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DEC Hi-Note Ultra 2000

By doug.duke ·
Arguably the first Ultrabook of this generation was the Digital Equipment Corporation Hi-Note Ultra 2000. This was an A4 size, thin laptop that was at least on a par with other laptops of the time for power. I had one of the first 160 MHz (yes, MHz !!) models as a DEC employee and it served me well right through until Compaq hit the DEL key on me in 2000 (2 years after the DEC takeover). Compaq gave me the Ultra (well, THEY didn't want it !!) and I still have it. Due to my work requirements the unit had maxed-out memory (144 MBytes !!) and did more than a passable job of running Windows NT4 on its 3 GByte disk.

And, sorry, you can't have it to crack open. I bring it out sometimes on cold, wet winter afternoons and try to load the current, latest, smallest distribution of Linux on it just for fun !! In any case it's very similar to the Armada because many Compaq laptops were based on DEC designs just after the takeover.

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