Owner: Jon Westly - Husky Computers
According to Jon:
In 1980 we designed a computer called the Husky. It was first manufactured in around April(?) 1981 and measured 9 1/2" x 8" x2"(24cm x 19.5cm x 4cm) max. It weighed 2 Kgm with batteries.
I would like to think that it constituted a number of firsts - but this will depend on definitions.
My thesis, baldly stated, is that in 81 something happened that created a two tier history of computing. IBM effectively took computers to the mass indoors market (the rest is history).
Husky, in distinction, took computers to the outdoor market - their being waterproof against accidental immersion and rugged - the original Husky could be safely driven over, ensured their take-up by e.g. the military and the water utilities.
In niche markets Husky is as well known as IBM (geo-technical rugged field service, emergency services), but the general consumer is likely to be unaware.
The result is that Husky is absent from the pages of computer history - part of a lost or secret history. I would like to change that!
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