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>> No. 23344 Anonymous
23rd October 2014
Thursday 7:56 pm
23344 RM
Anyone remember RM?
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23rd October 2014
Thursday 8:01 pm
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23rd October 2014
Thursday 8:02 pm
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23rd October 2014
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23rd October 2014
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23rd October 2014
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>> No. 23355 Anonymous
23rd October 2014
Thursday 8:41 pm
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Yes, had them at school. I think they had Windows 2.0! I remember playing Golden Axe on them after school.
>> No. 23356 Anonymous
23rd October 2014
Thursday 9:29 pm
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I've spent years trying to forget them.
>> No. 23357 Anonymous
23rd October 2014
Thursday 10:41 pm
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Christ alone knows what the specs were on the ones in primary but I remember they had Logo and Caxton Print and what must have been some kind of custom/propitiatory OS because I don't recall anything else about it.

At secondary they were definitely 286s with some kind of DOS because they had gorillas.bas / nibbles.bas, it but wasn't anything like the MS DOS 6.22 I had at home (showing my age here).

Whatever happened to RM? Are they still going, did they ever try to get on the Wintel bandwagon and push that into schools? Are we ever going to be graced with a purely educational RMobile tablet platform for schools? For when touch-screen doesn't mean touch yourself
>> No. 23358 Anonymous
23rd October 2014
Thursday 10:46 pm
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>propitiatory OS
It may have been a lot of things, but it certainly wasn't that.
>> No. 23364 Anonymous
24th October 2014
Friday 5:10 pm
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Early cloud computing?

I'll get my coat.
>> No. 23365 Anonymous
24th October 2014
Friday 10:21 pm
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RM are still around, although they stopped making computers last year to focus on education-specific software and services. I don't recall them ever using a proprietary OS, although they did have a variety of "learning environment" software that presented a simplified interface. RM were Wintel from almost the beginning, as you can see from the magazine adverts posted by OP.


Funnily enough, you sort of hit the nail on the head. Along with Acorn, RM were well ahead of the curve in terms of networking. RM sold packages to schools which used a proprietary low-cost networking technology to share hard drives and printers; Using these shared resources substantially reduced the cost per computer. Acorn had similar technology (Econet), but they didn't provide the kind of complete service offered by RM. Schools were expected to go to local Acorn dealers for advice on procuring and installing a system, but the quality of that service was highly variable. In many ways, I think Acorn squandered the huge advantage they had gained through the BBC contract by failing to fully recognise the importance of supporting schools.

The first computer I ever owned was a cast-off RM 386, fished out of the skip at my school. If I remember rightly it wasn't perfectly IBM compatible, which necessitated various weird workarounds to run DOS games properly. The PE teacher at my secondary took a bit of a shine to me not like that, you rotten old cynics and tipped me off whenever the school was chucking stuff out, so I learned my trade by cobbling together computers from knackered old tat. I expect that there are still half a dozen old RM machines in my mum's loft, in various states of disrepair. Funny how little things like that can determine the course of your adult life.
>> No. 23366 Anonymous
24th October 2014
Friday 11:05 pm
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IIRC the early Nimbus line ran a slightly customised build of Windows. At one school I was at we had them running Windows 3.0, but with no green for some reason. DOS programs would happily show you green, but Windows programs would not. If you went into Excel 4.0 and set a cell background to (0,255,0), it would look just as white as the cells next to it.

I never used to hear about anything getting chucked out, but then that might have been because in the two secondary schools I was in nothing got chucked out while I was there. In the first they apparently got some new machines and a bunch of BBCs got replaced by the cascaded Nimbus boxes after I left. In the second a whole load of computers had been replaced before I got there, including a room full of A4000s over the summer before I started - though I did once manage to borrow a BBC Master for a couple of weeks for a project.
>> No. 23380 Anonymous
22nd November 2014
Saturday 7:41 am
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I remember them well since Windows 95. Before they started rolling them out, my old school mostly consisted of BBC Micro and Acorn Archimedes.

From what I recall, there was a custom login screen/shell and no admin access/access to certain settings. All programs were sorted into their own window and such for the end user. Can't remember if they had shipped with software preinstalled or if it had to be done manually.

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