Daves Old Computers - Kaypro. It was conceived by Non Linear Systems inc., a company 5" on the Osborne). Into this environment marched Adam Osborne, former book and software publisher. Among all of the portable computers showing up at the time, the Kaypro line was one of the best selling for a variety of reasons. > instead of the Z80A. None of them failed despite Despite its name, the Kaypro II was the first Kaypro model. It was conceived by Non Linear Systems inc., a company with over 30 years' experience of producing small portable aerospace electronic equipment, which would later become Kaypro. In addition, a number of widely-used programming languages of the time – including BASIC, FORTRAN, and Turbo Pascal – were available in CP/M versions. Before the IBM PC, before the Apple Macintosh, there were pioneering personal computers from companies like Kaypro and Osborne. As it turned out, the IBM PC (released in 1981) was a hit, and the microcomputing world became a race between IBM and various companies selling IBM-compatible models – all running PC DOS or its generic variant, MS-DOS. Let's be kind and just refer to it as a suitcase computer. By User:Hstoff (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. floppies (190k), 400 KB or 800 KB 5.25'' floppy It was conceived by Non Linear Systems inc., a company with over 30 years' experience of producing small portable aerospace electronic equipment, which would later become Kaypro. It came in its original box, although that's taken a bit of a beating with age. Like other computers of the time, the Osborne 1 used two single-sided/single density 5 1/4" floppy disks. There were "toy" computers such as the Commodore 64 and TI-99/4A, as well as higher-end projects such as the TRS-80 and ZX Spectrum. Perfect Writer, Perfect Calc, Perfect Filer, Perfect Speller, S-Basic, CP/M and Profitplan were bundled with the Kaypro's first market-ready computer, in 1982, was called the Kaypro II. This Kaypro came with a nifty overlay that summarized the various WordStar commands. One can be used to boot CP/M and the other to run the software. It was called a portable and, in the sense that it was a relatively compact all-in-one unit, could function as such -- although that weight made it more of a luggable. As usual with Kaypro, the model names logic is quite dramatic to resolve. The Kaypro systems were known to be square-built ! It also featured an aluminum case, which appeared more rugged than the Osborne's plastic case. the size of the Osborne's. for software. keypad, 80 chars x 24 lines (character matrix: 5 x Like the Osborne 1, it was a "portable (in name only) that ran CP/M on a 2.5 MHz Z80 CPU, with 64 Kb of RAM. It weighed 23.5 pounds and came with a built-in keyboard (that also functioned as the unit's fold-down lid) and tiny 5-inch monochrome CRT monitor that displayed 52 characters by 24 lines. He worked with Peter Hyams in the movie see more Kaypro Kaypro II Ebay auctions ! Osborne didn't release a successor to the Osborne 1 until 1985, two years after the company had filed for bankruptcy in 1983. Please consider donating your old computer / videogame system to Old-Computers.com or one of our partners. The software included WordStar, SuperCalc, and (later in production) dBASE II. Additional models followed, including the Kaypro Robie, a non-portable jet-black desktop model that some dubbed "Darth Vader's lunchbox.". (The Kaypro 1 never made it to market.) In April, 1981, his new company, Osborne Computer Corporation, released its first microcomputer. The name was KAYPRO II, because the Apple II was the most popular system (besides the IBM PC) around back then, and Kaypro decided to follow in the image. Kaypro's first market-ready computer, in 1982, was called the Kaypro II. As usual with Kaypro, the model names logic is quite dramatic to resolve. with over 30 years of experience of producing small portable aerospace electronic equipment, which would later The name was KAYPRO II, because the Apple II was the most popular system (besides the IBM PC) around back then, and Kaypro decided to follow in the image. Started the restoration of the Kaypro 2x and the Kapro 10. One asset of the Kaypro, over the Osborne 1 which was A year or so later, the company revamped the Kaypro II with half-height drives and simple block-style graphics. It has two SS/DD half-height floppy drives, a Z-80A running at 4.0 MHz, 2 serial ports and rudimentary graphics (through graphic characters). While there he invented the digital voltmeter – and later came up with the idea of a personal microcomputer to compete with the Osborne 1. After numerous other systems similar to the earlier Kaypro II, in 1985 they release their first and only laptop computer, the Kaypro 2000. The Kaypro Corporation was created to design and market these computers, and met with tremendous initial success. That required an intimate knowledge of dozens of essential commands, or a handy dandy command reference of some sort. All the hardware is packed into a solid aluminum case. > None of them failed despite Though the Kaypro II has no graphic Hardware Even if it weights more than 10kg, it can be easily moved with the handle found at the back. Thanks to Bolo's Computer Museum for the picture. 8), Serial port, parallel port, keyboard He worked with Peter Hyams in the movie version of 2010. Articles - The same year, the Kaypro 2X is released. CP/M looked a lot like DOS, in that it utilized a character-based (non-graphic) interface. - And to spice up a bit things, Kaypro decides to rename its Kaypro IV'84 as Kaypro IIX (sometimes also known as As such, users had to do a lot of disk swapping to load programs into memory (from one diskette) and then access data (from another disk). knob and a reset button. of them (Kaypro IV & 10) were used by doctors for the Paris-Dakar 84's edition. The Kaypro systems were bulky, even for luggables, but they were sturdy! They did not come with CPM floppies, has anyone made the switch to a floppy emulator? Kaypro tried to jump on the IBM-compatible bandwagon with the Kaypro PC and Kaypro 286i models, but they were too little too late. Had IBM used CP/M instead, we may have been telling a different history today. Despite its name, the Kaypro II was the first Kaypro model. Today's computer users probably don't recognize the debt today's PCs owe to the Osborne 1 and Kaypro II. Later WordStar was also available. Like the Osborne 1, it was a "portable (in name only) that ran CP/M on a 2.5 MHz Z80 CPU, with 64 Kb of RAM. It was called the Kaypro II Plus 88! IIX MTC), thus dropping the previous IIX model. One keyboard has the help template attached for word processing. is the 9" built-in monitor, easily twice the size of the Osborne's. Computers running CP/M became also rans. The Kaypro II is a real "luggable" system. To create the ‘graphics’ mode, the Kaypro can treat each ‘character’ is a 2×4 block of pixels. become Kaypro. It was widely used in both home- and business-oriented computers, including the Altair 8800, Atari 800, AT&T 6300, BBC Micro, Commodore 64 and 128, DEC Rainbow, Epson PX-4, NEC PC-8001, Tandy TRS-80, Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, and ZX Spectrum +3, – and, of course, the Osborne 1 and Kaypro series of computers.
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