What are the really unusual or weird computers?

Gordon JC Pearce gordon at gjcp.net
Sun Jul 1 04:35:06 CDT 2007


On Sat, 2007-06-30 at 23:57 +0100, Tony Duell wrote:
> [ROM BASIC]
> 
> > >  FURTHERMORE...what was the last computer *any* to
> > > have it?
> > 
> > I'm going to guess Acorn Archimedes here.
> 
> You can get later than that, even sticking with the ARM chip. I am pretty 
> sure the Bush internet set-top box has BBC BASIC In ROM (I forget the key 
> combination to get the '*' prompt, but it'll be on the web somewhere).

It does; I have one and I've had BBC Basic out of it.  Apparently if
you've got a parallel-port Zip disk you can boot plain ordinary RiscOS
on it.  Good fun.  Internally it's basically an Arm development board
with a few unpopulated sockets.

Gordon




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