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The 30th Anniversary of Osborne Computer
Slashdot ^ | 4/2/11 | timothy

Posted on 04/02/2011 6:34:03 AM PDT by Clint Williams

harrymcc writes

"This Sunday is the thirtieth anniversary of the announcement of the Osborne 1 — the first mass-produced mobile computer. For years, Osborne has been most famous for its failure, traditionally blamed on the company having preannounced new products before they were available. But that's not the whole story — and Adam Osborne, its founder, was a fascinating figure who deserves to be remembered."


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1 posted on 04/02/2011 6:34:06 AM PDT by Clint Williams
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To: ShadowAce; rdb3

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2 posted on 04/02/2011 6:34:41 AM PDT by Clint Williams (America -- a great idea, didn't last. The only reasonable response to Jihad is Crusade.)
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3 posted on 04/02/2011 6:36:22 AM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: Clint Williams

Dear lord I am getting old....


4 posted on 04/02/2011 6:39:32 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: AndrewB

Fond memories. It still looks good.
I remember that complaints about the small screen were rejected with the retort that the type was no smaller than the Wall Street Journal.


5 posted on 04/02/2011 6:40:37 AM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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6 posted on 04/02/2011 6:41:06 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Clint Williams

I lusted after one of those. I never got it. It left me emotionally scarred, unable to get pleasure from any computer.


7 posted on 04/02/2011 6:41:57 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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“I remember that complaints about the small screen were rejected with the retort that the type was no smaller than the Wall Street Journal.”

The bigger problem was its 4KB of memory: that’s right, 4 KILObytes. You had to insert a floppy disk to write stuff too. We had one of these and I’m amazed what documents and spreadsheets we produced on a machine with such limitations. Compared to what came later, they were ridiculously expensive and extremely primitive. Nevertheless, they were one of the first out of the gate and for that they deserve a lot of credit.


8 posted on 04/02/2011 6:44:41 AM PDT by DrC
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64kB worth of memory for $4300 US in real terms. What a bargin! ;)


9 posted on 04/02/2011 6:47:52 AM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: DrC

I had one of the first Lisa Systems, forerunner of the MAC, from Apple.
It was a great machine that could do a lot of things. I think it had 4mb of memory that was later upgraded to 8mb.
It was expensive, $10,000 brand new.
My Dad had it in storage and gave it to me, I had all the orginal software and manuals. Ended up selling it on E-Bay to a collector. It still worked.


10 posted on 04/02/2011 6:50:19 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood (.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I got the first blue one at the local computer store. Added a Smith-Corona TP-1 daisywheel printer that took 2.5 minutes per double spaced page. A complete joke by today’s standards but at the time I felt like I had died and gone to heaven.


11 posted on 04/02/2011 6:50:19 AM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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I’ve got an early Apple down in the basement ....

Started with 8086’s - And was happy to “move up” to a 286. Back when the “test” of compatibility was “Can it play Flight Simulator? Can it run Lotus 1-2-3?”


12 posted on 04/02/2011 6:52:21 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Clint Williams

Damn, I remember it like yesterday.


13 posted on 04/02/2011 6:54:18 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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Just think it was last century


14 posted on 04/02/2011 6:59:05 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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My brother in-law had one, I remember being so envious. I wondered how he ever talked my sister into letting him buy it.


15 posted on 04/02/2011 6:59:08 AM PDT by SC Swamp Fox (Aim small, miss small.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Ended up selling it on E-Bay to a collector.

I just checked Ebay and there’s a vintage Osborne now going for $199, “as is.” Apparently, it powers on, but seller who found it at a garage sale can’t guarantee it actually works. I think I’ll drag mine out of the attic and give it a go. I’m amazed what collectors are willing to pay for stuff. I don’t know what you got for your Lisa, but it probably wasn’t $10K! :-)


16 posted on 04/02/2011 7:02:27 AM PDT by DrC
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Al, I can always count on you to make me feel better - not!!!!!


17 posted on 04/02/2011 7:05:23 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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18 posted on 04/02/2011 7:08:00 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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I had a Lisa. It was the first time I was “had” by Apple as well...
19 posted on 04/02/2011 7:10:41 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (8/30/10, the day Truth won.)
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To: sionnsar

Oh, man. Did I covet the Osborne. More than Farrah Fawcett.


20 posted on 04/02/2011 7:13:38 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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