@kelbot :blobexpressionless: I DO NOT NEED THIS MACHINE. I DO NOT NEED THIS MACHINE. I DO NOT NEED THIS MACHINE. I DO NOT NEED THIS MACHINE

@kelbot Alright, so this was more or less what I was expecting. it's tiny. It's a toy, but it's a fun toy.

Pocket Chip in a slab factor.

@ajroach42 Yeah, it is tinier than it appears without anything to compare against or seeing it in person. twitter.com/dan_sanderson/stat

Cool for sure but I just don't really understand why you make something this style and make it tiny but not tiny enough to fit in a pocket. If it's not going in a pocket why make it so small that it's frustrating to type on?

@ajroach42 Also, reading those comments about the direction buttons being weird and the gamepad buttons not being in the typical symmetrical cross layout is a bummer.

@ajroach42 It is still tempting though just so I could browse gemini on it and then print pages out on thermal paper :-P.

@kelbot I'm still planning to get one.

I wish it was like 25% larger, or pocketable. The size seems like a bad compromise.

@ajroach42 I really is still tempting just for the cool factor even with all the less than ideal design choices that were made. I'm probably going to pass on this one though. For now... We'll see if my will power is strong enough :).

@kelbot @ajroach42 (adafruit sells the bare thermal printer assembly and interface that I happened to be looking at last night for reasons: adafruit.com/product/2753)

@kelbot @ajroach42 (a thermal printer that outputs qr codes to "save" software and a hand held scanner using the same feed path and drive to "load" software would be a fun neoretro hack is what I am thinking, not that anyone asked ;p

edited to add closing paren here: )

@djsundog

Dude, I've been thinking about this same thing. The hang-up I have is that anything I've found to convert the QR back into code requires a lot more CPU than the machine I want to use this with has 😂​

@kelbot @ajroach42

@requiem

I've thought about this a lot, and I think it'd be better to do something like an Intelligent Mail Barcode: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellig. Throw out their scheme for how the data is organized completely, and instead make it be an arbitrary length (possibly broken into multiple lines rather than one long line) and use the four states to encode two bits at one time. It'd be significantly easier to decode, although less compact than a QR code.

@djsundog @kelbot @ajroach42

@kelbot @ajroach42 Oh wow, I envisioned it as being the size of a Tandy M100 et al.

@gamehawk @kelbot @ajroach42
I too was thinking Tandy 100, until I saw the thing next to a pencil! That really is a cool peice of kit!

@kelbot @th this is your contemporary Mod 100 lookalike. :)

@billiegrace @kelbot "Most official photos do not include other objects that indicate scale" and they are tiny compared to the Model 100!

@th @kelbot yes, it is a bit petite. I have fond memories of the Mod 100 from my teenage years but I don't feel a particular need for this new thing.

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