newbie building a scratch-built computer

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at
Tue Jul 31 10:30:21 CDT 2007

On Monday 30 July 2007 19:17, Joe Giliberti wrote:
> Thanks for your advice, Tony. To address question #1, I'm honestly not too
> sure. I figure ha wih the early micros, there is documentation, where as
> something completely homebrew, there is little, if any. What I need to find
> is a good resource for electronic circuit design. I have a book called "How
> to Build Your Own Working Microcomputer" that I bought for under a dollar
> at a thrift store. I still need to finish it, but it doesn't seem to be
> much help in that respect.

This sounds very much like two or three books I have,  published by "TAB 
Books",  none of which are terribly useful.  :-)

> As for your second question, I would find it to be really fascinating to
> build a computer out of TTL, but again, I need some kind of resource to
> guide me through it. All my knowledge on electronic circuitry is very basic
> right now. My father, an electrical engineer, tells be that he  couldn't
> even do it after six years of college(although, he graduated 20 years ago),
> so I'm not very hopeful that I could.
> Third, commercial software would be nice, but I don't need it. I would very
> much like to learn machine code. I figure that when I start college
> interviews in a year going toward something in the technology field, I'd
> like to have as much pre-knowledge of computer science as I can. I figure
> that there's no better way than to build and program a computer. It will
> take me a long time, but it would be worth it.

That sort of thing tends to not have very much use in today's job market,  

Member of the toughest, meanest, deadliest, most unrelenting -- and
ablest -- form of life in this section of space,  a critter that can
be killed but can't be tamed.  --Robert A. Heinlein, "The Puppet Masters"
Information is more dangerous than cannon to a society ruled by lies. --James 
M Dakin

More information about the cctech mailing list