On Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 4:51 AM, Thomas Mueller <mueller6...@twc.com> wrote:
> from dmccunney:
>> See http://oldcomputers.net/gridpad.html
>> But since it came with MSDOS 3.3 built in, the question is why you
>> would need FreeDOS.
> Thanks for the link, it was interesting out of curiosity, but of course 
> nobody would pay $2370 nowadays for something like that.

Nowadays, no.  When it was released it was another matter.  Back when
the original IBM PC was first taking over corporate desktops as an
engine to run Lotus 1,2,3, prices were in that range.

> "Tablet" sounded like something modern, but otherwise the description looked 
> like something long past its time.

It's a tablet form factor, with a stylus for input.  It's an early
"pen computing" device.

> Now I wonder if the flash cards, 256 MB or 512 MB, could be read on a modern 
> computer with a media reader as a compact flash or SD card?

I have an all-in-one USB reader that handles Compact Flash, MMC,
Memory Stick and Compact Flash cards.  Assuming it *is* the Compact
Flash format used by the cards for this, they are certainly still
readable.  They were formatted as FAT16, and I still have a 256MB CF
card originally used in a Handspring Visor PDA as external storage
with a third party adapter.  I could successfully read it and transfer
data off of it.

Another FreeDOS list member has a PC that replaced the original HD
with a CF card, for a gratifying speed boost.  Current SSDs are not a
new concept.

> Tom

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