There are several utilities I thought every Siena owner
should have. Each had to be of very small file size and to be runnable
from the system list rather than taking up valuable Siena screen space
with an icon. The result of my creative process so far is the Siena Plus Pack, v1.4.
It's composed of a handful of .OPO utilities and a
spreadsheet. Put the .OPO files into your Siena's \OPO\ directory and
the .SPR file into \SPR\
The Plus pack contains:
- Chars - lets you view special
characters and bring them into the word processor
- Guitar - a tuner for the various strings
- Tree - displays files and their sizes
- Hour - beeps the time in the dark
- Communicator - Star-Trek-style novelty to
bleepity-bleep every time Siena is turned on
- Units - spreadsheet to do common units conversions
Most of the Plus Pack contents are self-explanatory, but
two of them need a little comment:
This is a revised version (with kind permission) of Tom
Dolbilin's excellent little CHARM utility.
At first glance it appears to just be a ready-reference
to the special characters in the Siena's ASCII set. However, there's
more to it than this. With the cursor on the character of your choice,
go to any of the built-in Psion applications and do a Psion-B (Bring).
Hey Presto! The special character has been transferred into your
document, press the right-arrow key to clear the highlight and you're
off and running!
Following the excellent Timevoc utility for Psion 3a,
with its digitised voices and so forth, I decided I needed a similar
facility on my Siena. Except that it had to be tiny. Thus this little
The scenario. You wake up in the middle of the night,
disorientated, and need to know roughly what the time is. Trouble is,
your partner is sound asleep so you can't put a light on or get out of
bed etc. But you do have a Psion Siena handy.
So, before going to sleep, remember to go into the HOUR
program, which will 'burp' softly according to the time of day and then
turn off, ready for action.
When you wake up in the night, simply press the "On"
button twice and the Siena will burp the number of hours and ten-minute
e.g. 3 low burps and 4 (higher-pitched and) faster ones
would mean the time was 3:40-something in the morning. The Siena will
then automatically turn off, ready for the next time request.
In the morning a simple X will exit the program and
return you to the system screen.