Laptop pioneer John Ellenby dies at 75

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The PC market has lost one of its quieter but more influential leaders: John Ellenby, the CEO of Grid Systems, died earlier this month at the age of 75 of yet to be determined causes, according to Engadget report. By Staff Writer

Ellenby company is widely credited with making the first commercially successful clamshell laptop, the Compass.

Engadget said the 1982-era machine was thick, had a tiny screen and was wildly expensive for the time at $8,150. However, it was a hit among companies and governments — it was a relatively slick way of bringing computing (and even basic digital communication) with you at a time when the alternatives were barely-luggable desktops like the Kaypro or Osborne 1. For more read Engadget

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