It wasn't easy to get hold of the original Organiser One Manual. Finally
Evan Koblentz, editor of the
Computer Collector Newsletter helped me out.
The document contained a scan of a paper copy of the original manual!
Not really good quality, but the printouts were clearly readable. This
explains why a few images don't look as brilliant as they should.
The 'screenshot' figures are reproduced by means of HTML and CSS. They
closely resemble the original drawings, at least in modern browsers.
(NS4 is none.)
Since OCR wouldn't work, the whole text was typed. I paid close attention to
making an exact copy, so what you see below is really the contents of the
original manual that came with the Organiser back in the mid '80ies. The layout
is slightly more stylish, though.
printer friendly version
The Psion Organiser is a sophisticated pocket computer containing
digital electronic components. It has been designed for ease
of use, but to ensure that you make the most of its capabilities,
we suggest you read this booklet.
To avoid any possible damage your Organiser should not be
exposed to extremes of temperature or humidity. Do not subject it
to hard knocks or excessive force, nor use volatile fluids when
cleaning the case.
The Psion Organiser that you have just purchased is a computer
for your pocket - an expandable system with a micro processor
significantly more advanced than those commonly used in micros 200
times its size.
Your Organiser has two unique and versatile 'solid state drives'
concealed under its protective sliding case, and these matchbox
sized units are key to the open-ended power of the Organiser.
Supplied with the Organiser, in one of these drives, is a
datapak which can permanently store over 10.000 characters,
allowing you to use it for such information as diary engagements,
telephone numbers, expenses, train times and exchange rates.
Additional datapaks allow you to create an infinitely large and
secure personal information base, which, when used in conjunction
with program packs from the software library, provides unbeatable
processing power in your pocket.
The Organiser is also a sophisticated calculator, and can carry
out complex calculations involving up to 200 characters and two
levels of brackets. You may enter and edit both data and formulae
exactly as you would write them.
So, thanks to your Psion Organiser, you can now walk around
quite comfortably with a computer in your pocket.
WHERE THINGS ARE
Fig. 1. Rear View With Protective Case Removed
- Drive one containing datapak for storing information.
- Dummy datapak in drive two, protecting space for another
datapak or a program pack.
- Contrast control wheel.
- Battery cover.
- Tab for removing battery cover
Fig. 2. Front View With Keyboard Exposed
- Display window.
- Protective case.
- Protective case slides down from here to expose the
- A spring catch holds protective case on. A firm pull slides
Fitting The Battery
Your Organiser uses any 9 Volt PP3 size battery. For a longer
operating life the use of alkaline a rechargeable batteries is
recommended. You should not use a mains adapter because it may
damage your Organiser.
Grip the protective case (Fig.2.3) just below the separation
point (Fig.2.4) and pull it firmly downwards until it comes right
off the Organiser. Find the tab of the battery cover at the back of
the Organiser (Fig.1.5). Pull the tab to remove the cover, and tip
out the battery connector. Connect the battery and tuck it well
into its compartment. To replace the battery cover, slip its lip
into the corresponding groove just inside the battery compartment.
Clip the tab into place and your organiser is ready to use.
Look at the keyboard before you continue. Most of the keys have labels
above and below them. The use of the SHIFT key allows you to
move between the alphabet shown in white and the numbers shown
in yellow. The blue symbols shown below some keys are only for
use with program packs.
The first two keys on the top row of the keyboard have red
labels above and below them to indicate the different effects
each can produce, depending on when you press it. These keys
will be referred as ON/CLEAR and MODE/HOME respectively.
This booklet gives you the relevant information about the keys,
as you need it. For a summery of key functions, see the
Press the ON/CLEAR key, the top left hand key on the keyboard.
The clock display will appear in the window. If you cannot see it,
you may need to adjust the contrast, using the contrast wheel (see
Experiment to find the setting that suites you best. (If you
accidentally press another key as well as ON/CLEAR you will see a
different display. Press ON/CLEAR once or twice to recover the
If the message " LOW BATTERY" appears when you switch
on, the battery voltage is too low and you need to fit a new one as
soon as possible. Pressing ON/CLEAR clears the message and produces
the clock display. Incidentally, the clock runs for fifteen seconds
after the battery is disconnected (provided the machine was
switched off first), so you need not reset it if you connect the
battery within this period.
Reading from left to right the display shows the time (by the
twenty-four hour clock) in hours, minutes and seconds, and the
date. As soon as the battery is connected, the clock starts running
from midnight on December 31st. The time you see in the display
depends on the time elapsed since you fitted the battery.
To set the time and date, simply edit the clock display. Press
either of the chevron keys, << or >>
and a dash, called a cursor, appears under the hours in the
00:09:12 JAN 1
You can move the cursor between the various segments of the
display with the chevron keys. >> moves to the right and
<< moves to the left.
Position the cursor beneath the segment you want to alter. Now
Press A to advance that segment by one unit. Because the clock is
still running, what you do to one segment affects the others as
natural updating occurs between seconds and minutes, minutes and
For example if you press A when the cursor is under the minutes
in this display
00:59:02 JAN 1
the display automatically changes to
01:00:02 JAN 1
If you want to stop the clock to prevent this natural updating,
press B. Now you can alter each segment independently.
When you are ready to move on, press ON/CLEAR. Organiser will clear the cursor
from the clock display and the clock resumes normal running.
Pressing << or >> when the clock display is present
selects clock setting and brings in the cursor.
Pressing << or >> moves the cursor left or right.
Pressing A adds one unit to the selection on the display above the
Pressing ON/CLEAR returns the clock to normal running, and
removes the cursor.
Pressing B stops the clock until the next time ON/CLEAR is
Press the MODE/HOME key repeatedly until 'OFF:_' is displayed.
If you now press EXECUTE the display will disappear and the machine
is off. (Press ON/CLEAR to switch on again.) If the Organiser is
left on for five minutes without any keys being pressed it will
switch itself off.
00:09:12 JAN 1
press MODE/HOME twice
The Organiser is a microcomputer dedicated to handling your
vital day-to-day information in a powerful but simple way.
Information is treated in single discrete lines, each line being up
to two hundred characters long and containing any combination of
letters, numbers, symbols and spaces. You can think of it as a list
of items on an oversized notepad, each item on a new line.
Manipulating this information is simplicity itself. Select an
activity, such as 'SAVE' or 'FIND', which is then indicated on the
left of the current line, and press EXECUTE to action it. In this
way, your information can be stored in total security in a
removable datapak (see Figure 1.1.) from which it can be retrieved
whenever required. Each line stored in your datapak is called a
When you look at the display, (see Figure 2.1.) you are
effectively looking through a window at the current line of
information. Using the << and >> keys, you can move
this window back and forth along the line to view any part of
For example, your display may look like this:
NDON NW1 6QG.TEL
where the line contains a full London address and telephone
Organiser keeps you informed via the display, while you
communicate with the Organiser using the keyboard.
Menu of Activities
The activities available are:
||for general purpose information entry and editing
||for saving your data permanently in a removable cartridge
||for retrieving records you have saved; providing access via any
aspect of their contents
||for calculations; allows you to alter the contents before and
||for switching your Organiser off
||for cancelling records; only available when appropriate
These provide powerful information storage and retrieval
facilities as well as a sophisticated calculator. Further
activities and specialist functions are available through special
program packs. For details see the list of available extensions,
enclosed with your Organiser.
Selecting An Activity
Organiser reserves a space to the left of the information line
for an indication of current activity. This indicator is separated
by a colon from the contents of the line.
The most important activities, 'SAVE' and 'FIND', are selected
by pressing the SAVE and find buttons respectively. The others are
selected by pressing the MODE/HOME key. Press MODE/HOME repeatedly
now to take the Organiser round a succession of activities. Watch
the indicator change from
and so on.
An activity is current as soon as its indicator appears. However
that only shows what the Organiser intends to do with your
line of information. To convert that intention to action,
you must press EXECUTE.
Organiser allows you to choose various activities in turn, using
the MODE/HOME and SAVE keys, while it holds the current line to be
processed in each of the ways you choose. Your line of information
can be anything: data to be stored; a record just retrieved; or a
calculation to be performed. Whatever it is, Organiser assumes you
want to continue using the same line unless you signify otherwise
by pressing FIND or ON/CLEAR or switching off.
The current line is not visible when 'OFF' is selected, but
reappears in the next appropriate activity. However, if you
actually switch the machine off it forgets the
current line. Any information you want to keep must be saved
EXECUTE is the action key. Organiser waits for you to
press EXECUTE before it carries out a calculation, saves or finds a
record, or switches off, according to which of these activities you
Remember that actioning 'SAVE' with the EXECUTE key will make a permanent record
of the current line in your datapak.
With these basics in mind, you can choose to experiment, or
read on for detailed instructions.