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COMMENT: Time Capsule

  

Time Capsule

  

1971

Going Mobile

“I don’t care about pollution / I’m an air-conditioned gypsy / That’s my solution / Watch the police and the taxman miss me / I’m mobile” —Pete Townshend, The Who, from the song “Going Mobile” on the album Who’s Next (Decca)

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1981

Osborne 1

Lugging around the first commercially successful “portable” computer required both strong muscles and strong eyesight: Osborne Computer’s CP/M-based Osborne 1 weighed almost 24 pounds and sported a 5-inch display.

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1983

Motorola DynaTAC

The classic ’80s phone used by the character Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street, Motorola’s first DynaTAC weighed almost 2 pounds, offering 30 minutes of talk time, for just US$4,000. Greed is good, indeed.

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1992

Duke’s PDA

Sun’s Green Project team introduced Star7, a PDA that included an animated touchscreen user interface and a little fellow named Duke, the future Java technology mascot, who acted as a smart agent to assist the user.

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2001

A Wireless Odyssey 

“A variety of companies around the world are leading the move to wireless, and they’re choosing Oracle9i Application Server Wireless Edition as a platform for wireless development and deployment.” —Oracle Magazine, January/February 2001

Pop quiz: What was the previous product name of Oracle9i Application Server Wireless Edition?

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2007

Apple iPhone

“The most-advanced phones are called smartphones. . . . And the problem is that they’re not so smart and they’re not so easy to use. . . . What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and supereasy to use. This is what iPhone is.” —Steve Jobs launching the Apple iPhone at Macworld Expo, San Francisco, January 29, 2007

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2011

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for Apple iPad

Being out of the office doesn’t mean you’re disconnected from the applications and information you need. Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for Apple iPad enables secure access to virtual desktops managed by Oracle’s Sun Ray Software and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Your Turn


 From early luggables and stalwart laptops to next-generation smartphones and beyond, there are scores of mobile computing devices in the marketplace today. But what about the future? What do you think your mobile device will look like in 2023? Visit Facebook/OracleMagazine and let us know.

Your First Mobile Device


 In what era did your computing experience first go mobile? We asked our Facebook fans, and here’s what they said:

1970s 9% IBM 5100
190s 0% Osborne 1, Kaypro, Data General, Compaq
1990s 18% IBM ThinkPad, SPARCbook, Palm Pilot
2000s 36% BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Android phones
2010s 36% What do you mean? All computing is mobile.

  

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