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hpcboy Page Icon Posted 2020-10-12 4:37 AM
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Is there any update about purchasing or registering or exemptionwaring PocketDos? If it is still available to get a full version legally I'll do it in a heartbeat.

With Dos and Debian on top of WinCE, my Jornada 720 can still be pretty awesome today.
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-10-13 2:57 PM
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They have never responded to any email on the subject. Feel free to try and get in touch and send them my way.

The only official line I ever got out of them was that they weren't closing down... and well...
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hpcboy Page Icon Posted 2020-10-13 11:29 PM
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Thanks for clarifying the situation.

I have sent a message to the developer both via email and reddit. Wish a response will come soon...
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Kind of tangent, but there's a software called XT-CE, which according to this Japanese site emulates the hardware and can run DOS among with other OS. (80186 emulator)

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~sb6m-uek/mobile/720lx_2.htm

Some more Japanese info:
http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~ukichan/pc/a60/a60-46.htm

XT-CE in SCL:
https://www.hpcfactor.com/scl/958/XT-CE/XT-CE/version_2.51?page=down...

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hpcboy Page Icon Posted 2020-10-14 9:36 AM
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Thanks, stingraze for the suggestion. Not sure if the 80186 emulator mode is up to the job when running regular DOS programs.

Update 1: It seems http://www.xt-ce.com/ not longer hosts the old dos but new Qt stuff ...

Update 2:
Good news.
Just got a reply from the PocketDos developer saying that the order link has been fixed (remember to turn off Adblock or similar addons in the browser). I have just placed my order here http://www.mediator-software.com/pocketdos/order.htm [EDIT: Alternatively, use this direct link if that doesn't work: https://order.shareit.com/cart/add?vendorid=14287&PRODUCT[164077]=1 ].
In a moment I received a response asking me for System ID and Owner Name. Now waiting for the Unlock Code...

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hpcboy Page Icon Posted 2020-10-14 10:09 AM
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Update 3:

By the power of DOS!!

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hpcboy Page Icon Posted 2020-10-14 10:40 AM
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Just tracked down the status of XT-CE:
https://web.archive.org/web/20060722035133/http://www.xt-ce.com/1018...

Looks like the product was truly EOL. It seems PocketDos is the only solution left now.

EDIT: If I am not mistaken, XT-CE was actually merged into the PocketDos project later on, according to http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~sb6m-uek/mobile/720lx_11.htm (a great overview of PocketDos)

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Yeah, you’re right, the page you mentioned in the edit says it was “annexed” by PocketDOS. Interesting history.
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