I hate to say that Lee was wrong, but I've been
able to locate the
user manual for the Osborne battery I have. It was called the
Powr-Pac(tm). The manual is printed with a tan and blue cover, just like
the rest of my Osborne software manuals. Copyright is 1982. The Part
Number in the manual is 3F-00128-00. If anyone wants a scan of the
manual, email me. Bob
More than a few times, Adam Osborne, and Osborne Computer, made
public/published statements about availability of computers, peripherals,
accessories, and software that did not yet exist. When the company went
under, completion of some of those items has been placed "on hold".
Many of those items were eventually released as competing products by
Since the designer refutes the existence, is there any reason not to
assume that the one being discussed might be a third party product?
or a prototype?
Is there any reason to assume that the announcement of the battery in the
owner's manual was not an "Osbiorne announcement" (premature)?
For example, Adam stated that they had a program that would read and write
every disk format in existence. At Computer Faire, I was heckled by an
"Osborne dealer" who claimed that it existed, although she did admit that
she hadn't seen it, nor received her copy yet. All that I could say
to that impossible claim was, "May we all live so long."
Sho'nuff, a week later, we we contacted by Osborne Computer to discuss
licensing XenoCopy for them to sell.
(for those not familiar, there are about 2500 different soft-sectored
formats, and each one needs to be analyzed and sometimes additional code
written. XenoCopy handles 400 of them. I would be especially fascinated
how the Osborne software would handle hard sectored, GCR, 100 TPI, etc.
In spite of his overzealousness in premature announcements of products,
I really liked Adam, and the world is a less colorful and exciting place
without him. I knew him before and after Osborne Computer (his books were
good, the external hard disks were a flop, and his "paperback Software"
lawsuit loss was the start of "taste and smell" copyright. R.I.P.
Grumpy Ol' Fred cisin at xenosoft.com