Pocket PC users - did you know Microsoft have a Pocket PC - PC emulator
that could be handy for demos? (used to be at the Microsoft Pocket PC Developer Site)
Display a Psion Series 3a palmtop (Pocket Book) screen on a PC
Many schools used palmtop computers for word processing, recording results
as well as for data logging. They find that a price of £250 for the basic
machine and under £500 for one complete with a data logger, a class set of
them was almost affordable. Another, not to be sneezed at, advantage is that
they were small and unobtrusive.
The downside is that the palmtop computer does not display on a monitor for
demonstrations. But by using a free piece of software, called a PC-Series 3
emulator, you can use desktop computer to demonstrate things. The funny but
useful thing is that it can log data through the PC serial port.
What to do:
- Find a consenting PC expert to help
- Get the file S3emul.exe from Psion fan site. This is the Psion PC Emulator that allows you
to run palmtop software on a PC. There are other emulators here you might try
- for example if you want some hands-on practice with the Psion Series 5 now's
- Move the file to a PC folder (call it, say Psion) on your computer.
Double click on it and it will extract itself in the folder.
- Link up your palmtop to the PC, run whatever transfer software you use
(for example PsiWin) and copy your Psion data logging software folders into
- Learn the contents of the Readme.wrd file about the function keys and exit
- Open Notepad, write this batch file (call it say, Psion.bat) and save it
to the folder
- cd c:\psion
- SUBST M: C:\PSION
- SUBST N: H:\
- SUBST M: /D
- Right click on the batch file in Windows and check the MSDOS settings to
make sure Windows runs in MSDOS mode. The emulator says it doesn't work within
Windows but it seems to anyway.
- Put a shortcut to the batch file on your desktop and click it to run it.
- There are no guarantees but this works with the palmtop logging software
supplied for Xemplar's Pocket Lab, LogIT, Live, and Datameter 1000. It gave
spurious readings on occasion but that expert may be able to help.