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Atari Portfolio
Atari Portfolio
The Portfolio converted to a toy robot for the 2005 Vintage Computer Festival.
The Portfolio converted to a toy robot for the 2005 Vintage Computer Festival.

The Atari Portfolio, launched by Atari in 1989, was the first PC-compatible palmtop computer. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1567x1352, 346 KB) An Atari Portfolio. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1567x1352, 346 KB) An Atari Portfolio. ... Image File history File links Atari_bot. ... Image File history File links Atari_bot. ... The Vintage Computer Festivals 2005 motif. ... For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Palm IIIxe PDA Personal digital assistants (PDAs or palmtops) are handheld devices that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ...

It is a PC XT compatible as it is built around a V30 CPU (clone 8086 by NEC). The standard version has 128 KB of RAM. It uses a card expansion port for removable memory, which is unfortunately not compatible with PCMCIA. The PCMCIA is the Personal Computer Memory Card International Association, an industry trade association that creates standards for notebook computer peripheral devices. ...

There is an expansion port on the right side of computer. Parallel, serial or even MIDI expansion modules exist.

Portfolio has an LCD without backlight.

Atari did not develop the Portfolio itself but licenced it from DiP.

The Portfolio appears in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where it is used by the young John Connor to bypass security on an ATM ("Fedteller") with a dongle (Atari's Parallel Interface) and a security door keycard system. Though this trick was fictitious, a similar application was developed for the Portfolio in the early '90s to crack Simplex doorlocks at MIT. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Outdoor ATMs may be free-standing, like this kiosk, or built into the side of banks or other buildings An automatic teller machine, automated teller machine (ATM) or cash machine is an electronic device that allows a banks customers to make cash withdrawals and check their account balances without... A dongle is a small hardware device that connects to a computer to authenticate some piece of software. ...

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Atari portfolio palmtop computer. (Hardware Review) (evaluation) (730 words)
Atari's Portfolio palmtop computer is no bigger than a videotape case, but it has a clear LCD screen, auto shut-off, and a standard layout keyboard.
The optional separate Parallel adapter is plugged into the Portfolio bus and a standard parallel cable connects both the Portfolio and a PC for file transfers.
The optional serial adapter is similarly attached to the same Portfolio bus and is used for connecting to serial devices such as a modem.
Atari Portfolio computer (759 words)
Also, 5 years before the Portfolio, Hewlett-Packard released the HP-110, their own portable MS-DOS computer, but it cost $3000 and is much larger and heavier.
Some of the Portfolio's 128K of RAM, 32K by default, is reserved for the RAM disk (the C: drive), and the remaining 96K is used by the built-in applications.
The floppy disk is for size comparison only -the Portfolio has no floppy drive, although with the appropriate driver, an external serial floppy drive may be used.
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