I recently watched a documentary drama, Micro Men, by the BBC about the people at the forefront of development in the early days of personal computing. It certainly brought back memories of playing Manic Miner and Attic Attack on the ZX Spectrum, and Granny’s Garden on BBC Micro at school. But it was also interesting to see the challenges they faced and get some idea of the motivations different teams had at the time; A drive for low-cost, low-power, educational, and accessible computing for all.

Micro Men (BBC)

 

Youtube then showed a list of other relevant videos and I ended up watching a series (3) of very interesting interviews with Sophie Wilson, of Acorn/ARM, about the development of the original ARM instruction set and the history of the companies involved. Well worth a watch.

 

Interviews with Sophie Wilson