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.

More:

 “Osborne!” Harry McCracken, Technologizer.com

 

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