I didn’t have one, but when I was a kid I wished that I could have one on a regular basis.



I didn’t have one, but when I was a kid I wished that I could have one on a regular basis.


The best source I’ve found online to view 100’s of The Computer Chronicles episodes. I like to view the playlists organized by year so I’ve linked to that page. Videos are labeled nicely and easy to locate.

Micro Men (720p)

"Micro Men is a one-off BBC drama television show set in the late 1970s and the early-mid 1980s, about the rise of the British home computer market. It focuses on the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair (played by Alexander Armstrong), who developed the ZX Spectrum, and Chris Curry (played by Martin Freeman), the man behind the BBC Micro.[2]" -Wikipedia

Original airing 8 October 2009

“The Computer Programme was a TV series, produced by Paul Kriwaczek, originally broadcast by the BBC (on BBC2) in 1982. The idea behind the series was to introduce people to computers and show them what they were capable of. The BBC wanted to use their own computer, so the BBC Micro was developed as part of the BBC Computer Literacy Project, and was featured in this series. The series was successful enough for two series to follow it, namely Making the Most of the Micro in 1983 and Micro Live from 1984 until 1987.” -wikipedia

GET LAMP: The Text Adventure Documentary

"In the early years of the microcomputer, a special kind of game was being played.
With limited sound, simple graphics, and tiny amounts of computing power, the first games on home computers would hardly raise an eyebrow in the modern era of photorealism and surround sound. In a world of Quake, Half-Life and Halo, it is expected that a successful game must be loud, fast, and full of blazing life-like action.
But in the early 1980s, an entire industry rose over the telling of tales, the solving of intricate puzzles and the art of writing. Like living books, these games described fantastic worlds to their readers, and then invited them to live within them.

They were called “computer adventure games”, and they used the most powerful graphics processor in the world: the human mind.

Rising from side projects at universities and engineering companies, adventure games would describe a place, and then ask what to do next. They presented puzzles, tricks and traps to be overcome. They were filled with suspense, humor and sadness. And they offered a unique type of joy as players discovered how to negotiate the obstacles and think their way to victory. These players have carried their memories of these text adventures to the modern day, and a whole new generation of authors have taken up the torch to present a new set of places to explore.

Get Lamp is a documentary that will tell the story of the creation of these incredible games, in the words of the people who made them.”

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted something but I just found out about this BBS documentary that I had to share with anyone that may be interested. Seeing these people talk about BBS in the same way that I feel about it and the community that they brought together is very interesting and brings back some really great memories.



Wonder what Windows 1.0 (1985) or 2.0 (1987) looked like?
This is a complete history of Microsoft’s most used product with plenty of screenshots and information, not surprisingly found on Microsoft’s website.

We’ve come a long way thanks to Microsoft, but will they remain a leader going forwards? They’ve stumbled a few times in recent years

Tons of respect for this guy. I wish him luck.