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Thursday 29th January 2015
Kerry Davis (USA)

I got myself a new-condition Attache with the padded case recently, on ebay. Works perfectly, but didn''t come with any software. Any suggestions or sources would be greatly appreciated. email pearled-duck@earthlink.net I saw the previous posts by Charles Raisch but the site no longer exists, and it seems like he might have passed away since then.

I did some software development work that was intended to be used on the Otrona and Compaq portables, for utility company energy audits, in the 1980s.


Thursday 11th April 2013
Charles Raisch (USA)

Have original First Attache Users Group software library and some part. www.charlesraisch.com


Thursday 11th April 2013
Charles Raisch (USA)

Have original First Attache Users Group software library and some part. www.charlesraisch.com


Thursday 11th April 2013
Charles Raisch (USA)

Have original First Attache Users Group software library and some part. www.charlesraisch.com


Thursday 11th April 2013
Charles Raisch (USA)

Have original First Attache Users Group software library and some part. www.charlesraisch.com


Thursday 21st March 2013
Charles Raisch (USA)

I was FAUG First Attache Users Group. Still have software and disks. Remember?




Friday 26th October 2012
Tim (US)

I still have an Attache that I fire up every once in awhile - man, what a Cadillac it was in the day. It''s a very good example of how badly IBM shook up the whole market, because that company really deserved to keep going on.

Sitting in my storeroom with the keyboard folded over the screen and the coiled keyboard hanging down, people often ask me why I have a portable heart monitor stored away!


Wednesday 18th January 2012
cpubuilder

@steve I fixed it about a year ago, it was a crt controller, and a rom chip


Tuesday 15th November 2011
Steve (Boulder, CO USA)

Oops.. I filled out the previous post incorrectly. It''s from me, not James Wilson. I wrote it TO James Wilson.


Tuesday 15th November 2011
James Wilson (Boulder, CO USA)

@James. Funny you should mention and appreciate the keyboard. It was a custom job (of course) using high quality Cherry switches. We put a lot into that in order to get a quality look and feel. The Otrona was the Ferrari of portables and everything about it had to be top shelf.


Tuesday 15th November 2011
Steve (USA)

@cpubuilder. I just happened back across ths thread. I don''t really know how to fix this macihine. I was a firmware/sodtware geek. Sorry.


Saturday 15th October 2011
James Wilson (Laguna Beach, California)

My first computer at JPL was an Otrona, and it was a winner. I was particularly impressed with the keyboard, and was sorry that the IBM one was totally inferior. I would like to chat with anyone connected with its development.

Thanks.

Jim Wilson


Wednesday 14th September 2011
Steven Streeper (Idaho/USA)
Steve''s Place

I purchased an Attache when they were first released. It was a fabulous machine for the times. I used it to develop several software applications over a three-year period, then sold it to a friend. At the time it came on the market, it was the ideal portable computer...pretty awesome!!


Monday 6th December 2010
cpubuilder

do you know anything on how to fix it steve


Tuesday 23rd November 2010
Steve (USA)

I worked there. Employee number 8, start to finish, and wrote most of the software including the ROM code (including the 2001 BIOS), utilities and O/S ports (CP/M and DOS). Just two things. The 2001 was completely IBM compatible. At the time we folded there was only on program we could find that would not run (Frogger) and that issue was almost licked. The reason we went under is because we were shot by our own marketing dept. Well, not really. But it was the straw that broke the camel''s back. They let leak that the 2001 was coming so orders for the 8:16 dried up and so did our revenue stream. We couldn''t hit the revenue targets necessary to access our credit line so we could not by parts to build the new 2001 machines. That''s why there were so few. The first run was really more like a proto run and then we shut down. It was too bad. The 2001 was a good machine and the orders were strong. But the banks and the VC''s decided they had enough and so we closed. A real shame.


Thursday 15th April 2010
David Vohs (USA)

Here''s some trivia about this machine that must people don''t know about:

NASA''s Jet Proulsion Laboratories was a large purchaser of these machines when they were new.

An Attache even flew on the space shuttle! (before the GRiD Compass came out)





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