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Vintage 1983 GRiD 1101 Laptop - First Clamshell Laptop - Used by NASA

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Ryan Wilkinson, Oct 3, 2004.

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    A 1983 GRiD Compass Computer 1101, with case, manuals &
    accessories. This is the first ever portable computer of a clamshell
    design, and was extremely popular with the military and with NASA. In
    fact, this model was the first portable computer in space.

    Revolutionary features include magnetic bubble memory, a 1200bps modem
    and a crystal-clear gas plasma display. These babies are worth a lot
    of money.

    Excellent condition, guaranteed NOT DOA, both manuals included.

    Ryan Wilkinson, Oct 3, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Worth a lot of money? I gave mine away a few years ago, and figured I
    got what it was worth :)

    Lisa Horton, Oct 3, 2004
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    foolinyu Guest

    DOS or CPM? Guaranteed NOT DOA? How's the battery after 21 years?

    I have the Grid 1720, super fine laptop in its days and still works, but not
    worth much now.
    foolinyu, Oct 3, 2004
  4. GRiD had a couple of different options for operating systems in their initial
    systems, CCOS (Compass Computer Operating System) and MS-DOS. There was also a
    ``GRiDMaster'' line of programs which could be had on ROM chips, unimaginately
    named they included things like, ``GRiDwrite''.

    I was always kind of bummed for having gotten a system w/ the gas plasma
    display instead of the electroluminescent LCD, and an internal floppy instead
    of HD (they had a line of really cool peripherals which all stacked on top of
    each other). Oh well, didn't miss the GRiD much once I got my ThinkPad 755C and
    docking station, and miss it all even less since getting a Fujitsu Stylistic.

    William F. Adams, Oct 3, 2004
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