Using and programming the Epson HX-20 portable computer by Eric Balkan

By Eric Balkan

Why this publication? except the truth that i love writing approximately pcs greater than absolutely anything else, this e-book fills a number of genuine wishes. regardless of what percentage manuals a working laptop or computer producer places out to accompany a syste- and a few of Epson America's are excellent - no longer every little thing should be lined. This e-book fills within the gaps. This ebook is independent, having been written independently of Epson. So, I will not be telling you to drop every little thing and run out to shop for an HX-20. The HX- 20 is sweet for a few makes use of, no longer so stable for a few others. This e-book is a advisor to out of the desktop and/or pointing you in the direction of a unique getting the main computing device that will greater fit your wishes. firstly of this undertaking I needed to come to a decision who was once my audience: newcomers, specialists, or these in among? simply because HX-20 vendors and potential vendors do not fall into neat different types, i attempted to 'cover the entire bases'. Or not less than as many as attainable. as with every try and do every thing, i did not regularly be triumphant. yet I did reach supplying at the least whatever for everybody. should you have not but got a transportable - or are uncertain if purchasing an HX-20 used to be definitely the right circulation - there are descriptions of 20 different portables out there. should you have used different pcs earlier than, there is details on how Epson easy differs from different fundamentals, with tips about changing courses.

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This means of connection is called the Hex-bus. Existing peripherals include: video interface, modem, printer/plotter, wafertape digital tape drive, RS-232 interface. Except for the video interface, all can be battery powered. But, of course, all add to the weight of what starts out to be a very lightweight unit. 6 kg) Keyboard: 28 key, calculator-style use of the digital tape. This unit, which is similar to the well-regarded but little known Exatron Stringy Floppy, holds up to 48K. Software packages available on 'Wafertape' include photography, maths, engineering, statistics, inventory, and more.

Simply 'turning off' the HX-20 won't help, because the power on/off switch doesn't do any more than set a flag in memory for the software to check. The HX-20 is always on, even when the display is blank, always feeding power to the memory. Another way to ruin the batteries, which are not easily replaced, is to overcharge them. This is not hard to do: it will happen if they are left charging for 2-3 days. You might think that the HX-20, since it has a clock, would be smart enough to tum off the charger, but no such luck.

Advantages include: - an electro-luminescent (EL) display, the clearest and easiest-to-read of any display technology; - a central support system at GRiD headquarters (GRiD Central) that can download software to your Compass; - networking via a Compass Central desktop system - high-speed microprocessors - a variety of interfaces, including RS-422 and GPIB That's all in addition to the usual features of a portable, such as light weight, convenient 25 size, full keyboard, etc. There are disadvantages, of course.

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