Teaching kids about computers...
chaosotter76 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 15:10:40 CST 2007
On Nov 28, 2007 3:13 PM, Sean Conner <spc at conman.org> wrote:
> A Color Computer or Color Computer 2 seems to fit the bill. The CPU is
> the nicest of the 8bits (IMHO) and the video screen is more logical than
> anything you'll find on the C64, Atari or Apple.
> You can even do multichannel sound, but that tends to suck up the CPU 8-)
I'd tend to agree. The 6809 is a lovely processor, and there aren't any of
the "black box" chips that others have mentioned. The video is generated by
a Motorola 6547 -- simple bitmap (except for the "semigraphics" modes) and
no sprites. No specialized I/O hardware to decipher; the serial port is
bitbanged directly by the CPU.
Besides which, they're still abundant and cheap. It can be difficult to
find a disk controller cartridge nowadays, but the cassette port is fast
enough (1500 baud) so that it's really not that terrible for short
programs. Plus, there's the Rainbow IDE for development...
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