Linked by David Adams on Tue 5th Apr 2011 16:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There's a fascinating post at the StormDriver blog comparing the first mass-produced portable computer, the Osborne 1, with today's hot-selling portable computing device, the iPad 2. The Osborne was launched 30 years ago this week, and of course the comparison with the iPad is about as stark as you would expect. The iPad is literally thousands of times better in some measurable aspects, costing about one eighth as much in inflation-adjusted dollars.
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by gehersh on Tue 5th Apr 2011 22:33 UTC
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I vaguely remember seeing Osborn in a store, I think it was Jordan Marsh, Boston Downtown. But the first portable, or better luggable I actually used was Compaq, it has CRT display and it was a dedicated Sniffer box. Pretty heavy, but actually fairly high quality.

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