1983 Micro prices (was Re: The Origins of DOS)
RodSmallwood at mail.ediconsulting.co.uk
Wed Nov 8 05:31:27 CST 2006
BBC Micro everybody had one!!
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Subject: Re: 1983 Micro prices (was Re: The Origins of DOS)
Chris M wrote:
>>> What this implies is that the PC was several years
>> delayed in UK.
>> No, this implies I was quoting from a magazine.
> I've heard stuph to the effect that there wasn't alot of Big Blue
> stuph in the UK, at least not in the early days.
Not on the desktop - I think there were a fair few 'server' class
systems around though. But yes, my understanding is that the PC just
didn't take off in the UK like it did in the USA (and elsewhere?).
Remember that the UK had a massive amount of choice when it came to
general desktop machines - quite probably more so than the USA did. UK
society at the time was very much "squeeze every last possible drop out
of what you had", whilst the impression I've got of the US was that
people were far more willing to upgrade systems reasonably frequently to
whatever the latest thing available was.
> Research Machines was a big name though, and common.
In education, yes. Not so much for home or business use, though. What
timeframe are we talking - say 1982 to 1985 or so?
The education market was split primarily between Research Machines and
Acorn, with a few others picking up the scraps.
The home computer market was amazingly diverse, but frequent names were
Sinclair, Acorn and Commodore.
The corporate world of desktops was similarly diverse (with the likes of
CP/M crates, Commodore, Apple, and IBM all featuring) - but there were
also a huge number of business people making use of the same machines
that were found in the home. Often these people were talented enough to
write their own bespoke software to manage their business, but there was
a healthy market in 'business' software written for these machines too.
A while back I came up with a list of early-80s UK computer
manufacturers (in order to see how much space we'd need for a
UK-specific room at the museum).
It ended up being pretty massive...
> I still want the blooming Nimbus
Good grief, why? They're pretty nasty. If you want something from RML,
go for a 380Z or a 480Z - those are 'real' computers; the 380Z has that
lovely rugged 'military' feel to it with all the fun of a modular system
(albeit without a rigid backplane :-) whilst the 480Z is a great example
of good design, both hardware and packaging.
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