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Legal Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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by MOS6510 on Sun 8th Jul 2012 10:28 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

At home, which I'm very far away from right now, I have this Seiko watch.

It's pretty rare and can be "docked" on a small keyboard and act as a screen to run BASIC programs on. I have two keyboards, a normal one and one with an embeded printer.

The problem is I can't connect the watch to either. The one with the printer keeps printing "connection error".

There are no visible connectors. I do as the manual says, but never does it even seem to connect.

Do you have any clues?

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by Morgan on Sun 8th Jul 2012 11:12 in reply to "RE[7]: ..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Wow, I've always wanted to get my hands on one of those! I'm a watch fanatic (though I don't wear one these days since my skin is so sensitive to base metals) and that series by Seiko always fascinated me. Are yours the UC-2100 and 2200 docks?

Those devices used an EM coupler to transmit data, similar to modern RFID systems. It's possible that the EM loop in the watch is damaged, since you say it won't connect to either. I know this sounds silly, but start with the basics: Is the battery good? It may have enough juice to run the watch, but the EM pulses may require more current than the logic circuits.

It's difficult to diagnose more than that, as I've never actually owned one and am only speaking from what I remember reading about them back in the day. You may have to take the watch to a repair shop that knows how to work on those particular models. It probably won't be cheap, but given the rarity of the watch and depending on your attachment to it, it might be worth it. I know I'd spend the money if I owned one and didn't feel confident working on it myself.

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by MOS6510 on Sun 8th Jul 2012 13:49 in reply to "RE[8]: ..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, they are UC-something. The watch is in fact a pocket watch. I'll let you know what they exactly are. If you want you can send me an email at etienne followed by an @ and wettingfeld in .nl.

My brother died a few years ago and this was amongst his stuff. I have no idea how he got his hands on it or if it ever worked. I did replace the batteries, but that didn't help. The watch does run, so you might be right and it's a faulty part.

I'm a watch fanatic too (well, more time obsessed). Right now I'm in Turkey where you can get a fake version of any famous/expensive watch. These replicates are amazingly accurate in apperance. Even though I have a lot of watches I'm thinking of getting another one.

Also I'm trying to get my hands on an antique pocket watch, which isn't too difficult if you want to spend a lot of money, but I don't.

Oh, I also have 3 Apple watches and 2 Apple clocks!

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by zima on Tue 10th Jul 2012 01:21 in reply to "RE[8]: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Wow, I've always wanted to get my hands on one of those! I'm a watch fanatic (though I don't wear one these days since my skin is so sensitive to base metals)

So... plastics? ;) Just like, presumably, a watch I must get my hands on, sooner or later: http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Nelsonic/Tetris.htm (and maybe few more http://www.osnews.com/permalink?526104 )

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