Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Sep 2011 22:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Sometimes, I just want to hug the internet. As some of you may know, I'm working on an article about the history of mobile computing. Tomislav, from the PEEK&POKE computer museum in Rijeka, Croatia, got in touch with me and generously offered to loan me four incredible mobile computers: a Cambridge Z88, a Psion Series 3a, an Apple Newton eMate 300, and, the one I'm most excited about, an NCR system 3125 tablet computer from 1993. Now I need your help: I'm looking for a copy of GO's PenPoint OS (much more detailed overview) which can run on this NCR 3125.
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Comment by Brynet
by brynet on Thu 15th Sep 2011 23:22 UTC
brynet
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2010-03-02

While it won't be this "PenPoint" product you want, 386SL still has a MMU and supports 32-bit protected mode, no FPU though (..unless NCR added one).

You could likely install an older version of NetBSD or Linux on the system.

I don't know how the touchscreen is implemented, but there may be X drivers.

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RE: Comment by Brynet
by ricegf on Thu 15th Sep 2011 23:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by Brynet"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

So you're thinking a sort of Back to the Future type of computer history article? Which is oddly appropriate, since OSNews shows that you wrote your comment 5 hours from now (23:22 CST). :-D

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RE[2]: Comment by Brynet
by brynet on Thu 15th Sep 2011 23:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
brynet Member since:
2010-03-02

Time must be off on their server.

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RE[3]: Comment by Brynet
by zima on Mon 19th Sep 2011 23:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Brynet"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's generally fascinating how many servers seem to operate like that, despite NTP and such ...makes one wonder how large portion of other things we do wrong for no particular reason.

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RE[2]: Comment by Brynet
by zima on Fri 16th Sep 2011 00:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

23:22 CET (which still would seem a bit off; but more like 1 or 2 h late, or so)
Generally, it would Back to the... no, installing NetBSD or Linux would just pointless in context.

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Why not try ordering it form IBM?
by Ezrec on Fri 16th Sep 2011 03:23 UTC
Ezrec
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2011-09-16

You would be surprised what you can order from IBM if you have the part number...

http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/pcpartnerinfo/ctstips/8a06.htm

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NCR system 3125 tablet computer
by fran on Fri 16th Sep 2011 13:41 UTC
fran
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2010-08-06

NCR system 3125 tablet computer

better hide this before it gets confiscated for patent infringement

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AndrewZ Member since:
2005-11-15

Don't forget about the Rex. The first real PDA.

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Robert Carr
by broken_symlink on Fri 16th Sep 2011 14:45 UTC
broken_symlink
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2005-07-06

Maybe you should try getting in contact with Robert Carr.

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I found a broken NCR 3125
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 16th Sep 2011 15:47 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

It was in a trash heap in a third world country. I tried to get it working, but failed. Didn't see any kind of disks for pen point. I think it also had win 3.1 with the pen add ons.

I tell you all of the old interesting, messed up hardware ends up in the strangest places.

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Magic Cap
by Agent69 on Fri 16th Sep 2011 17:15 UTC
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2005-07-07

Don't forget about the Magic Cap operating system, developed by General Data for mobile PDA devices. Both Sony and Motorola made devices and for a while, there was even a version that ran on Windows.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_Cap
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/guis/magiccap
http://www.guidebookgallery.org/articles/sonyreleasesmagiccapdevice

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RE: Magic Cap
by steve_s on Sat 17th Sep 2011 08:30 UTC in reply to "Magic Cap"
steve_s Member since:
2006-01-16

Magic Cap was made by General Magic.

Magic Cap itself started life as a project within Apple, but gained little traction with upper management, so the team involved managed to spin out the company as a separate entity. The key figures involved included Macintosh creators Andy Hertzfeld and Bill Atkinson.

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The Power of Penpoint
by transputer_guy on Fri 16th Sep 2011 20:58 UTC
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2005-07-08

I have the book by Robert Carr, Dan Shafer, I bought it for $1 shortly after ATT? threw in the towel. A shame really, it seemed far ahead of it's time even when I bought it. Would have loved to have played with the device too.

It's been gathering dust next to my other tomes on deceased OSes like Taligent, BeOS. At some point all of this library will hit the big dumpster because owning it is only for people living in the distant past (moi).

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PenPoint contact
by davidschachter on Fri 16th Sep 2011 21:34 UTC
davidschachter
Member since:
2011-09-16

Article author: Contact me by email and I'll put you in touch with two ex-GO employees with access to the alumni mailing list.

You might also try the Computer History Museum in Mountain View or Digibarn, but I'm sure you already thought of that. :-)

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RE: PenPoint contact
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:38 UTC in reply to "PenPoint contact"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Article author: Contact me by email and I'll put you in touch with two ex-GO employees with access to the alumni mailing list.


Thank you for the comment - I will send you an email over the weekend ;) .

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post something out.
by martini on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:12 UTC
martini
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2006-01-23

..Thom, it will great if you find PenPoint OS and if you write something about it, why don't you donate some screenshots and comments to wikipedia.

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RE: post something out.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:39 UTC in reply to "post something out."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

..Thom, it will great if you find PenPoint OS and if you write something about it, why don't you donate some screenshots and comments to wikipedia.


I don't edit Wikipedia (and certainly not to inject my own article!), but others are obviously free to do so. I'll be sure to clearly label any photos as CC.

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