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General Development "In this tiny ebook I'm going to show you how to get started writing 6502 assembly language. [...] I think it's valuable to have an understanding of assembly language. Assembly language is the lowest level of abstraction in computers - the point at which the code is still readable. Assembly language translates directly to the bytes that are executed by your computer's processor. If you understand how it works, you've basically become a computer magician." More of this, please.
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RE[4]: Why 6502 vs x86?
by zima on Fri 13th Jul 2012 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why 6502 vs x86?"
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I guess the ARM add-on for BBC Micro also played a role in the confusion?

Schools in the UK had bought in to Acorn big style, and the BBC micro is very much the British Apple 2 (being that most kids from the 80's started their computing in School on a BBC.) Many would argue that the Acorn range of computers ended up crippling the UK school system, as they'd bought in to a dud and the dominance of PC in the rest of the world was already in place.

BBC Micro came out before IBM PC, right? And while one can easily argue that PC victory was already clear in mid-80s ( http://arstechnica.com/features/2005/12/total-share/4/ and the next page, 5; still, it's not made clear, but those stats are probably mostly for North America - the article doesn't even mention Spectrum or Micral), but it didn't yet happen.

In the meantime, UK had one of the more vigorous ~computer (also education) landscapes - rest of the world didn't really have a dominance of PC yet, it didn't have much of anything.

One can accuse Amigas of pretty much the same, misplaced hope against the onslaught of the PC (just look at the graphs), but in the meantime they served well. And you still have that one of the most vigorous ~computer landscapes.

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