[vcf-midatlantic] What we can learn from vintage computing

Jeffrey Jonas jeffrey.scott.jonas at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 01:52:37 UTC 2022

Bob Jeffway posted:
> I co-teach a class at University Of Massachusetts in Amherst
> using Bob Applegate's KIM-1 replicas.

An interesting choice for sure.
Hex keypads & displays are definitely a step-up from toggle switches and
individual bits.

> We start with machine language programming, then move to an assembler,
> and teach all the low-level stuff; address bus, data bus, controls,
clock, etc.
> and how to interface hardware.

Very nice!
Ben Eater advocates breadboarding everything yourself, learning every wire
along the way:

One of my masters' degree pre-reqs was a 68000 lab course with this single
board trainer:
The ROM provided an interactive debugger and a few run-time library calls
for print, read, etc.

-- jeff jonas

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