RM 480Z memories was Re: [Wolves] Re: Wolves Digest, Vol 54,
Issue 13. Linux Education etc.
sparkes at westmids.biz
Mon Oct 4 10:42:54 BST 2004
Old Dan wrote:
> sparkes wrote:
>>They where big ugly pretty useless machines but I was hooked.
> I was told once (probably in jest, but I'm not sure) that the 380Z was
> originally designed to be used in tanks. Having seen one, I could well
> believe it.
Put some wheels on it and add a diesel engine, yup I can see it too ;-)
>> program it in basic (I think it was MS Basic)
> You were lucky having BASIC. I had logo.
> LOGO, FFS!
yeah, the logo on the 480z took the turtle graphics thing to extremes I
seem to remember the picture of the turtle on the docs and the triangle
drawing the paths you described on the screen was called the turtle.
We actully had a turtle but I think that was with the 380 not the 480
but I could be mistaken on that one.
> The 480Z had the best keyboard in the entire universe. Although TBH I
> think it was the last good thing they ever did. Their PCs now are - er
> - well, crap.
yup, they stopped making anything useful when it all went pc (sort of
compatable) in the late 80's. Althought those first DOS machines (the
unPC compatable ones) where nice machines, I still have a soft spot for
GEM so it could be that.
As for the 480Z keyboard, you could have driven a 380Z over it and it
would still have worked ;-) Lots of hobbiest machines had a similar
keyboard so it could have been a common component it certainly had a
good key click on it.
> 48k Speccy? Pfft, Commodore 64 was more my cup of tea. :)
show off, the only good thing about the 64 was the SID chip everything
else was bloat ;-)
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