Thursday, March 29, 2007

A Micro Encounter with PC History

The other day, I had an encounter with history of the microcomputer kind. David, who had a part in designing this computer below, pulled out this electronic relic from his storage room/office (called the "inner sanctum").

What you see in the photo above is the first battery-powered portable (laptop) computer with a clamshell case and LCD display. It is called the "Athena 1" that was built in 1983 and runs under the CP/M operating system (Z80 CPU). Perhaps only meaningful to computer geeks, I had the great honor and privilege to touch the keyboard.

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