I’ve seen the future

I have seen the future of computers. Yes, really I have.  What would you say if I said the future would be something about the size of a pad of paper. Which runs off of 4 AA batteries, giving it about 20 hours of use or 100 days of standby. Storage is solid state with no delicate moving parts, and can be expanded with plug in modules.  Software and files can be stored on these modules or bought with pre-installed on.  Built in apps include word processor, spreadsheet, database, diary, communications manager, alarm clock etc. Full size tactile physical QWERTY keyboard.

Oh yes.  This is the future of computing.   Maybe not much that blows your mind, but bare in mind the Z88 from Cambridge Computers is nearly 25 years old!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Z88.  The future.

All I’ve got to do now is work out the voltage level conversion and I’ve got the ideal terminal for my Raspberry Pi!


  1. A portable computer with full size keyboard, that runs off 4xAA batteries you say? How about this one, 27 years old – when I first started work I found a stack of about 50 of these unloved in a basement storeroom.


    Posted by John

    Link | November 18th, 2012 at 9:11 am

  2. Spencer, I’m glad there are more Z88 lovers out there, I’m looking forward to your future ideas!

    John, I would love to give a loving home to one of those unloved beauties! Still have a spare? Please contact me: lipp@pobox.com

    Posted by Louis Lipp

    Link | November 19th, 2013 at 5:31 am

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