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161Re: [midatlanticretro] I got us mentioned on Boing Boing

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  • evan
    Mar 23, 2005
      The article is full of mistakes, yes.

      --- BOYD BORRILL <b.r.borrill@...> wrote:
      > Hi;
      > 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:
      > http://www.boingboing.net/2005/03/22/the_birth_of_the_not.html
      > (Oh, and the Mobile PC article is pretty good too :)
      > Andy
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