10944Re: Possible fun experiment
- Jan 5, 2009--- In email@example.com, "Jeffrey Frady"
> The Dana Alphasmart doesn't sound like a bad idea. That brings the
> clamshell Apple Newton to mind.
Here are a few other ideas:
Windows CE based HPC - advantages: good battery life, instant-on (no
boot required), provides an MS-word compatible doc file (some schools
REQUIRE MSword). Disadvantages: requires (often proprietary) serial
cable to "sync" w/desktop pc to copy files, requires vintage ni-cad
or lithium battery to be in good enough shape to hold a charge.
Toshiba T-1000 (style) DOS laptop - advantages: durable as a Model
100, and has a good keyboard, usually comes with a complete set of
ports (serial, parallel, VGA out) and floppy drive. Many booted from
ROM, so boot time is fairly quick. Diadvantages: some only had a
floppy drive, so saving files and loading a word processor may be
slow. Again, proprietary battery (but can be easily hacked), so
holding a charge is questionable after all this time.
Atari Portfolio -- Might be too small to be useful.
Wp-5 -- I can't remember if that's what it was called, but Tandy made
these as well, it was essentially a Model 100 chopped down to be just
a word processor. Pretty sure it also ran on AA batteries. My memory
is going though, so, don't hold me to this until I have a moment to
check on google if this is what it was called.
I personally would go for the T-1000 laptop. For a very, very, very
long time I used one as my personal "laptop", and only recently have
switched to an EEE-PC. Try to find one with the large, backlit screen
and DOS on ROM. Mine also had a PCMCIA 2mb ram card which I was able
to use as "Drive D", which meant storing my files and apps was on a
ram card and was very fast (I just had to remember to backup to
floppy). I loved that thing and was sad when it died.
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