Off topic, ANY topic!

Subject: Off topic, ANY topic!
From: A Watkins <awatkins -at- POBOX -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 1997 01:25:53 -0500

This is probably inappropriate, but it's the weekend and we all
oughta relax.
I wish I could take credit for this, but an online friend sent it
to me.
I hope y'all are fixin' to have a great weekend!
Announcing new technology ...
Finally! A technology so simple even brilliant PhDs from
well-known universities can use it!

Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge device

The BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires,

no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or
switched on. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it.
Just lift its cover!

Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in
an armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as
information as a CD-ROM. Here's how it works...

Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper
(recyclable), each sheet capable of holding thousands of bits of
information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit
device called
a binder, which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.
Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of
sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in
Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in
density; for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more
This makes them thicker and harder to carry, and has drawn some
from the mobile crowd.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly

into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next
The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening
The BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting, though like
display devices it can become unusable if dropped overboard. The
feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move
forward or
backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which
pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to
the exact place you left it in a previous session -- even if the
has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus,
a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.
Conversely, numerous bookmarkers can be used in a single BOOK
if the user wants to store numerous views at once. Only the
number of
sheets in the BOOK limits the number.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with
an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic
Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as
the entertainment and education wave of the future. The BOOK's
appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have
committed to the platform. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

Alfred Watkins
GTECH Texas Software Engineering
mailto:awatkins -at- pobox -dot- com

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