Category Archives: Media – Winnebiko II

Super Bike – Sun Tabloid

I always got a kick out of making it into the tabloids – fortunately, I’ve never been enough in the public eye for it to be a real problem, and a little breathless truth-stretching is an amusing break from the … Continue reading

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Telephones and the Mobile Office – Omni

This seems almost quaint now, as I post this in 2012… reading about the teething pains with cellular phones, cordless, and answering machines. Cellular, in particular, was such a complex jungle that I bicycled with a fat directory of service … Continue reading

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Odds and End Users – Information Center

Just a little photo/caption from a computer magazine of the day, which also had articles about care of floppy disks and speculation about whether 1989 is the Year of the LAN. I was in the oddball stories section, along with … Continue reading

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High-tech Biker is Motorhome Enthusiast – Motorhome

At the end of the Winnebiko II adventure covering both coasts of the US, my Computing Across America book finally came out… and I bought an ancient school bus in Florida to use as a mothership for an open-ended media … Continue reading

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The Bike that has Everything – Globe

THIS high-tech bike is home for traveling writer Steve Roberts. It has five computers, a satellite transceiver, two ham radios, a cellular phone, security system, refrigerator, fax unit, microfiche library and TV set. Steve runs his gadgets with solar power and uses the bike’s 36 gears to haul … Continue reading

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Escape from the Office – Newsweek

By 1989, the idea of escaping the office and working at home was becoming quite the meme, sparking articles like this one in mainstream publications. I’m only including the text of the small part that discusses my bike, as well … Continue reading

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Winnebiko II on NHK – Japan

Filmed near Milpitas, California March 24, 1989 (aired in June) This segment was part of a larger show that focused on emerging network communications, during a time when there was just beginning to be a transition between isolated online services … Continue reading

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Steve Roberts: technobiker – IEEE Institute

This piece in the news supplement to the IEEE Spectrum (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) came at the beginning of the long Silicon Valley BEHEMOTH-building layover. Such publicity helped immensely during the team-building phase… without my übergeek volunteers, that … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing, and Writing High-Tech Nomad – ASME News

This is just a quick little photo/caption piece from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. My father had been a member for his entire GE career, and I recall that he was delighted by this… especially with the photo from … Continue reading

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The Easy Riding Hacker – Telocator

This article by Alan Reiter really captured the technological intensity of early cellular phones… I mounted one on my bicycle in 1988, and became something of a celebrity for that alone. I remember riding the bike through Silicon Valley, and … Continue reading

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