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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BBC Micro - best 8-bit computer ever
by rklrkl on Wed 19th Dec 2012 09:39 UTC
rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

Although the BBC Micro was never as popular as certain other 8-bit micros primarily because of its price, it still remains the world's best 8-bit micro ever produced by some distance. Its OS, BASIC, keyboard and standard ports were never surpassed by any other 8-bit machine and it was one of the few 8-bit machines that were a pleasure to program on (I never owned a Spectrum, but I can imagine how painful that must have been to write code on).

For nostalgia fans with Android devices, can I point you to Beebdroid:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.littlefluffytoys.b...

A near perfect emulator with the ability to download and play most of the old BBC Micro classic games. Nothing like this on the Apple iTunes store you'll note!

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transputer_guy Member since:
2005-07-08

Wonderful, maybe 1 more incentive to buy an Android.

Given that the ARM chip was first emulated at the logic level on a Beeb, there is a wonderful irony there.

If you had the original Basic code model of the ARM chip, you could run it on a Beebdroid.

And you are right, it was the best ever 8bit PC, you could do Forth, BCPL, Lisp, besides the excellent Basic. Plus it gave us the TV show for which it was built.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Plus it gave us the TV show for which it was built.

I wonder what it would be like to go through its episodes now... (preferably with at least a Beeb emulator right by?)

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I dunno, the Apple 2 did as much. Because it had expansion ports built in, it was probably capable of more impressive add-ons.

BBC being best is very, very subjective.

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