OT-ish: Build-it stuff / elektor

Tony Duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Mon Jun 12 16:45:57 CDT 2006

> > Whether it is the chicken or the egg, they also have access to better 
> > parts stores (for hobbiest quantities) and excellent magazines.  The Dutch
> > magazine Electuur is translated into English and published in the UK 
> > every month as Elector.  It has excellent construction articles, readily 
> > available firmware, and even the PCB layout for most of the projects. 
> Elector is indeed recommended.
> AFAIK it also  published the first DIY computer : in May '74 they 
> started a series on a 12 or 16 bit TTL-based computer. That is two 
> months before the Mark-8.

FWIW, in 1972 the UK magazine 'Practical Electronics' published a design 
(going over 10 issuses, I have the whole set) for a TTL-based 4-function 
desktop calcualtor. Not a computer, sure, but a lot of the principles 
were there.

> Those who like to see something special should check it out : it is a 
> two-address machine, no instructions, but memory-mapped "functional 
> units". It even had hardware based multiply and divide !

I'd love to see that, but my Elektor collections starts at about the time 
of the first Elekturscope (and I don't have a complete run since then, alas)


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