Top 100 Gadgets

Powerbook100-1The winner of MobilePCMag’s Top 100 Gadgets of all time is Apple’s 1991 PowerBook 100. I really hate to brag . . . . but . . . I bought a 1993 PowerBook 180c for 7 pounds at a London auction last year. I haven’t got it working yet, but it sure is fun having it here. I just bought the OS 7.0 from a MacAddict writer who was selling his 93 Apple Classic. But still . . the computer is not talking to me. One day . . .


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Jordon says:

    I had a Powerbook 150 that I loved until I dropped it and it died. There is something wonderful about the old Mac OS 7.5 that I miss.

  • Jon says:

    I am amazed that fax machines didn’t make the list. So primitive, yet still in daily use by so many people.

  • I’ve had a Powerbook 520c, a white iBook and a Powerbook 150. The PB150 would have to rate as the best of the three for churning out text – basic monochrome display, a laptop keyboard that took serious punishment and a snappy Word 5. Open it up and start typing. Had a PowerPrint cable to print to PC printers.
    I remember when I went to the PB100 launch in NZ that I was overwhelmed. It sure beat the Mac Portable that I was lugging around for work (but that had a state of the art screen). The PB100 was small (sans floppy) and looked great. The 520c never really did it for me in the same way – but it had ethernet.

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