Incompleted PDF Graph Here.
Vizio file if you want to do some editing.
I was making a new timeline format, this time with information how everything connected. Check out the incomplete PDF I have. So far I was mainly focusing on the 700T & 200 series, how they correlate to the X1C, X-Series tablets, Yogas & Helix. So info like the 500, 700, 300, 800 are left out right now.
Hi everyone, as most of you all know Medessec and I made a ThinkPad Timeline & everyone chimed in about it.
I am brainstorming about making a ThinkPad History video, a more accurate & possibly interactive timeline. And making a blog or website for easier SEO info access than video.
Originally this all started because I just wanted to make a three video series about the A31p; a review, why it is unique. Legacy of the A31p. Tear down video, showing components & things people should look for when buying them.
But since my brain likes to go off tangents and check out other information, I delved too much researching previous ThinkPads; 380, 755, 701, as well as other Operating Systems, developers, companies.
So my focus shifted, because although the A30p did a lot of firsts in the ThinkPad world, I wondered what other companies did too.
Then it brought up some difficult questions...
- Is the A30p the first IPS laptop?
Was the A21p the first UXGA laptop?
The Gateway Solo was the first 3 spindle laptop, but I can't pinpoint which model and when it was built.
For ThinkPads, was the 380D the first 3 spindle ThinkPad?
If possible, is there any information as to how NASA modified ThinkPads for space use.
A look into the competition: Toshiba Satellite Pro, HP vt6200, Apple PowerBook Titanium, Dell M40/50 & Aleinware's first laptop the Area 51-m.
The greatness of the A3x as well as the issues people come across the A3x (I will probably just surf the A forum, but I don't know what previous user's praise is at!).
What were the key issues why IBM sold the ThinkPad division, & how it got to Lenovo.
As far as the third video, I figured I might as well research other ThinkPads for supplemental information, rival products & at the time, tech trends/development.
Other than having the ThinkPad aficionado affection, I wanted to give a fairness to the other computers it went against, and for why it was sorta discontinued.
When making the original timeline, I came across a lot of information, corrections and so on, now I know more information, yet still I was finding more to that...
I got into diving into researching the 2521 ThinkPad 700T, and that just brought another can of worms!
If possible, does anyone know when Richard Sapper started working for IBM? I'm not sure if it was in 1980 or the 80's.
Although the 700T was the first slate Tablet IBM made, there was a lot of innovation going on too.
- I would like to focus about GO Corp's PenPoint OS (and read the Silicon Valley startup book)
Focus upon GRiD Computer Company, the Compass, GRiDPad, GRiD operating system, & the cloud storage they offered.
Which then made me research internet companies like CompuServe, AOL, beginnings of the Internet.
PenBased machines, PalmPilot, Apple Newton, AT&T EO, Samsung Pen Master, Active Book Prototype, ThinkPad morphables; 750P, 360PE, & Compaq Concerto.
Here's what I am THINKing for the videos should be.
Outline of ThinkPads - General overview of what we have today and how they relate to the original machines. Explanation of model lines, IBM, Acer, Lenovo machines (who made G series again?). Each prefix & suffixes ThinkPads used. A breakdown of the four different 'eras' of ThinkPads I believe there are.
1980 to 1994 - Pre ThinkPad IBM Luggables, 5140 & PS/2 Note. Concepts, & ideas behind the original ThinkPad 700T, then 700, 300, 500, 220. Brief info about Toshiba's popularity, HP & Atari's microcomputer battles, IBM's talks with DRI, MicroSoft & GRiD Systems.
1st era, 1994 to 2000 - IBM dominating the market, PC110, 701C, 755CD, death of the Pen PC, Apple PowerBook.
2nd era, 1999 to 2006 - IBM's introduction to the T, X, A, R, machines, Flexviews, 'p' models, TransNote, 10 years of ThinkPads, & T4x era.
edited 3rd era, 2005 to 2010 - Lenovo's takeover, X41 Tablet PC, T61 praise & problems, W700ds, T400/500 a new standard.
added 4th era 2009 to 2012 - Is it still a ThinkPad? Beginnings of the Ultrabook, X1 Carbon IdeaPad/Edge influence, T431s, Helix, death of the 6 row layout, chicklet & layout criticism.
5th era, 2012 to Present - Attack of the Chicklet Keyboards , shift towards Ultrabook market, 'p' models, 51nb a new hope, IPS strikes again, X1 expanding market, ThinkPad Retro project.
Then after all of this, I think I could talk about the A31p.
However, before I set the ideas in stone, I would like to get everyone's input, because I wasn't in the golden era of ThinkPads, so I would like to know how more epic these machines are.