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TNMOC asks for help maintaining its fleet of Beeb Micros

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The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has made an appeal for volunteers who could help them keep their BBC Micro computers – which the museum uses to give visiting young'uns a taste of hacking history – in good health.

TNMOC is looking for people familiar with the BBC Micro computer and its peripherals, as it is seemingly short of steady hands itself.

The 8-bit BBC, launched on 1 December 1981, epitomised the British home computer boom of the early 1980s. The venerable Beeb was given a writeup on The Register for its 30th birthday.

It has long occupied a darling slot in the mumbled rememberings of our more senior citizenry, and has even been rebuilt in JavaScript.

TNMOC says it gets more than 4,500 students a year on its Learning Programme and many of them are tasked with using an original 1980s BBC computer to hack a computer games program – perhaps gaining their first experience of coding in the process.

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If any of our venerable readers care to join the BBC refurb team and help keep the Beebs alive, TNMOC suggests you email and see the volunteering section on the website. ®


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