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. πŸ˜›

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. 😈


4 thoughts on “An update: Remy’s Datamini PA40

  1. gullars

    That’s nice πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜› but well would be nice to see how that old machine is doing πŸ™‚

  2. Jeff Flowers

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

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      I can only suggest looking through ebay, but I’m not sure that would be a fair measure. It seems that people selling things like this on ebay are more often trying to milk something for a price far above its worth, or are slapping a price on it that their grandmother paid decades earlier. 😐


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