BBC Micro creators gather at Science Museum (not the Natural History museum)


bbc_computer.jpgThe BBC Micro may be a bit of a dinosaur now, but its creators have gathered at the Science Museum in London to discuss its legacy.

Forming the introduction to school IT for many an 80s school kid, the BBC Micro was launched in 1982 by Acorn’s Hermann Hauser and Steve Furber.

Able to do far more than have add-on kit to read barcodes, play Repton, or mess about creating Teletext ripoff pages (maybe that was just my IT lessons), Dr Tilly Blyth, who is writing a book about the machine said, “the Beeb helped shape today’s IT landscape.”

She continued, “I believe the history of the BBC Micro is really a fundamental one to understanding where we are today and explaining the British computer industry and our culture of computing that we have today.”

Take a look at the BBC News page and you can watch Ian MacNaught-Davis trying to remain interested as a piece of software is loaded in from an audio cassette. Wow, retro!

Ahh, those were the days.

(Via BBC News)

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