Old-time laptops

In the early-mid 80s the art of laptop computers was just getting started.

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That’s a picture of the TRS 80 Model 100.

It ran Microsoft software, if I remember correctly — couldn’t run what we now call “apps.” But it had a little word processor and a BASIC interpreter, and could connect up to your desktop computer. I owned one, but never really used it. I was an Apple II guy at the time, about to transition to the IBM PC.

My first real laptop was the DG One. I was one of its early developers. Really made an impression. It was a real computer. Quite heavy, almost in what was then called the luggable category. The great thing about it was that it was not an almost-clone of the IBM PC, it was an exact clone. That meant it had lots of software. The near-compatible computers of the day all withered on the vine.

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About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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