Date : Wed, 04 Aug 1999 00:52:11 +0000
From : Chris Richardson <chris@...>
I reproduce a rant from the 8BS website. Hopefully somebody will help me
Why, when the BBC is undoubtedly the best computer ever made, did Acorn
lose it's grip and let it all go down the toilet?
Invitation for discussion. From Chris Richardson 03/08/1999
The BBC was in it's time the best machine about. It is still an
invaluable bit of kit that many people could not manage without if only
for cost and reliability. I know because I am regularly supplying
replacement bits to all sorts of people, businesses and private
individuals. I am seriously attached to the Master that I use (for
heaven's sake, please don't tell Gill though)
What happened? Why has Acorn withered away into insignificance when the
machines they made were fantastic?
I know that I would have preferred to purchase a RISC PC. I also know
that on my meagre wages as a Health Service worker, I could not afford
or justify one, the thing I am using here cost 50% of what Tomorrow's
World in Hull were going to charge me for an Acorn thing.
Acorn field all their BBC related queries at me, I do not charge Acorn,
yet they would not offer me any sort of discount on one of their newer
I genuinely hate the PC and software that I use to publish this document
and am sure that Acorn have probably done better.
So, why have I not got an Acorn and why do I struggle on with this plate
of spaghetti? Somebody, PLEASE tell me!
Chris Richardson 8-Bit Software
The BBC and Master Computer Public Domain Library