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Saturday 28th August 2010
lizardb0y (New Zealand)

I went to High School in New Zealand in the 80s. My school still had a computer lab with a dozen or so Poly 1 and a couple of Poly 2 computers. They were a strange looking machine, and very heavy. I remember the keyboards on the Poly 1 had copper plates at the sides to let you de-static yourself before using them. They were all networked, and shared a central "server" which looked like a large box with a couple of 8" floppy disk drives. The shared printers also plugged into the "server". Software was very simple - I remember a very basic word processor, and we were taught Pascal on it.

One of the guys I went to school with is trying to preserve and document information about these machines:

Wednesday 22nd August 2007
Diego (Earth)

The CPU speed has to be 1 Mhz, because the 6809 was never rated for 4 Mhz. (2 Mhz in Motorola made parts, 3 Mhz for some hitachi ones)

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