Computers: Carry Along, Punch In, Read Out

The new portable computers are handy chips off the old block

Last summer, when Adam Osborne, former computer columnist turned entrepreneur, put his Osborne 1 computer on the market, small had never seemed so beautiful. Despite its graceless design—a cross between a World War II field radio and a shrunken instrument panel of a DC-3—the 24-lb. machine combined most of the features of a fully loaded Apple or Radio Shack computer. Better yet, it was completely portable. Sales immediately took off, and some 30,000 units have been sold to date. Osborne carry-along machines are...

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