Briefcase Laptop : 2001 Space Odyssey
Evolution of the Desk (1980-2014)
this is, like, designed to annoy technology pedants
~ 29 years old ~ Steve Jobs [refreshingly youthful]
I just talked about this with a friend: the most inspiring moment I witnessed as a kid, was when I was about thirteen years old and I was watching Rock School on BBC2. It was an educational program where youngsters were being explained how to make music. In that particular episode there was a demonstration by Vince Clark [the original synth-player of Depeche Mode, later Yazoo and Erasure]. He was surrounded by synths and was making a track. It really was a eureka-moment. What I remembered the most was that there was a coffee mug on his computer, next to that a Happy Shopper-bag. I didn’t know this type of world existed. Here’s someone in a room full of synths, it looked like just his own fucking room, he’s drinking tea, he just went to a shop to get himself a cake, and he makes a track in five minutes. When I saw that I knew it: that’s the life I want! That excerpt is my biggest inspiration ever. Not that I didn’t like his music, I did, but I was mainly in love with his lifestyle. Making music from the security of your own room, that was my dream and I’ve realized that years ago.’
Commodore 8296 -
1983 (a very late model PET… if you can even call it a PET). This would have been available only in Europe, and ultimately it was a commercial failure.
These things are complete oddities. I mean, they’re PETs, but they’re not. They’re rare, but they’re less collectible. They came out in 1983 with a hardware redesign to fall in line with the VIC-20 and C64, but the Educator 64 came out using the older PET case to fall in line with that. By this point the VIC-20 was dominant for computer gaming and the C64 was dominant for business (due to price), so it was largely pointless…
Computers look better in blue.