I owned one of these, picked up from the surplus department of my company for about $50.00 in around 1985. Well, mine was actually an Osborn Executive, but still. It worked. Despite the tiny little orange screen, the CP/M operating system, WordStar word processor, and a (programmable) dot-matrix printer, I was able to do a lot with it. Inventories, journals, databases, and much more. Like most of my cool retro stuff, I wish I had kept it.
The Executive may have been directly responsible for the failure of Osborne as a company. As soon as it was announced, dealers began cancelling orders for the Osborne I, which had been doing quite well. The Executive, however, was vaporware – it didn’t actually show up for a year after it’s hyped announcement, and the company ran out of cash. This phenomenon has been dubbed the Osborne Effect.
The Old Wolf has spoken.