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Origami - MagicLink: Separated at birth?

Being a gadget guy, I was interested in getting more information on the Origami project about which a few facts had been revealed over the past few weeks. Not a full tablet, not a PDA, something that was similar to the digital document readers I used to covet when watching Star Trek.

So, yesterday I see that Samsung has broken radio silence at CeBit. I jump on the faithful Firefox browser to pull up the pictures and description, and ... Hell's bells ... Damned if that doesn't look JUST like a Magic Link, the personal intelligent communicator developed at General Magic when I was there. Here's a picture of the Sony version, the PIC-2100. Now, you tell ME...


Check Out Our Exclusive Origami Photos

Posted by Liane Cassavoy

Wednesday, March 08, 2006, 07:03 AM (PST)

You've been hearing about Microsoft's mysterious Origami project for weeks. Now you can get a peek at the first Origami-based device, on display at the CeBIT electronics show in Germany. Martyn Williams (a correspondent with the IDG News Service and a regular contributor to our Digital World blog) has snapped one of the first pictures of the device. Take a look.


If anyone mentions animations of dancing candles, I'll KNOW that this is one of Magic Link's long lost brethren.


A fellow General Magician, Steve Jarrett, pointed me to this article. If you replaced every reference to "Windows" with "Magic Cap", and every instance of "Microsoft" with "General Magic", it could have been one of our press releases from about 1994.

Microsoft unfolds Project Origami to reveal ultracompact PC running XP

Update update:

This gets even better. Dave Caolo at The Unofficial Apple Weblog thinks it's more similar to his Newton!

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Some memes/concepts just keep coming back around...

We'll have your Star Trek reader some day!
Mar 8, 2006 at 11:22PM | Unregistered CommenterSteve
When? And it better not be "$500 - $1,000" !! I want to buy 'em by the six-pack.
Mar 8, 2006 at 11:59PM | Unregistered CommenterRich Miller
A friend and I stumbled upon this conclusion yesterday and he posted a blog entry about it. We also found a very intriguing Wired story interviews Hertzfeld and Atkinson during the height of the General Magic PR blitz-- 1994.

Mar 16, 2006 at 9:47AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Johns
Mark, you and Quentin found the perfect quote from Bill and Andy. Thanks for posting the comment and providing me with a link.

May I ALSO say that I think Rogueamoeba is one of the best Mac-oriented software houses around. You guys ROCK! (... and that's from an old guy.)
Mar 16, 2006 at 11:06AM | Unregistered CommenterRich Miller

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