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#1 2014-05-30 01:08:47

bbraun
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MagicCap

Falling into the "anything that can sync with your mac" hand held category, anyone have any magiccap devices?  I've been messing around with a DataRover 840 with MagicCap3, comparing it a bit with the newton.  The room based UI metaphor is interesting, although it seems to just generate extra clicks (taps).
It seems like a lot of the original Mac guys left for General Magic when that was spun out of Apple, which seems to coincide approximately with System 7.  System 7 probably being the biggest change to the MacOS up to that time, I kind of wonder how much that played into the departure of some of those folks.

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#2 2014-05-30 06:04:17

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Re: MagicCap

I have a DataRover 840, which I slapped a 3C589 card in, and a Sony PIC-1000. I've also got the data cable, a General Magic dev disk with the Magic Cap emulator (runs under Classic, natch) and the special CodeWarrior edition, though I have yet to try writing anything for it.

I like Magic Cap. I just wish it were a bit smaller.


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#3 2014-05-30 13:18:48

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Re: MagicCap

I have a DataRover as well that I picked up on a whim. I find the interface is a little too "cute" and gets in the way vs. NewtonOS or older PalmOS, but it fun to fool around with.

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#4 2014-05-30 14:59:56

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Re: MagicCap

Nice!  Yeah, I have a 3c589 card in mine as well.  Only supporting SRAM cards for storage and not even linear flash is a bit of a bummer.
I've noticed dev tools for magiccap on my codewarrior install, but I've also not tried writing code for it yet.
I guess there was a CujoTerm terminal emulator that was distributed as sample code on the general magic website, but I haven't stumbled across it.  A terminal emulator would be great for one of these.
The mirror of the rosemary software archive is great.

To get the 3c589 driver on it initially, I ended up using a telephone line simulator to a modem connected to a usb to rs232 adapter to a raspberry pi to get the datarover to "dial up" and get online.  Then used Josh Carter's package mailer to email the packages to myself, and check the email on the datarover.  Kind of a fun "science project" to set up in its self.

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#5 2014-05-30 16:00:06

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Re: MagicCap

Josh's site is awesome. I actually used VirtualPC 3.0 on my 7300 to move the packages over, since the package interchange was Windows only (so I slapped Windows 98 on it and told it to talk to the 7300's serial port).

Plus, I like MIPS.


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