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    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    Found an 8-bit Acorn emulator for Windows (complete with “Mode 7” teletext display) – set to emulate a BBC Master 128 which is what we had in high school (30 years ago!)

    It even makes the disk drive noises raaa

    TBH this code is even more ropey than what I was capable of as a teenager – although the modern equivalents of some stuff I did then (including building a RAT into the wordprocessor and using this to rag the strictest maths teacher in the school) would get a kid arrested and possibly expelled today….

    #1279353
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    Believe we had those at school. They make a model called the electron? Or the A3000?

    #1279350
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    the acorn electron was a cut down cheaper version of the 6502 based BBC (I had one at home)|. your age group is more likely to have used the A3000 at high school which is an ARM based machine but had many similarities to the BBC and could run BBC BASIC on RISCOS.

    #1279354
    Avatartryptameanie
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    I@m almost certain we had an electron (one electron) in my infants school but no pupil was allowed within 20 feet of it.

    Remember the old dolly wheel printers and stuff too lol.

    #1279351
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    that would make sense for infant/junior school level – at my junior school there was a single BBC micro that only used cassette tapes

    my high school was well equipped ; it had 12 BBC micros + 4 master 128s and Econet server + hard drive; I will get round eventually to writing the whole saga about the RAT but it will be long and I’ve got to remember stuff from 30 years ago

    the A3000 was a powerful machine but would actually have been a bit dated by the time you were in high school. Todays Raspbery PI is 6-10 times more powerful- you can run RISCOS on it and I did give it a try but had forgotten the path structure. its all reversed compared to todays computers; I couldn’t work out how to get networking active or link to Linux/Windows systems – alas, it was now a bit too much for an older chaps brain…

    #1279355
    AvatarIhkal
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    We had a BBC Micro at home when I was a kid — the only command I could remember was ‘CAT’ because, well, it spells cat. There are a few 80s programmes about computing on the BBC4 archive collections on iPlayer at the moment you might enjoy… BBC iPlayer – Back to BASIC

    #1279352
    AvatarNaustro
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    Retro is good. Very good *rubs hands*

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