Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2012 11:20 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You'll want to see this. "A teardown chronological history of PDA Organisers spanning 17 years: 1986 Psion II Organiser, 1996 Palm Pilot 5000, 2003 HP iPAQ 5550." Very thorough teardowns of the hardware, detailing all the chips and other on-board parts. Hardware porn, basically. Great work by David L. Jones.
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RE: Great devices (except the iPAQ)
by zima on Sat 18th Aug 2012 04:02 UTC in reply to "Great devices (except the iPAQ)"
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Palm. Simple and with just a giant screen (sort of!). It deserved to evolve into today's smartphones, and I still find it astonishing it didn't.

One can easily argue that it did ...just not from the same company.

Evolution doesn't happen only via reproduction... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horizontal_gene_transfer - actually, that might be the primary way among the dominant form of life on this planet (dominant at least by biomass; but also crucial overall; and, well, there are more bacterial cells in our bodies than "human" ones). Plus, the genome of your mitochondria (some of it even subsequently transferred to nuclear DNA) came from ~bacterial kingdom...

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