Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

A couple years ago, Lenovo announced its plans to build a "retro" ThinkPad that would resurrect design elements of ThinkPads past as an homage to the brand's long history.

That ThinkPad is now real. Check out the ThinkPad 25, sold to commemorate 25 years of ThinkPads.

I'm just going to leave this here for you lovely ThinkPad people. This isn't for me, but I'm not here to ruin your party.

Do clean up after yourselves.

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RE: Time to contemplate
by boudewijn on Fri 6th Oct 2017 16:36 UTC in reply to "Time to contemplate"
boudewijn
Member since:
2006-03-05

I had a Compaq Contura Aero 4/33c in 1994. That's less than 25 years ago. It ran Windows 3 and had a 16 shades grayscale 640x480 lcd. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_Contura#Contura_Aero_series .

On that hardware you could not:

* edit images, certainly not images of 10,000 x 5,000 pixels, which is normal these days.
* edit video
* edit, or even play, sound
* connect to a network (unless using plip or something like that)
* use X11 if running Linux
* browse the web

You could use a word processor (but a book had to be divided into chapters, which always went wrong when assembling the final print, if you'd be using Word, Wordperfect was better, but only the MS-Dos version). You could code on it, using Visual Basic, or run Dogwaffle to download mail and usenet news over uucp. You could create a not very complicated spreadsheet, or run minesweeper. It also had a very nice keyboard and an interesting trackball.

The amount of data our systems handle these days in incredible. A big brush in a painting application in 2003 would be 64 pixels; today people tell me they need brushes with 10,000 pixels diameter. And we're finding ways to make that work.

In short, I don't think you know what you're talking about, but then, the "everything used to be better when I was younger" crowd usually is wrong.

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RE[2]: Time to contemplate
by KKK. on Fri 6th Oct 2017 20:36 in reply to "RE: Time to contemplate"
KKK. Member since:
2017-09-29

I am a relatively young person, and most ThinkPads that I admire today I got my hands on when they were already very, very outdated. Only then I realised that computers that I am used to are actually total crap, and these "relics from the past" were just incomparably better, higher quality and much better built. Yes, they were much slower, had less clear screens, but none of today's modern machines can compete with them in terms of quality and longevity.

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RE[3]: Time to contemplate
by avgalen on Sun 8th Oct 2017 12:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Time to contemplate"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

You are probably comparing the best from the past with the average or worst of the present. This is called "survivor bias" and explains why music from the past is always the best, buildings from the past are always more beautiful and the 1 ancient computer that you still like to use is build better than new ones

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivorship_bias#In_manufacturing_and...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qd3erAPI9w

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