History of notebook computers

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Wed Mar 23 17:49:47 CST 2005

On Wed, 23 Mar 2005, Computer Collector Newsletter wrote:
> say that we're one notch about (S.I.C.) fast food workers.

It seems a little harsh for Mr. Reporter to say that magazine
writers are NOT a notch above fast food workers.

Most writers that I've known (I've even done a trivial amount myself)
ARE above fast food workers.

And why are we denigrqating fast food workers?

Regardless of who is writing it, MOST histories of events
within our times are heavily biased towards our own experiences.
For example, Cringely's history consists of barely ANYTHING other
than Apple, IBM PC.
Since I didn't get into Commodore microcomputers
(I did have a few of their calculators) until the Amiga, MY
telling of the history of micros would have only a cursory
mention of the Pet, Vic 20, and 64, all of which were arguably
important milestones.

Failing to include the Otrona is sad, but few people were aware of its
existence at the time, despite its beautiful design, and being the target
of IBM legal action for the use of the Charlie Chaplin character in an ad.
BTW, how do you think Chaplin would have felt about his heirs selling his
character to IBM??

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