• Chrisman01 bought an IBM Thinkpad 365XD for just $5 (£4)
  • The Star-Trek user interface was called LCARS and didn’t have mouse support
  • Instead, he navigated around the computer using the F1-12 keys, and discovered retro games, an Australian slang glossary and a solar system feature

Shivali Best For Mailonline

It was one of the most innovative pieces of technology of its time, featuring 40MB of memory and a trackpoint mouse.

But a man who has bought the IBM Thinkpad 365XD – which has just celebrated its 20th birthday – has revealed some unexpected features.

The laptop, which cost him just $5 (£4), had been loaded with an incredible Star Trek-inspired user interface called LCARS, and contained a bizarre glossary of Australian slang.

The laptop, which cost the man just $5 (£4), had been loaded with an incredible Star Trek-inspired user interface, and contained a bizarre gloassy of Australian slang
The laptop, which cost the man just $5 (£4), had been loaded with an incredible Star Trek-inspired user interface, and contained a bizarre gloassy of Australian slang

The laptop, which cost the man just $5 (£4), had been loaded with an incredible Star Trek-inspired user interface, and contained a bizarre gloassy of Australian slang

IBM THINKPAD 365XD 

The IBM Thinkpad 365XD originally launched in 1996. 

Key features included:

- 7.2 pound (3.2 kilogram) travel weight

- 10.4 inch screen

- 1GB hard drive

- CD-ROM drive

- Single speaker

- Cost $3,699 (£2,960)

Maine-based Chrisman01 who bought the laptop, posted about his findings on hi sImgur page.

He said: ‘This is an IBM Thinkpad 365XD, originally launched in 1996 with Windows 95 installed. This one has Windows 98.

‘When it boots up, it shows the Windows 98 splash screen, then loads to this. An interface inspired by Star Trek, with no mouse support.

‘You navigate using F1-F12 and the number keys.’

The laptop seemed to have been owned by a Star Trek fan, as it contained no personal images, but a range of ‘Star Trek wallpapers.’

The IBM Thinkpad 365XD originally launched in 1996 with Windows 95 installed. But the one the man bought had Windows 98
The IBM Thinkpad 365XD originally launched in 1996 with Windows 95 installed. But the one the man bought had Windows 98

The IBM Thinkpad 365XD originally launched in 1996 with Windows 95 installed. But the one the man bought had Windows 98

The laptop was also found to have a Solar System feature which showed the coordinates of planets in our solar system
The laptop was also found to have a Solar System feature which showed the coordinates of planets in our solar system

The laptop was also found to have a Solar System feature which showed the coordinates of planets in our solar system

Other retro features included classic games like PacMan, Tetris, Solitaire, Chess and Crossword.

But perhaps the strangest finding on the laptop was a glossary of Australian slang.

The glossary contains some hilarious entries, including: ‘Big-note oneself: brag or boast’ and ‘Amber fluid: beer.’ 

The laptop seemed to have been owned by a Star Trek fan, as it contained no personal images, but a range of 'Star Trek wallpapers'
The laptop seemed to have been owned by a Star Trek fan, as it contained no personal images, but a range of 'Star Trek wallpapers'

The laptop seemed to have been owned by a Star Trek fan, as it contained no personal images, but a range of ‘Star Trek wallpapers’

The laptop did not support a mouse, so the man had to use the F1-F12 and the number keys to navigate
The laptop did not support a mouse, so the man had to use the F1-F12 and the number keys to navigate

The laptop did not support a mouse, so the man had to use the F1-F12 and the number keys to navigate

Other retro features include classic games like PacMan, Tetris (pictured), Solitaire, Chess and Crossword
Other retro features include classic games like PacMan, Tetris (pictured), Solitaire, Chess and Crossword

Other retro features include classic games like PacMan, Tetris (pictured), Solitaire, Chess and Crossword

While the laptop might seem clunky now, when it first came out in 1996, it was seen as one of the most innovative computers on the market. 

Targeted at the mainstream business market, the laptop weighed 7.2 pounds (3.2 kilograms), and featured a 10.4 inch screen.

Other features included a CD-ROM drive, and an external floppy disc drive.

The laptop was not cheap, and sold for $3,699 (£2,960), meaning the man got an absolute bargain paying just $5 (£4). 

But perhaps the strangest finding on the laptop was a glossary of Australian slang. The glossary contains some hilarious entries, including: 'Big-note oneself: brag or boast' and 'Amber fluid: beer'
But perhaps the strangest finding on the laptop was a glossary of Australian slang. The glossary contains some hilarious entries, including: 'Big-note oneself: brag or boast' and 'Amber fluid: beer'

But perhaps the strangest finding on the laptop was a glossary of Australian slang. The glossary contains some hilarious entries, including: ‘Big-note oneself: brag or boast’ and ‘Amber fluid: beer’

 

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