Explaining compatibility issues between USB and retro Psion computers that use RS232 when using USB-RS232 adapters like FTDI & Prolific
Tag Archives: retro-computing
“These aren’t the ROMs you’re looking for…”
The latest MAME release (0.253) is the first to support some of Psion’s 16-bit (SIBO) architecture platforms. Series 3a/3c/3mx, Siena and Workabout/mx are now partially supported.
Back to the source: Taking an emulated MC200 back to Psion’s old HQ in Harcourt St
Taking an emulated Psion computer back to its spiritual home – the MC400 emulation goes to Harcourt Street, London.
More retro Psion: The HC120 “corporate handheld”
Re-visiting the “corporate handheld” computer that is the Psion HC120,
LCD Cakes – can baking an old LCD screen really fix it?
Can baking an old LCD screen fix it? How about rubbing it with a cotton bud? I tried a couple of suggestions I found on the internet to fix blotches on an old Hitachi monochrome LCD screen from my 1989 Psion MC400 laptop.
Out and about with a laptop from 1989
I took my old (1989 vintage) laptop out for a coffee to send some tweets & emails 🙂
Powering old consumer electronics from USB
Using USB to power old mobile/handheld computers
Phoney – Psion Series 3a spoof voice calling from 1996
An app written in 1996 to simulate making voice calls from a Psion Series 3a.
Siemens Nixdorf Scenic Pro C5
5250 days later – booting an old pentium computer that’s been in storage for ~14.5 years. This filthy beast used to be the defender of the home network running the Smoothwall GPL firewall.
Hacking up the Psion SIBO SDK DOS debugger
Poking around in the old Psion SIBO SDK debugger – which looks like it’s based heavily on the MC’s GUI…
Repurposing an old Psion MC400 laptop keyboard with Teensyduino & USB
Re-purposing an old Psion MC400 laptop mechanical keyboard from 1989 to work with USB via a Teensy LC (Arduino compatible) microcontroller
Psion MC400 ROM dump & emulation development
Emulating a Psion MC400 over 30 years later – a 1989 80C86 based laptop being brought back to life in MAME.
The Psion MC400 EROS – Tandy TRS-80 model 200 replacement?
A look at what state-of-the-art mobile text processing for journalists was like in the mid 1990s – the Psion MC400 EROS system.
Emulating the Psion MC400
I read an online post about creating an “MC400 emulator”. That got me thinking about the ROM, and the 28F010 flash chips that realise it…
A Tale of Two Sources: NASA vs. Braben & Bell
Comparing comments (or the lack of them!) in software from 1969 & 1984. NASA’s Apollo Guidance Computer versus Elite for the BBC Model B 🙂
Using a 30 year old laptop in 2021: The Psion MC400…
A summary of all the things that are right with my 1991 Psion MC400 laptop, “online” via an attached Raspberry Pi 3B+ and wifi…
My Linux life: a retrospective
As of July 2021 Linux has been around for 30 years. For almost all of that time I’ve been installing Linux on just about anything I possibly can….