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Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Windows 10 on the Gemini?
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:06:23 pm »
I'll add my “For goodness' sake, NO!!!”

Partly because I've never owned anything running a Microsoft OS.  Partly because it's likely to make the Gemini look far worse than it is.

And partly because it'll dilute the platform: the fewer people running each OS on it, the less pressure for compatibility, updates, &c; and the less we users will be able to help each other and share experiences and insights.  The platform is already split between Linux and Android; a necessary split at this point, but already it reduces the need for Gemini-related Linux updates, tweaks, and apps.  It's too easy for people to say “Oh, just boot into Android to do that.”  How much worse would it be with Windows too?

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Yes, it's just a guess.  But it seems plausible enough to me, so I'm happy to accept it provisionally, unless/until anyone has any better info.

(And, eager as we all are to get our units, wishful thinking doesn't count as ‘better’.   )

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Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Gemini PDA Gen 2 Features Request
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:37:29 pm »
Some good ideas there.

However, in 20 years of using a Psion 5mx (including in bed most nights, with the lights off, and you can stop sniggering at the back), I've never felt any need for a keyboard backlight.  The keyboard has so few extra keys that there's little chance for confusion, and if you do much typing with it, you come to feel where all the keys are (whether in two-thumb or full touch-type mode).

Similarly, I never need to resort to a stylus; most of what I do is via the keyboard, and I find that a fingernail's plenty accurate enough for the screen.  (I just turn or bend my index finger slightly.)  A stylus would give slightly greater precision and visibility, of course, but Psion apps don't require infinite precision, and a fingernail's much more convenient.

So those are two things that might not be quite so important after all!



This has reminded me that at one point, Psion themselves asked for ideas for a successor to the 5mx.  I can't recall everything I suggested, but it certainly included a colour screen, headphone socket, stereo audio, more storage, and probably Bluetooth and/or USB, faster processor, thinner/lighter — all of which the Gemini has!  And much more besides.  So we are (about to be) living in good times.

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Gemini PDA - General Discussion / ZX Vega Comparison
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:45:47 pm »
I came to some of the same conclusions as you folks.

I was pretty excited at the initial announcement.  (I've spent 20 years looking for a worthy successor to the Psion 5mx that I still use every day!)  But the uncertainty of crowdfunding, the amount of money, and concern over possible links to the Vega+ situation, made me hold off for several months.

But since then, everything I've seen has added to my confidence.  Planet have posted relatively frequent updates, demonstrating lots of progress, and seem to have been pretty honest about the spec and timescales.  The appearance of working prototypes and, most recently, actual production models, have made it seem more and more likely that they'll deliver.

(Also, although I'm not sure I follow much of the Spectrum Vega+ story properly, it seems like the real culprits had left before Janko became involved, and he's one of those left to carry the can.  I'm not sure that excuses everything that's happened since, but it does at least reduce some of the question marks over his name.)

So for me, the expected benefits exceeded the risks several months ago, and I took the plunge.

In the next few weeks I hope my confidence will be validated…  

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Gemini PDA - General Discussion / Wikipedia
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:28:37 pm »
Yes, let's! 

I've never understood Wikipedia's criteria for notability, and can't see how they could reasonably deny an article on those grounds, given all the publicity it's been earning over recent weeks.

(By coincidence, I recently happened to edit the page for David E. Potter, adding his honorary chairmanship of Planet Computers, with dead links to both Planet Computers and Gemini PDA, in the hope that those pages might be added soon.)

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Oooh…  Clove is a name I remember from the days when the Psion world was still active.  Seeing it again here is yet another link to those heady days — and gets me even more excited!

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