Oddball question: really small terminals

Mike Ross tmfdmike at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 22:43:17 CDT 2015

On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 3:19 AM, tony duell <ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> [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...
> -tony

Well I had forgotten I had pretty much what I was looking for in the
Corestore collection already!


Two terminals the size of small pizza boxes using external VGA
displays. On top, an IBM 3483 coax 3270 terminal, on the bottom a DEC
VT525 serial terminal.

Now all I need is to find VGA LCD displays about the size of those
boxes - say 10" or 12" diagonal, suggestions??? - and maybe a few more
terminals - and we're pretty much in business!

I still love my VT52s and VT100s and 3278s, but I have space
considerations too for some of these applications! :-)



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