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Adam Osborne
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Computer Tech
    (March 6, 1939-March 18, 2003)
    Born in Bangkok, Thailand
    Founded the Osborne Computer Company, Paperback Software International and the publishing company Osborne & Associates
    Marketed the first portable computer, the Osborne 1 (1981)
    Wrote ‘Hypergrowth: The Rise and Fall of the Osborne Computer Company’ (1985)
    His portable computer weighed 25 pounds.
    After he boasted about two new advanced computers his company was developing, demand for the Osborne 1 dried up, sending the company into bankruptcy (1983).
    Paperback Software was successfully sued by Lotus for infringing on the copyright of the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program.
    The Osborne 1 was one of the first computers sold bundled with word processing and spreadsheet programs.
    The Osborne 1 sold for just over half the cost of a computer from other companies with comparable features.
    Osborne & Associates was known for its easy-to-read computer manuals.
    An Osborne 1 is on display at the Smithsonian.

Credit: C. Fishel


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