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EvanK

VCFed Founder
Joined
Aug 14, 2003
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Location
New Jersey
Hello out there! Erik kindly added this folder for we on-the-go folks, at my request. So... if you're into "luggables" like the Compaq Portable, KayPro, or Osborne; "Handheld Computers" like the Panasonic/Quasar HHC or TRS-80 Pocket Computer 1; DOS clamshells; Mac Portables, Sharp Wizards; jolly ol' Newtons, Gridpads, the original Palm Pilot, or even the darn Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then: 1.) bring your towel, 2. Post something interesting, and 3.) Have fresh batteries. 8)
 

Terry Yager

Veteran Member
Joined
May 1, 2003
Messages
8,763
Location
Saginaw, MI, USA 48601
Hello, MobileMaster

Many years ago, I made the decision to limit my collection to portable (luggable) computers, for lack of storage space. At the time, I had had over 100 computers in my collection, but was forced to drastically cull the herd. A few untimely moves later and my collection is now down to a handful of machines. I have very little storage space, so most of the former collection has been sold or donated to a local computer museum, so I can still visit my babies. The few machines I still have include a Kaypro 10, with the SWP Co-power 88 add-in 8088 processor board, a Kaypro II, Kaypro 2 (not the same animal), a Kaypro 4, a Kaypro 2X, and a Kaypro 1. Other machines include an Osborne 01, (the first type, with the flimsy case), a Compaq Portable 286, (the full-sized model), which has recently decided not to work, and a UCI luggable that has built-in VGA (paper white) display. I have had it built all the way up to a Pentium-75, when I decided to build it back down to it's original condition. Today it is a 386DX-40 with 16megs of ram and a 120mb hard drive. I also have a VT Commuter Computer, which is offered for sale elsewhere on this message board, if you're interested.
Other luggables that have passed thru my hands include several Compaq Portables, a Portable II, a couple of Portable IIIs, as well as a series of Compaq laptops, several Zenith laptops, and a Zenith PC-160, which I just sold a couple of weeks ago. I have also sold or donated a Sanyo 775, with the color (CGA) monitor built in, another Sanyo, forget the model, A Columbia Data Products VPC, a Panasonic Sr. Partner with the built-in printer, and several other Kaypros, including a couple of 16s and a 2000. I have also had several Tandy TRS laptops and a Model 4P. Also, I forgot to include the HP 110 laptop.
My main machine today is an IBM Thinkpad 770E, which is becoming more vintage every day. I am using it right now to post this overly long message. My current collection also includes a few desktop CP/M machines, and oh yeah, the world's first portable computer, an S-100 mainframe built into a Kennedy toolbox, around 1977. There is also a HP75C, a Tandy 102, and a TI CC-40 laptop. Another handheld is a Nixdorf LK-3000, with a red LED display, which dates back to 1980.
That is about all I can think of off the top of my head.

So long, and thanks for all the fish...

--T
 
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