A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away … article traces the birth of the PDA

atari portfolio

Think you're a PDA pioneer because you picked up an original Palm Pilot in 1996? Think again. Evan Koblentz, the editor of the Computer Collector Newsletter, has put together a fairly comprehensive history of the PDA that ends in 1995 (and, yes, it includes a debunking of what Koblentz calls the "Myth of the Newton," which should settle once and for all any claims that John Sculley was some kind of visionary). It covers the development of the PDA from concept to commercial product in the two decades prior to the Pilot's introduction. Even if you're familiar with — or owned — some of the gear featured in the article (like the Atari Portfolio, pictured, or early Zauri), you'll find a lot of good info — as well as tons of links and pics — here. (Oh, and in case you were wondering, Koblentz carries a Treo 650.)

[Via Slashdot]