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iPad == updated Radio Shack Model 100

For those too young to remember it, that was a small slate-style computer which was half keyboard and half display (a b/w LCD). Surprisingly good battery life since it ran on a couple of C cell batteries (despite joke articles in TRS-80-oriented magazines which suggested it was a plot to sell batteries).

Here's the image[1] which cued this thought on my part:

http://venturebeat.com/wp-content/up...ple-typing.jpg

contrast w/:

http://www.atariarchives.org/deli/wh..._model_100.php

Given how influential and ground-breaking the Model 100 was, I see this resemblance as a great thing (that and I really miss my RS portable). Interestingly, the Model 100 featured the last bit of production code written by Bill Gates --- a Model 100 emulator would make a _great_ application.

1 - full article here:
http://venturebeat.com/2010/01/27/ap...rom-the-crowd/
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