(For those international readers of my blog, that is 'Manchester' in the Great U of K)
People often refer back to the early days of the BBC Microcomputer, Commodore 65, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. Nostalgic, well maybe, but with that style of programming it doesn't mean it has gone forever.
Have you seen Fab Lab in Manchester (http://www.fablabmanchester.org/) - what a great idea.
I heard about this place on BBC Radio Four. They have built their own basic computer board with operating system and just needs terminal devices added. From there anyone can programme the system to do 'something'.
In essence teaching how to programme from the floor upwards.
Here are the excellent images of retro devices of the early 1980s and links to their background.
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