Retro Computing

I’m a bit of a lover for retro computing, by that I mean the heady days of 8bit computers! Being a kid in the 80’s I grew up around the likes of the Commodore 64, the Atari VCS and most importantly, the Acorn BBC Micro! The BBC Micro was my machine – I had one and it rocked! Ah, the memories!

Years later, one the world wide web had caught on, I discovered the joy of emulators and was able to play the likes of Repton, Elite and Exile once more!

Then, more recently I got my hands on my original BBC again, managed to coax it into life and hey-presto, I was transported back to being a kid in the 80s. Emulators are good, but you can’t beat the real thing!

I needed to scavenge a few parts of of Ebay and enlist a bit of help from some knowledgeable fellows, but i got it working!

My Acorn BBC Micro
My Acorn BBC Micro

And here’s the proof:

Contents of a 5.25" floppy disc
Contents of a 5.25" floppy disc

Yes, that is an 80’s 8bit BBC Micro home computer connected to my 21st century plasma tv – deal with it!

Even more recently I laid my hands on the best thing ever*, A BBC Master Computer!

But that’s a topic for another post…

* in the eyes of a 10 year old in 1986