What exactly DON'T you have ferreted away?
No wonder you took up swordfighting, it'd be the only way you could keep the spouse at bay. I'd say you need a warehouse, but you already went and got one of those, and then decided to put the SWORDS in it, not the toys. Think about that. You are now totally defenseless. There's probably a fencing term for it, and you're in it!
At least keep a dagger near the "parts bins" to let her know you still mean business..
Actually I think the Dana things ARE the newer version of this device. "AlphaSmart 3000 Dana", yes? Looks like they sell for about $50, and actually are touchscreen, pretty much Palm devices.. a lot different than previous models. The thing is, if it doesn't have a usable interface like RS232, it won't be of much help in an Arduino context. I'm hoping that these could be used as serial "dumb terminals", and I'll bet having all the good new stuff precluded the good old serial port which we would be wanting.
Those things even have wireless apparently.. hmm. Still, a simple serial terminal is a good place to start... and maybe even end up. For Arduino, the most useful thing would be a simple serial terminal with TTL levels. It almost might be better to have the "oldest" ones that around, as our interfacing tends to be on the lowest level possible. Hmmmm....http://cgi.ebay.com/Alphasmart-DANA-Portable-Wireless-Laptop-Word-Processor-/380336894010?pt=BI_Typewriters_Word_Processors&hash=item588dd8703a
And, I just looked up what that "Audrey" Jobbie is. .... that's a cute as heck little device.
To be clear, I'm sure we could reverse engineer the guts of one of the mini-laptops etc.. I was kinda hoping for a turnkey "terminal".
You let me know when you are going to have a yard sale, okay?