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Volume 001, Number 093, 25 Mar 1997

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  1. Re: Digest poqetpc.v001.n092 by Michael Fetterman <d005041c@xxxxxxxx>
  2. Poqet file transfer questions. by Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>
  3. Re: poqet by Sabrodsky@xxxxxxxx

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Re: Digest poqetpc.v001.n092 by Michael Fetterman <d005041c@xxxxxxxx>

From: Michael Fetterman <d005041c@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Digest poqetpc.v001.n092
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 02:02:00 -0500 (EST)
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Yours was the first reference I've seen to Sharp pocket computers when 
you mentioned your Sharp 3000. I was just given a Sharp 1500 with an 
attached pocket printer, in a custom case from Sharp, and even with a manual.

What is this little beast good for ? Would you have any interest in it ?
(All swaps considered more fun than cash!).

For a college student who is going to be doing wordprocessing, at home 
and in class, even the Poqet's keyboard (the best of any of the palmtops) 
is really inadequate. Probably the better compromise is an (even older!) 
Tandy Model 100 or 102 with a full size keyboard, readable display, and 
capable of using a standard serial and almost standard (and always 
cheaply available) printer cable. It's battery life is also great (20 
hours on penlights, AC adapter cheaply available (about $10) and hundreds 
of hours on D cells. Durable enough for NBC and the CIA (by history). 
Instant on (no boot process). The only rub is mass storage, and that is 
possible via cable to PC (which you wind up doing with a Poqet often 
anyhow) or to common cassette recorder (slow)(disk drives were available, 
but now hard to find). Weighs about 4 lbs. Can often be found for $50, 
more or less. 

Accessories available from Radio Shark (or even generically)n and not 
expensive. While not a pocket/Poqet computer, at the size of a notebook 
(literally) it easily fits and totes in a regular sack/backpack/briefcase.

I have a Poqet as well as a dozen desktops and a Tandy M100 as well. I 
love them all. For a college student, the old M100 makes the most sense 
in the price and weight range.

Also, a better alternative, if you gotta have a palmtop, to the 
Prolinear, is the Dauphin, by French IBM. 4 megs ram, WINDOWS 3.1, pencil 
pointer instead of mouse, useable keyboard (almost as good as Poqets), 
better display than Poqet, standard 1.44 external floppy, 486SX processor,
and I've seen them offerred new for about $600, or for $800 with 8 megs 
ram (and also maybe built in modem). That is likely a better bargain than 
any of the new WINDOWS CE devices with chicklet key keyboards.

Michael Fetterman

Poqet file transfer questions. by Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>

From: Bryan Mason <bmason@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Poqet file transfer questions.
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 10:36:57 -0600
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This is a message from Eric Tanenbaum <tanenb@xxxxxxxx>.  He had
problems posting to the list, and he asked me to post it for him.

>Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 10:31:24 -0800 (PST)
>From: Eric Tanenbaum <tanenb@xxxxxxxx>
>To: bmason@xxxxxxxx
>I'm still dithering about whether to buy a poquet --- and will most
>likely decide to after the last one is sold. My main concern is about
>file transfer (i.e. pc<>poquet). Are serial cables available? Can they be
>purchased? How much are they? I don't have a machine with pcm1a (?) cards.
>Thanks for your advice.
>Eric Tanenbaum
>Dept of Government
>University of Essex
>Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ
>(Phone: [UK] 01206-872506 or 01206-872502
>        [Int'l] 44-1206-872506 or 44-1206-872502)

Re: poqet by Sabrodsky@xxxxxxxx

From: Sabrodsky@xxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: poqet
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 14:21:27 -0500 (EST)

Hi. Well I've taken the plunge and ordered a Poqet and 1 meg card from
California Digital. Anyone know where I can find a Wordperfect rom card and a
floppy drive?

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