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Amstrad tried to make a real low cost portable PC [PPC640 (UK 1988)]. This is a really funny shaped PC. It can be folded together and carried around with the handle on the short end. The screen is a 9" flip up LCD with poor contrast and probably the reason this computer never made any big success. It is powered by 10 standard D-cells or a external power supply. One 720 K 3½" floppy drive on the right. Standard full size PC-keyboard. External monitor could be connected. There was also a PPC512 model with a lighter color case, otherwise same as 640.

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by tr_willk

submitted June 12th 2012

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PowerBook 520 was my first computer in 1994..I bought it cash for $2,000.00 at The Santa Monica College computer store, and I was one of the first to use it in class, and the other student's where like wtf?.
5 years ago
Geek flossin'
5 years ago
the keyboard hasnt changed much in over 20 years
5 years ago
if it ain't broke... claim that it's outdated and replace it with an inferior substitute that compensates for it's inadequacy by dazzling with shiny shiny.
5 years ago
there was supposed to be some ergonomic keyboard...imagine if the current board was split between 5tgb and 6yhn, then those halves were rotated and kind of curved in so using it would mean your thumbs were pointing up instead of at each other.
5 years ago
incidentally, the current qwerty layout was designed about 100 years ago because people were getting so fast that they manual keys were jamming.
5 years ago
There's been industry talk about doing something with those pointless legacy keys. I mean, who the hell uses pause/break these days? Waste of space.
5 years ago
i use the pause key cause its part of the windows key short cut for computer properties. and we have some people who demand those horrible ergonomic keyboards at work so I have to get them one but they are impossible to type on
5 years ago
print screen button is also still very useful. the scroll lock is worthless though and just causes problems for people trying to use excel and arrow over to the next cell
5 years ago
what i really want to get rid of is number lock. there is no point in making the number pad duel functioning when those same buttons exist just an inch away. num lock just makes it hard for stupid people to type their password in and then they waste my time with a help call cause they are locked out
5 years ago
I am a helpdesk chimp so I feel your pain brother. Numlock is my nemesis at the moment, I swear something keeps deactivating it and it's not just my spasticated hands
5 years ago
And I agree - power users will always use pretty much only the keyboard, and will most of the keys - but to muggles they are meaningless. Apart from printscreen. Although I use windows 7 snipping tool now.
5 years ago
Look at the PS3 controller, it has not change since PS1..
5 years ago
We had a schneider/amstrad 1512 back in the days ... overclocked to 8Mhz and shit !
5 years ago
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