BBC Micro - front view

BBC Micro – front view

The first computer I used was at a college back in the early 80s. It was a BBC Micro computer with no internal memory, just RAM. The operating system was BBC Basic, similar to Microsoft Basic, but more user friendly. The work was saved on an external audio cassette drive, and loaded from the same – at normal cassette speed. The screen showed just white text on black, but colour graphics could be created. “In line with its ethos of expandability Acorn produced its own range of peripherals for the BBC Micro, including: joysticks, tape recorder, floppy drive interface upgrade, floppy drives (single and double), Econet networking upgrade, Econet Bridge, Winchester disk system, 6502 Second Processor, Z80 Second processor (with CP/M and business software suite), 32016 Second processor, ARM Evaluation System, Teletext adapter, Prestel adapter, Speech synthesiser, Music 500 synthesiser, BBC Turtle, BBC Buggy and IEEE 488 Interface“. (Wikipedia links)

BBC Micro - rear view

BBC Micro – rear view

“After the Literacy Project’s call for bids for a computer to accompany the TV programmes and literature, Acorn won the contract with the Proton, which was renamed the BBC Micro and was adopted by most schools in the United Kingdom, changing Acorn’s fortunes. It was also moderately successful as a home computer in the UK despite its high cost.” (Wikipedia)

Below is a screenshot of an an Elite game from Acornsoft (1984). The full description and technical specifications are available on Wikipedia – just click HERE.

BBC Micro screenshot of an Elite game

BBC Micro screenshot of an Elite game