Terry Stewart's (Tezza's) Classic Computer Collection

RX-8800

RX-8800 showing a CP/M directory

(Note: Along with the Apple II+ I also describe this machine towards the end of a YouTube video)

What is an RX-8800? Although it doesn't look like it, it's actually an Apple II+ clone.

Up until July, 2011 I had no idea who made these. It was likely the model was a Taiwanese clone but from what company? Finally, when browsing a site on Apple clones I spied it in a scanned advertisement. There it was, from Chin Hsn Industrial Co. Ltd. Taipei.

One thing that Apple II+ clones can do well, given the appropriate expansion cards, is make great CP/M machines. This machine is running that operating system. What is CP/M? It's an operating system (OS) that was common on 8-bit business computers in the early 1980s. The only other CP/M machine I had prior to acquiring this one was the Osborne 1. It's a luggable. I wanted a desktop unit that ran CP/M. This RX-8800 looked more like a generic CP/M computer than an Apple II+ so I decided to make it so.

This particular unit was part of a gifted lot of "haybarn" computers. I personally repaired and restored it to a working condition along with de-yellowing the case. I guess this has given me a certain emotional attachment to the machine. It's certainly not a classic computer and some would regard it as ugly and angular. However it goes well and I restored it myself.

I guess that's given me a soft spot for this micro, hence its place in my collection.

Want to know more about this micro? Google is your friend (but don't expect to find much).

This page last edited 25th July, 2015

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