Original "Think Pad"

As an Electrical Engineering undergrad, I worked for IBM for four semesters as an intern/co-op student back in the very early 80's in Boca Raton, FL, just as the first IBM PC was brought to market. It was an incredible experience, in many ways. Today, about 25 years later (wow, I can't be that old!!) I was cleaning out my attic, preparing to put back all the Christmas boxes for another year. I opened some of the boxes to figure out what I had up there... And came across something from my days at IBM. An original IBM "Think Pad". Measuring just 3" x 4.5", this is the pocket-sized progenitor of the now ubiquitous lap-sized room heater.

You know... there is something to be said for the utility and durability and availability and cost-effectiveness of the original. Where will your "modern" ThinkPad be in 25 years? I'll still have mine, and it'll still be as useful as it was in 1980 :-) No upgrades and no viruses.

Comments:

I've got one of those, too! Can you still easily get refills for it? But, neither are the originals. The one my dad has comes from 1966, so it's a lot more original and vintage than either of ours!

Posted by Scott Dickson on January 10, 2005 at 12:01 AM EST #

I have one too, :) Does yours have oneliners from mr. Watson?

Posted by Kristian Salo on January 16, 2005 at 06:40 PM EST #

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