Whoa. Going through some boxes this past weekend, and what did I come across but this:
Fujitsu laptop, first generation Pentium, running Windows95. I bought this in July or August of 1997, before I wrote my Master's Thesis. It weighs about 8 pounds. On the front, and I wish I'd gotten a picture of it, is a 3 1/2" floppy drive. Yeah. remember those?
What surprised me was that it booted up. The first time, it hung up and I had to set it up using skills I'd looooong forgotten, but after that it cranked right over and booted up normally. I ran through and played a couple games I hadn't seen in almost 20 years.
I find it interesting that I would have KILLED for this technology when I was in college. Word processing alone would have been worth every penny; it was either a typewriter or a borrowed 286 machine with Professional Write, a DOS-based program for word processing. Now it's a quaint relic, a curiosity, as our handheld phones are a thousand times more powerful. All in the time span of less than a generation...
I was almost tempted to plug it into the modem and see what happened when I got online with it. Would have messed with some sysadmin's head to see a Win95 machine logging into the system, I'll bet. Especially since it's running Windows Explorer version 4 or something like that... ;)
It's funny, too. I paid more for that laptop than we paid for our last three computers combined. Heck, I paid more for that laptop than I paid for a few cars. Combined. At the time, though, I had just started my first "real" job making real money; the Mrs. and I were living in a cheap apartment with paid-for cars; there was no reason not to spend a crazy amount of money on (at the time) cutting-edge electronics.
I think I'll hold onto it for 5-10 more years and see what it's worth as a collector's item...
That is all.