But recently I've had a fascination for 8bit BBC micros. I don't recall JD>ever seeing them out in the wild, except for the guy who introduced me JD> to them and his friend, who were both programmers for those systems. JD> I've been playing around with BeebEm and those machines are awesome. From JD> an OS and BASIC programming perspective, they were miles ahead of other JD> 8bit machines I've used (really only C=64's, VIC
And I just watched a video where someone identified the keys they used on the keyboard as Cherry MY(?) keys.. Predecessors of the current Cherry MX keys, so that was really surprising. JD> JD> That's another thing I'vefound on most 8bits, and even 16bit machines, JD> their keyboards weren't as good as those in the later IBM/PC world. But JD> Acorn/BBC micros were. JD>
I'd love to get my hands on actual hardware to see how good they really JD>were, but as I don't think they were that common around these parts, JD> they'd be even harder to come by now.
Hyjinx, maybe you've got more insight into our local retro scene than I do.. Any ideas of how to get hold of one?
Either way, it's a lot of fun playing with it on the emulator. I think I missed out on something really good growing up and am surprised they weren't more common.
Sorry I only just saw this now, I've been terrible over the xmas break
not being around BBS-land at all.
They were absolutely brilliant. I spent so much time with them in the classroom, learning BBC basic. Aside from QuickBasic (which came out _maaany_
years later), BBC basic was the best basic around IMO.
Yeah I was amazed by playing with the emulator that a lot of the features that I thought were very clever in the 32bit Archimedes' were in the 8bit machines too!
Hope your two beebs are going well now and I look forward to having my
own one day..
My master is working great. The Model B still has some fixing to do. Something with the ram of the character generator I reckon.
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