HP200LX (was Re: Free Linux and OpenOffice - even if your email address doesn't)
als at thangorodrim.de
Mon Sep 1 10:16:34 CDT 2008
On Mon, Sep 01, 2008 at 10:54:02AM -0400, Ray Arachelian wrote:
> Alexander Schreiber wrote:
> > I still have the original boxed sets for MS-DOS 5.0, Novell DOS 7,
> > Windows 3.1, OS/2 Warp3 ... although I haven't run most of those in
> > years (the exception being MS-DOS in a ROMed incarnation inside a
> > HP200LX) and only touched the boxes when moving homes ... again.
> Oh the HP200LX is a lovely little organizer. I still have mine, but
> these days I use it as a portable VT100. It's excellent for that. I
> bought the version of Stacker for it to squeeze out a few more bytes of
> storage out of the PCMCIA flash card.
Yes, a very impressive little machine. I dropped mine a few times and
all that happened was ejecting the batteries and PCMCIA card. Pop both
back in and it works again. Very robust. And the battery life ...
BTW: You can use a CF-to-PCMCIA-adapter and a CF card in it. It ran mine
with a 256 MB CF-card, _plenty_ of storage.
Made a great mobile terminal as well. Unfortunately, on mine the display
went unusable a year or so ago (looks like the display ribbon cable
lost it). So it is now sitting on the shelf. The PDA and mobile library
job has been taken over by a N810.
> I'd use it as an organizer too, but I almost always have my MacBook with
> me... I suppose I should go get a USB serial cable for it, but meh, I
> enjoy the little HP200LX.
> I bought that little guy back in my college days and it was very useful,
> because I could take notes with it, and keep track of test/class
> schedules, but also because it had Lotus 123 built in and that was
> useful in the various science classes. Was far easier to setup a
> spreadsheet with all the various problem types than sit there and do the
> math individually. :-)
Yes, it was my trustu companion for years, I even wrote some code for it
(to use it as a big clock when giving talks and to read books on it).
> The only shrink wrapped software I still have is a copy of SunOS 4.1.x -
> not gonna open it since I have the CD's from another copy elsewhere. I
Oh, yes, there must be some Solaris 7 & 8 original packages around as
well ... somewhere in my piles-of-wonderful-stuff ;-)
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and
looks like work." -- Thomas A. Edison
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