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    Any reason to keep going? (for me, not in general)

    Glad you understand my point of view! It's like psed, but longer. (3D Xpoint memory is non-volatile, so no power draw when in 'sleep' (power -off). Of course, it is a power-hog in operation (if you look at Intel Optane SSDs), and orders of magnitude slower than DRAM, even though it is...
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    Rare dev Talks

    If historic talks to do with computing are your thing, try this: Museum Restores 21 Rare Videos from Legendary 1976 Computing Conference
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    I have a friend who is a keen climber. She says that the best feeling in the world is the feeling you get at the peak of a long climb. One day she was telling me about her latest ascent with a fellow climber. She uses expensive equipment from an outfit that brands all their equipment with...
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    Any reason to keep going? (for me, not in general)

    You are quite right to point out that total system power consumption is what should be measured, not just the processor power draw in sleep mode; and for pointing out that DRAM is a 'power-hog'. Let me visit fantasy-land for a moment and proposed that a pocket computer should use 3D Xpoint memory...
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    Any reason to keep going? (for me, not in general)

    Well, your use-case and mine are likely different, which is fine. I'm very happy with the Psion Series 5 keyboard for my use. I take your point about the use of the stylus - I simply used my thumb or fingernail, which was good enough for my purposes. I've never got on with trackpoint/nipple...
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    Any reason to keep going? (for me, not in general)

    I got a Forth interpreter for my CP/M machine, (was tempted by the Ace at the time) and while I could see the benefits, the pain of having to load it from tape instead of the ROM's built-in BASIC meant I didn't use it as much as I should have. I also had got so used to thinking procedurally...
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    The Unanswered Questions Post

    No. First you find some lactating peanuts... Because the buyer and seller agree that money is a medium of exchange, unit of account, and store of value, thus enabling the transaction: otherwise you'd be looking at barter, theft, looking for someone to make a gift, or making it yourself.
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    Any reason to keep going? (for me, not in general)

    One of the many nice things about the Psion 5 series was the 'instant on' capability. Open up, press the 'Esc / On/ Off' key, and bam!, ready to use. I often wondered why turning on wasn't possible by just opening the device up. That was achieved by a deep sleep mode ( 3 microAmp power draw in...
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    What have you bought recently?

    Perfluoropolyether (PFPE)
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    Assembly restart. Software work. And maybe our next SoC?

    Even an accordion is a keyboard instrument. Keyboards get everywhere!
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    Assembly restart. Software work. And maybe our next SoC?

    It's one of the giveaways that the writer's main language is German, like incorrect use of 'since'. German: I have been working on the Pyra since many years. English: I have been working on the Pyra for many years. I run into similar problems speaking and writing languages other than my native...
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    Assembly restart. Software work. And maybe our next SoC?

    That's a shame. All I can suggest is pulling some old phones apart and looking at how different manufacturers solved the problem of keeping batteries in place. I've just looked at a few I have, and they have some quite ingenious approaches, which I can't easily describe in text, and I'm not up...
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    Q: What is an off-topic A: A topic that has been left to ripen for too long.
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    What have you bought recently?

    Why Hershey's Chocolate Tastes Like ... Well, Vomit The presence of something called butyric acid (which is also in puke) is to blame. But how did it get in there?
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    (Bad)Joke Appreciation Corner

    A travelling circus came to town today, and one of the attractions was "Eric, the talking pony!". So, I went to see the show, and a pony trotted up to the microphone on the stage, and said in a weak and raspy voice that the show would be shorter than normal today because he was a little horse.
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