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Following the recent decision by two high profile Cambridge tech businesses, Red Gate Software and ARM Holdings to spearhead the foundation of a new world class Cambridge Computing History Museum, Microsoft Research has also agreed to sponsor the initiative.
Ken Wood – Deputy Managing Director of Microsoft Research said: “Microsoft Research Ltd is delighted to sponsor the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.
Many of the instrumental developments in computing technology have their roots in Cambridge, and we are proud to contribute to the wider appreciation of the history of what is now an important aspect of everyone’s daily life.”
The Centre for Computing History was established in Haverhill in 2006 to tell the story and explore the impact of the Information Age. Ambitious plans are now in motion to relocate the museum to Cambridge, in the city where so much of this story has unfolded.
You can read the rest of the article at Microsoft Research Joins Backers of New Museum for Cambridge
Micro Men will be repeated on the 24/02/11 at 21:00 on BBC Four. All computer hardware and most props were supplied by The Centre for Computing History who are a computer museum based near Cambridge. Jason Fitzpatrick, the curator of the museum played a small part in the film as David Johnson David. See if you can see him dancing in the background!
The BBC website says the following about the show…
Affectionately comic drama about the British home computer boom of the early 1980s.
Legendary inventor Clive Sinclair battles it out with ex-employee Chris Curry, founder of Acorn Computers, for dominance in the fledgling market.
The rivalry comes to a head when the BBC announce their Computer Literacy Project, with the stated aim of putting a micro in every school in Britain. When Acorn wins the contract, Sinclair is furious, and determines to outsell the BBC Micro with his ZX Spectrum computer.
Home computing arrives in Britain in a big way, but is the country big enough for both men?
If you missed the program, you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer. There is also a review in this post : Micro Men – A Review.
The Centre for Computing History (Which is a computer museum in Cambridge) is proud to announce it has once again been commissioned to create the Gadget Hall of Fame at this years Gadget Show Live.
Building on the huge popularity of our stand over the last two years, our display this year will be over double the size of the previous years and feature iconic gadgets and technology from the past 50 years!
Our stand will be separated into four ‘rooms’ with each room representing a decade from the 60′s to the 90′s.
We’ll have all the popular favourites as well as some interesting tech that many may not be familiar with …
The 5 day show has already sold out and with an estimated 100,000 visitors it is sure to be a very exciting event.
Remember to follow us on twitter if you’re going to the show and we’ll keep you informed of how preparations are going!
The System 1 was the first commercially available computer produced by CPU Ltd under the trading name of Acorn Computers Ltd. It was designed by Sophie Wilson and marketed as the Acorn Microcomputer in 1979.
The System 1 consists of 2 Eurocards each measuring 100 x 160mm. The first is the 1MHz 6502 CPU card and the second is the System 1 keyboard card. They are connected together by a ribbon cable.
The CPU card has a 1Mhz crystal and a Rockwell R6502P CPU. It has 2 x NatSemi INS8154 RAM I/O chips, with receivers and drivers for the keypad ribbon cable and the other for the EuroConnector (this allows the CPU card to be used in a System 2, 3 or 4). There are 2 x 2114 providing 1KB of RAM and 2 x 74S571 ROM chips giving 512 Bytes of ROM. There is an empty socket for an 2516 UVPROM and the power connector with a 5V regulator.
Here is a video of a real Sinclair ZX80 computer playing Space Invaders at the Vintage Computer Festival 2010 at Bletchley Park. You can see that the screen does not flicker when a key is pressed.
This computer was on “The Centre for Computing History” display. See http://www.computinghistory.org.uk
Today saw the end of day two of “Gadget Show Live 2010” at the NEC in Birmingham. And what a manic 2 days it has been so far!
I’m volunteering for The Centre for Computing History who are a computer museum based in Haverhill, Suffolk. Haverhill is just 30 minutes south of Cambridge. We were approached again this year by the organisers to put on the “Gadget hall of fame” display.
We have several interactive exhibits on display including…
- Acorn BBC Model B
- Amstrad CPC464
- Commodore 64
- Sinclair ZX Spectrum
- Yamaha CS-5
The Spectrum has been on of the most popular exhibits so far. We are using the DivIDE device to allow instant game loading from a compact flash memory card. The BBC has also been popular. We are using a MMBEEB device to load games from a SD card.
I’ve not really had a chance to have a proper look at the rest of the displays at the show. As we are opposite the Elonex stand, I’ve seen a lot of what new gadgets they have to offer including the £99 laptop. They have kindly donated one of these laptops and its on display with our other machines in the “Computing gets Personal” display.
We have not had a visit from Jason, Suzy, Ortis or John yet which is a little dissapointing, but they have 3 more days to make up for it.
If you are planning to come to the show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, make sure you come over and say hi!