A blueberry iBook
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
Did that PCMCIA card work in your Z50? I still use a Workpad, and it still rocks in many ways. If it didn't work, Surplus Computers has an SMC WiFi card for 7 bucks that does - I'm using one. The card uses Compaq WiFi drivers - instructions to set it up are still available at Chris De Herrera's fantastic Windows CE website. E-mail me at radams36 AT gmail DOT com if you want to try it or need more info.
Some other interesting features of the physical design include: - integrated carrying handle - no port cover to break off - no lid latch to break - additional bottom power connector for rack charging - rubber edging for additional shock protection As nice as these features are, the wireless capabilities are what wowed people at the time. Check out the TidBITS coverage from 1999: http://www.tidbits.com/tb-issues/TidBITS-490.html#lnk2
Mark, I can't believe you can say that "The only real innovation was in the way the iBook looked," when the iBook's innovation is right under your nose! According to Wikipedia, "The first iBook G3 was the first mainstream computer ever designed and sold with integrated wireless networking." Apple introduced the iBook G3, with integrated AirPort networking, and the AirPort base station, at (the last) MacWorld NYC in July, 1999. Press coverage included the amazing sight of dozens of Apple employees tethered (for security purposes) to their iBooks, which were being used by conference attendees to wirelessly surf the web! While we may take ubiquitous Wi-Fi for granted in 2008, in July of 1999 it was anything but!
The integrated handle made its debut on the Apple IIc. I still have that, as well as a clamshell iBook, still in a box we moved with. When I find it I will look for the "additional" bottom power connector, which I don't remember.
Of course you are correct -- the antennae are in there, but according to Cara the lid also lit up when it was in working condition. Can anyone confirm that - got a picture?
Is it my imagination or is there no way to get directly back from the discussion thread to the pictures for this feature?
What is the difference between a Torx screw (which I have not heard of before) and an Allen screw (which I have)?
Apple used Torx as far back as the original Mac and Mac 512. Remember the l o n g #10 Torx driver you had to find to open a Mac? (Not to mention the "case cracker".) I can't recall seeing an Allen-head screw in *any* Mac.
I liked your contribution here, Mark. However, I find it really hard to believe that you've never heard of torx, which are in 75% of all electronic devices I've ever worked on... Well, done tho -
I have seen them in cell phones and hard drives lately. The last time was and IDE Seagate Barracuda 160 Gigs. Here a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx "People unfamiliar with the trademark generally use the term star, as in star screwdriver or star bits. The generic name is hexalobular internal driving feature and is standardised by the International Organization for Standardization as ISO 10664. By design, TORX head screws resist cam-out better than Phillips head or slot head screws. Where Phillips heads were designed to cause the driver to cam out, to prevent over-tightening, TORX heads were designed to prevent it. The reason for this was the development of better torque-limiting automatic screwdrivers for use in factories. Rather than relying on the tool slipping out of the screw head when a torque level is reached, and thereby risking damage to the driver tip, screw head and workpiece, the drivers were designed to achieve a desired torque consistently. Camcar LLC claims this can increase tool bit life by ten times or more."
Allen sockets and wrenches are easy to strip if too much force are applied. Torx screw heads were an improvement by or for General Motors, and picked up early by electronics cos. Their mechanical advantage is greater strength in torque or twisting force. Compaq used these from the first as did Apple starting with the Lisa and first Mac.
I have a degree in business, was an a public accountant for 5 years, and have been an editor for close to 20. Until recently, I was not one to take apart perfectly good electronic equipment. Screws are screws. ;)