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RiscPC prototype kit in auction

Published: 29th May 2006, 22:49:58 | Permalink | Printable

StrongARM cards and old Acorn employee gear

Acorn logoA set of Acorn RiscPC prototype components have surfaced in an ebay action this week. In amongst the x86 PC cards, books and other RiscPC brick-a-brack, are three prototype StrongARM cards, and an unpainted prototype RiscPC case.

The job lot can only be collected from the seller, or delivered to the Cambridge or Slough area. With 20 hours to go until the auction deadline, the highest bid so far is just 20 quid with no reserve price set.

The trader, an ex-Acorn employee, said: "These are RiscPC spares and some prototype items from my Acorn days. They are being sold as a job lot to clear out space as I do not have time to sell separately.

"The prototype StrongARM cards are untested but a nice bit of history."

Also, for the die-hard fans of the green nut, the ex-Acorn staffer is flogging polo shirts worn exclusively by company employees, including a 'power of individual thought' top.


Acorn RiscPC bits and pieces and Acorn staff clothes auctions

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how did all the ex-acorn kit we keep seeing in these "ebay actions" (sic) get to ex-employees houses then - mass looting when they got sold off (the first time) or were employees just allowed to take any kit home - in which case it's no wonder they couldn't turn a profit.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 30/5/06 9:35AM
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When Acorn Education became Xemplar and we finally moved from Vision Park (as the last lot to leave: ART had already moved), there was a LOT of stuff being skipped. Similarly, during various departmental changes, renamings and redundancies things became available. Without the kit being electrically tested, it couldn't be sold so you just had to park next to skip in question.

 is a RISC OS Usersborrill on 30/5/06 3:18PM
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[link] now goes straight to Apple's site.....

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 30/5/06 6:56PM
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It certainly does. In very early 1999, Acorn sold their 50% stake to Apple (who already owned the other 50%) and decided to get out of the education market altogether.

 is a RISC OS Usersborrill on 31/5/06 9:44AM
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And next they will decide to get back into the education market.....


 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 31/5/06 6:41PM
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The winning bids - £92 for the Risc PC bits, and £56 for the T-shirts, etc...

 is a RISC OS UserBrianH on 1/6/06 4:35AM
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In retrospect I feel that the Xemplar venture with Apple was the beginning of the end. Basically it was Acorn admitting that they had lost control of what had been their most important market (although that wasn't how it was spun in Acorn User). I wonder how the Acorn Education employees felt about it?

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 1/6/06 9:08AM
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Quite a few jumped ship or moved elsewhere. And of course, their numbers were added to be ex-Apple employees. I don't think it was the beginning of the end (and if it was, it was coincidence). I believe Xemplar kept the brand alive when customers were waivering, plus they sunk (sunk being the operative word) a lot of money into RISCOS and software development. IMHO, the beginning of the end was when Xemplar started selling PCs; a job which others did a lot better.

 is a RISC OS Usersborrill on 1/6/06 10:36AM
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I do know that the organisation, and some of the people in Xemplar, lost dealers contracts and made dealers look outside Acorn for income. The Xemplar geographical re-organisation meant that some dealers could do all the work for a contract and not get paid whilst others, who did no work, received rewards for sales 'in their area'. Not a happy situation.

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 2/6/06 8:32AM
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jc: Get on with a magazine, purveyor of pamphlets

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 2/6/06 2:39PM
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