Found a few references to the trick question I posted a few days ago, and I really don't understand them.
I mean, some guys say "you throw the box away" or "you are a masochist". Well, as it turns out, I had good reasons not to throw it away, and good reason why those constraints were in place.
The good reason not to throw it away is, of course, that it's a sweet computer. It's smaller than almost any other notebook sold nowadays, rugged and it works just fine. And it can be useful. So why throw it away?
As for masochism... I have no licenses for DOS, so I couldn't use DOS floppies. I had no PCMCIA gadgets and no money, so I didn't use a PCMCIA CD, or USB or flash disk.
Finally, I didn't open it and move the HD to another box because it's a notebook. They are quite tricky to open, and the Libretto more than most. I had just got it, if there was any chance of not breaking it, I wanted not to break it.
And of course... I expected most readers to be, well, hackers, in the old sense. You know, complication for complication's sake is the basis for technical fun sometimes, as long as it's not overdone. Since I did this in one afternoon, I just had fun for a few hours.
Saying that this is masochism is about as stupid as complaining that basketball is masochism beacuse it would be easier if you built a conveyor belt to drop the balls in the basket!
It's a game, folks! Part of the game is that rules restrict you!
The rules I gave were the constraints I faced. Of course other situations would make it easier.
And if the San Antonio Spurs were allowed to use a conveyor belt, they would have won the NBA finals in 4 games!