As tech bloggers, media-watchers, and pretty much all the remaining members of the journalism profession rumor-monger and wax enthusiastic about the new gadget that will eclipse iPhones and laptop computers and candy-coated unicorns in net awesomeness—and as they prepare to hurl their collective iPanties at said gadget in recognition of that fact—it’s helpful to remember that a tablet computer is, in fact, nothing new. Behold, the early—and eerily prescient—version of Apple’s iSlate*:

*or whatever it’ll be called

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.