a single-use tool

When I was a teenager I was lucky enough to own a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100, with a 300 baud modem. It allowed me to program in BASIC, compose documents in a Wordstar-compatible text editor, and even access CompuServe (sorry about those hourly rates Dad!). It started instantly exactly where I left off, no need to save at all (until you had to change the batteries, then it was time to break out the cassette tape recorder drive). It’s eight-line by 40 character LCD screen used little power, so I could use it for 30 hours or so on one set of batteries. I doubt anyone has ever looked so completely scary nerd while believing that they were the hottest shit as I did with that thing. I wish there was something like it now, something smaller, lighter, and simpler of course. I would just like to be able to write wherever I am, without carrying or pulling out a laptop, and I would like not to worry about saving, battery life, weight, expensive equipment, etc. Something like the Flip for words.

Specifications 2GB RAM (enough for 8000 pages of text or about 5 million words, surely enough for anyone), full keyboard, non-backlit LCD display, low-power Bluetooth transceiver (file access only), 1 mini-USB port for data transfer and charging. 22 hours of use per charge. RTF/HTML format text editor. 8 x 8 x 0.3 inches, 1 pound.
Update: Rob Mcartney points me to the Alphasmart, a little bulky but maybe just the right thing! Ordered one… thanks Rob.

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