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As newbie to stardot, an introduction is in order. My 'near first computer experience' was on an Acorn Atom. At the age of 10, I was a member of 'de jonge onderzoekers' in Groningen around 1980 and they had a computer lab with 2 computers in it, one Commodore CBM 3032 (in which I typed my first 2 lines of BASIC ever) and the other one was an Acorn Atom. The Acorn Atom at 'de jonge onderzoekers' ultimately got fitted with a disk pack (for which I bought 2 floppies at 10 guilders each, which was a lot of money at my age). I also bought a book filled with TRS-80 basic games, for which I was assured that these would also run on an Acorn Atom. In the end, some did and it provided a great learning experience.

On uncle of mine also owned an Acorn Atom and I would regularly visit him to program and play on his machine. At some point, I was using it more than himself and he sold his machine to me, making it my first ever own computer. This Atom stayed with me some time and was ultimately donated to old-computers.com.

At school we also had a (small) room fitted with Acorn Atoms, all with a BBC basic card in them. I didn't use these much, as I had the luxury of owning one.

Fast forward to today, I work in IT. I still have a fondness for old 8 bit computers and own a small collection consisting of ZX-81, ZX Spectrum (one original and one Harlequin 128 clone), Commodore 64 and a KIM-1, all in working condition (recapped, new keyboard membranes, etc). I have managed to get Dave's FPGA implementation of the Atom running on my Spartan 3E development board a couple of years ago, which gave a great kick seeing the ACORN ATOM prompt on screen once again.

It's great to find this community of people who, like me, have fond memories of the early Acorn computer family.
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Welcome! :D
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Hi Devnuller,

We have a few things in common:
1. The Atom was also my first computer
2. I also still have a fondness for old 8-bit computers
3. I also work in IT

:lol:

Welcome to this great forum, enjoy your visits here.

Greetings from the South of the Netherlands,
Roland
FPGAtom: 512 KB RAM, Real Time Clock and 64 colours
MAN WOMAN :shock:
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Hi,

welcome to this great Forum... :D


Greetings from my little Dutch Atomic Attic, Wim... :-)
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Hello,

Welcome to this forum.

Jan
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Welcome, devnuller. :D
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Welcome, glad you found us.
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Welcome to the Forum, devnuller . . . Enjoy . . .

Dave H :D
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Welcome ..... .and enjoy the forum.
There's a lot of info about the Acorn Atom here, real Atoms, FPGA Atoms and Newly designed Atoms.

Greetings
Kees
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Welcome!
I'm just a few KM up the road from you, and there is a healthy Atom following in NL.
See you at one of the meets.

Neil.
Atom | BBC Model A | BBC Model B | Electron | Olivetti PC128S.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words of welcome. There are some really impressive projects here on the forum. Once the world resumes its normal operation, I'm looking forward to meeting some of you IRL at one of the Dutch local meetups.

All the best,

Regards,

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Welcome there are also meetings from the Big Ben Club ( ik Corona is over ) in Delft.
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