Son-Of-Single Instance Machines

From: James Willing <>
Date: Mon Dec 21 12:35:36 1998

On Mon, 21 Dec 1998, Sam Ismail wrote:
> Moving my pile into its new home, I came across the RAIR BlackBox
> computer. Looks like a PC but its not. It has a unique bus with various
> cards (hd interface, serial, parallel, etc). I have two that I got last
> year sometime. Anyone ever hear of these and have any information about
> them? Circa 1981.

Whoa! Now that triggers a memory or two...

I came up against that critter during a stint at Control-C software
working with (for) Andy Johnson-Laird. I was doing an implementation of
MP/M II on it.

...or would have been if they (RAIR) had not kept changing the specs on a
weekly basis. End run was that RAIR finally cancelled the project and I
moved on to another job... (problem with a gig that depended on a
particular contract, eh?)

Seems like RAIR only lasted about a year after that... At least in the
states. Seemed like the company could never quite decide on the market
it was going after. An interesting looking critter for its time tho...

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