New Classic Finds and etc. (Long)

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Sun Jan 25 17:13:42 2004

On Sun, 25 Jan 2004, Christian Fandt wrote:

> > > The OS's that are said in that website to be used in the GRiDLite are
> > > PenPoint, Penwindows, PenRight. What are all these??
> >
> >PenPoint was Go Corporation's attempt at a pen-based OS (i.e. for tablet
> >computers). PenWindows was Microsoft's obligatory attempt to hijack the
> >market from Go (Read Jerry Kaplan's _Startup_ for a great story). I've
> >never heard of PenRight.
> Thanks for the info Sellam. I can't tell without tearing into the screen
> assembly if this machine has a touch type screen for pen use in order to
> utilize the subject OS's. Curious.

It certainly does. All the GRiD tablets were pen-based.

> For the other listeners, recall we're talking about a Grid Systems GRiDLite
> Plus model 1040. Are these the only OS's this thing works with? I'm a

They can run DOS (not terribly useful unless you also have an external
keyboard) and Windows with Pen extensions (i.e. PenWindows).

> little surprised somebody hasn't commented on this machine as I thought
> there was some interest in those oddball Grid machines. I have heard of one
> or two collectors who specialize in Grid Systems gear but don't recall who.

The guy (as far as I know) to talk to about GRiD computers is Rob
Borsari, who brought close to 15 GRiD's (including a nice prototype) to
VCF 6.0. As luck would have it, John Ellenby, there to participate in the
Alto panel, was also the founder of GRiD :)

> I still want to learn more about this model and especially repair it except
> I'm stymied with the dearth of any info accessible through web searches.

I'll put you in touch with Rob. He can help you.

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