Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2012 13:45 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "With fond memories of educational titles like 'Granny's Garden', and less educational ones like 'Pole Position' and 'Boffin', the BBC B seemed like a worthy machine to bring back to life inside an FPGA." The Hacker News thread has links to more FPGA implementations of older home computers.
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FPGas
by transputer_guy on Mon 17th Dec 2012 18:23 UTC
transputer_guy
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2005-07-08

Pretty neat.

I had a model B and all the paraphernalia, I'm amazed that anyone though can still remember all the nitty details in getting this old stuff working. I sold off the hardware but I still have all the old books for most of the languages that were sold for it.

Time for some Raspberry Pi tinkering, wonder if anyone has run a Beeb/QL/ZX emulator on it.

I really should also get more serious about me own FPGA project too.

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RE: FPGas
by Alfman on Mon 17th Dec 2012 23:00 in reply to "FPGas"
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2011-01-28

transputer_guy,

"I'm amazed that anyone though can still remember all the nitty details in getting this old stuff working."

Well, it's still within one life frame. I can still remember my early projects and probably will till I'm senile. It is still a part of *us*. I wonder what kind of emotions early computing will bring back to the generations who are more disconnected and never experienced the stuff first hand. The most popular computers/software may still have working models and get featured on the history channel. Most of our work will probably be forgotten to rot in attics for a few generations until there's no record.

Hollywood is eventually going to make a dramatic movie about early computing from the perspective of the (future) present. They're bound to fumble the facts so badly that it'd be hilariously inaccurate if any of us were to see it. I hope they don't try to draw too many facts from crap like "Hackers"...

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RE[2]: FPGas
by transputer_guy on Tue 18th Dec 2012 00:49 in reply to "RE: FPGas"
transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

My own kids are obsessed with computers as most are, as long as it is shiny bling and plays games on the web, its a computer. They have no concept of a computer being useful that isn't connected to the web. If I showed them whats inside, total disinterest, "whatever"!

It would be interesting to see how well the Colossus and Tommy Flowers is portrayed in a movie. The UK war secrecy didn't help any. In them olden days, a mag drum was hacked together from metal drums and tape heads lying around the work shop.

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RE[2]: FPGas
by zima on Tue 18th Dec 2012 20:14 in reply to "RE: FPGas"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The most popular computers/software may still have working models and get featured on the history channel. Most of our work will probably be forgotten to rot in attics for a few generations until there's no record.

And I wonder... appstores might actually harm preservation, software "lost" in them over time (after few upgrades of the platform), without physical copies...

Generally, I guess future generations will see our computers and software in a similar way we see early sound recordings, films, and their equipment. Which is to say - they will mostly not care.

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