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What Happened to External Keyboards?

What Happened to External Keyboards?

For the HP 200LX Palmtop, two possibilities haunt me: easy keyboard data entry and scanning.

A year ago, I learned that Key Tronic Corporation offered its DOS (and Windows) compatible Dock 101, a keyboard with full sized keys, serial port connector, and a viewing platform on which to place the 95LX for which it was developed (it was not offered for the 100/ 200LX). This seemed ideal for those working solely with a Palmtop with no connection to a desktop PC. However, I recently learned that the Dock 101 has been discontinued. Is any other external keyboard now available for use with the 100/200LX?

Also scanning text into the 200LX, both at remote locations with a simple hand-held scanner and at a fixed location with a flatbed scanner would be fabulous. What devices and software are available to make this a reality?

Thanks for your excellent magazine; the devotion of your contributors is evident in every page. Donald Garvelmann New York, NY.

[The Dock 101 is discontinued but at the time of this writing (April 15, 95) Key Tronic still had over 900 in stock. According to Key Tronic, at the rate they are currently selling, that supply should last at least six months. The 101 comes with both a 95LX and a DOS driver. So if you connect to a 100/200LX you will have to run it from DOS.

This might be useful if you are using a DOS word processing program or PIM. But it will not work with the built-in applications like MEMO and APPT. We don't know of any other Palmtop compatible external keyboards. If at some point you do have access to a desktop, you can run a program like RemKey = to access the keyboard of your desktop. If anyone has information about another Palmtop compatible external keyboard, please let us know.

Also, let us know if you have information on a DOS based scanner. Were not aware of one --Paul.]
 
 

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