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Pentti Gronlund pentti.gronlund at tut.fi
Wed Feb 4 22:00:37 UTC 2009


Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) writes:

> The definition of "mobile" changes with the tides of technology.  
> Consider the Osborne 1 "portable" computer 
> (http://oldcomputers.net/osborne.html).  Granted it pre-dates Windoze 
> (and even GUIs for that matter), but if RS-232 TNCs were around back 
> then, I'm sure that SOMEBODY would have hooked one up with a terminal 
> program and gone "mobile' with the whole setup.

Certainly. There is no doubt that there are pioneers in every field.

On the other hand, I had text messaging in a commercially deployed
GSM900 network starting 1993 with my Mobira Cityman 2000:

http://www.lahdenmuseot.fi/asiakkaat/lahdenmuseot/www.lahdenmuseot.fi/content_images/rtm/nayttelyt/mobiracityman2000.jpg

Haven't yet gotten around to like the user interface after all these
years. I still prefer a decent phone call or a text chat with a full
QWERTY keyboard to GSM short messaging. Reviving a concept specified
in the 80's isn't exactly my idea of being in the forefront of radio
communications.

Benjamin OH3BK



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