Using a Psion 5


I don’t want to write too much here in case I actually can’t convert this file into a Windows-readable format. Though… as usual, if you’re reading this, it’s obviously worked. By now you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about.

Well, I’m writing this on my Psion Series 5 PDA. Something that I haven’t had out for a while. I bought it as a replacement for my Sharp ZQ-770PC (Because I couldn’t afford the Zaurus SL-C1000), which in turn was bought as a replacement for my Sharp EL-6850. My first PDA/organiser.

I don’t know why I’m even using this, It’s over 10 years old. It can’t connect to the internet, won’t sync with any modern application or do anything particularily useful. In order to get this on my blog, I’ll have to install the desktop syncronization software and connect the Psion via a serial port. After that the file will have to be converted to a text document and then I’ll be able to paste it to my blog.

But in some respects, I think its better than a netbook.  This machine was built and first sold in 1997, it has 8Mb memory (though a 16Mb version was avaliable) . It also has a CF storage card slot, 18Mhz procesor, massive 640×240 screen and . It even has a spell checker. I don’t know of any device on todays market that could replace its form factor. And it fits into my pocket (even if it is a squease).

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