The Osborne 1 actually carries a special place in my heart, as it’s the first computer that I ever really got to play with. My dad had one at his work and he would bring it home some weekends when I’d come to visit. I really had no idea what I was doing with it, but I had so much fun reading the manuals, doing some basic things in command line, running VisiCalc, and so on.

On April 3rd, 1981 — thirty years ago today — Adam Osborne unveiled the Osborne 1 at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco. It had a 4 MHz Zilog Z80 CPU, two single-sided floppy drives, 64K of RAM, and a five-inch monochrome CRT display

The Osborne 1 is partially responsible for the passion I have in computers, and the fact that I’ve made it my career can be traced back to those earliest days.

..what made the Osborne 1 extraordinary was the fact that the 24-pound plastic machine had a carrying handle on the back — and at the bargain price of $1,795 with software included, it became one of the first mass-produced portable computers to succeed

Osborne 1 celebrates its 30th birthday, and that of the portable computing revolution — Engadget


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