Pictures of BBC computer related stuff

Almost all images have been made by me with a digital camera from objects that I've got or have loaned (from computer-nut friends). They are mostly 1600x1200 pixels, and about 350KB. I only put up images of items that interest me, not everything that I encounter.

[ All images from subdirs, unsorted, and no comments. ]


Background information: What I'm doing in this section is (the visual) part of what you might call archeological research in computing, trying to find out what exactly happened in computer development. I'm usually not interested in items from 1985 or later, with a few exceptions. Generally the older stuff is more interesting than the later because of the greater variety (in hardware, software) and ingenuity. From 1984 on everything gets more or less set into molds: games are often yet another rehash of an already existing game (often arcade game converions), small hardware makers (add-on market and computer manufacturers themselves) go under and make place for a few large companies.

At that time too, the fate of all non-IBM PC machines was already decided, the signs were everywhere, such as hobbyists using PCs, with their truly awful graphics and sound (and even worse operating system; Billy boy demonstrating his incredible lack of ability in programming and managing, continuing up to this day). Who in their right mind wants to use such a machine? All the idiots at that time who used PCs with that unbelievably bad OS helped cause the current situation with windoze (In 1994/1995 the opportunity to switch to a much better OS was there (OS/2), but people for some reason liked to be slaves to Billy boy and didn't switch: I can remember the windoze 95 sales, first person (or one of the first persons) who bought it was asked why he bought it. He didn't know!)

The large version differences in a single computer type (Acorn BBC B) were quite surprising to me, and it appears such differences also exist for other machines like the Acorn Atom. Elsewhere, e.g. in machines like the ZX spectrum, such changes within a model appear to be far smaller. There are in all of them evolutionary changes, but in the Acorn BBC the variety of both evolutionary and non-evolutionary changes is quite extensive (non-evolutionary from an outsiders perspective or indeed a perspective of performance or price-value quotient. I suggest elsewhere that the keyboard changes were probably done to save money).

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