Research Machines

RM was founded in 1973 in Oxford, England by Mike Fischer and Mike O'Regan, respectively graduates of Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Initially it traded under the name Sintel which was a mail-order supplier of electronic components, mainly dealing with the hobbyist market. Fischer and O'Regan's ambition was to grow their business into a manufacturer of scientific equipment, with the educational and scientific market chosen because they judged that their business would not be able to grow fast enough to be successful in the general computer market that they expected to be dominated by existing big players.
 
With the arrival of microcomputer chips in the mid-1970s, the company expanded into the design and manufacturing of microcomputers. The company shipped its first computer in 1977 to a customer in a Local Education Authority and has been involved with educational computing ever since.
 
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Computers

Prototype Microscribe Text Editor

Prototype Microscribe Text Editor
December 1983
"Microscribe is a general-purpose, miniature terminal that's equally at home in the office, on site, at home — or on the move.

Manufacturer : Terminal Technology
Type : Computer

Microscribe - Dumb Terminal

Microscribe - Dumb Terminal
December 1983
"Microscribe is a general-purpose, miniature terminal that's equally at home in the office, on site, at home — or on the move.

Manufacturer : Terminal Technology
Type : Computer

Microscribe - Link

Microscribe - Link
December 1983
"Microscribe is a general-purpose, miniature terminal that's equally at home in the office, on site, at home — or on the move.

Manufacturer : Terminal Technology
Type : Computer

Microscribe

Microscribe
December 1983
"Microscribe is a general-purpose, miniature terminal that's equally at home in the office, on site, at home — or on the move.

Manufacturer : Terminal Technology
Type : Computer

RM Nimbus PC-286 (CD-ROM Server)

RM Nimbus PC-286 (CD-ROM Server)
1989
The RM Nimbus PC286 was part of the M Series of Nimbus computers, which consisted of both 286 - 12Mhz and 386 - 16/20/25Mhz machines.

Manufacturer : RM
Type : Computer

RM Nimbus PC-286 (With High Res graphics)

RM Nimbus PC-286 (With High Res graphics)
1989
The RM Nimbus PC286 was part of the M Series of Nimbus computers, which consisted of both 286 - 12Mhz and 386 - 16/20/25Mhz machines.

Manufacturer : RM
Type : Computer

RM Nimbus PC-386 (High Res Graphics Version)

RM Nimbus PC-386 (High Res Graphics Version)
1989
The RM Nimbus PC-386 was part of the M Series of Nimbus computers, which consisted of both 286/12Mhz and 386/16Mhz machines.

Manufacturer : RM
Type : Computer

InterMedia

InterMedia
13th April 1989
The system transferred the content of the AA Guide to Golf Courses and the AA Bed & Breakfast 2000 books from the Gipsy mainframe system used by AA publishing to Quark on Applemac.

Manufacturer : Intermedia
Type : Computer

IBM WorkPad c3

IBM WorkPad c3
2000
The IBM WorkPad c3 Companion was manufactured by Palm from March 1999 through July 2001.

Manufacturer : Palm Computing Platform
Type : PDA

Prototype PragmatIC Flexible Integrated Circuit

Prototype PragmatIC Flexible Integrated Circuit
2015
This early example of a flexible integrated circuit printed directly onto a plastic sheet was presented to the Centre for Computing History at the opening of the "ARM at 25" exhibit.

Manufacturer : PragmatIC Printing Ltd, ARM
Type : Computer


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1622 Slide Rule invented by William Oughtred
1623 Wilhelm Schickard invented a calculating machine,
1642 Pascal's calculator or the Pascaline constructed
1666 Samuel Morland builds a mechanical calculator that will add and subtract
1703 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz invents the Binary System
1820 The Arithmometer was the first commercially successful mechanical calculator patented
1822 Charles Babbage takes first steps in the construction of machines that would compute numbers
1851 Arithmometer: first commercially successful mechanical calculator launched
29 Feb 1860 Herman Hollerith was born 29th February 1860
1873 QWERTY keyboard invented
29 Oct 1878 Willgodt T. Odhner granted a patent for a calculating machine
8 Jan 1889 Herman Hollerith lodges patent for Punch Card technology
1890 Herman Hollerith designs tabulating machines for 1890 U.S. Census
11 Mar 1890 Hypertext Pioneer Vannevar Bush Is Born
16 Aug 1890 US Census Bureau announces results using Herman Hollerith's machine
10 Sep 1901 Herman Hollerith patents Apparatus For Punching Record Cards
9 Dec 1906 Computer Pioneer Grace Hopper is Born
8 Nov 1923 Integrated Circuit Co-Inventor Jack Kilby is Born
1925 first patent for a transistor in Canada lodged
Jan 1925 Douglas Engelbart is Born
1928 Introduction of 80-columns card format
13 Dec 1928 Jack Tramiel is Born
17 Nov 1929 Herman Hollerith Died
1934 IBM 405 Alphabetical Accounting Machine introduced
1936 In 1936, at Cambridge Alan Turing invented the principle of the modern computer
11 Apr 1936 Konrad Zuse Files For Patent
1937 The Atanasoff–Berry Computer first conceived
12 Nov 1937 Alan Turing Defines the Universal Machine
12 May 1941 Zuse Z3 machine completed
Dec 1943 The Colossus Mark 1 computer is delivered to Bletchley Park
8 Feb 1945 Patent is Filed for the Harvard Mark I
Jul 1945 Vannevar Bush publishes his ideas for MEMEX, a proto-hypertext system and forerunner to the World Wide Web
1947 The Williams tube won the race for a practical random-access memory
Oct 1947 J Lyons executives report on the potential of computers to automate clerical work
1948 IBM´s Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator was built
21 Jun 1948 The Manchester Baby, the world's first stored program computer, ran its first program
23 Oct 1948 Hermann Hauser Born
1949 Professor Bill Phillips unveils Phillips Hydraulic Economic Modelling Computer at the LSE
1949 EDSAC performed its first calculations
6 May 1949 EDSAC ran its first programs
21 Oct 1949 Wang filed a patent for a magnetic ferrite core memory
1950 Zuse sold first Z4 computer
1951 LEO I computer became operational
Feb 1951 Ferranti Mark 1 delivered to Manchester University
1952 Heinz Nixdorf founded Nixdorf Computer
1952 Grace Hopper completes the A-0 Compiler
4 Nov 1952 CBS News Uses UNIVAC Computer to Predict Election
1953 Jay Forrester installed magnetic core memory at MIT
2 Jul 1953 IBM announces the Model 650 computer
1954 Jack Tramiel starts Commodore
20 Sep 1954 First FORTRAN Program Runs
1 Oct 1954 IBM Announces Model 705 Computer
1955 English Electric Deuce Computers introduced
28 Feb 1956 Jay Forrester Receives Patent on "Core" Memory
4 Jul 1956 First keyboard used to input data
13 Sep 1956 IBM introduces the IBM 350
1957 FORTRAN-1 is formally published
12 Sep 1958 Jack Kilby created the first integrated circuit
1959 COBOL is introduced
16 Oct 1959 CDC Introduces 1604 Computer
1960 DEC released its first mini computer: PDP-1
1961 Computerized spreadsheets for use in business accounting developed
25 Apr 1961 Robert Noyce Awarded Patent for "Integrated Circuit"
1 Dec 1961 Minivac 601 Computer Launched
1963 First edition of the ASCII standard was published.
1963 Theodore H (Ted) Nelson coins the word Hypertext
1965 Moore's Law coined
1965 Commodore Business Machines (CBM) is founded.
Aug 1966 Introduction of DEC PDP-9
1968 T J Watson & IBM granted patent for the DRAM
9 Dec 1968 Douglas C. Engelbart publicly demonstrates the mouse
21 Dec 1968 Integrated Circuits First Used in Apollo Moon shot
1 May 1969 AMD Advanced Micro Devices is founded
Jul 1969 First flight to Moon of Apollo XI with Raytheon Apollo Guidance Computer
29 Oct 1969 ARPANET launch the world's first successful packet-switched wide area computer network
Jun 1970 Xerox opens the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)
11 Jun 1970 Computer terminals in homes predicted for 1980
7 Jan 1971 First all British acoustic coupler introduced
14 Jan 1971 Honeywell Information Systems new models
24 Feb 1972 Olivetti DE 523
9 Mar 1972 £1.3m RAF order for Cossor Terminals
19 Mar 1972 Atanasoff Official "Inventor" of Computer
Apr 1972 The Intel 8008 was introduced
15 Jun 1972 Satellite One Model 10 terminal system
29 Jun 1972 Flat screen terminal introduced by Burroughs
29 Jun 1972 Burroughs flat screen terminal
10 Aug 1972 Plessey Series 2200 data terminals
23 Nov 1972 Terminal range boosted by Burroughs TC 3500
14 Dec 1972 Problems with IBM 370/155 and 370/165
1973 Gary Kildall writes CP/M
1973 IMSAI is founded. In 1973
1973 The Micral was the earliest commercial, non-kit personal computer
1973 8" floppy & first "Hard Drive introduced by IBM
1 Mar 1973 Marconi system for the army
1 Mar 1973 Storm over EEC order with IBM
12 Apr 1973 1906A to be installed at Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment
10 May 1973 Triad Computing Systems
24 May 1973 Ferranti - Plessey
7 Jun 1973 SB Electronic Systems Ltd introduce a low cost alphanumeric bar-code reader
28 Jul 1973 Kalle Infotec Ltd enter the office information processing equipment market
13 Sep 1973 Micro APL machine from Canadian firm
13 Sep 1973 Am-Ex now looks at credit card terminals
18 Oct 1973 1906S at centre of German complex
25 Oct 1973 Sanders Data System announce 8040
20 Dec 1973 NMW orders Ferranti terminal network
1974 The Z-80, 8 bit processor is designed by Zilog Corp
24 Jan 1974 BAC installs its first 2050 RJE terminal
18 Apr 1974 Plessey terminals for British Mail Order Corp, Manchester
9 May 1974 UK launch for Philips
23 May 1974 NCR cash terminals on trial at Barclays
30 May 1974 Burroughs introduce two new TCS 1000 terminals
27 Jun 1974 Honeywell wins German tax order
27 Jun 1974 CHARM starts work at Stock Exchange
1975 CP/M operating system finished
3 Mar 1975 First meeting of the Homebrew Club
Jul 1975 Bill Gates and Paul Allen sign a licensing agreement with MITS
Aug 1975 Cray 1A announced
1976 Seymour Cray demonstrates CRAY-1 - The first vector-processor supercomputer
Apr 1976 Apple 1 Released
11 Jul 1976 Last slide rule manufactured today
1977 The RCA CDP1802 microprocessor was used in the Galileo spacecraft
1977 The MK14 was introduced by Science of Cambridge
Jul 1977 Science of Cambridge Ltd Formed
12 Aug 1977 Radio Shack announces TRS-80 computer
1978 VisiCalc Spreadsheet is born
1978 Texas Instruments introduced Speak & Spell
5 Dec 1978 Acorn Computers Ltd formed in Cambridge, UK
Apr 1979 Acorn System 1 Launched
Jun 1979 Apple II+ Launched
1980 Acorn Atom Launched
29 Jan 1980 Sinclair ZX80 Launched
1981 The first ‘portable’ computer is launched
1981 Acorn BBC Micro Launched
5 Mar 1981 Sinclair ZX81 Computer Launched
1982 Japanese Government Sets Out its 'Fifth Generation' Project
1 Feb 1982 Introduction of Intel 80286 at 6 MHz, with 134,000 transistors
1983 UK Government Launches the Alvey Programme
Oct 1983 Marconi buys Quest CAE Assets
1984 Creation of Dell Computer Corporation by Michael Dell
1984 Novelist William Gibson coins the term cyberspace
1984 IBM’s new 3480 cartridge tape system introduced
Aug 1984 Introduction of IBM PC/AT based on Intel 80286
20 Feb 1985 Olivetti buy 49% of Acorn Computers
26 Apr 1985 First ARM Processors Powered Up
Oct 1985 Introduction of Intel 386
20 Nov 1985 Microsoft Windows Launched
1986 IBM RISC System/6000 AIX Rugby Shirt
Feb 1986 Acorn BBC Master Launched
Sep 1986 Acorn BBC Master Compact Launched
1988 RISC OS is released
1988 The first worm experience appears
1988 Hermann Hauser leaves Olivetti to start the Active Book Company
30 Sep 1988 IBM announces 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer
1990 Introduction of IBM RS/6000
1990 Commodore releases the Amiga 3000
7 Mar 1990 Sony Launches Paltop Computer - PTC-500
19 Nov 1992 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is released
22 Mar 1993 Intel Ships "Pentium" Chip"
Aug 1993 Apple Newton Message Pad announced
3 Aug 1993 Introduction of Apple Newton PDA
Jan 1994 Yahoo founded January 1994
May 1998 Introduction of Apple iMac
1999 Napster the first file sharing program introduced
1999 AIS LEO Award for Exceptional Lifetime Achievement in Information Systems
11 Oct 1999 Nvidia releases GeForce 256
1 Jun 2000 Intel ES7000 server from Unisys introduced
2 Dec 2001 World Computer Literacy Day
Mar 2006 Twitter is Launched
2007 iPhone introduced
29 Dec 2007 Steve Furber appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours
26 Aug 2008 Virus Found On Computer In Space Station
Dec 2010 Blizzards Thirteenth #1 Best-Selling Game
Feb 2011 Blizzard Entertainment Turns 20!
25 Aug 2011 Steve Jobs retires as CEO of Apple
11 Jan 2013 Suicide of Aaron Swartz
15 Nov 2013 PlayStation 4 released
18 Jun 2014 Bletchley park officially opens to the public
25 Jun 2014 Android watches go up for preorder
25 Aug 2014 Amazon buys Twitch for £585m
25 Oct 2014 The Queen opens a new 'Information Age' Gallery at the Science Museum
5 Apr 2015 Indie Game Development Workshop - 5th April
13 Jun 2015 Random AKA Mega Ran (Live Music) - 13th June 2015
28 Aug 2015 **FULLY BOOKED** An Introduction to Python Programming - 28 August 2015
24 Oct 2015 Let's Go Dizzy - 24 October 2015
30 Oct 2015 Power Play! - 30 October 2015
23 Jan 2016 Terrible Old Games with Ashens
31 Mar 2016 Night at the Museum - 31st March 2016
2 Apr 2016 WarGames Film Screening - 2 April 2016
9 Apr 2016 Music For Geeks: .mpegasus, Jellica Jake, Alone
1 Jun 2016 **FULLY BOOKED** Scratch and Pi - 1 June 2016
26 Jun 2016 **FULLY BOOKED** Professor Steve Furber in conversation - 26/06/2016
28 Jul 2016 **FULLY BOOKED** Gadget Hack - 28 July 2016
30 Jul 2016 Build Your Own Game with Unity - 30 July 2016
12 Aug 2016 Switched on Hackathon - 12 August 2016
13 Aug 2016 Music For Geeks - Saturday 13th August 2016
26 Oct 2016 Business Lecture: Save the Princess - 26 October 2016
3 Dec 2016 Gaming in 2016-A Guide for Parents - 03 December 2016
25 Feb 2017 Teletext Block Party 2017 - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February
4 Mar 2017 Live Retro Comedy Night - Saturday 4th March 2017
14 May 2017 Music For Geeks - Mega Ran - Sunday 14th May 2017
7 Jul 2017 'Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict' Film Screening - Friday 7th July 2017
8 Jul 2017 Comic Books & Video Games - Saturday 8th July 2017
4 Oct 2017 Computing History: Where Did All the Women Go? - 04 October - 27 October 2017
5 Oct 2017 Panel Debate: Want to Succeed in Tech? Try not to be a Woman... - 05 October 2017
6 Oct 2017 Presentation: Suw Charman-Anderson (Founder Ada Lovelace Day) - 06 October 2017
12 Oct 2017 It Began with Ada - 12 October 2017
12 Oct 2017 *Fully Booked* It Began with Ada Schools Event - 12 October 2017
19 Oct 2017 Talk: Building our Digital Future: Protecting our Privacy and Curbing the Digital Obsolescence - 19 October 2017
25 Oct 2017 Performance: Celebrating Delia Derbyshire (1937 - 2001) - 25 October 2017
28 Oct 2017 Spectrum 35 - 28 October 2017
1 Dec 2017 Toys of Christmas Past - Friday 1st December 2017
2 Jun 2018 Space Invaders: 40 Earth Years - 2-3 June 2018
23 Jun 2018 Synthesized - 23 & 24 June 2018
11 Jul 2018 Kids Club Night - Wednesday 11th July 2018
26 Aug 2018 STEM Maker Challenge
9 Oct 2018 The Ada Lovelace Quiz
10 Oct 2018 Give IT a Go Panel Debate - Women in Computing: Her Story 10th October 2018
9 Nov 2018 Kids Club Night - Friday 9th November 2018
10 Dec 2018 The Second Cambridge Bioinformatics Hackathon - Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th December 2018
3 May 2019 MSX Meetup - 3rd May - 4th May 2019
22 Jun 2019 Synthesized - 22 & 23 June 2019
6 Jul 2019 Dragon Meetup - July 6th 2019
10 Jul 2019 Kids Club Night - Wednesday 10th July 2019
7 Sep 2019 Retro Computer Festival 2019 - 7th & 8th September
13 Sep 2019 Retro Video Game Night - Friday 13th September 2019
21 Sep 2019 Acorn World Exhibition 2019 - 21st-22nd September 2019
16 Nov 2019 The Future Was Lasers - 16th - 17th November 2019
30 Nov 2019 Christmas Quiz Night 2019 - 30th November
6 Dec 2019 Retro Video Game Night (Christmas Edition) - Friday 6th December 2019
27 Mar 2020 Retro Video Game Night - Friday 27th March 2020
26 Jun 2020 Retro Video Game Night - Friday 26th June 2020
25 Sep 2020 Retro Video Game Night - Friday 25th September 2020
5 Dec 2020 Retro Video Game Night (Christmas Edition) - Saturday 5th December 2020

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