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March 17, 2011 - Dave Hecei
My first Mac was the PowerBook 100. This goes back a few years, back to 1992 (wow, almost 20 years). The PowerBook 100 was one of three all new laptops from Apple, the 100, 140, and 170. These new laptops were very unique and I feel helped shape all future laptops.
Apple made some radical, at the time, design decisions with the new 100 series. They took the keyboard and pushed it forward making room for a wrist rest. They also added a rather large trackball to replace an external mouse, which is necessary for a GUI based computer system.
As for the computing power it was pretty good, for the time. The popular Mac desktop at the time was the Mac Classic. This still had the same all-in-one design of the original Mac. The Classic had an 8MHz processor, while the PB 100 ran at 16MHz. The Classic had a small 512×342 pixel screen, while the PB 100 had a 640 x 400 screen. My PB 100 had 4 MB of RAM and a 20MB hard drive.
My first iPad, the original model, has a 1024x768 full color display, a 1GHz processor (or 1000MHz), 256MB RAM, and 32GB of storage. Basically 62x faster processor clock speed, 64x the RAM, and 1600x the storage. The PB 100 cost me just under $1000. The Apple iPad 32GB 3G is just under $800 (with tax and case), but the WiFi only model with 16GB storage is only $499. The iPad 1 is still available for only $399.
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