A Conversation for History of the Personal Data Assistant (PDA)

Psion LZ64

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Pierre Menard, author of the Quixote

Anyone remember the LZ64?

It was similar to the two-line device mentioned in the article, except it had a four-line display.

I had one with an RS-232 adaptor that slotted into the top.

Every morning, my BBC Master 128 switched on, booted from floppy, and downloaded a selection of pages from teletext.

When I woke up, I'd plug my LZ64 into the BBC Master, and download the pages. Voila! An electronic newspaper!

Not bad for the late 1980s. The software was a complete pig to write, though. smiley - erm

Not a patch on an iPAQ, of course, but they were fun times.


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