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Portable Computing

Apr 14, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"I was issued a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 for my first newspaper job in 1990, which I started right around this time that year. I took it everywhere, and because I lived in and was covering a town about 15 miles down the road from the newspaper’s offices, I used it to work from the living room couch some days. When I was done with my copy, I’d plug in the 300 baud modem and squirt it up to the regional office.

"I’m pleased I’ve got that Tandy around to witness the arrival of the iPad, because in 20 years and over a dozen mobile devices (where “mobile device” = “something portable I’ve used to get work done”), nothing has come close to pleasing me the way the Model 100 did."

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