30th Birthday of the Portable Computer

30 Birthday of the Portable Computer

30 years ago this week, Adam Osborne released the Osborne 1 computer and the portable computing age was born. Weighing in at a svelte 23.5 pounds, the Osborne shuttled between home and office and was lugged into the field by anthropologists, journalists, and naturalists. Movers and shakers peered into the tiny 5-inch monochrome monitor and used the most advanced software of the day: MBasic, Wordstar,  SuperCalc,  dBase II. Zowie!

Unfortunate management and competitors like Kaypro and Compaq put Osborne out of business, but PCs had left the desk top, and there was no turning back.


 “Osborne!” Harry McCracken, Technologizer.com


Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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