The IBM PalmTop PC110
I remember seeing a picture of a cute little ThinkPad in Personal Computer World magazine, on their gadgets page in late 1995 - Japanese only and over £2000, so I forgot about it. However, during July 1997, when I was on holiday in Canada, I happened to pick up a US computer magazine - to compare prices and specs. Flicking through, I stopped at a page with a photo of a notebook computer with a foot-high Coke can next to it. That or a miniscule notebook next to an ordinary can. It was that tiny ThinkPad again, and it was apparently called a 'PC110'. On returning home I started checking the web for PC110 information, and found that prices had dropped significantly in two years.
Buying the thing was easy. Several places are still advertising the PC110 on the web, and T-Zone in Tokyo looked to be the best for both price and availability. I sent them an e-mail with a few technical enquiries (in English), which they answered promptly and with an impressive attention to detail, so they got my order. Ten days later, I had the painful process of visiting the Post Office, paying the British government their import duty and VAT, and then it was mine.
Since purchasing my PC110 from T-Zone in Tokyo in August 1997, I've had lots of fun putting various software onto it to see what it will run. My model YDW PC110 came with a 260MB hard drive containing Japanese DOS and Windows 3.1. No offence, guys, but it was 'spot the icon' time. So, I backed it up onto a Zip disk, and cast around for something else...
I started putting these pages together in December 1997. Before purchasing the PC110, I did my usual trick of scouring the web for information, compatibility reports, device drivers, etc.. Although there were several interesting sites already featuring the PC110, they mostly served to whet my appetite, rather than to satisfy my curiosity. So, once I'd got my PC110 installed with a few different operating systems, I decided it was time to share my findings and encourage others to experiment with this great little computer...
If these pages help you to understand your PC110, and to gain a little more enjoyment from it, then they have served their purpose. I welcome all comments on the site content - if you thing you'd like to see something else included, or whatever, please let me know.
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