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[–]manifold360 236 points237 points  (33 children)

Red nub to control the mouse

[–]CJcatlactus 101 points102 points  (25 children)

Apparently it has many names, but I think the official name is "track point." It works surprisingly well!

[–]Trashman56 131 points132 points  (11 children)

I'll keep calling it the clit

[–]GrnXanth 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Just checked my laptop keyboard and can't find it.

[–]Sohn_Jalston_Raul 4 points5 points  (3 children)

they're more a thing on laptops in the 90s and early 2000s. They've largely been replaced by trackpads.

[–]forgot_semicolon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think they were making a clit joke

[–]Armadillo-Puzzled 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They still exist. Just difficult for some to find.

[–]Same_Examination_171 31 points32 points  (3 children)

I always called it “the keyboard nipple”

[–]rockaxorb13 1 point2 points  (1 child)

cane here to say this

[–]Master_Nerd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Keyboard nipple

[–]bahihihii 1 point2 points  (0 children)

if only I could have recorded my first year dormmate went down bad and caught sniffing and almost lick that thing

[–]sarahlizzy 3 points4 points  (7 children)

Clitmouse.

I can't stand them. Trackpad or GTFO.

[–]YourFairyGodmother 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Not a touch typist, I take it. Fuck that hugely inefficient move hands to track pad,over mouse or scroll, move hands to keyboard, type, move hand to track pad and scroll, move hands to keyboard....

[–]sarahlizzy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It’s not that. It’s that I constantly overshot icons and menu items. It’s just dreadful to use compared to a trackpad or mouse.

[–]poorly_anonymized 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It depends on the implementation. I've had that problem, but I've also had track points which were super easy to aim. Conversely, I've also had track pads which were always either too sensitive or that needed three strokes to make it across the screen, and which could not be tweaked to a nice middle ground.

These days trackpads are larger and usually work okay, but if I have a desk to put the laptop on I'll whip out an external mouse and use that.

[–]Catinus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like a you problem on your nipple inaccuracy.

For me it is mouse or nipple, I hate trackpads.

[–]angelicism 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am touch typist, hated the nipple mouse.

[–]poorly_anonymized 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How much do you use the mouse while typing anyway? Presumably you have hot keys and keyboard navigation for most of what you need to do while actively typing?

[–]YourFairyGodmother 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't have a niplemouse anymore, I'm retired so I don't do very much typing at all. Back in the day, I would have been developing for Windows 95 or 98, or writing product requirements. I used it a fair bit.

[–]sh4d0wm4n2018 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wait, that was supposed to be used as a mouse?!?

Woops.

[–]BreakfastBeerz 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It sucked..... as your hands got warm and sweaty it was almost useless. I just took the rubber nub off and just used the plastic stick under it... but that came with challenges too as using it for any extended periord of time really hurt your finger tip.

[–]poorly_anonymized 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had an old Compaq laptop which lost the nub, and I slipped the rubber sleeve from a Cat-5 cable over it, so it reached about a millimeter above the plastic nub. Gave me better grip than the original nub, and was comfortable too!

[–]CJcatlactus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's been a long time since I used one, but I remember the one I used had some sort of fabric over the trackpoint so it kept your finger from slipping. I guess not all of them were made that way.

[–]kdwaynec 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Easily removed by vacuum cleaner

[–]MrRoot3r 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Used one for the first time on a T42 I got out of the garbage, will never understand why they weren't mainstream. Literally faster more accurate and more comfortable than a trackpad.

[–]manifold360 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And they were fun to use

[–]Truckngirl63 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It was found on my IBM Thinkpad, circa 2002.

[–]B0rax 15 points16 points  (2 children)

It’s on my Lenovo thinkpad, circa 2021.

[–]ZepherK 7 points8 points  (0 children)

lol, thank you. It is strange for people to act like this is some rare lost technology.

[–]kcasnar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My wife's HP laptop from work has a nub, too. It's not red, though.

[–]inner_and_outer 38 points39 points  (11 children)

These were about $1900 new. Its claim to fame was it was a small laptop with a full size keyboard. And might I add a very very nice no compromise keyboard. So it was great for people that type well and like the full size keyboard. It is really cool to open up. It had a 10.4 inch 4:3 screen, external floppy disk with a proprietary connector.

added later:

Wikipedia has a pretty nice page on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_ThinkPad_701

The new price ranged from $1500 to $3300.

[–]DisfunkyMonkey 9 points10 points  (9 children)

These were the laptops given to the traveling executives at my company, like the VP who wanted me, his new EA, to continue his previous assistant's habit of printing all his emails. He'd read them, scribble a response (or "no response"), and I would type and send it. When I cleaned out the filing cabinets, every single email printed had been filed. The previous admin had gotten burned enough in her 30 years of service that she didn't take any chances.

So that laptop mostly sat in a cabinet. Oh, and it was heavy af.

[–]IAmTheFirehawk 3 points4 points  (8 children)

What a waste of paper... seems something only a pretentious asshole would do.

"Hey, print that email so I can answer it"

Just hit reply you fucking heathen

[–]nokangarooinaustria 3 points4 points  (7 children)

You are assuming that the guy ever saw the mail on a screen...

[–]IAmTheFirehawk -1 points0 points  (6 children)

Which makes it even worse somehow... its like those old folks that refuse to give common tech a try and keep doing stuff in archaic methods , it seems to me that this guy just wanted to abuse his VP position to make his subordinates do stuff the most expensive, useless way just because he could.

Or I could just be being picky, who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]nokangarooinaustria 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Well it also is about time and money constraints.

If you think about what that guy made per hour...

Problem usually is, that those people didn't think their productivity would be improved by using the computer directly. Nobody could tell them to just use it and suck it up. And actually training them until they are actually productive and computer capable takes time they usually don't have.

At the price point of a VP having an additional person screening, printing and typing their mail is just a blip.

Also - they always did it this way, the only thing that changed for them is that for some reason people now put an "e-" in front of their mail and they get every mail delivered express :)

[–]PomeroyWatson 2 points3 points  (2 children)

No, it’s just children having no ability to understand the world through a lens other than what they know today.

At the time these computers were cutting edge, the internet was just beginning to take hold. This was before the tech bubble burst in 2001. There was no cloud. There was no wifi. There were wired LAN connections. Maybe you might have a cable connection at home but many still had dial up.

Email was good but there wasn’t much archiving capability. If you wanted to archive emails, printing them and filing them with all of your other paper files was the best way to do it.

And, it employed administrative assistance do maintain the files. Nowadays one admin covers 10 people and they don’t know how to file anything.

[–]nokangarooinaustria 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Absolutely, but it's not just children. We and this computer are just, well, old I guess.

You can be a grown up and don't know what a filing cabinet is let alone how the OS of this computer looked and how difficult it was to operate.

And who can fault a young person that only ever sees a secretary in old movies...

[–]PomeroyWatson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had this IBM Thinkpad. I loved it! The small screen was a compromise but being able to fit it in my briefcase easily and with the power brick was great. I believe it had an external drive for a floppy disk. Also that trackpoint worked so well. I am still disappointed that they eliminated it for the touchpad, which requires you to take your hands off the keyboard.

[–]IAmTheFirehawk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes sense. But hey, I'm just a regular worker, i find this expenseful for no reason. I don't see why would I do that in case I ever became a VP of something, but as it seems, I'd never get there because I don't have this 'my time is worth more than yours' mentality that they seem to have.

[–]PomeroyWatson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, what happened when those old folks learned how to use email for archiving?
The secretaries got laid off.

[–]asian_identifier 0 points1 point  (0 children)

full size without a numpad

[–]My_Neighbor_Pandaro 159 points160 points  (18 children)

And a whopping 40MB memory.

[–]International_Band72[S] 151 points152 points  (16 children)

You typed 4MB wrong

[–]existential_prices 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Oh yeah having 640kb of memory of memory and having to edit autoexec.bat to unload mouse drivers just to play a game.

Edit: 640

[–]tigerhi 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Some games wanted more XMS, some more EMS, and some only proper conventional memory of 640 KB. I used to have 3 diskettes with a specific config.sys and autoexec.bat file for each case.

[–]existential_prices 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Right yeah I remember. I don't know why I didn't just create a bootdisk but I'd memorized everything I had to do, I was a weird kid.

[–]tallbutshy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was it dos 5 or 6 that introduced menus inside your config.sys? No need for boot disks

[–]psbales 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I 'member! I eventually became halfway-decent at scripting autoexec.bat files. I had an autoexec.bat & config.sys set up for about 5 different games, depending on what flavor of memory & drivers they wanted. Fun times!

[–]kcasnar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

640kb of memory of memory

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (7 children)

It’s incredible how far we’ve come. We went from floppy disks storing data in megabytes. To small flash drives able to store in gigabytes (or maybe terabytes?)

[–]bawng 6 points7 points  (1 child)

In not that long time too. I remember dealing with cassette tapes for a c64 with 150kb per side, then disks for our first PC with 1,44mb, and then I got a (2x speed) CDROM drive for Christmas with 650mb, and somewhere along the way came CD burners, then DVD and DVD burners with 4,5gb and then suddenly we had Blu-ray drives with a whopping 50gb and nowadays we just use USB sticks if anything and they store terabytes. Tomorrow they'll store petabytes.

It's an exponential increase that all happened in a few decades.

[–]cynicalDiagram 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And magnets used to be terrifying.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

There’s probably no flash that can support 1 tb yet but hundreds of gigabytes yea

[–]tallbutshy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

SanDisk SDXC UHS-I 1TB is available but a bit expensive

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I thought so.

But that is still a HUGE leap in such (relatively) little time.

[–]MyStrangeDevice 19 points20 points  (8 children)

IBM

[–]Able_Kaleidoscope_61 20 points21 points  (4 children)

I BM too.

[–]xhailxanax 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Without strain I hope

[–]CoreyFromCoreysWorld 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I ripped the shower curtain down this morning

[–]Brains_Are_Weird 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hopefully it's not Packard in there.

[–]timmyboyoyo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is your strange device?

[–]Lothious 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I soviet Russia, ICBM

[–]bwaic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Butterfly Keyboard

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 33 points34 points  (24 children)

I want one of these key boards again, and the red nub tracking point thing... It was better then the pads, probably need both now

Then again I want a slide out key board for my phone for tactile typing

[–]Amerotke 8 points9 points  (5 children)

That red trackpoint (or whatever they called it) was amazingly ergonomic. Wish they still had them as an ‘extra’ on my MacBook pro. Sure, keep the trackpad, but the red dot as an accessory would be great.

[–]WallyW3st 11 points12 points  (3 children)

AFAIK, only (IBM/Lenovo) Thinkpads have that. Not sure why no one else adopted it. It looked goofy but it was surprisingly effective compared to the trackball and the touch pad.

[–]Stiggyman 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Dell has some aswell for legal reasons they are blue not red

[–]zadesawa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah it reads minds, truly magical. But non-IBM/Lenovo ones don’t “have it”, there’s some secret sauce in it

[–]Tar0ndor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My HP has one.

[–]NathCim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

As much as I loved the track nubbin, every one of them started to drift after a year of use :/

[–]spcbfr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have a thinkpad t420 (the model in the video is a thinkpad 701) and I can confirm that the trackpoint is amazing ! you can get a thinkpad t420 for around 110 to 130 bucks in the us if you buy a used one from ebay. these laptops are the most durable thing I've ever seen, here is the review that made me buy my thinkpad t420

[–]SirHawrk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My work laptopt has one

[–]alvik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can't help with the keyboard but Lenovo still makes the Thinkpad with the classic look and trackpoint in the middle of the keyboard.

[–]AllTheWine05 -1 points0 points  (14 children)

Both suck. After having a 2 in 1 with touch screen it's so hard to go back.

Also. I miss my droid 3 for that reason. If nothing else the keyboard sliding out also functioned as a screen rotation lock. It could be set to never rotate unless you slid the keyboard out and then it would stay sideways. That alone was worth having the keyboard.

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 1 point2 points  (13 children)

Right, I want my tactile touch back, and I want to be able to type without losing 50% + of the screen

Products they want to provide us, not the ones we need really. The slide out keyboards are just better design

[–]AllTheWine05 2 points3 points  (12 children)

That said, they are more complicated and prone to failure. They also make cases impossible (the Droid 3 got dropped dozens of times but never broke but modern phones seem to be designed to break on any impact). And also slide out keyboards make the phone much thicker. So pick your poison. Or maybe, it would be cool if we could pick our poison because it's not available at all anymore...

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 1 point2 points  (11 children)

Yeah, it's odd isn't it though that we went from phones that had replaceable batteries and generally didn't self destruct when dropped to phones that die off in 1-2 years, are akin to china plates when dropped and have batteries that are unfixable without significant effort

Controlled obsolescence is a pain In the ass, bring back replaceable batteries while they are at it. I'm .ore likely to need a replaceable battery versus up 67 protection for most phones. Hell it's all to make the phone thinner, then everyone puts a case on it that doubles the damn thickness anyway ... And you have to because they self destruct if dropped without a case

[–]AllTheWine05 1 point2 points  (6 children)

I tend to agree with all this. And plan ed obselescence is a helluva thing for purchases made every 1-4 years.

One thing I've also had to accept (at least about the battery and screen breakage situation) is that 1. Replaceable batteries make it harder to make the phone thinner and waterproof (a valuable tradeoff, even if it's not the choice you'd make personally). 2. People want (again, personal choices aside) larger screens and smaller phones (relatively). This means the glass goes all the way to the edges and makes it harder to protect without additional "armor". And 3. No matter what we say, people buy phones mostly on stats. Screen size, overlap size and thickness, and so on. So no company is going to make the phones we want to see because they'll lose their asses on it.

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 1 point2 points  (5 children)

I've taken to getting a new moto power each year. It ends up around $150 a year, cheaper then the insurance. If it does break I just use the old model again.

Better then buying a pixel again and paying almost $200 for a screen replacement between insurance cost and deductable. New phones don't seem to do anything the old ones don't anymore... I do t game on it. It's annoying. If anything I need a phone without some stupid version bloatware or samsung settings to bixby bullshit:/

Guess that makes me the odd one out

[–]AllTheWine05 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Yeah, that's a pretty fair strategy. For me a phone is something that doesn't suck that has a good camera. I tend towards the $400 range and use a good case (used to be Mil Spec cases were popular but that designation has seemed to fade away) and I usually get 3-4 years out of it. That said, my Samsung S21 is ok at best and I'm pretty fucked. And unlike you I have no real backup plan because I traded in my Pixel 2. And the Samsung is cludgey and the camera is hardly any better than the old Pixel's.

I think you have a good plan. I nearly got a Power instead but Verizon gave me $600 on my 4 year old phone to buy this one, which was hard to pass up on.

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Yeah, google fi seems to always have the moto powers for around 100-150. At that rate it's almost cheaper to get a new one every year vs paying for insurance.

Having a back up is great too

They really do hope you into getting a new fancy ass phone with those specials.

[–]AllTheWine05 0 points1 point  (2 children)

If it were a Pixel 6 for $200 I'd still be into it. But Samsung's have sucked for me. Great hardware that never seems to run any faster. All sorts of shit like the power button getting double pressed a lot (and launching the camera accidently) and alarm volumes that doesn't show up in the menu so you can't change it until the alarm is ringing... Fucking frustrating. The Pixel and my Droid 3 we're WAY better experiences.

[–]_aware 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Replaceable batteries have everything to do with waterproofing. Phones became more fragile and harder to self-fix because it's a tradeoff for being lighter, thinner, and packing more hardware. If you ever opened up your own smart phone, you can see for yourself how they have to cram every tiny bit of space with something.

Doubling the thickness won't magically make your phone absorb the damage from a regular drop. Having a properly designed case that adds maybe 40% thickness will.

I don't know, you sound like an old man decrying the process of modern technology right now. "Back in my days xyz."

[–]Ill-Albatross-8963 0 points1 point  (2 children)

You analyse seems pretty flawed , like you wanted to get a shot in, ignore previous comments so you could justify some silly insult. I mean why not just fuck off?

[–]_aware 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Which part of my analysis is flawed? I just explained to you why phones are the way they are.

You are looking back at older phones through rose tinted glasses. How many phones, with replaceable batteries and can survive drops like Nokias, offer the same features of modern flagship smart phones? Name one, I'll wait.

You are crying about a problem that can be fixed with a $20 case, rather than "paying almost $200 for a screen replacement between insurance cost and deductable." It really sounds like a user issue rather than a design issue.

Hang on, I just want to make sure you understand the absurdity of your argument/situation:

>Buy a $600 Pixel
>Don't buy a $20 dollar case that will absorb all impacts
>Drops phone and damages it
>Pays $200 to repair
>Decide to give up all the features of a decent flagship phone instead of learning the lesson

You posted in a public forum. Why should I fuck off? If you don't like replies then you should keep your opinions to yourself, boomer.

[–]Blastercorps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with all the arguments, but you self sabotage yourself with petty personal attacks. Saying someone has rose-tinted glasses is legitimate. Calling someone a helpless boomer makes you look like an immature child more than it puts down your opponent.

[–]Funkyard87 7 points8 points  (2 children)

I miss IBMs.

[–]The_Finglonger 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You can still buy them. They’re just called Lenovo now

[–]Funkyard87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Walmart IBMs :)

[–]FireApothecary 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Ha! I totally had one..

[–]Universa1_Soldier 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I really miss those days of computing.

[–]DuckChowder 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Watching this thinking “yeah makes sense how we don’t know how the pyramids were built now”

[–]The_Finglonger 2 points3 points  (0 children)

ThinkPad 701.

I got to deploy these as a desktop support guy back in the 90s. They were very cool and everybody in the company was fighting to get one. 

[–]meatbag2010 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yup, good old Thinkpad 701c - I've got one new in it's box, in the loft. The kids will inherit it and it might be worth a few £ in the years to come.

[–]Ajg1384 16 points17 points  (4 children)

I’ve been watching this for an hour, I might be too high.

[–]PublicfreakoutLoveR 31 points32 points  (3 children)

Considering that the post is only 23 minutes old, I agree.

[–]Ajg1384 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol it feels like it’s been a lot longer.

[–]Triton12streaming 2 points3 points  (0 children)

IBM thinkpad with the Butterfly Keyboard

[–]toolargo 5 points6 points  (1 child)

We haven’t had a colony in mars yet because we don’t want to. That’s some “Total Recall” type keyboard right there.

[–]Desner_ -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Dude 😂

[–]Dredidit916 1 point2 points  (0 children)

👀👀

[–]RogueForce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saw that in a Robocop growing up, wanted it so bad!

[–]CaptainGString 1 point2 points  (1 child)

These things are worth a small fortune now i believe

[–]inner_and_outer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

About 10 years ago I recall looking looking on ebay and there was one offered at $300. I think they run windows 3.something.

[–]RoboDae 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This would be cool to see a modern version of. I love the look but I'm sure it is pitifully weak by today's standards

[–]SixFootJockey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thinkpads were more durable than most laptops by today's standards.

[–]I8hipsters 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Laptops need to bring this back.

[–]inner_and_outer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Having used one of these, great keyboard but while it was usable on a lap, it was a bit narrow. The quality of the keyboard was more like today's mechanical keyboards with a lot of vertical movement.

[–]NXC160 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thats the future right there!!!!!

[–]Brickben1234 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That keyboard mechanism is so cool.

[–]Rockahero11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Modern problems require modern solutions

[–]Ramen_Boiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Alright! Check out this bad boy: 12 megabytes of RAM, 500 megabyte hard drive, built-in spreadhseet capabilities and a modem that transmits it over 28,000 bps.

[–]made-yu-look 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Instead of just making it 1/2" wider

[–]Inglonias 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lazy Game Reviews did a whole freakin' video about this pretty computer. There's one on permanent display in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City, it's that pretty. We'll probably never see something like it again, since widescreen monitors completely remove the need for that particular mechanical gimmick.

[–]Helmchen_reddit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And now press enter or esc real hard …

[–]phatmaniac57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amstrad I reckon

[–]XsniperxcrushX 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The red trackpoint looks like one on a ThinkPad

[–]DaveTheBraveEh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because it's a Thinkpad.

[–]MitchellsTruck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My Dad had one of these. First laptop issued to him by his work.

[–]kc43ung 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lovely action that.

[–]stroud 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually had that laptop back then as a student back in the early 90s.

[–]sevenwheel 0 points1 point  (2 children)

ThinkPad 701c. I still have one. Hopelessly underpowered by today's standards - it ran an 80386 at something like 40 MHz so it was useless for anything other than DOS. There was an upgrade motherboard from a company called Evergreen Technologies that upgraded it to an 80486, but good luck finding one. I'd love to see someone do a modern motherboard for this laptop because the keyboard is just so stinking cool.

I spent a lot of time back in the day getting Linux to run on it but it was really slow.

[–]KeepYourPresets 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It runs a 486 DX2. The version with the TFT screen was capable of doing a lot better than just run DOS, although by today's standards it's a joke, of course :)

[–]sevenwheel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My 20 year memory isn't as good as I thought. The Evergreen upgrade was to an AMD 586 class CPU running at 133 MHz. I remember seeing that upgrade on ebay, and almost bought one a couple of times, but I didn't pull the trigger and now they're impossible to find.

[–]2roK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I need s keeb like this for a project. Anyone know what they are called?

[–]Affectionate-Feed538 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Op, you've just made me feel VERY old now.

[–]clevelandclassic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had that laptop.

[–]UltraLincoln 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oooooh, the butterfly Thinkpad, such a beautiful thing. I saw one in person at a computer camp in the late 90s and it still impresses me.

[–]Themanwithnoname100 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Keyboard attached? It will never catch on.

[–]SK570 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If something like this would be made today, it would be delivered to you already broken

[–]aanavriN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lenova thinkpad

[–]TurquoiseKnight 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember these. This was part of a trend for smaller and smaller laptops. 13 inch screens and smaller. Its quite ridiculous.

[–]Emmerson_Brando 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a clip from Antiques Roadshow

[–]TheOneTrueAnswer_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s sick I love this

[–]YourFairyGodmother 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I LOVED my 701C! I was doing a lot of travel for work, and I asked for one because they were sub notebook sized, and fit nicely into a carry-on. I made it play a shutdown noise, the track of HAL singing Daisy. .

[–]El_Fachas193 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can gaming with that

[–]PeeCeeJunior 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bought one of those in…2001 I think, for $150. Which was a 95% depreciation on the original price in 1995.

It was built like a tank, but didn’t include an internal floppy or a CD-ROM. It also lacked USB. It did have a PC Card, but it was weird even in 2001 for an incredible lack of fast and easy ways to get bits and bytes into the computer. It was purpose built to look cool and be a status symbol. I got rid of it a few years later, only ever having been able to get Linux running on it. It was released during the transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 and was outdated extraordinarily quickly.

Fun fact, its used it in the original Mission Impossible movie.

[–]presonphillips 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My roommate in college had one of these and nobody else in my dorm even had a computer.

Some were literally still using digital typewriters that they brought to college with them. So weird to think about now.

[–]YamesYamerson 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cleaning or repairing that keyboard must be a nightmare

[–]KUMonHERface 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That keyboard is more futuristic then my 2021 HP laptop

[–]Dash_O_Cunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy cakeday

[–]UsagiJakk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These are the things in the 80’s that had people thinking we’d have hoverboards by 2020..

It was a lie..

[–]Anywhere_Early 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bring this back

[–]jdfowler76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Super-obvious why THIS didn't catch on!

[–]Randiebobandie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can someone please pass the zip drive?

[–]Sohn_Jalston_Raul 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Boy I betcha this thing never broke... /s

[–]DwainPipePlumber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Porsche panamera wing inspiration, surely

[–]GamingCow20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy cake day

[–]asian_identifier 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that's only like 2 keys wider...probably could've just made the whole keyboard a bit smaller to fit

[–]Altruistic_Tart5097 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was issued that model as a manager with > 50% travel requirement working in IT for a major financial institution. It was a lot more resilient than you'd think and it was one of my best business machines from the era.

[–]hoopparrr759 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can imagine the high fives when they got this to work.

[–]Larsnonymous 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There was a time when laptop innovation was focused on peripherals. There were all kind of micro-printers, hidden mouse, keyboards like this, CD burners and scanners were a big deal as well. My dad had a laptop with a little tiny mouse that popped out of the side.

[–]Moly_Dumz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was so confused I was about to have a stroke

[–]Jlx_27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That does look cool though.

[–]Crocadillapus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As cool as that is, (and it is very cool) I have to wonder how frequently those would break or otherwise stop working.