As of 16th Sept.
1 Sunday only no kitter
Hot off the (hot) June ABUG meetup I'm happy to announce Acorn World 2019 at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History over the weekend of 20th - 22nd September 2019
Acorn World is a weekend long event featuring an ABUG meetup in the classroom as usual (see below for booking details)
See event page:
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/ ... mber-2019/
This is the third year that the Acorn World event has taken place at CCfCH. This year we will feature:
In the main hall:
- Acorn history exhibition .. featuring nearly every Acorn machine, displayed in chronological order, accompanied by a (probably too) detailed narrative describing the company's rise and fall.
- Acorn in education: I'm sure Grannie's Garden will make an appearance, as well as a Valiant Turtle..
- Acorn gaming: classic and recent games plus demos if we can squeeze them in
...and this year.. for the first time, we will have talks from Acorn alumni on the Saturday evening:
Jonathan Griffiths will be giving a talk about his time at Acorn, where he wrote some of the first arcade games for the BBC micro as well as contributing to the BBC Domesday project.
Jonathan spent his A-levels teaching himself Assembler using his Acorn Atom, during which time he wrote (too many) games instead of revising for his A-levels. After failing these he joined Acornsoft in 1981 and wrote some of the early BBC Micro games, such as Snapper & Rocket Raid. He also wrote a book titled “Creative Assembler”
Alex van Someren will talk about his work at Acorn, which began while he was still a schoolboy! He will also talk about starting up his own company which developed add-ons and upgrades for Archimedes and RISC PC machines.
Back in the day, Alex helped deliver the BBC Microcomputer and Electron at Acorn.. and co-wrote the first book on the ARM RISC architecture, also available pirated in Japanese!
ABUG booking details:
If you wish to attend, please post in this thread clearly stating the days you would like to attend on, if you want a full table to yourself, half a table or not bringing kit (aka a "No-Kitter" ).
Space wise, there will be:
- 11 full tables (1 table per person)
- 12 half-tables (2 people per table, total of 6 tables)
- up to six people with no kit.
The museum entrance fee is now £9 per person per day for adults.
- If you are attending the event for the entire weekend (two or more days), the fee will be £18 - to be paid as an £9 museum entrance fee on two consecutive days (e.g. on Saturday and Sunday).
- If you are attending for one day, then the fee will be £9.
- Please inform the staff that you are attending as an ABUG attendee.
- Just as any other paying visitor, you're free to wander around the museum and play with all the retro computers they have!
Friday 20th September - 4.00pm til late (no earlier than 4.00pm please, as we don't get the room until then)
Saturday 21st September - 9.00am til late
Sunday 22nd September - 9.00am-4.00pm
Centre for Computing History
Acorn & BBC Micro User Group (ABug) meet-ups are open to enthusiasts of the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Atom and Archimedes/RISC OS machines.
Attendees will typically stay for two if not all three days. The meets are always very informal and can involve:
- members bringing their own hardware to set up and show off
- time spent working on hardware and programming/games projects
- exchange of ideas/knowledge
- upgrade and repair of poorly Acorn machines
- collaborative work on community projects, such as software preservation, preparation/planning for displays at other events etc.
- sale of items by members (not guaranteed, but there are often opportunities to buy bits)
- general socialising, food/drink and the odd hi-score competition!
These are the hotels that people stayed at in previous years:
Oakley Lodge hotel
627-631 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8PA
It's just over a mile away from the museum.
Travelodge Cambridge Newmarket Road Hotel
180-190 Newmarket Road
If you have any other recommendations, please let me know so that I can post the details here.
Food and drink
As there will be talks on the Saturday evening (see above).. suggest we go out for dinner on Friday night, and on Saturday night, we could order pizza (or whatever takeout you fancy) in to have after the talks have finished, and hopefully mingle with Jonathan and Alex.
For lunch: the museum has a snack bar for tea, coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, crisps etc . There are a couple of fast food places nearby as well as an M&S (and I *think* an ASDA) for sandwiches etc.
Parking is available at the museum. Note that hotels may charge additional fees for parking. In previous years, some folks have left their cars overnight in the museum car park (including me) at their own risk.
Total of ELEVEN full tables available:
1. sPhilMainwaring Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
2. cmorley (Chris) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
3. kieranhj (Kieran) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
4. VectorEyes (Adrian) Arriving Saturday morning. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
5. Paul Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
6. SimonSideburns (Simon) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
7. Prime (Phill) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
8. sbadger (Stewart) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
9. tom_seddon Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
10. 1024MAK (Mark) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
11. JimRussell Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
Total of TWELVE half-tables (two people per table) available:
12. JudgeBeeb (Robert) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
13. Elminster (+daughter) (Duncan) Sunday only
14. markdryan Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
15. flibble (Peter) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
16. anightin (Andy) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
17. wolfgang Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
18. MattH Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon.
19. daveejhitchins Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
20. roland Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
21. diminished (Ali) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
22. groot (Mark) Arriving /leaving Saturday.
23. Arcadian (Dave) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
24. Dave Footitt Saturday only
25. riscman (James) Sunday
People coming along that don't require a table
Total of SIX places for people with NO KIT available:
Somewhere in the main hall...26. IanS Arriving Saturday afternoon. Leaving Saturday evening
27. pernod (Nigel) Arriving Saturday afternoon. Leaving Saturday evening
28. helpful (Bryan) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
29. scarybeasts (Chris) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
30. (Lesley) Arriving Friday afternoon. Leaving Sunday afternoon
31. firthmj (Michael) Arriving/leaving Saturday
32. pelago (John) and friend Sam. Sunday only
33. tricky (Richard) Arriving Saturday morning, leaving Sunday afternoon /quote]