Recently, I published an entry in the TechRepublic Classics Rock blog on the Dinosaur Sightings Photo Galleries of the Osborne 1 and the TRS-80 Model 4P personal computers. Well, now I have taken the next step — I have just published a Cracking Open Photo Gallery of the Osborne 1.
Once I got inside the Osborne 1 I was surprised to find so many parts. Previous vintage PCs had less silicon chips and less significant power management systems. Obviously the addition of a CRT display requires a significant expansion in those systems. It certainly requires a significant increase in the warnings I saw regarding deadly electric shock.
If you have specific knowledge about the Osborne 1 and the chips it contains please jump in the discussion thread and enlighten us — even though I have some age on me, the Osborne 1 was just before my full-blown love affair with all things personal computer.
The TRS-80 Model 4P is next.
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.