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Re: Today I received.....

Post by flaxcottage » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm

The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1.

Of all of them my favourite was the 3a. BITD I did a lot of programming on that. I even managed to port the Sphinx and got it to work (sort of). One year I even did all the exams administration for the school on it, which was great because I always had up to date information to hand.
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Post by Andy1979 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm

flaxcottage wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm
The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1.
Fantastic bits of kit, that’s a great collection you have there. Haven’t used OPL in about 20yrs but remember it being my favourite programming language - simple commands for dialogue boxes and menus and easy to compile programs into apps.

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Post by 1024MAK » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:22 am

Andy1979 wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:55 pm
flaxcottage wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm
The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1.
Fantastic bits of kit, that’s a great collection you have there. Haven’t used OPL in about 20yrs but remember it being my favourite programming language - simple commands for dialogue boxes and menus and easy to compile programs into apps.
Yeah, I concur. I loved OPL and Psion series 3 “PDA’s” :D The series 5 were also great, but I did miss some of the features of the 3 series.

I got a series 3, then a 3a, upgraded 3a, 3c (with backlight IIRC), 5mx. Since then have got a Revo and a Workabout.

One problem with the clamshell design, is that eventually, the plastic case at the sides suffers from cracks, then these develop into breaks, then the case partly falls apart, such that you have to be very careful when opening or closing. Making them impractical to use :twisted:
There also problems with the flexi cable to the display. Some of mine have had to be repaired for the above reasons.

So a while ago I bought some more 5’s and 5mx’s and another Revo.

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Post by kieranhj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:03 pm

Never thought I'd be buying these new on eBay in 2019.
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Post by Commie_User » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:41 pm

Maybe so, though watch for the quality. Repros often aren't the full shilling.

These camera films and cassettes are on sale in my local Pound shop, with more upmarket Maxells at Clas Olsen along with floppies of the same standing. But all is not what it was I hear.

Still, they're better than a kick up the back.
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Post by jonb » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:58 am

flaxcottage wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm
The Psion clamshells are great pieces of kit. I have managed to assemble a mini collection of a 3, 3a, 3mx and 5mx along with a Siena and an Acorn Pocket Book 1.

Of all of them my favourite was the 3a. BITD I did a lot of programming on that. I even managed to port the Sphinx and got it to work (sort of). One year I even did all the exams administration for the school on it, which was great because I always had up to date information to hand.
My only claim to fame was writing the Psion package "Accounts and Expenses" with a friend. Initially for the 3, then the 3a. That was a long time ago, when I still had hair on my head and programming was fun. Like Mark, I have a few of these machines; I use a Series 5 as an alarm clock, there's a spare as well as a 3, 3a and a Revo (all of which are broken in some way).
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Post by vanpeebles » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:52 pm

I'm a big fan of the Organisers IIs as well. Amazing little pocket computer, which also had OPL.

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Post by Andy1979 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:02 pm

1024MAK wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:22 am
One problem with the clamshell design, is that eventually, the plastic case at the sides suffers from cracks, then these develop into breaks, then the case partly falls apart, such that you have to be very careful when opening or closing. Making them impractical to use :twisted:
There also problems with the flexi cable to the display. Some of mine have had to be repaired for the above reasons.
I managed to avoid that somehow, with both devices surviving several years in my school bag. Then when I retrieved my 3a from the loft I found both hinges had broken while in storage.

Ended up buying another 3a with broken display flexi cheaply, and swapping the lids over, so it lives again. Keep thinking I should buy another spare, but bidding on Psion stuff can be quite competitive.

I've restored a backup from my Acorn and am now trying to make sense of my 25yr old code - once I figured out that my Acorn had stripped away all of the 'DOS' file extensions so nothing worked at first. Fun times. PsiFS is way better than the original Acorn A-Link software - hats off to the guys who wrote and maintain it - need to add a serial port to my Raspberry Pi as it's a bit slow on an A3010.

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Post by paulv » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:36 pm

A charity shop contacted me the other day asking if I'd be interested in taking a rather battered Hybrid 6000 sensor unit off their hands...

I've not had a chance to test it yet but when I took it to pieces it seems someone had put bubble wrap inside the head unit to stop the sensor and the PCB coming into contact with each other and there does appear to be some dodgy solder work too so I'm not holding my breath.
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Doesn't look too bad from a distance
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Base unit is a bit rusty (and had blood on it!)
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Fascia is a bit damaged too :-(
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The Piezoelectric sensor is dislodged
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The head unit was twisted too far and cracked the casing
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Some dodgy looking solder work in places!
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PCB component side
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The old glue marks
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Serial number 84
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