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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Tue 18th Dec 2012 10:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Hahaha! Not really! ;-)

The BBC was very much the computer we used in schools in the 80's. I knew very few people with them as their home machines. One was the sons of my Senior School English teacher (Senior School == High School for American readers.) Then I had 2 friends with Electrons. Other than that 99% of people had either a ZX Spectrum model, a C64 or Amstrad CPC. Then Amiga and ST happened and the BBC computers were even more niche. The tail end of my school years (I was in 6th form college doing A-Levels - for Americans, the last two years of High school) we had Archimedes. But they were very niche. A couple of people owned them. My parents got one, but then my Mother used it for about 10 years after that (circa 1990) as she was in education (working with kids with learning difficulties and milt disabilities) and Arc's were still predominant till the late 90's.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 18th Dec 2012 10:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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You can get a wide range of retro computers on-line (eBay and sorts), but they take up a lot of room.

The problem with emulators is, in my personal experience, the keyboard. Each computer had its own layout, its own special keys.

In this case you can use a standard keyboard, but you still need to learn which special keys are mapped to which standard key. Even then it distracts from the experience.

A friend of mine had/has an Electron, it is very well build. Acorn never sold very well in The Netherlands. A surprising number did have MSX computers.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Tue 18th Dec 2012 14:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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The main problem with the Electron was that it was a bit of a rush job. They replaced a whole load of discrete electronics with an ASIC and then lopped off mode 7. It had most of the "cool" I/O removed and really wasn't 100% compatible with BBC software.

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