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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

     Celebrating a gadget that changed portable computing! It's the 25th Anniversary of the IBM Thinkpad, World's First Color Portable.

    Yes, October, 2017 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first IBM ThinkPad notebook computer announced by IBM in October 1992. It went on sale immediately after the announcement. The 700C was their first color notebook with a 25MHz 80486 SLC processor upgradable to 50MHz. It also introduced the little red track point mouse-type device, or some people called it - the eraser - and something else very clever, the ThinkLight. The ThinkLight was a two small LED's to light the keyboard in dark situations. There were no backlit keyboards 25 years ago. This was not a size or light computer. It was 11.7" X 8.3" X 2.2" & weighed 7.6 pounds. The 10.4-inch screen offered 256 colors and an active-matrix LCD. The cost? $4,350 w/120MB HD. That's more that $7500 in 2017 dollars. Run time on a full battery was said to be about 3.5 hours. IBM was bought out by Lenovo in 2005 and they still produce ThinkPads. The lastest is the 5th generation Carbon X1 ThinkPad. It's 347,000 times faster, has 1,024 time more memory, and is WAY thinner & lighter than the 25 year old model. And it starts at about $1500!


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    We’re looking for more Viewer Videos!


    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:


    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll a tiny amount of fame (hopefully), an autographed MAD magazine and a 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture. So that's one more (so-so) reason to send in your video! IMPORTANT: We'll just shower you with praise for your video if you live outside the US or Canada since we can't afford to send stuff outside of those two places. (Thanks for understanding.)


    All show submissions go to



    Letter of the week:


    Hi Dick & Chad

    Saw this & thought of how much Dick likes LED lights.


    Check it out on Amazon:




    I am thinking of getting a couple of these.  Mo

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