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Josh Cochrane

Tim, my career in software began, though I didn't know it at the time, when my dad bought an Osborne 1 for his startup business. I think it was 1980.

The serial number on the machine was something like 0000000000059. That's a good reminder of how early it was in the adoption of home computers. It's also a little heartbreaking, all those optimistic zeroes in the serial, few of them ever used.

We had a 10" green-on-black monitor ribbon-cabled to the box, so I didn't spend much time squinting at the tiny screen.

I do remember lugging the machine down to the local Osborne/Kaypro users group meetings and thinking, Just because you attach a handle to something, does that automatically make it portable?

Thanks for the reminder.


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