Sunday, April 3, 2011
30th Anniversary of the Osborne 1
So it's no surprise that my father was a big influence in my computer development in the 80's. He was in information systems well before I had been born and helped me buy my first PC back in 1982 - an Osborne 1. It was a CP/M machine, and better IMHO than its most direct competitor - the Kaypro, even with the smaller screen.
The Osborne 1 was also an important addition to my dorm room for my first 3 years at school. Countless papers by me or my room mates were written on those lovely 5.25" floppy disks, along with hours of text-based gaming. It was portable, well, as much as a 25 pound computer is portable. It did have a handle and closed into a relatively durable bundle.
I can't thank him enough for his help in my early computer development. Even as I started learning computer programming (Fortran on paper card on the University's UNIVAC mainframe), I used my own personal PC on a daily basis. It made me more comfortable in the workplace during the summers, working for the Navy, around people that had not grown up with PCs.
Anyway, I look back fondly on my years with the Osborne 1, and am amazed with the things that Adam Osborne did in the early years of personal computing. Perhaps with a bit more business sense, his name would be synonymous with PCs, much like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.