"First"?? Hardly. (Was: My return to Classic Cmp - San Diego

Fred Cisin cisin at xenosoft.com
Mon Dec 15 13:02:07 CST 2008

On Sun, 14 Dec 2008, Vernon Wright wrote:
> But the company is now better known for the Kaypro computer. The first
> Kaypro II actually was called NonLinear Systems Kaypro. It was the
> second portable (the Ozzy was the first) personal computer, running CP/M

It was NOT.
Although the Oz could be called the first "Successful well-hyped mass
marketed portable personal computer to be covered by the press".
Elcompco made its first sale of a CP/M machine built into a Halliburton
attache case hours before Adam announced that he "was going to be first".
Adam looked at it and shook my hand, and then pretended it didn't exist
for his press conference.  Elcompco never claimed it was first, because
anybody with any sense knew that there were already a few garage-builts.

BTW, the NLS 215 scope was sweet when it worked, but I always wished for
the 230, because the 215 wasn't really adequate for aligning drives.
I sold mine at VCF to a colector who was pleased to get a "prototype of a

Grumpy Ol' Fred     		cisin at xenosoft.com

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