I've been trying to model some ideas around a portable general purpose computer that's essentially a "desktop with ISA slots, but not really". A laptop with a rear arrangement that allows expansion with maybe a removable cover
You may recognize the Grid Compass from the movie Aliens (the Sentry Gun control system). Notice the Compass II 1137 had a wider screen
Back in the 1980s, these originally came with 340K memory and went into space aboard the Space Shuttle Orbiter
I'm sad that this form factor never took off.
@suetanvil This is definitely my tune
@cypnk How much RAM was the system maximum.
@profoundlynerdy Good question. The highest I've ever seen in any of them over the years is 512K (with 10MB hard drive). The max was probably around there.
@cypnk Do you think folding phones will cover this space? A folding Pinephone 🌲
@2en Sadly, they may be a bit too niche, directed more toward communication
My work involves handling very old industrial equipment (usually, something from the 80s - 90s with the original manufacturer long since gone). The ISA card interface would be ideal for creating on-the-fly signals
@email@example.com @firstname.lastname@example.org @email@example.com I was just thinking the other day that I'd love to see a 'luggable' case. Something with a built in keyboard and small display, you provide the ITX motherboard & psu (or perhaps ideally have it be similar to the Checkmate A1500+, design with mounting points for multiple motherboard standards as well as raspberry pi, and a selection of back plates)
@cypnk the baddest looking laptop
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