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"The first thing that's wrong with being a science-fiction writer today is that the present has caught up with the future and surpassed it."
- Peter Watts

Datacase  
  A portable suitcase, containing useful electronics for the mobile business-person.  

The third member of this group held Teg's attention longest: tall, a tailored black singlesuit with a severe black jacket over it. Perfectly fitted...

Where was his datacase?...These cases were like a badge for such functionaries. On his inspection tour, Teg had seen these people walking the streets of Ysai and other Gammu cities. Small, thin cases. The more important the functionary, the smaller the case. This ones case would barely contain a few dataspools and a tiny comeye. He would never be without an 'eye to link him to his superiors....

When this one leaves, Teg thought, he will walk with long stides... He will slap that case against his leg to remind himself of his importance and to call the attention of these others to his badge of authority.

From Heretics of Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Putnam in 1984
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For the contents of a datacase, take a look at comeye.

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