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Old 20 March 2008, 14:11   #1
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BBC Micro creators reunite

A real milestone in home computing for the masses.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7306703.stm

This brought a tear to my eyes

BBC B was a cool machine!
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Old 20 March 2008, 14:42   #2
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Eh?

How many people do you know that had the extremely expensive BBC micro at home?
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Old 20 March 2008, 14:54   #3
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The BBC Machines are as big a love as the Amiga to me...

I've still got quite a few expanded real Hardware systems, which I've repaired and kept going.

The Beeb was very influential for it's day and if anyone is interested BeebEM for the PC and MAC is available, PC by Mike Wyatt - MAC by Jon Welch. and these guys work as hard as Toni to provide a superb emulation platform.

Agreed the addons were expensive but copro Elite is still one of my faves
and the emulation platforms let you emulate just about every addon / expansion that was available.

Go on Guys give it a Go.
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Nice story, the BBC was the first computer I ever programmed on.
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Old 20 March 2008, 20:16   #5
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BBC model B was my first computer.
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Old 20 March 2008, 20:20   #6
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I wanted one, after seeing my cousin's Acorn Atom a few years earlier and then a BBC micro at school but in the end we got the cheaper Acorn Electron (FYI the BBC Micro was to have been be called the Acorn Proton, in keeping with the other two)
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Old 20 March 2008, 20:59   #7
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Yep Ordered my First ATOM in kit form, all weekend to solder up, and gobsmacked when it worked... (I was only 14).

The Beeb was my first real machine though I learnt programming, Hardware design.. everything,

It still has a healthy User Base too.
I alternate my time between Acorn BBC and Amigas,,,,
I cannot choose between the two...

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I learnt programming, Hardware design.. everything
I am a hardware designer and this is on my desk at work

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Old 20 March 2008, 22:31   #9
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Sounds dumb, but what did that Make-A-Chip software actually show you?

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Watched that video Solid Snake posted the link to. Is it just me, or are journalists becoming more and more annoying? The BBC Micro was a great machine for the time, the journalist was clueless "didn't lead on to the creation of a great big British computer industry", what a load of bollocks. ARM bitch, ARM! Not to mention the UK gaming industry that 8-bit machines like the Spectrum and the BBC Micro kickstarted.
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Old 20 March 2008, 22:44   #10
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Ahhh, wonderful system(s), happy memories. Thanks for the link.
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Old 20 March 2008, 22:47   #11
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It just introduces you to binary and the elemental logic circuits, not, and, or, xor, nor etc.

You draw schematics of these gates to make circuits.

You cant do much, but it was my first taster of what would end up being my career.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infos...xp=make+a+chip

I would say the BBC Micro, Make-a-chip on the spectrum and the character Miles Dyson from Terminator 2 are the biggest influences in me becoming an ASIC engineer.
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I did a lot of BASIC and some 6502 programming on the BBC Micros in school. They were good machines and fairly powerful for the time. They were even networkable !

My friend wrote multiplayer network Battleships for his Computer Science A-Level project on them, we had distributed Mandlebrot / Julia Set rendering and we even had plans for a multiplayer, 3D, runaround-inna-maze killin-things game a loooong time before Wolfenstein was created.

BBCs had some good and innovative commercial games too that are still worth a bash today. Heard of Revs, Chuckie Egg, Thrust or Elite by any chance?
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Old 21 March 2008, 02:33   #13
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I never had a BBC but what "great" video
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I did a lot of BASIC and some 6502 programming on the BBC Micros in school. They were good machines and fairly powerful for the time. They were even networkable !

My friend wrote multiplayer network Battleships for his Computer Science A-Level project on them, we had distributed Mandlebrot / Julia Set rendering and we even had plans for a multiplayer, 3D, runaround-inna-maze killin-things game a loooong time before Wolfenstein was created.

BBCs had some good and innovative commercial games too that are still worth a bash today. Heard of Revs, Chuckie Egg, Thrust or Elite by any chance?
Chuckie Egg ruled, as did Strykers Run, Apple Pie, Elite, Felix and the Factory, Felix and the Evil Weevils, and the Ultimate games looked really good on the Beeb like Alien-8 and another one I can remember the name of, had a really nifty feature whenever you walked behind an isometric building, it would remove it so you didn't get lost.
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sigh... Clogger, Repton and of course Killer Gorilla

I used these at school... they were replaced with black & white Macs in the end.
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I used these at school... they were replaced with black & white Macs in the end.
Same thing happened at my school too. The Macs did have Daleks though
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Yeah i forgot Killer Gorilla, don't know how, when he's constantly unnerving us here on EAB

Superior Software rocked!

Frogger!!!
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I'd love to know what PC that guy has that comes with 16GB of RAM!
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Eh?

How many people do you know that had the extremely expensive BBC micro at home?
Early on, nobody, during the late 80's when the local schools were givingthem away every fucker and his mate had one.


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I'd love to know what PC that guy has that comes with 16GB of RAM!
The quad opteron boards I used to get in at work took 64GB if I recall correctly, most good quality dual opteron boards I've seen will take 16 or 32GB max.
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Old 21 March 2008, 16:26   #20
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Well, the main point of contention was it was a milestone in home computing, but the C64 and Speccy had already gone by the late 80s.

The BBC was popular in schools, not in homes.
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