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One of my favorite old computers is making the news again–C|Net News.com reports that the Sharp Actius MM10 is most likely the thinnest notebook out there (seems pretty much a tie):

Back in the first years of the decade, Sharp released the Muramasas. Measuring 0.54 inch thick, the Actius MM10 Muramasa notebook, which hit shelves in 2003, came with a 1GHz Crusoe processor from Transmeta, 256MB of memory, a 15GB hard drive and a built-in Wi-Fi module. It ran 2.5 hours on a regular battery, and cost $1,499. Sharp also had a Mebius notebook in the Muramasa family that measured 0.65 inch thick.

In a strange coincidence, my XO laptop recently ordered me to install Linux on my MM10, so I dug it out of the closet, re-seated the hard drive (the case has never quite recovered from the time I installed a physically-too-large 40GB drive in it), and put xubuntu on it. What I’d like to find now is a 4GB or 8GB solid state drive in a package that’s compatible with the Toshiba 1.8″ IDE drive. Either that, or I need one of these: Compact Flash to 1.8″ Toshiba HDD Adapter

Update: Thinnest notebook crown belongs to Sharp – Link

Here are some pictures of the MM10, including a few disassembly shots (go here if the slideshow doesn’t load):