Recently, I found some old PCs in my basement and tried turning them on. Being 25-30 years old, sitting in a slightly damp basement all that time, I never expected them to turn on. They all did (3 systems)!
Sam Battle of Look Mum No Computer had the nervous moment of turning on a SWTPC 6809 computer from 1980 that had been sitting in a garage for decades. He bought the system to try and make music with it. He never expected it to power up, but it all did — the computer, the dual 8″ floppy drives, and the terminal. And he got them all to talk to each other. It works!
Now he’s going to try and learn more about how the system works, what he can do with it, and especially, how to make music with it.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.