Thursday, August 9, 2018

Random chart - social media use

Source: How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness

Gemini - and the verdict is...

So, for fun and to see what it would look like I downloaded and installed Magic Dosbox Free and fired up some some old HP 200lx apps e.g.MM/lx (Note: most of the archived S.U.P.E.R database links are dead, however some other HP200lx software repositories e.g. D&A Software are still "live.") It all worked reasonably well, though the font is rather small as you can see! The programs use the F1 through F10 keys, so I had to have Magic Dosbox Free display them on a screen overlay, certainly not the easiest way to use them. However, when I used Deskdock to connect the Gemini to my desktop, the F keys were much more accessible using the desktop keyboard...



All in all, pretty cool, but not of any great utility!

When I originally received my Gemini in May the question I asked was: "Will the Gemini dethrone it and take over? Will I be able to go from two devices down to one? We'll know in the next few weeks or months!" with "it" referring to my venerable Sharp Zaurus!  The verdict is in and we now have the answer, and it is a "yes."

Not a resounding "yes" but a yes nonetheless. I still prefer the Zaurus' keyboard and screen, and greatly miss my IQNotes software; however the stand-alone, no built-in communication mode has finally done in the Zaurus. IQNotes has been replaced by other software (OneNote plus Notion), which while not as good for my use, saves to the 'cloud' allowing their use across handheld, desktop, and other devices. So, my Gemini is now my main device, despite its shortcomings - the keyboard is a little large/difficult for 'thumb typing,' and it has a problematic space bar and a genuinely horrible camera!

There's no Psion nostalgia here! As you can see from the header picture, over the years I used the HP 200lx for eight years, the Sharp Zaurus for fifteen years; and trialed (but did not switch to) another couple of dozen plus handhelds of various sorts... but, interestingly, never a Psion!

The bottom line? My collection of Sharp Zauruses will now be moved to the "closet of misfit gadgets" where I keep those that have been obsoleted but which I can't bring myself to completely discard!

Earlier looks:
Gemini - first look  (May 4th, 2018)
Gemini - second look (May 14th, 2018) 
Gemini - third look ( May 26th, 2018)
Gemini - fourth look (June 23rd, 2018)
Gemini - fifth look (July 3, 2018)
Some more Gemini (July 6th, 2018) 

Resource links:
Gemini PDA sub-reddit r/geminipda
Gemini PDA Tips

Online reviews:
Gemini PDA (in Japanese)
Gemini PDA Review: The Psion Series 5: Reborn
Gemini PDA: The Palmtop Returns (YouTube video)
Design Talk 42. Psion revisited in the Gemini PDA? Martin Riddiford, Therefore Design and Davide Guidi, Planet Computers (Soundcloud interview recording)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Random chart - generic profits

Source: Teva Plunges as U.S. Sales Drop Amid Generic Price Erosion

"... Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plummeted the most in six months after U.S. sales fell amid price erosion for generic drugs, the company’s biggest business. The 18 percent slump in overall second-quarter sales to $4.7 billion trailed analysts’ average estimate and was led by a decline in sales of copycat drugs in North America. Rapid approvals for generic medicines and consolidation of big pharma buyers continued to squeeze industry profitability for a second year..."

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Random charts - drug prices


Source: Drug Price Forecast Highlights: July-August 2018

Random charts - U.S. births


"... Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. The result is that children are born into very different family lives, heading for diverging economic futures...."

Friday, July 6, 2018

Some more Gemini...

Planet Computers just released its agenda app... I downloaded it, along with the related Planet Sync Service app. Set it up, added a widget...

Verdict: It's ok, but then again, I'm not an ex-Psion user (I used a HP200lx before moving to the Sharp Zaurus) pining for the old days! In regards to appearance, you only have choices of light and dark themes and they both aren't that easy to read. I ended up choosing the dark theme and setting 'Show background image' to 'No image.'

Interestingly enough, in the preferences you can set your default view to Agenda; however, when you are in the app and you want to switch views the only choices are Anniversary, To Do Lists, Year Planner, Month, Week, and Day i.e. once you navigate away from Agenda it no longer is a view choice!

All was well until I started to get fairly regular "Agenda keeps stopping" messages. Not a big deal for me as I didn't see a value to switching away from my current setup.

I then tried out the camera's video...

OK, the stabilization isn't that great... Hopefully, moving ahead that can be addressed with a software update!

Next I downloaded DeskDock and sprung for the Pro version, to connect my Gemini to my desktop via the USB cable and then use my desktop mouse and keyboard on the Gemini...


Note: I've been trying to use synergy to do the same for when booted into Debian, but thus far have not managed to get it up and running...

And, finally, some speculation on the future evolution of the Gemini -  Gemini PDA could get a Wear OS powered second screen

Earlier looks:
Gemini - first look  (May 4th, 2018)
Gemini - second look (May 14th, 2018) 
Gemini - third look ( May 26th, 2018)
Gemini - fourth look (June 23rd, 2018)
Gemini - fifth look (July 3, 2018)

Resource links:

Online reviews:
Gemini PDA review (first look): the phone Psion fans have been waiting for?
A look at the modern travel warriors PSION in 2018 – The Gemini PDA

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Gemini - fifth look

I received my camera module and fitted it after looking at the instructions and watching the video at: Fitting the Gemini Camera Accessory  It was all fairly painless and took less than five minutes.


As expected, based on previous reports (see here, here, and here), the picture quality is rather poor... but judge for yourself (random pictures, click to see full size)!


... and a panoramic picture:

FWIW, outside pictures seem to fare better than inside ones...

Earlier looks:
Gemini - first look  (May 4th, 2018)
Gemini - second look (May 14th, 2018) 
Gemini - third look ( May 26th, 2018)
Gemini - fourth look (June 23rd, 2018)

Resource links:

Online reviews:
Gemini PDA
Living with a Gemini 4G
Digital devices for world travelers
The Gemini PDA 2018;  hands on review 
Planet Computers Gemini review (Forbes)
Gemini PDA: Which came first? (Joe's Blog)
RISC OS Open Forums: Gemini PDA First Look Review
Gemini PDA 20 years on meet the all new Psion Series A
The Gemini PDA offers a keyboard, but will anyone want it?

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