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Palm Pilot turns 10

Mar 30, 20061 min
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USA Today columnist Kevin Maney chronicles the birth of the Palm Pilot — 10 years old this week — through the recollections of its early principals, Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Central to the tale is a little white lie — OK, a whopper — that snowed a venture capitalist and eventually created a technological sea change.

The column was gaining wide circulation here in the office today because in it Dubinsky offers a tip of the cap to one of Network World’s flagship events, DEMO: “They first showed their Pilot at the February 1996 DEMO conference, where it stole the show. That was, Dubinsky says, ‘The moment I felt like, wow, this is going to work. People are going to buy it.’ “

Regular DEMO attendees will tell you they’ve seen many such moments there.

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