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01-03-2009, 02:12 PM
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Answer this trivia question, get a free copy of Mystic Jewels

First person to answer this:

We all know how cool it is to be able to rotate the iPhone when running Safari and be able to switch to wide screen mode. What was the first personal computer to feature a display that could be rotated 90 degrees for wide screen use with spreadsheets or portrait (tall) use for word processing? Like the iPhone it would automatically detect the orientation the display was in.

Hint: It was released before 1990.

Good luck!

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01-03-2009, 02:18 PM
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Xerox Alto?

01-03-2009, 02:19 PM
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I don't think this is right, but is it the Radius Pivot?

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Another iconic product was the Pivot Display: a full-page display that rotated between landscape and portrait orientation with real-time remapping of the menus, mouse and screen drawing. The award-winning product design was by Terry Oyama, former ID lead at Apple Computer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radius_(computer)
01-03-2009, 02:19 PM
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Xerox Alto?
I agree, It was that one, Never heard of it but I'm sure he's right.

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01-03-2009, 02:20 PM
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I don't think this is right, but is it the Radius Pivot?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radius_(computer)
this one is right too

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01-03-2009, 02:21 PM
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I don't know, i'll look it up

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01-03-2009, 02:21 PM
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Xerox Alto?
wiki just says that was just in portrait orientation by default. (nothing about switching)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox_Alto
01-03-2009, 02:24 PM
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I found the answer (at least I think so)

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Luxor ABC 1600 (Sweden 1985)

This is the last computer from Swedish Luxor. The ABC 1600 is a 68008 based computer running a UNIX version called ABCenix. Not more than about 500 units were produced in the Motala factory. The hard drive could hold 13 Mbyte and a floppy drive could store 640 kbyte on 5 1/4" disks. Internal RAM was 1 Mbyte. The monitor is really unique, it could be turned 90 degrees to switch between portrait and landscape viewing. The setup also features a interesting mouse, made in Switzerland, click to view!
01-03-2009, 02:26 PM
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Luxor ABC 1600 (Sweden 1985)

This is the last computer from Swedish Luxor. The ABC 1600 is a 68008 based computer running a UNIX version called ABCenix. Not more than about 500 units were produced in the Motala factory. The hard drive could hold 13 Mbyte and a floppy drive could store 640 kbyte on 5 1/4" disks. Internal RAM was 1 Mbyte. The monitor is really unique, it could be turned 90 degrees to switch between portrait and landscape viewing. The setup also features a interesting mouse, made in Switzerland, click to view!

Thats the one!

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01-03-2009, 02:31 PM
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Xerox Alto?