As a TC1100 fan, I was looking up installing Windows 8 on my machine.  Although installing the wifi card is a bit tricky you can still do it.  And for fun I checked up on the TC1100 wiki page only to see the reference to popular culture section deleted!  WTH?  So I grabbed an old version and placed it here.

BTW, if you are lucky enough to have one, and want to put Windows 8 on it.  Its not fully working yet. Many people are having issues with the wifi and so far the top control buttons do not work. But give it some time. I think Windows 8 on this tablet would be amazing!

At some point, I really should write a post on why the TC110o has the cult reputation that it does.  Its more then just the fact its both a convertible and a slate, and its more then just good design, and more then despite its age, the components are just good enough to keep it useful even today … but that will be another post another day.

If I can find some time, I may gather what the web has said about the coolness and cult value of the classic TC1100.

  • Biggest win. The TC1100 was used by Sheldon on the TV show Big Bang Theory.
  • The TC1100 was used by Paul Ballard in the Dollhouse (TV Series) second season episode Belle Chose
  • The TC1100 was used by Tom Cruise‘s character, Vincent, in Collateral.
  • The TC1100 was also seen in the movie Alien vs. Predator.
  • The TC1100 was also used by Dr. Cameron in an episode of House MD
  • The TC1100 can also been seen in the film The Island starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johannson.
  • The TC1100 was also used by characters in the TV show Alias
  • The TC1100 was also used by characters in episodes 18, 19 and 22 of season 3 and 4, and episode 13 of season 5 of 24
  • The TC1100 was also used by characters in the TV show CSI: Miami
  • The TC1100 was also used by Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin) in the TV show Bones
  • The TC1100 was also used by characters in the TV show My sweet 16 on MTV
  • The TC1100 was also seen on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in a skit with Jefferson Han
  • The TC1100 has been seen on the TV show “Las Vegas” in various shots around the bars.
  • The TC1100 was also seen on the TV show “Knight Rider” in various parts of the show.
  • The TC1100 was also seen on the in flight safety video for Singapore Airlines

I’m going to through this image of the iPad vs the TC1100 just for fun.  I would not call it an apples to apples (get it?) comparison, but I still dig it.

One comment on “HP TC1100 in popular culture

  • Good to see the old TC1000/1100 design still cropping up all over the place.

    It’s a design classic which won a number of industrial design awards when it was released and I feel is a precursor the the iPad. Got to say I use the iPad a lot more nowadays due to speed, weight and battery life, but I still have my TC1000 on a shelf somewhere.

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