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The PC of the future--today

Geeks had a real gigglefest courtesy of Amazon this week, which posted a typo-ridden product page for a ViewSonic laptop/tablet PC that gave it specs more apropos of the next century.

TechWeb reports the TPCV1250S-1303 was listed as having a 10Ghz Athlon processor and 3 terabytes of storage, prompting readers to post some fanciful customer reviews.

Correctly presuming that Amazon would yank the page, TechWeb preserved some of the better efforts. Our favorite:

"I wasn't home when they turned it on, which Mommy said was a good thing, after she stopped crying yesterday. I saw the flash of light from my school several blocks away. Our neighbor's house was burned pretty bad and I wondered where our house went--there was just a big hole in the ground. Mommy said something about suing ViewSonic for not using a big enough heat sink. I just want my sister Suzie back."

Amazon did indeed pull most of the product information, now listing the TPCV1250S-1303 as "currently unavailable." The product page still contains some interesting items, though, including a few user-submitted photos that include mad scientist Doc Brown of "Back to the Future" computing on his swivel-screen ViewSonic.

The specs listed still contain a few curiosities, too. Supposedly, TPCV1250S-1303 will have 2GB of random access memory and weight a little more than 2 ounces. And, in an interesting break from the "tomorrow's technology today" theme, it will run on DOS.