Article: Atari Portfolio
Curt @ Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Thu Jun 7 13:47:57 CDT 2007
I bought one when it first came out. I was working for NYNEX Business
Information Systems at the time, I used to track my appointments, and
the cool thing was it had a speaker on the back and you could autodial
numbers, so I'd use it at payphones to dial a client and let them know
I'd be at their site for computer work and an approx. time. A cool
peripherals was the card interface for a PC, it was an ISA board to an
external expansion box with a card reader/writer on it and it made
moving data to/from a PC as easy as USB thumbdrives are today.
A couple of companies had HD's and other expansions for the unit.
In 1999 I was contacted by a lot of commercial HVAC vendors, apparently
the Portfolios were being used a controllers for HVAC's, rather
interesting. One of the coolest parts of the Portfolio was Atari's
Introduction, like Apple did with its full page ad's in the newspapers,
Atari did a big spread in the Wall Street Journal newspaper for the
Intro of the Portfolio.
Great little computers, for more info, see here:
Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> here's a neat I device i don't recall ever hearing about...
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