newbie building a scratch-built computer

Roy J. Tellason rtellason at verizon.net
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,  
unfortunately.

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