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Acorn BBC Micro Model B

For me, this was the machine that really got me into programming and micro electronics. The BBC Micro was developed by Acorn Computers for the BBC who were embarking on an education programme for the UK called the "BBC Computer Literacy Project". The BBC made it their mission to have at least one of these machines available in every school in the UK.
 
The 'beeb' as it quickly became known was fantastic for connecting to external equipment. It featured an anlogue 'joystick' port, a digital 'user' port, a 1Mhz bus connection, a 'tube' connection and a plethora of other connections. So many in fact the the back of the machine ran out of space and they had to create a cut-away bay underneath the machine to accommodate them. But it was due to its connectivity and expandability that I really took to the beeb and started designing peripherals and software.
 
It was not a cheap machine; The BBC Model B sold for £399 on the high street in 1983 which was relatively expensive compared with other available machines like the Commodore 64 which sold for around £229. Regardless of the difference in price, because it was backed by the BBC, the beeb sold very well with over 1 million units sold.

Manufacturer: Acorn
Date: 2nd December 1981

Acorn BBC Micro Model B Manuals :

Item Manufacturer Date
BBC Micro User Guide - Provisional Copy British Broadcasting Corporation 1981
BBC Micro (Provisional Copy) User Guide British Broadcasting Corporation 1981
Acorn BBC Micro Service Manual - Issue 2 Acorn Computers Limited April 1982
Acorn BBC Micro - A Hardware Guide for the BBC Microcomputer Wise Owl 1983
Acorn Information Volume 1 July 1983 July 1983
CPM/2 2.2 with GSX Graphics Operating System Manual September 1983
BBC Micro User Guide British Broadcasting Corporation 1984
Acornsoft VIEW Guide Acornsoft 1984
Acornsoft Into VIEW An introduction to word processing on the BBC Micro Acornsoft 1984
Acornsoft VIEWSHEET User Guide Acornsoft 1984
File Plan February 1984
Accountant February 1984
Memo Plan February 1984
Graph Plan February 1984
Nucleus System Generator February 1984

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Item Manufacturer Date
REM 80 - Volume 6, Issue 3 The North West TRS-80 USers Group
The Micro User - May 1985 - Vol 3 No 3 Database Publications Ltd
Practical Computing - January 1982 January 1982
Your Computer - January 1982 January 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 1 - April 1982 - First Edition Beebug April 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 2 - May 1982 Beebug May 1982
Your Computer - May 1982 May 1982
OWL Issue 1 - June 1982 WL June 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 3 - June 1982 Beebug June 1982
Personal Computer World - July 1982 July 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 4 - July 1982 Beebug July 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 5 - September 1982 Beebug September 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 6 - October 1982 Beebug October 1982
Practical Computing - October 1982 October 1982
Personal Computer World - November 1982 November 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 7 - November 1982 Beebug November 1982
Practical Computing - November 1982 November 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 8 - December 1982 /January 1983 Beebug December 1982
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 9 - February 1983 Beebug February 1983
Practical Computing - February 1983 February 1983
Beebug Newsletter - Volume 1, Number 10 - March 1983 Beebug March 1983
BBC Micro User - March 1983 - FIRST EDITION Database Publications Ltd March 1983
BBC Micro User - April 1983 - Vol 1 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1983
Personal Computer World - April 1983 April 1983
BBC Micro User - May 1983 - Vol 1 No 3 Database Publications Ltd May 1983
The Micro User - June 1983 - Vol 1 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1983
The Micro User - July 1983 - Vol 1 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1983
The Micro User - August 1983 - Vol 1 No 6 Database Publications Ltd August 1983
Personal Computer World - August 1983 August 1983
The Micro User - September 1983 - Vol 1 No 7 Database Publications Ltd September 1983
Practical Computing - September 1983 September 1983
The Micro User - October 1983 - Vol 1 No 8 Database Publications Ltd October 1983
The Micro User - November 1983 - Vol 1 No 9 Database Publications Ltd November 1983
The Micro User - December 1983 - Vol 1 No 10 Database Publications Ltd December 1983
The Micro User - January 1984 - Vol 1 No 11 Database Publications Ltd January 1984
The Micro User - February 1984 - Vol 1 No 12 Database Publications Ltd February 1984
Personal Computer World - February 1984 February 1984
The Micro User - March 1984 - Vol 2 No 1 Database Publications Ltd March 1984
The Micro User - April 1984 - Vol 2 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1984
The Micro User - May 1984 - Vol 2 No 3 Database Publications Ltd May 1984
The Micro User - June 1984 - Vol 2 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1984
Practical Computing - July 1984 July 1984
The Micro User - July 1984 - Vol 2 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1984
The Micro User - August 1984 - Vol 2 No 6 Database Publications Ltd August 1984
The Micro User - September 1984 - Vol 2 No 7 Database Publications Ltd September 1984
Personal Computing Today - October 1984 01-09-1984
The Micro User - October 1984 - Vol 2 No 8 Database Publications Ltd October 1984
The Micro User - November 1984 - Vol 2 No 9 Database Publications Ltd November 1984
The Micro User - December 1984 - Vol 2 No 10 Database Publications Ltd December 1984
The Micro User - January 1985 - Vol 2 No 11 Database Publications Ltd January 1985
The Micro User - February 1985 - Vol 2 No 12 Database Publications Ltd February 1985
The Micro User - March 1985 - Vol 3 No 1 Database Publications Ltd March 1985
The Micro User - April 1985 - Vol 3 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1985
The Micro User - June 1985 - Vol 3 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1985
The Micro User - July 1985 - Vol 3 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1985
The Micro User - August 1985 - Vol 3 No 6 The Micro User 01-08-1985
Acorn User - September 1985 September 1985
Personal Computer World - November 1985 01-11-1985
The Micro User - December 1985 - Vol 3 No 10 The Micro User December 1985
University of Cambridge Computing Service January/February 1986 Newsletter 123 1986
The Micro User - January 1986 - Vol 3 No 11 Database Publications Ltd January 1986
Acorn User - February 1986 February 1986
The Micro User - February 1986 - Vol 3 No 12 Database Publications Ltd February 1986
Personal Computer World - February 1986 01-02-1986
Acorn User - March 1986 March 1986
The Micro User - April 1986 - Vol 4 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1986
Acorn User - April 1986 April 1986
The Micro User - May 1986 - Vol 4 No 3 Database Publications Ltd May 1986
The Micro User - June 1986 - Vol 4 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1986
Personal Computer World - June 1986 01-06-1986
The Micro User - July 1986 - Vol 4 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1986
ULCC News July 1986 Newsletter 201 July 1986
Acorn User - August 1986 August 1986
Acorn User - September 1986 September 1986
The Micro User - December 1986 - Vol 4 No 10 The Micro User December 1986
The Micro User - February 1987 - Vol 4 No 12 Database Publications Ltd February 1987
The Micro User - April 1987 - Vol 5 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1987
The Micro User - May 1987 - Vol 5 No 3 Database Publications Ltd May 1987
The Micro User - June 1987 - Vol 5 No 4 Database Publications Ltd June 1987
The Micro User - July 1987 - Vol 5 No 5 Database Publications Ltd July 1987
Archive - Vol 1, No 1 - October 1987 Nowrich Computer Services October 1987
The Micro User - November 1987 - Vol 5 No 9 Database Publications Ltd November 1987
The Micro User - December 1987 - Vol 5 No 10 The Micro User December 1987
The Micro User - March 1988 - Vol 6 No 1 Database Publications Ltd March 1988
The Micro User - September 1988 - Vol 6 No 7 Database Publications Ltd September 1988
Personal Computer World - March 1989 01-03-1989
The Micro User - April 1989 - Vol 7 No 2 Database Publications Ltd April 1989
Acorn - Healthcare News 5 - September 1989 Acorn Computers Limited September 1989
Acorn - Education News 6 - June 1989 Acorn Computers Limited September 1989
The Micro User - January 1990 - Vol 7 No 11 Database Publications Ltd January 1990
The Micro User - July 1990 - Vol 8 No 5 The Micro User July 1990
Acorn User - August 1987 25-03-2009
Acorn User - March 1988 25-03-2009
Acorn User - August 1983 25-03-2009
Acorn User - June 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - July 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - August 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - October 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - November 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - December 1984 01-04-2009
Acorn User - January 1985 01-04-2009
Acorn User - March 1985 01-04-2009
Acorn User - June 1985 01-04-2009
Acorn User - September 1983 07-04-2009
Acorn User - July/August 1982 06-05-2009
Acorn User - September 1982 06-05-2009
Acorn User - November 1982 06-05-2009
Acorn User - August 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - September 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - October 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - November 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - December 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - February 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - March 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - May 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - June 1989 27-05-2009
Acorn User - September 1989 03-06-2009
Acorn User - November 1989 03-06-2009
Acorn User - December 1989 03-06-2009
Acorn User - March 1990 03-06-2009
Acorn User - May 1990 03-06-2009
Acorn User - July 1990 03-06-2009
Acorn User - September 1990 03-06-2009
Acorn User - January 1991 03-06-2009
Acorn User - May 1992 10-06-2009
Acorn User - August 1991 10-06-2009
Acorn User - October 1991 10-06-2009
Acorn User - April 1992 10-06-2009
Acorn User - September 1992 17-06-2009
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Acorn Electron (German) Acorn July 1983
BBC Micro B+ 128K + 48K ROM Acorn 1984
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Acorn BBC Master 512 Acorn 1986
Acorn BBC Master 128 Acorn 1986
Acorn BBC Domesday System Acorn Computers Limited 1986
Acorn Communicator Acorn 1986
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Acorn BBC Master Compact Acorn September 1986
Acorn Archimedes 310 Acorn 1987
Acorn Archimedes 305 Acorn 1987
Archimedes Drinks Mat Acorn Computers Ltd 1987
Acorn A680 Acorn 1988
Acorn A3000 Acorn 1989
Acorn R140 Acorn June 1989
Acorn Archimedes A440 Acorn July 1989
Acorn R260 Acorn 1990
Acorn Archimedes A5000 Acorn 1991
Acorn A5000 ALB53 Acorn 1991
Acorn A5000 ALB22 Acorn 1991
Acorn A4 Laptop Acorn 1992
Acorn A3020 Acorn January 1992
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Acorn A3010 Acorn September 1992
Acorn A4000 Acorn September 1992
Acorn Risc PC 600 Acorn January 1994
Acorn Risc PC 600 ACB25 Acorn April 1994
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Acorn A7000 Acorn 1995
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Acorn Phoebe Acorn 1998
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