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[REBOL] Re: Build this and they will come...

From: holger:rebol at: 28-May-2001 5:10

On Mon, May 28, 2001 at 11:54:59AM +0100, Mat Bettinson wrote:
> TB> - Bluetooth chip for adhoc networking (perhaps dual chips, the other for CDMA or whatever the latest broadband that's readily available) > > I'm afraid I'd have to seriously disagree here. Bluetooth is a > horribly broken standard.
Agreed. The fact that it disrupts communication of computers using an existing standard, and an IEEE standard even, is bad enough. The specs are worse.
> For LAN networking, 802.11b all the > way.
Yes. Still, Bluetooth may win though. Marketing power often wins over reason and technology...
> You know, the Psion Revo would be a really really nice Rebol platform > but unfortunately with RT being American they can't be bothered with > porting to it :(
Huh ? What gives you that idea ? The fact that there is no Psion port for REBOL yet has nothing to do with nationality. Personally I like Psion palmtops a lot. I have a Psion 3c at home that I use a lot for travelling. At RT we looked at Psion ports several times. Porting to Series 3 is not feasible (too slow, too small etc.). Porting to Series 5 and EPOC 5 is a possibility, and we do have the development environment. Last year we spent a few weeks on getting Core ported, and we made some progress, but eventually hit some road blocks. Basically, their development environment is horrible -- fundamentally different compilers, behavior, functionality etc. in the PC-based "simulation" compared to the real thing, making development very slow and tedious. We eventually had to stop because the EPOC port was taking too much time, and we had other priorities. AFAIK EPOC is up to version 6 now. Do you know if Psion uses it in Series 7 or Revo ? What OS is Revo running anyway ? Their web site is all marketing and "organizer hype", nothing else... Hopefully EPOC 6 will turn out to be a little more development-friendly than EPOC 5 was. In any case though, with a 480x160 display the Revo seems more like a target for Core than for View. It might be possible to port View as well, but with that low resolution most existing View scripts would not work. -- Holger Kruse [holger--rebol--com]