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hpr3444 :: The Psion series 5mx

A show where I talk about my experiences of the Psion 5mx, a portable computer from the late 90s

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Hosted by Nihilazo on 2021-10-14 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Duration: 00:19:38


The psion series 5mx is a portable computer from the late 90s, here's my episode talking about it.

Apologies for talking quickly!


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Comment #1 posted on 2021-10-14 14:13:27 by Brian-in-ohio


I loved this show! Nice to hear about older hardware being used.
Comment #2 posted on 2021-10-14 18:07:17 by Gumnos

Looking forward to this one!

I've long desired to own a 5mx (possibly running either Linux or NetBSD) but have never been able to justify the cost outlay to myself. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures with it!
Comment #3 posted on 2021-10-15 19:53:49 by Cometcycle

Trip down memory lane

Great to hear a show about a Psion PDA. I still have a Revo somewhere in need of repair. Never got round to getting it working directly with Linux but used under a VM with Windows XP and Lotus Smartsuite.
Comment #4 posted on 2021-10-16 12:05:46 by Dave Morriss

Great show!

Hi Nihilazo, Thanks so much for doing the show, it was excellent. It brought a tear to my eye to hear the story of my old Psion being so well appreciated and cared for! I worked for university IT department here in Edinburgh, and my boss bought these devices for all of the managers in the department. I used mine a lot over the years. Occasionally I'd record audio on it, but more often I'd write notes in meetings or use its calendar and contact application. I'm pretty certain it can output documents to a printer using a built-in IR device. I had an monochrome HP LaserJet in my office which would accept documents over IR. It was really useful in this regard. No idea how you'd do that these days - an IR device on a Raspberry Pi? Hmm... Hope to hear more about your adventures with the Psion - and anything else "of interest to hackers" - in the future :-) Dave

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