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Research Machines Ltd
Most people my age will remember Research Machines as being the providers of possibly the first computer they used at school, in my case it was a pair of 380Zs which were modular Z80 powered machines with monochrome graphics and a cassette or disk interface. They were a massive upgrade from the ZX80 I had at home though - a REAL KEYBOARD! Proper VDU! BASIC loaded from tape! Oh. Happy days of putting a BASIC tape in the cassette player, pressing Play and hitting 'L' to load. Kind of like home.
However, the disk based machine was special to us kids. So special in fact I was the only one allowed to type on it because thanks to years of messing with a manual typewriter at home I could touch type, quite a skill at 13 or 14 :) This was my first introduction to CP/M and I'd code on it in spare moments when the computer lab was empty.
Research Machines are still going and still providing computers for schools, the two original founders Mike Fischer and Michael O'Regan are still on the board. Not bad for a company originally founded in 1973.
Machines
PC1 - 80186 machine well specced for its day
AX/2 - 80286 box
VX/2 - 80386! Getting advanced here.
M-series PC386 - Microchannel architecture....anyone remember that outside of IBM? :o)
The above 4 donated by North Tyneside College. Thanks John & Arthur!
380Z - dual disk version apparently called Hilda. Came with a massive box of UNIX disks, oddly.
Link 480Z - successful followup to the 380Z, an all-in-one unit with TV out and a host of interfaces.
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