An update: Remy’s Datamini PA40

A few people have asked for an update about Remy‘s Datamini PA40, the rehabilitated 286 machine I mentioned back in April. If you think you were jealous then, you’ll be positively viridian now.

Pac-Man on a 286-era laptop computer is enough to make any geek writhe in ecstasy, but that’s not the only thing it does. Remy sent this explanation:

The Datamini PA-40 which I emailed you about earlier has found its use. It is being used as a kitchen computer. Who needs a touchscreenfridge for that?


My girlfriend makes the shopping lists on it, in WordPerfect. Quite handy, most of the time I need to work early (in a hospital) so when I come back home I read the list she made. I know most people do it on paper but this is just more awesome.


Furthermore while I’m cooking I try to update my Magic: The Gathering card database in Lotus 123. I have a main spreadsheet for it which I normally use, but it is funny to see that when an OpenOffice file is converted it still opens quite fast while fitting on a floppy. :P

I know I have too many computers as it is, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking for something to compete with that one. :twisted:

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2 Responses to “An update: Remy’s Datamini PA40”

  1. 1 gullars 2010/07/03 at 9:22 PM

    That’s nice :) the cool thing is that I have a machine that is really similar to that one back home, Maybe I should try and see what I can do with it, the thing is that I think that one is the only machine I have that takes floppies :P but well would be nice to see how that old machine is doing :)

  2. 2 Jeff Flowers 2010/07/04 at 10:42 AM

    I would love to see you take on a netbook, although I expect I know how the story would go.

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