My first "laptop" was Toshiba T1200
. It belonged to my employer, I got it in 1990 when it already was a bit old and used it almost two years until I finished working for that employer.
This Toshiba has a very special place in my heart. I met my dear Angie when taking a break in a café, Toshiba on the table, when she came to ask me if she could just look the computer. This was only a few months after the closed communistic East Germany where Angie was born and had lived had ceased to exist and Angie was on her first trip to West, keenly interested in everything western, everything modern.
You youngsters today can't even think how it had been to her to live in a society where a trip to neighboring city needed a permission from authorities sought at least month prior to the trip, where you might have had money but nothing to buy with it, where for instance if you wanted a car, an average waiting time from ordering and paying for it to the day you finally got it was between 12 and 15 years. Really, incredible but true! And this "short" waiting period was only if you had ordered a so called people's car Trabant
, the cheapest one. If you wanted a "more luxurious" Wartburg
, you had to wait closer to 20 years.
Long story short, this Toshiba was the thing that introduced us, thus having a special place in our hearts. All modern technology was new to Angie and interested her very much, which make her to start talking with me. Who says it's not good to be nerd if you want to meet women?