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Remembering Radio Shack's 1983 Training Film For the TRS-80 Model 100

Sunday May 19, 2019. 07:34 PM , from Slashdot/Apple
Fast Company's technology editor Harry McCracken is also Slashdot reader #1,641,347. He contacted us Thursday with a story about Radio Shack's Model 100 -- and a rare training film from 36 years ago:

Radio Shack's Model 100 wasn't the first laptop -- but it was the first popular one, and an innovative machine on multiple fronts. It was also the last computer to ship with Microsoft software personally coded by Bill Gates.

I recently came across an internal training film intended to help Radio Shack staffers explain the Model 100's benefits to potential customers. I've shared it -- and some thoughts on the system's importance -- over at Fast Company.
The article calls it 'an even more important computer than it generally gets credit for,' noting portable computers at the time weighed a whopping 24 pounds -- and required a wall outlet to run. So a four-pound PC that ran off batteries and could fit in a briefcase 'introduced people to mind-bending ideas such as using a PC on an airplane' -- even if it only had 8K of memory.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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