Date : Sun, 05 Dec 1982 01:53:38-PST (Sun)
From : UCBARPA.dag@Ucb-C70 (David Allen Gewirtz)
Subject: portable machines
New machines were just released at Comdex this past week.
Unfortunately, my literature hasn't shown up yet, so I will
work from memory.
There were a number of new CP/M portables announced, most notably
the Jonos Computer out of Anahiem, CA using the new Sony floppies.
Cute little toy, uses STD bus, so it can be diddled.
On the 8088 side, there were a few released, most notably the
DOT from Computer Devices of Burlington MA, the Chameleon from
someplace, and the Compac, also from someplace, but my guess as the
The DOT: an 8088 machine using Sony 3" floppies. Not bad.
The Chameleon. "IBM PC Compatible" selling for $1995 and using
an 8088 and Z80..best price machine, but company seemed
underfunded. Wouldn't take a chance.
The Compac - funded by Sevin Rosen and designed to be hardware
and software compatible with the IBM PC. This means that
you can go out and buy the thing and with add on cards
use any processor from a Z80 - 8088 - 8086 - 286 - 68000
and OS's from CP/M - PC-DOS - CP/M-86 - Concurrent CP/M - XENIX.
Since its heavily funded and a rather nice machine and portable
it would be the best bet. Look to magazine adds or ask
you local computer stores. It should be getting lots
of press. I would probably check it out over the Kaypro.
Don't buy an Osborne.