A piece first typed on my KayPro II, I offer you the following oldie from my digital archives:
Imagine, if you will, being able to take your personal entertainment system with you on your spring vacation. You walk down the sun-drenched beach, searching for that particular combination of sea, sand, and sky. At last you find it--the perfect spot. Far from any electrical source, unencumbered by battery packs, cordless receivers, or headsets, you stretch out on your towel and silently begin to enjoy your program.
Sound impossible? The Japanese have done it again. At a press conference yesterday, Aif™ru-yu Corporation announced a new product for the personal entertainment market. The latest model of this new system is being advertised and sold under the name 800K in U.S. and British markets. Initial availability will be limited, but an Aif™ru-yu corporate spokesman said that the company expects to be able to supply all interested dealers by the end of June.
What is this new form of personal entertainment? The 800K is a non-electronic analog information/text storage system. It is self-contained, portable, and light weight--many models are the size of a videocassette, some even smaller. The necessary hardware is cheap (generally costing less than $25) and the library of available, compatible software is enormous. Hardware and software are integrated permanently, so a user must buy new hardware to get new software, but industry representatives maintain that this is far outweighed by the system's advantages.