The first laptop computer was Radio Shack's TRS-80 model 100, introduced back in 1983, before the age of the personal computer.
The TRS-80 looked like an oversized calculator with a keyboard. It had up to 32KB of RAM, a 40-character, 8-line liquid crystal display, and a built-in modem. None other than Bill Gates wrote the software code for the TRS-80; it was the last software he wrote himself.
The TRS-80 is still used by newspaper reporters, who find it an easy way to write stories on the road and send them back over phone lines to their papers, as the TRS-80 doesn't require an Internet connection.
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