Tablet PCs are hot. In early 2007, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, no less than three landmark tablets made their public debut:
- Flybook A33i - an 8.9-inch foldable touch screen computer by Holbe Dialogue Europe; $2,670 (approx)
- Model 02 - the 60Gb hard drive ultramobile PC by OQO; $1,850
- ModBook - a Mac tablet by Axiotron; $2,279
At first glance the stumbling block that prevents a vintage Stylistic 1000 from becoming a useable modern Tablet PC might seem to be a hardware issue--lack of styli, rechargeable batteries, memory, and hard drives. Not so; all of these issues can be successfully resolved.
The real trick in making a Stylistic 1000 work like a modern Tablet PC is trying to get an operating system to boot. Take your pick: Linux, Windows, DOS, and even Mac each OS attempt is fraught with failure.
And therein lies the tale--a tale of a project gone horribly awry.
Step 1: How to Create a $250 Tablet PC
Time: Days to Weeks
Cost: $217.77 w/o option
Difficulty: Maybe impossible
- (1) Fujitsu Stylistic 1000; HSC Electronic Supply #20791; $29.95
- (1) stylus; FinePoint Innovations # KCP6; $75
- (1) battery; Batteryspace.com #NB-LAP03; $79.95
- (1) memory; MemoryTen #FMW3EM16; $19.95
- (1) CompactFlash ATA/PCMCIA adapter & CompactFlash memory card; Amazon.com SanDisk SDDR-64-768 Compact Flash to PC Card Adapter; $12.92
- 512Mb CompactFlash card; Amazon.com SanDisk 512 MB CompactFlash Card, SDCFB-512-A10; $9.99
- PS/2 keyboard; salvaged