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November 22, 1993

WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT?

By CBR Staff Writer

Tote that barge, lift that bale… Germans love solidity in everything and believe that electronic instruments should be built like tanks – we remember an amazing machine for measuring antenna performance from Rohde & Schwartz AG called the Diagraph, which was a wonderful machine until you had to hump it up onto the roof: that was many years ago, but the tradition still lingers as Newsbytes reports from Comdex – there a German company called Westcomp Systems GmbH was demonstrating computers with keyboards and cases hand-made from hardwoods – a process that takes two months per computer to complete: there is a mahogany model designed as a briefcase that opens to reveal a screen built into the top and a gold-plated 3.5 floppy drive, with the keyboard also made of wood, but with plastic keys, and there is also a desktop model made from teak; each computer is custom-built to the user’s individual specifications; weight is not a consideration, says Newsbytes airily, adding that Helmut Weber, who owns the company, admits that the computers are quite heavy when completed – just the thing for royalty, petty despots, slavemasters and anyone else that always has some minion on hand to carry their luggage…

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