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Introducing: The HP320LX SteamBook!

 Beating the Apple tablet to the rush by over a hundred years is the new HP320LX SteamBook!
From HP320LX SteamBook

Description: The HP 320LX SteamBook was manufactured by the Hewelett Packaard Company in 1893. It's miniature clockwork design allows for computational powers in the order of the Babbage design, albeit on a miniaturized scale. Tiny squares spin about to form representations of words and characters on the Fantastic Paper (A remarkable device with useful applications. The device is adorned with wood finish, sturdy but eloquent brass and bronze frame and fountainless ink pen. It glows with the natural elements such as uranium present in its innards.

Story: I had this little computer for over a decade and it had not seen much use. I had recently rediscovered interactive fiction on my iPod touch. However, playing text adventures on a touch screen was ultimately unsatisfying. I remembered I used to play them a long time ago on this machine. So, I dug it out of the closet. I had to use a Virtual Machine to get the software loaded, but after a little tinkering, it was good as new. I loaded up a Steampunk text adventure and I was off!

However, something was missing. I knew there could have been a better experience. Inspired by meetings with our steampunk club, The Queen's Arctic Expeditionary League in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Sipping Streams Tea House, I began work on modifications of the device. I had previously found a wonderful leather case for $3 at a thrift store which fit the device perfectly. Simple materials: contact paper, spraypaint, gears and glue combined to make it so much more fun to play with. I plan to also mod the dock and other parts later.

If anyone has an 8MB expansion for this device, please contact me: downerczx <> yahoo.com. I hope you enjoyed these pictures.

From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook
From HP320LX SteamBook

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