I just noticed today that Psion have a new logo, which is a world away from their old logo:
Having lived with the original logo since I bought my first Psion PDA, the Psion Siena 512KB, in 1996 it may take a little getting used to but I like it. It’s modern and retro all in one.
I still get a lot of email to do with Psion PDAs on account of the Psion section on my website. This past week I’ve replied to 27 emails about them, mostly about connection issues with either 64-bit versions of Windows or USB-to-cable adapters.
I’m just beginning the long process of redesigning my website, including a major reworking of the Psion section. If I can manage to do that in 2011 with toddler twins and a gradually-getting-further-away-from-being-a-newborn that’ll be a productive year. It should also help to reduce the number of emails I get about Psion-related matters. Not that I mind really, I do enjoy the chat, but my website could be just a little more useful.
Let’s hear it for Psion. Not only did they make first class PDAs, which still have a massive community of user going nuts over, but their PC connectivity software PsiWin — which they stopped developing at version 2.3.3 (copyright 1997-2001) — still works perfectly even under the beta version of Windows 7 Ultimate edition.
First review of the new Asus Eee PC 900 at TrustedReviews.
Looks good, but just isn’t a Psion!
One of the problems with having to reinstall all my applications at work (on a new PC, which I’m 100% not complaining about) is having to re-synchronize my Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 PDA (O2 Xda Orbit) with Microsoft Outlook 2003.
You’d think it was like a conversation between two members of the UN, with a translator for each.
I’ve just dropped off a couple of folks in St Andrews after dinner, popped into the office and it’s STILL synchronizing.
It’s been synchronizing for over 13.5 hours now!
Seriously?!! That’s absolutely rubbish.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: my Psion 5mx from 8 years ago is better than that.
Thankfully when I arrived at the office this morning, shortly before 09:00, my PDA had finished synchronizing. Phew!
Chris Cooper has launched a new wiki for Psion enthusiasts/users. It’s called PsionWiki.
For those who don’t know, a wiki is a website that you can join, login to and create/edit the information on it.
If you’re a Psion user and want to contribute, then get over to http://psionwiki.wikidot.com/ and get involved.
At last! It’s taken a whole day, but my PDA and Outlook have finally seen eye-to-eye and synchronized.
- Contacts (651 items) – 2 hours
- Calendar (4,280 items) – 4.5 hours
- Tasks (96 items) – 1.25 hours
- Notes (4 items) – seconds
I wonder if I was to sync my Psion with Outlook how long it would take …
I’ve probably said it before, I’ll say it again:
Why does Microsoft ActiveSync take such an inordinate length of time to synchronize Outlook 2003 with Outlook Mobile?
My Xda Orbit is currently doing an initial sync with Outlook. It has taken 75 minutes so far and it still says “Processing”.
My Psion Series 5mx or Series 7 on the other hand will do an initial sync in less than 10 minutes. Using software from the turn of the millennium!
Update #1: that’s the two hours mark now … still “Processing”.
Update #2: … and three hours passes … still “Processing”.
Update #3: … and four hours passes by. The really annoying thing is that there is no feedback other than “Processing”. The rest of ActiveSync is working fine, e.g. Explore and Connection Settings … but is it synchronizing with Outlook?
Update #4: I eventually cancelled the synchronization, deleted the ActiveSync profile on my O2 Xda Orbit and within Microsoft ActiveSync and then reconnected. I then set it to sync only Tasks — that completed; then Tasks and Notes — that completed too; then Tasks, Notes and Contacts — that’s completed. Just Calendar to do now, and I should be done. At last!