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Micro Mart: Acorn Archimedes

February 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m a bit late with the announcement, but this week’s Micro Mart contains my six page feature on the Arc. It’s in issue 1043. If you want a copy, you’ll have to hurry as it will be replaced by the latest issue on Thursday the 26th of Feb.

The article details the history of the machine with a buyers’ guide, a guide to emulators, and some other details about the platform. In addition, it’s accompanied by some near pornographic pictures of my beloved old Archimedes A310, inside and out. The focus of the article on the Arc as a retro platform rather than the current RISC OS scene.

Getting the old machine out of storage to photograph it evoked waves of nostalgia. After a quick hoover, the machine powered up. I don’t have a monitor for it these days, but it made the familiar beeping sound. The fan was very noisy, but for most of its life, I ran it with the fan disconnected anyway. In addition, it made the characteristic “Acorn squeal” through the built in speaker. I wonder how many hours I sat at that machine as a geeky teenager, mucking about with PD disks, games and ARM programming?

For the screen shots, I used Arculator. For the GUI shots, I pushed it up to Mode 21, to increase the quality. Freelance writing is hard, thankless work and I had to play Twin World through to completion (for the first time in more than a decade and a half) just to fully immerse myself. In fact, I don’t think that I was completely successful, so a play through of Mad Professor Mariarty may now be necessary.

I feel that the platform, and its importance, is sometimes overlooked in retrospective computer features. It’s particularly annoying when it receives only scant mention in computer history features on British outlets such as the BBC. I’m keeping an eye out for further opportunities to write about the platform.

It’s in issue 1043, and unfortunately, Micro Mart doesn’t mirror its content on the web. If you want a copy, you’ll have to hurry as it will be replaced by the latest issue on Thursday the 26th of Feb.

  1. March 8th, 2009 at 14:49 | #1

    Hey Mike! We’re magazine buddies! I’ve been doing MM articles for about a year now. To be honest, without them my freelance writing career would have struggled to get going at all, and even now it’s made healthy through my continued contributions to the mag. Glad to see you’re doing well, enjoyed the article (arc-ticle?) too.

  2. March 9th, 2009 at 12:03 | #2

    @Urth
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    Hiya Urthy

    Nice to hear from you.

    (re: Micro Mart) Heh, it really is a small world. If you turn up as a centerfold model in an issue of Transsexual Times, I’m going to be officially spooked.

    I’m sure our paths will cross again at MM/Dennis.

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