Daily Giz Wiz 550: Poqet PC

Episode 550 of the podcast

Poqet PC
Subject: Review of Poqet PC
Released:Friday 18 April 2008
Length:about 13 minutes
Download file:DGW-550.mp3 (5.9 MB)
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Short info

From the Gadget Warehouse: Poqet PC.

Detailed information

The Poqet PC dates back to 1989, when it cost $2,000.  It was about the size of a paperback, had a monochrome screen, a great keyboard, and even 2 PCMCIA slots, running MS-DOS.  The original Poqet PC (also with the epitaph "Classic") had 512KB memory, while a later model the Poqet PC Prime had 640KB SRAM.  It ran on 2 AA batteries which could last anything from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.  PC Magazine, Byte Magazine and Andrew Seybold all sang their praises of the Poqet.  In 2005, PC World also ranked it as one of the top 50 gadgets of the past 50 years.

The company was then acquired by Fujitsu, which released the Poqet PC Plus, that had 2MB RAM and a rechargeable battery.  The Poqet PC Plus is available for sale from California Digital.

Dick could not afford the Poqet back in those days, and now can't remember which listener wrote in to him about the Poqet PC.  Dick and Leo reckon it was Brian Davis.

Somewhere Out There

OEM Guy, aka Cochrane, works for the company which makes the Battery Tester for Duracell (Episode 526), proving Leo's statement that there's always a listener out there with a connection to anything they talk about.  OEM Guy explains that the battery tester works by using thermo-chromic ink.

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