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The AOA Computer Museum - 1981 - Osborne 1
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Written by danrok   
Sunday, 03 April 2005 11:07
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1976 - Apple I
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1981 - Osborne 1
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Osborne 1 

This machine was built in 1981 by the Osborne Computer Corporation and is considered to be the first portable computer. The keyboard folds up so that you would have something simliar to a suit case to lug around. An optional battery pack was made available for the more intrepid owner.

At a glance the front panel looks like the console of a modern car with a small 5" CRT display, a couple of floppy drives and two storage compartments below the drives for storing disks.

At $1795 this computer was a big success, perhaps due to the bundle of free software. The bundle included the CP/M operating system, SuperCalc spreadsheet, WordStar, MBASIC from Microsoft and Digital Research's CBASIC. All this ran on its Zilog Z80 4.0 MHz CPU and a 64K bank of RAM.

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