>> I've heard suggestions of another ROM version do you it will be a free
>> upgrade from 1.01 ==> 1.1 or will I have to pay for the repairs of bugs.
>When PSION leaked the information about ROM 1.1, there were to be 2 ways to
> 1- Send it to PSION for upgrade. (I think the price would have been near
> 2- DO it yourself (cheaper, but not sure it would be available).
>There is no real information on what ROM 1.1 will contain. Tidbits I heard
>that there would
>be no new built-in applications, just updates to existing ones.
>It is a fair bet that SHEET will include sorting.
When you take your time and think about it, Psion are _always_ working on
something great. Just look how long it took for the Series 5 to come out.
Psion do not like revealing their new products as they know (and we do) that
the market they are trading in is very aggressive when it comes to getting
people behind its products.
Im not saying that the authors of the previous postings in this thread are,
but people seem to be impatient when it comes to getting the next
product/upgrade from Psion. I for one could wait until next year (and
probably will) for Psion to release a new product or an upgrade to my S5. It
is not life or death whether you get your upgrade (I apologise if your
"buggy" Psion is running some life critical system =).
On another note, I would not really like my Series 5 to be at the bottom of
a long chain of psudo "updated" systems... I dont think that people would
respect Psion as much if they released a new version of a machine every four
months (for example), and there was a Psion Series 5, 5a, 5b and 6...by now.
I like the fact that Psion are actually taking their time in producing the
"successor" to the S5 and I wish them all the best in producing (as they did
with the S5) a cutting edge machine that kicks all opposition into touch (at
the time of launch and in some aspects, even now).
My opinions are that Psion will release a new Rom, but only after (or just
before) they have released the new machine that has it in. I believe that
Psion will be implementing Java support although at the moment I haven't
really seen a "good" (take that as you will) Java program, perhaps I just
haven't been looking by my Pentium cant run them very quickly so I dont know
about a 18+ MHz RISC?!?! (and no... I dont want a flame on this topic saying
something along the lines of a RISC uses less instructions than a Pentium so
its faster.... I just dont care 8-) )
Now, there is a point that someone brought up in another post about Psion
needing to produce a cheep entry level machine to capture the "dont want to
spend 200uk pounds on an organiser" market. I think this is indeed a good
idea (in principal). If Fred (or Freda) Bloggs, when he was 15-20 got his
hands on such a machine and was impressed by it... might actually think
about upgrading (to a Siena, 3 or 5) when his financial situation improved,
thus providing Psion a way to "get their foot in the door". This machine
would have to be marketed well, not like the Series 5... "what marketing", I
hear you ask... "exactly", I reply.
I know I shouldn't spoil this article with this but I have to say... and I
think that about 70% (an educated guess) of existing Psion customers who
have internet access will agree with me on this that Psion do actually suck
big time when it comes to customer relations. I dont know if its something
that working in London does to you but Psion do not seem to care about the
little people... us... the purchasers of their beloved machines, software,
hardware, SDKs and so on. I dont know if Psion and now Symbian (was Psion
Software) actually have their fingers on the "pulse" and actually listen to
us but they certainly dont talk to us. I can honestly say that I have never
seen an official post from Psion laying out the law on what to expect from
the new ROM... (or anything for that matter) even if it is something along
the lines of ... the ROM is scheduled to come out on xxx date with xyz bug
example. There has not been a single word about it on the news groups, they
could at least use comp.sys.psion.announce to tell people that something is
happening and to keep you eye on their site. I cant see how Psion have
actually kept their head above water by treating their consumers this way,
surely it would be better to keep our mouths watering with juicy bits of
info, rather than making wild unsupported guesses as to the next move they
will make and when, if ever, will they do it?!? Take a football team for
example... the fans are the first to hear about new player signings or a
change of management as the fans are the ones who put the cash into the bank
accounts of the club. I dont see anything like this when it comes to
It seems they are scared of something ... I know MS is knocking on the door
and it is true, MS are gaining friends in the PDA market... it seems
slightly strange to me that there are a dozen PDAs running WinCE and only
two using EPOC32 (excluding the Philips). I cant understand why Psion didn't
push EPOC32 from the beginning, probably because they didn't want other
companies making better machines (or just flood the market with substandard
ones) and them just be relegated to making the software for them. Yes, now I
think about it I see their point... hmmm... About the SDK, I really cant see
what they could gain out of shipping it for 200uk pounds (except making a
stash of cash). I was a student when I purchased my SDK subscription and yes
with my student edition of VC++ that I had to pay for as well it ended up at
around 280 pounds. Im sure that is they sold the SDK for say, 50 there would
still be the market open for "serious" developers and also enable students
to produce some quality programs (as the younger generation have all he good
ideas). I would safely say that they would make more money selling the SDK
at 50uk pounds than at 200uk pounds as you would get everyone with some
creative flair giving it a go. I know you may flood the Psion shareware
market with hundreds of substandard apps but just look at the quality of the
OPL programs out there and that is given away for free!!!!
Anyway, I think that just about covers my little outburst. If I can think of
any more, I'll let you know.
Enough talking to myself... as I guess this is whats happening =)
This are just a few of my thoughts on the future... please post some
intelligent comments on this article if you are going to bother at all (not
just ... oh I think this is all a pile of ****). I dont really want any
flames as I have got my flame proof suit on and I have just been given an
Induction talk on how to escape my new employers building in case of a fire
=) (and because I can filter out swear words or junk email quicker than you
can write it (and no, that doesn't mean I want you to try sending me 10000+
emails =) )).
Jules (my wage packet doesn't come from Psion... these really are my views
and not my employers).
Julian Samphire Software Engineer
Clifton Road Tel +44 1223 403910
Cambridge CB1 3QH Fax +44 1223 412692