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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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The Luggable Computer

Early personal computer companies were managed by amateurs who deluded themselves into believing that their transient success had something to do with good management or foresight.

–Adam Osborne, personal-computer pioneer

This situation was not lost on Adam Osborne. In 1980, Osborne, who had been involved with microcomputers from the start, from writing microprocessor manuals for Intel to launching a line of computer books and writing a popular industry-watching column in a computer magazine, decided to get much more deeply involved.

From the Fountainhead

As one of the most quotable figures in microcomputing, Osborne had a tongue as glib as his pen. His commanding, distinctive voice, highlighted by a precise British ...

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