New Classic Finds and etc. (Long)

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Tue Jan 27 11:53:51 2004

On Tue, 27 Jan 2004, Christian Fandt wrote:

> Ooops, In my attempt at trying to be somewhat brief in describing my
> GRiDLite Plus 1040 I did not indicate to everybody that it had a regular
> keyboard (83 keys). This is not a tablet computer (I've heard of GridPad;
> is that what you're thinking of Sellam?). It looks very much like many

Yes, the GRiD Pad. Those are cool.

> typical laptops of the late 1980's except it's all in Johnny Cash Black
> ;) I can email several digital images to those who may be interested in
> seeing what the thing looks like. Just email me.

Ah yes. By that time GRiDs no longer had the handsome magnesium alloy
case but were plastic and not much different than whatever else was on the
market at the time. Tandy re-badged them and sold them under their name
as well.

> Recall that I mentioned only one website, in German, which gave some
> substantive info on my GRiDLite and that it mentioned only PenPoint,
> Penwindows, PenRight as being the OSs that the thing used. Maybe the
> website owner is incorrect although he also listed the thing having a touch
> screen?

He may have been mistaken. I've since learned that PenRight is an OS that
Symbol uses/used on some of its handheld barcode scanners.

> >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 :)
> Whoa, cool! A source of info! Except for you Sellam, my email has been dead
> silent on my request for any info on this GRiDLite Plus (same for the
> Panasonic CF-150B Business Partner I found at the same place :-( )

I'm surprised, as GRiDs have generally been popular for collectors
(especially the early models).

I've never heard of the Panasonic CF-150B, though I would guess it's just
a re-badged Casio or Radio Shack model.

> Anybody mind if I give a brief report on what I find out from Mr. Borsari
> on the GRiDLite Plus (if anything)?

It certainly can't hurt!

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