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.
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 ...