ah them were the days
degauss for timetravel effect
10 print neb is fab
20 goto 10
feeling all warm & melty now
but that could be the buns the kids gave me to go with my coffee
must dash theres an elephant called arthur having password problems
6502 madness..:D Chip change for a slightly quicker model on a Vic 20 - first overclock EVER..:D
Almost as nostalgic as the 8080, the 8088 and the 8086..heh.
I'm willing to bet that a lot of us here cut our teeth on these machine's. I remember using these in primary school and learning (off my own back) to program in BASIC.
Of course it was the ZX Spectrum that was the real revolution machine. £99 for a home computer!
I think one of the problems with computers today is the lack of any real introduction to coding or scripting on modern computers. Learning to make Excel spreadsheets or Access databases is a poor substitute. Even HTML is taught in front page as a drag and drop publisher like design program, few students would even look at the code.
I've heard of a few ex-students dropping out of Uni computer science courses because the Java/C++ is 'too hard'.
I've installed 'Scratch' here, which some IT Teachers are encouraging, to try and do my bit against this sad downward trend in programming skills. But I think most students just use it as a way to play games in lessons rather than experiment with the flow control, etc.
Rant over, sorry.
I loved the Beeb - but Locomotive BASIC better.
Best bit of the article though, the throwaway line at the end "The Science Museum plans an exhibition about the BBC Micro and its legacy in 2009." I know so many people who will be there for that!
I still have loads of BBC 'B''s here, with the floppy drives
@ neb, it should read
10 print "neb is fab"
20 goto 10
you'd have confused it by not declaring neb as a variable in yours!
I remember my school (Lochaber High) having a suite of BBC Micro's and we used to "view" the workstation next to it - did this on about 30 PC's - Fun :D
I filled up a skip with BBC micros, plus monitors and other associated hardware at my last job. They were taking up the room the school decided to give me as an office! That was only 4 years ago as well!! Couldn't resist powering one or two of them up, and they all worked. It was a shame to have to skip them really, but I wanted an office!
and thats why i'm not a programmer doh!
Originally Posted by StewartKnight
My personal favourite :
10 SOUND 1,-15,RND(100),RND(100)
20 PRINT "I AM SO COOL!"
30 GOTO 10
Loved my beeb, thanks so much for that emu - must do some work!
Did you know BBC are considering launching a *new* nation wide initiative to teach computational skills?
I've blogged about it at teachcomputing.wordpress.com
I intended to post this link, but holidays intervened - Kids today need a licence to tinker | Technology | The Observer I feel it's pertinent to this discussion.
Oh yes, proper ICT skills taught then. Instead what we have today is the biggest load of tosh ever. Teach kids how to use Word, Powerpoint and Excel which is the biggest waste of time ever.
We have so called ICT teachers who know NOTHING about what they are teaching, or we have ones who think they are clever when frankly I would not trust them with a VCR.
Thank god I'm out of education - how I wish I could have those 7 years of my life back.
The teachers are teaching the curriculum; change the curriculum and you'll change what teachers deliver. It's not their fault. I work with a bunch of great ICT teachers, one of whom helped set up the first network in this school, and they understand, for the most part, that the curriculum as it stands doesn't stretch those pupils who wish to stray beyond the Office suite of products. Perhaps it would help if we had an IT curriculum subject?
Originally Posted by mattx