Computer ScienceScience & MathematicsEconomics & FinanceBusiness & ManagementPolitics & GovernmentHistoryPhilosophy

The Computers That Made Britain

The home computer revolution of the 1980s

by Tim Danton

The Computers That Made Britain

Subscribe to new books via telegram channel

DescriptionTable of ContentsDetailsHashtagsReport an issue

Book Description

The home computer boom of the 1980s brought with it now iconic machines such as the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, and Commodore 64. Those machines would inspire a generation. Written by Tim Danton.

The Computers That Made Britain (300 pages, hardback) tells the story of 19 of those computers - and what happened behind the scenes. With dozens of new interviews, discover the tales of missed deadlines, technical faults, business interference, and the unheralded geniuses who brought to the UK everything from the Dragon 32 and ZX81, to the Amstrad CPC 464 and Commodore Amiga.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA). You can download The Computers That Made Britain ebook for free in PDF format (16.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Research Machines 380Z
Chapter 2
Commodore PET 2001
Chapter 3
Apple II
Chapter 4
Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81
Chapter 5
Commodore VIC-20
Chapter 6
IBM Personal Computer (5150)
Chapter 7
BBC Micro
Chapter 8
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
Chapter 9
Dragon 32
Chapter 10
Commodore 64
Chapter 11
Acorn Electron
Chapter 12
Apple Macintosh
Chapter 13
Amstrad CPC 464
Chapter 14
Sinclair QL
Chapter 15
Atari 520ST
Chapter 16
Commodore Amiga
Chapter 17
Amstrad PCW 8256
Chapter 18
Acorn Archimedes
Chapter 19
Epilogue: Whatever happened to the British PC?

Book Details

The Computers That Made Britain
Computer Science
Raspberry Pi Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
16.4 MB

Book Hashtags

Related Books

Ethnicity, Race and Inequality in the UK
Ethnicity and Race in the UK examines the state of racial inequality in a wide range of areas in post-Brexit Britain, including employment, health care, education, criminal justice, housing, and representation in the arts and media. Written to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the UK Race Relations Act of 1968 as well as the founding of the...
RESTful Web Services
You've built web sites that can be used by humans. But can you also build web sites that are usable by machines? That's where the future lies, and that's what RESTful Web Services shows you how to do. The World Wide Web is the most popular distributed application in history, and Web services and mashups have turned it into a powerful...
Entity Framework Core Succinctly
Entity Framework is Microsoft's flagship Object/Relation Mapper, and the recommended way to access relational databases. Entity Framework Core is a complete rewrite from the "classic" Entity Framework, building on the new multiplatform .NET Core framework and adding the ability to connect to nonrelational data sources while keeping t...
Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain
This book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenne...
Computation and the Humanities
This book addresses the application of computing to cultural heritage and the discipline of Digital Humanities that formed around it. Digital Humanities research is transforming how the Human record can be transmitted, shaped, understood, questioned and imagined and it has been ongoing for more than 70 years. However, we have no comprehensive histo...
Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century
This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the 'asylum and after' paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volum...