Sharp Wizard

Sharp Wizard OZ-9600 ii

Last week I recalled a time when browsing the net on a mobile phone felt like science fiction back in 2002.

Now I came across a picture of ome of the first “pocket” computers I ever owned, the Sharp Wizard OZ-9600ii.
Wow what a flashback!

This was 10 years earlier, now over 20 years ago. It was 1992 and I had just moved to New York. I was always a bit of a tech nerd, curious about all things new. This felt like the device that was at the very forefront of handheld technology at the time. You could beam information from one device to another, and it even had a fax module that you could buy as an extra (which I never did). But I did have a fax in my tiny apartment on Vernon Avenue in Long Island City, just on the other side of the 59th Street bridge with a view overlooking the East River where I saw the UN building across the river from my living room window. (sorry, I got a bit side tracked by nostalgia.. =)

Anyway, I remember spending countless hours entering every piece of information I had on the few friends I had in New York at the time, plus all the friends back home that I wouldn’t get to spend much time with for well over a decade. At the time, I had no idea that I would end up staying in the US for over 13 years..

I figured I’d share this flashback moment I had today when I came across this picture of this part of PDA history.

Stefan Leijon

Black Belt Digital Concept Designer. I occasionally lecture on finding ideas and emerging media. I take instagram pictures, share what I find and love to cook. Connect with me on Google+

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