ABug Meetup - 29 - 30th June 2019
Fourth Cambridge meet up for the Acorn/BBC User Group.
Acorn was a British computer company based here in Cambridge. Their first computer went on sale in 1979. 40 years later, there’s still a very active community of Acorn enthusiasts - quite a few of which will be here at the Centre for Computing History across the weekend of June 29th-30th!
What will we be up to?
ABUG meetups are very active. There’s a whole range of projects that people collaborate on ranging from machine repair, developing new hardware, to writing new games.
Some past and present projects:
- Connecting modern processors (Raspberry Pi) to BBC Micros for super-fast performance
- Spectrum and Amstrad emulation on BBC Micros via Raspberry Pi
- Doom on a BBC Micro!
- Interfaces and software to connect SD cards to vintage Acorns
- New hardware to give the BBC Micro 4096 colours / 16 colours on screen
- Hardware add-on to give BBC Micro sound similar to Sega Megadrive / Adlib soundcard
- Mega Games Cartridge for the Electron
- Many new games and game conversions for vintage Acorn computers that push the hardware beyond what was once thought possible!
- Archiving educational software from the 80s and 90s
At the meetup, you’ll see a wealth of vintage computers surrounded by modern laptops, oscilloscopes and other electronics equipment. We also have several BBC Micros set up for playing old and new games.
Come along, take a look, play some games and have a chat!