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If you thought the TRS-80 model 100 laptop computer might be dead, think again
At some point in the past year I blogged on some sight about this miraculous little laptop that was first released in 1983 and how despite its limitations it's unusual qualities made it a favorite for much of the next 15 years. I might have thought I posted it on this site, but now I can't find it.

(Note to LJ operators, it might be time you add a search utility so that we users can find our misplaced posts. You can charge us a premium for it, we'll pay!)

Maybe I didn't post it here, or maybe I only thought I wrote it? In any case, you can easily read more about the features of this now thirty-one year old laptop than you can about the space shuttle, which is nearly as old, and that's pretty amazing. What may be more amazing is that some hardware hacker with lots of creativity, and perhaps too much time on his hands, has reinvented this great little machine retaining some of its best qualities, such as extremely low energy consumption and excellent keyboard, but giving it a super-modern insanely energy efficient brain and the ability to use micro-SD memory.

Considering it appears that he has essentially replaced the sprawling motherboard with a brain about the size of an ice cube, and just a tiny bit of interface circuitry, it is safe to say his invention, and it really is more than just an upgrade, will be even more energy efficient than the original. Sure, it won't replace your smartphone, and it won't be as much fun as an iPad, but for reporters and researchers in the field for whom electricity is still a rare commodity, his creation may have modern applications.

If I had a question for him, it would be, "What are you going to do with all the extra space inside the box?". I suppose the sensible answers could be to add an internal AC adapter/charger for it, a feature many would appreciate but which would betray the original design. Storage compartments could be nice.

I can't help thinking that, to the extent it really may be something with unrealized modern applications, admittedly for a minority, This could be more than just an upgrade to a nearly-totally obsolete product. This could be the basis for a modern equivalent, a sort of throwback, super energy efficient computer. Considering how long typewriters hung on, the possibility doesn't seem entirely unrealistic.

Almost forgot to mention, DON'T MISS THE VIDEO posted amongst the comments by a man named Dave Jones. It's somewhat silly but it heralds nearly every original feature of the computer and also explores its insides, something I never had the nerve to do.


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