Of course it will fire up and it only needs two AA-batteries. I still have a mint copy of Ericsson MC218 (aka Psion Series 5mx with IrDA) which didn't find much use back in year 2000.My old 1999 Psion 5mx (next to my E-PL7 for scale).
Up to that time I used an old HP 200LX running Dos - and I came back with it from Africa where it proved to be great, but the screen was starting to go really dim - so I upgraded to this tiny thing. I suspect that if I found proper replacement batteries, it would fire right up.
I have no sense of the size of that, but since the newer phones tend to be bigger and bigger maybe it isn't huge?Of course it will fire up and it only needs two AA-batteries. I still have a mint copy of Ericsson MC218 (aka Psion Series 5mx with IrDA) which didn't find much use back in year 2000.
Connectivity is a problem and I can't show you how to browse mu-43.com on the screen because I can't even remember the last year mobile phones came with IrDA. I have seen a USB-IrDA dongle being sold on ebay but they were so expensive that I didn't bother. I believe it came with a serial cable which I have lost but then again, can't remember the last time I had a PC with a serial port either.
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It's thick but otherwise no larger than something like Galaxy Fold 2. Thanks to it's clever folding keypad mechanism, it has a true fully functional keyboard. With this thing it's possible to actually write more than few sentences and display is enormous compared to mobile phones of the day. I would really buy this today if it was sold with modern smatphone engine and OLED display.I have no sense of the size of that, but since the newer phones tend to be bigger and bigger maybe it isn't huge?
How does it compare to a new BIG phone?
Along the same lines:Someone mentioned slide rules in passing. While they are not computers per se, they are part of the chain of inventions that led to real computers. I collect them and I’d like to use this thread as an opportunity to show them. I hope no one minds. It is interesting that historically before there were digital computers it was the people who did the scientific calculations and they were actually called computers. It was their job title. In my photo, the rule in the lower left (above the tie tack) is my oldest one. Made in England in the 1870’s out of ivory, it was used by customs inspectors to calculate import taxes on alcoholic beverages. The large yellow Pickett I purchased in 1972 from a university bookstore. I used it at work for a few years until digital calculators became cheap enough for working stiffs to buy.
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I am actually in the process of going through my old Macintosh stuff and trying to decide what to keep and what to let go... Older Apple stuff and the likes will always be of interest though...