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.
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