. The sudden death of everything makes it difficult
to find outside information, accesories and so on Today, but what
you get is a great machine
Not SPAM, just happy with the find.
Keywords: DataRover 840, Magic Cap O/S, General Magic Inc.
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