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Re: [emacs-humanities] E-ink tablets

From: Andrea
Subject: Re: [emacs-humanities] E-ink tablets
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:47:35 +0100
User-agent: mu4e 1.2.0; emacs 27.1

Cool device the Pomera DM30! I actually have an Onyx Note and I managed
to install Emacs with a terminal emulator. I stopped there because I do
not have a bluetooth keybord. Still things seemed to load fine.

On Wed 03 Feb 2021 at 10:29, Paul W. Rankin via Emacs-humanities 
<emacs-humanities@gnu.org> wrote:

> On 2021-02-03 18:23, M. ‘quintus’ Gülker wrote:
>> Am 03. Februar 2021 um 04:29 Uhr +0300 schrieb Göktuğ Kayaalp:
>>> Here are some faux gardens of Eden on Earth tho:
>>> https://www.e-ink-info.com/e-ink-devices/e-ink-laptops
>> The other devices are appearently meant to specifically target
>> writers
>> who seek distraction-less writing. However, when I see these little
>> screens resembling laptops from the 90ies, I earnestly need to ask:
>> why not just use a real typewriter instead? The page is larger and
>> well functioning typewriters can still be easily and cheaply found.
>> For postprocessing, use OCR; character recognition has improved a lot
>> in the past years, even with open-source software like tesseract.
>> None of these devices is actually a tablet.
> I actually have a Pomera DM30 and I love it! I got it precisely due to
> some of the drawbacks of my typewriter. Despite the Olivetti Lettera
> 32 being intended as a "portable" typewriter, it weighs 5.9kg so the
> extent of its portability is probably going from my desk to its place
> beside my desk. Also, a typewriter is loud. Loud enough to prohibit
> its use at night in an apartment building -- it's not the plucky
> "click-click-click" in the movies but a more violent
> The E-ink screen is much nicer to work on, but it certainly does not
> feel like writing on paper with a typewriter, which feels potent and
> dexterous, like carving something out of wood. The Pomera is also not
> backlit like most e-readers are now, so at night I need a lamp quite
> close. It is incredibly portable, folding up to about the size (and
> weight) of a squat paperback book and accompanying me to cafes. The
> photos make the design seem like a boxy VCR from the 90s but it's
> actually quite svelte; it's the only device where I've had people
> comment that it looks cute.
> When connected to computer it mounts as a FAT32 drive. Everything is
> just plain text files (although the file coding system is Shift JIS
> DOS, which has a limited Western European character set). It
> understands Markdown (or Fountain) headings. It has an excellent
> calendar/diary feature, where entries follow the basic folder
> hierarchy of YYYYMM/YYYYMMDD.txt. I just use git to sync projects back
> and forth with a shell script:
> https://github.com/rnkn/bin/blob/master/pomera.in
> I do find myself missing Emacs key navigation when using it. I have a
> habit of typing C-a C-e whenever I pause for a thought. As others have
> mentioned, the ideal would be an E-ink device of this portability that
> runs Emacs. Or the even more ideal ideal: a way to configure a version
> of Emacs on one's computer, compile it into a sort of kiosk-version
> that one cannot fiddle with, then install that on the E-ink device.
> The Onyx BOOX Note tablet can awkwardly connect a keyboard, and says
> it runs Android:
>> The Note Air model allows the user to write personal software using
>> the capabilities of the Android 10 platform.

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