Penny's Computer Book (Reference)

Sure, Inspector Gadget was terrible at his job--but fortunately for him, he had a clever niece with a kickass COMPUTER BOOK to back him up (and, typically, save the day). As a kid, I'd pretend I had such a computer book--it could help me answer any question, solve any problem! Now that I have its real-world equivalent 25 years later, I've made some nostalgia-inspired wallpaper (and named my iPad "Penny").


Feel free to download the lock screen (sans name), the lock screen (with "Penny") and the home screen.


The lock screen (shown top left) and home screen (top right) aren't *exactly* Penny's book, but they're very close to these stills I grabbed from YouTube. The user interface is, ah, interesting. Note the blue input jack: she had a cable to plug this thing into her … electric typewriter. Yup.

  • Robert Andersen 5y

    Oh. My. God. Awesome.
  • William Wilkinson PRO 5y

  • Alex Pasco 5y

    Oh, wow, that is a fantastic idea.
  • Aaron Novak 5y

    Presumably someone could make a real app sorta like the star trek ipad app -
  • Christa Mrgan 5y

    Ha! That'd be a super fun project. What would it do? Really, though, what *wouldn't* it do?
  • shiruko99 5y

    this is awesome. i've mentioned it alongside another Penny-esque gadget here:
    through being cool

    now to just get myself an ipad, & i'll be all set!
  • DaveVinZant 5y

    Okay first off I was thinking how this is something I wanted so bad as a kid. A book that could double as a computer. Now I have it in an iPad. Thank you for making such awesome backdrops.

    Any chance you could make these so they would be for just the portrait orientation? I know the iPad can rotate around, but for the time I would use these I would be showing it off in the Portrait orientation. Plus I think it looks weird with the book cover cut off.
  • milchkleid 5y

    Oh, this is terrific. As a kid, I used to run around with a pocket calculator, pretending it was something like Penny's computer book.
  • afhole PRO 4y

    It's like you read my mind! I always used to think when I was little I wanted to grow up and invent a computer book! I'll have to settle for handing over bundles of cash to Apple Inc. and installing your awesome images.
  • joe lackner 4y

    so awesome.
  • complexkinch 4y

    Frickin cool!
  • fronterpeed 4y

    Hey, come on you can do better than that ;) get some of the old 1990s PAL TV quality feel to it, plus you would be better with some of this:

  • Drew Bell 3y

    FYI: this just popped up in a Google search for "penny inspector gadget book". Invaluable!
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