161Re: [midatlanticretro] I got us mentioned on Boing Boing
- Mar 23, 2005The article is full of mistakes, yes.
--- BOYD BORRILL <b.r.borrill@...> wrote:
> Hi;Evan's personal homepage: www.snarc.net
> Congratulatioins on the mention on Boing Foing. Howevr, I ttake issue
> with a couple of thing said in the article.
> First, wasn't the Osbrne 1 on the market some time prior to the IBM
> announcement of the PC? If I am right,(and I think I am), thenthe s
> tatement that the Compaq portable killed the Osborne because it was built
> better and was IBM compatable is simply not so. Two things killed the
> Osborne Computer Company. The Primary reason was the mistake of announcing
> the new model long before it was ready for production and delivery. This
> killed the orders for the Osborne 1 and thus killed the company's cash flow.
> At the same time, machines like the Kay Pro and others were available to
> fulfill the demand for portables created by the Osborne 1.
> Second, The statement that Osborne "Pioneered the concept of bundling
> software" is quite misleading and inaccurate. What Adam did was re-introduce
> software bundling which had been dropped by the "big iron" makers in the late
> 60's or there-abouts, after having used bundling to increase profits and
> keep the customerss dependent on them since the beinning of the commercial
> computing industry in the early to mid 50's. The furor raised by thousands of
> irate (and often long term) customeres finally caused IBM et al to drop
> bundling, thus giving the independent softweer industry the boost needed to
> make it viable and fast-growing.
> Thanks for the place to let me spout off occasionally;
> Ray Borrill
> ahm <ahm@...> wrote:
> (Oh, and the Mobile PC article is pretty good too :)
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