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Installing Java Psion Link [ID:032] (1/1)

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John Montgomery demonstrates how to connect a Psion computer to a Mac running OS X using his Java Psion Link.

The FAQ discusses two serial adapters for Mac OS X - the Prolific 2303 (Ora Networks USB-Serial cable) and the Keyspan USA19HS RS-232 adapter, which can be used with Java Psion Link.

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Exciting, but complicated!


16. Adolfo Ernesto Raselli Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:56

thanx so much, my psion lives again.


Great video, thx


14. anonymous Wed, 30 Dec 2009 05:30

Extramly useful video!


13. anonymous Wed, 02 Dec 2009 09:59

John

Got your email.

Your Snow Leopard jmri has worked - thanks:

http://jmri.sourceforge.net/install/MacOSX.html

2 questions:

1) haven't had a chance to play with the Psion application files on the iMac yet - unless there is further instruction in this tutorial, are there any converter programs to allow Psion files to be easily browsed and even better edited? (I can browse Word and Data files a bit 'asis')

2) As you no longer use a Psion, please tell me what you are using now as it must be good to be a replacement?

Thanks again,

Richard.


12. anonymous Wed, 02 Dec 2009 09:56

John

Got your email.

Your Snow Leopard jmri has worked - thanks:

http://jmri.sourceforge.net/install/MacOSX.html

2 questions:

1) haven't had a chance to play with the Psion application files on the iMac yet - unless there is further instruction in this tutorial, are there any converter programs to allow Psion files to be easily browsed and even better edited? (I can browse Word and Data files a bit 'asis')

2) As you no longer use a Psion, please tell me what you are using now as it must be good to be a replacement?

Thanks again,

Richard.


11. anonymous Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:13

As earlier: this is an easy to follow voice and text tutorial.

Quation for John please: I have now got past the problem in my earlier message i.e. ls /dev/tty.* now displays the two Bluetooth objects. However, when I plug in the serial cable including connection to the Psion (including Cntl L) the usbserial object does not appear with ls /dev/tty.*

Hope this is an easy one and I have not got a duff cable...?

Kind regards,

Richard.


10. anonymous Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:55

To: John Montgomery.

John, thank you for the easy to follow technical and verbal instuctions on "[032] Installing Java Psion Link". All went OK until I tried the Terminal test you demonstrated, when I kept getting a permissions problem, as follows:

richard-hamlins-imac:Users richardhamlin$ /dev/tty

-bash: /dev/tty: Permission denied

richard-hamlins-imac:Users richardhamlin$ /dev/tty.*

-bash: /dev/tty.Bluetooth-Modem: Permission denied

richard-hamlins-imac:Users richardhamlin$

Can you help? Something simple I am sure....

Thanks,

Richard.

Mob 0789 007 6981.


9. anonymous Mon, 30 Nov 2009 02:50

Thanks John. I don't like to admit it, but the hand-holding in the video was brilliant, and really helped getting the application going. I have backed up the Psion, and feel comfortable that the data on it is safer. What I was doing before, having ditched all my Win Pcs, was to copy all the files periodically onto an 8MB flash disk, and to keep a second Psion ready to load in case the first one failed or was lost. So this is a bit of belt and braces. I haven't yet explored the JavaPsion link properly, but the next thing I'd like to do is link my main Address Book on the Psion to the one on the Mac. I don't know whether you've made this part of the application, but if not, it could be a next step!!

Thanks again for your work. Jonathan


8. anonymous Thu, 05 Nov 2009 09:40

Looks and sounds sraightforward to someone who is genuinely baffled by computer speak. Just reading those filenames and pronouncing them is a major achievement. I hope I get the courage to follow your instructions and don't mess up. I just find there is nothing like a Psion 7 for convenience and practicality of writing documents. I have never managed email on one so that is how bad I am but I used to connect up to a PC which I don't have anymore.

Many thanks, I don't know why you do this. P


7. anonymous Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:53

very helpful


6. anonymous Fri, 29 May 2009 03:46

Very helpful. Many Thanks


5. anonymous Sat, 25 Apr 2009 15:36

Just great, reassured me that this would be simple.


Hi Marty,

usually when this sort of thing happens it's because something isn't installed right. I'd suggest re-installing the driver and javax.comm (the java serial port library). I'm guessing you are running on OS X (based on you needing a USB serial port adapter)? It may also be that you need to have the latest version of the javax.comm library for Leopard:

http://tinyurl.com/c24ho7

If you have an earlier version installed (as used in the video), but are running leopard then that probably explains it.

cheers,

John

p.s. there's more info on my site here:

http://littlespikeyland.com/psionlink/


I downloaded everything you suggested, except that my USB- serial adaptor is different (it says U-232-P9). I downloaded its driver, though, and when I use Java Psion Link I get the error message "No Serial Ports where [sic] found. This may be because you do not have access permission.

What to do?

Many thanks for all the help you give us techno-peasants.

Marty Spencer, Lantzville, BC, Canada


2. anonymous Wed, 04 Feb 2009 09:08

Your demonstration of the installationof a Java Psion link on Mac seems very full and clear. I have yet to try doing it. I assume it works for Psion Series 5?

Thank you very much!


Your demonstration of the installationof a Java Psion link on Mac seems very full and clear. I have yet to try doing it. I assume it works for Psion Series 5?

Thank you very much!


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