First laptop?

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Wed Aug 18 01:40:34 1999

On Tue, 17 Aug 1999, Paul Passmore wrote:
> How about this? According to a close friend, Epson referred to him as Mr. HX
> no less, says it was the first. he even wrote some software to make the
> computer "wake up" every few days using the internal clock and print out "I
> miss Bob" while he was on vacation. So I'd have to agree its was the first.

It might seem a petty detail, but the HC-20 was definitely before the
HX-20. I had an HC well before the HX existed. The HX is the HC with a
different color scheme, and removal of the Katakana from both the keyboard
and the ROMs.

> But is the TRS 80 handheld the first palmtop?
Not sure, but I think that Sharp released it under their own name BEFORE
they started putting Radio Shack's nametags on it.

Also, can somebody tell me what the dividing line is between "laptop" and
"notebook"?? Offhand, I'd be inclined to call the HX and HC "notebook",
and call the Gavilan and Grid "laptop".

Grumpy Ol' Fred
Received on Wed Aug 18 1999 - 01:40:34 BST

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