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Olivetti M10
My quest to own every example of the 'Model T' series pre-laptops originally designed by Kyocera is strengthened by the arrival of the Olivetti M10 in possibly the worst packing I have ever seen, literally thrown in a shoebox and put in a binliner!
For those that don't know, Kyocera (who started in ceramics as the Kyoto Ceramics Company and went on to be famous for printers) designed a little notebook sized machine called the Kyotronic85 that ran on 4 AA batteries. They were so pleased with the design that they offered it to other manufacturers so Tandy/Radio Shack, NEC and Olivetti jumped at the chance and produced their own versions which Kyocera built in Japan.
The Built-in BASIC was of course provided by Microsoft and apparently was the last code that Bill Gates himself wrote.
The Tandy Model 100 became famous for being loved by journalists because they could write stories out in the field then use the built-in modem port (300baud) to upload later, the NEC PC8201A was well respected, the Olivetti won hearts because it's the only model with a lift-up display and the original was popular in Japan.
Just the Kyotronic85 to go now!
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