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LinuxPlanet: .comment: A Two-Pound UNIX Workstation On the Cheap

Jan 02, 2002, 21:44 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
"Sometimes it's important to do something just to see if you can; indeed, the search for that lone datum is all that separates it from the completely meaningless gesture.

It is because of my quest for dubious knowledge that I come to you today from a keyboard so tiny that I could probably type faster on it with chopsticks than with my fingers. But hey, it works.

The machine is a Toshiba Libretto 100CT. These were not, in my estimation, worth the couple grand they cost when new, but are pretty cool if you can find one on eBay for a few hundred bucks. (Do remember, if you're gonna emptor on over to eBay, to caveat -- for instance, one of the two batteries I got with my Libretto was in sorry shape, though the other one was fine.)

The Libretto series first appeared in Japan in the mid-90s with AMD 486 chips; a couple years later they were upgraded to Pentium-70 and P-120 chips (the 50CT and 70CT respectively) that would hold only 32 megs of memory and had very bright screens that topped out at 640x480. Those were marketed outside Japan. In 1998, the 100CT was unveiled with a P-166, a maximum of 64 megs of memory, and an 800x480 (yup!) screen. This in turn gave way to the 110CT, which was a 100CT with a P-233 chip. Just in terms of feel, it seems to me as if the 100CT was the acme of the line -- there are a lot of 110CTs with dead displays on the market, and replacement screens are expensive."

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