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So This DevTerm from Clockwork Pi appears to be everything I could have wanted out of a when I was 14.

Design inspired by the Tandy 102, but slightly smaller. Screen the same basic aspect ratio as the HP 200 LX, but with modern connectivity and USB.

It'll run DOSBox, it'll run DVTM and all the various terminal apps I need.

The screen ain't sunlight readable, like my Omnibook, but ... I wonder what the bat life is like.

clockworkpi.com/devterm

$200ish with shipping, pre-orders supposed to ship before April next year.

It's supposed to be "A5" sized, which confuses me? A5 is roughly digest sized, 8.3 x 5.8. That's almost pocket-able, tbh, but it's probably a little cramped to type on.

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It has an integrated thermal printer, which is adorable.

It's silly, but it's cute.

I really want one. I'll honestly probably pre-order two.

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@ajroach42 *drools*
I've been getting used to living life on the move again and it's been really fueling my obsession with kit like this

@ajroach42 waaat!

Good battery life and I think I'll be set for whenever my psion dies

@ajroach42 If I were a teacher and someone handed in an essay using one of these, I would probably give them extra credit. It would be like Hogwart's points system but for nerds.

@ajroach42 honestly i'd wait till its been out for a few months. I had a look earlier today and there's a few yellow flags but I hate being a downer.

@stevelord @ajroach42

I'm happy to wait until its a thing you can just buy from CPC/Farnell or RS (British online electronics stores) and have delivered within a few days (I can see this being genuinely useful for working with embedded systems, procesing telemetry from things like radio transmitters and other kit at the community radio stations but these are things that I won't be doing until well into next year anyway...)

@vfrmedia @ajroach42 I think that's avert sensible and measured approach to take. Most of the bugs should be worked out by then.

@ajroach42 its quite hard to identify individual people involved in the project. its not clear which actual SoCs they're using from the site aside from CM3. The github repos are empty or blobby and not very open sourcey. The form factor encourages hunching unless you're doing quick basic programs. On the community forum there was a front page post "Is Clockwork Pi still alive?" When I checked.

@ajroach42 did you ever get anywhere on your search for a relatively local source on non-plastic paper?

@ajroach42 🤔 I could have sworn you'd talked about this more, but this convo is the only one I can find

retro.social/@ajroach42/102477

I thought you also mentioned an environmental issue with recycling and BPA-based paper that's used for thermal transfer

@68km oh. I don't remember that. I haven't looked in to thermal printers at all.

@ajroach42 I have a bag with A5 sized pockets for a reason. 😁

@ajroach42 Hmm...Tandy M102 was almost exactly A4 sized footprint, so this is like a half scale M102.

I'm watching this with interest, as it appears to be an open hardware design, but I would prefer it to use something more open that a Pi CM3 as the "core" if I would ever get one.

@ajroach42 with a mobile WAP you could be connected to your favorite Pubnix 24/7....

@ajroach42 This thing looks really neat! Is the keyboard touch type sized or more like a thumb keyboard? I really like that they included gamepad buttons too.

Really interested in those other core boards with pretty decent specs. Add this to the list of cool hardware I want.

@kelbot it looks like it's about 8 x 6, or just a bit larger than a psion five. I imagine that means it can be used for touch typing, but it'll be tight.

@ajroach42 If touch typing is doable then I'm excited about this. IMO there is not point in making a keyboard too small to touch type unless you're going for pocketable which this appears not to be.

@ajroach42 gdi, now I'm gonna have to find a job.

you hiring at the coffee shoppe?

@ajroach42 (if the answer to that question is yes, I'll need some further info about the house rental market in the greater ellijay area. thank.)

@djsundog yes. Plenty of rentals the next town over.

But also, let's just open a radio shack.

@ajroach42 I'm in - I actualy floated the idea of moving to ellijay past my wife a few days ago and she didn't say no...

@ajroach42 So I can connect to the internet, ssh to a GNU/Linux system and hack?

@ajroach42

WANT!!!!

(I bought a GameShell and never got around to doing anything with it but this looks much more useful.)

@ajroach42

I still feel guilty for not doing anything with the gameshell yet.

Well, I have ReLarn in a state where I guess it could be ported relatively easily and that was kind of my original plan so I may get around to that at some point.

@ajroach42 This is a very cute machine. The only thing preventing me from trying to snag one is that I'm just not sure what I'd use it for!

@matty I have used similarly sized boxes for writing and development, but that is battery life dependent.

@ajroach42 I admit it would be a lot of fun to have a tiny computer like this for running through my RSS feeds in emacs. I'd feel like a wizard every time I pulled it out haha.

@ajroach42@retro.social Just so you know my wallet is quite put out with you. Meanwhile I'm trying to pencil this into my budget.

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