Oddball question: really small terminals

tony duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sun Oct 25 09:19:11 CDT 2015

[HP Palmtops, 95LX etc]
> Oh those look pretty good; I love the terminal emulator in ROM;
> doesn't even need an OS, switch it on and it works; that's one of the
> things I'm after. Shame about the rather nasty looking monochrome LCD

Actually, there is an OS -- MS-DOS -- and it's in ROM too. Along with a text
editor, address book thingy, HP financial calculator (19B-II a-like, it does have a
4 level stack RPN mode) and Lotus 1-2-3. I've never needed to use an application
other than the ones in ROM on these machines.

The terminal emulator has a VT100 mode (which seems to work reasonably
well). And plain text, Xmodem and kermit file transfers. I've used it to download
a file from one machine, then carry the palmtop to a different room and upload
said file to a different machine if it would be impractical to run a cable. 

It is certainly a machine worth considering even if it doesn't meet all your 
requirements at the moment...


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