Domesday beeb nabbed for 500 quidBy Chris Williams. Published: 13th Oct 2003, 19:43:58 | Permalink | Printable
Paying a premium for those historical bytesA BBC Acorn Domesday system has been sold for just under five hundred pounds on ebay, the online auction site.
"This is possibly one of the hardest Acorn machines to find. One of these machines is actually on display in the Science Museum. Its importance cannot be understated", explains the webpage for the rare 8 bit machine's auction.
"From a vintage computing point of view, this item was an amazing piece of equipment for the time. One of the first true Multimedia machines. More importantly though is its social relevence".
Domesday systems are very rare yet the data they contain is particularly precious and work is underway to preserve the information. Domesday systems use laser discs for storing the historical multimedia archive and an Acorn Master system to power it all. While RiscPCs and other Acorn era kit are still relatively cheap, it's touching that bit of real Acorn history is, in a way, at the centre of the historical data preservation scene.
More infomation on Domesday
Previous: EasyFont Pro, DrawWorks SE now 32bit
Next: RiscStation wants deposit holders to reconsider
DiscussionViewing threaded comments | View comments unthreaded, listed by date | Skip to the end
Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.
Search the archives
Today's featured article
The Editor's Decision is Final - Part One
We kick off a new series of lighthearted news coverage with some articles which didn't quite make it to your screens
6 comments, latest by peprice on 4/8/01 5:11PM. Published: 1 Aug 2001
Web-based Textease unveiled
Edit documents anywhere there's an Internet connection
Discuss this. Published: 26 Mar 2007
News and media:
RISCOS Ltd •
RISC OS Open •
MW Software •
Advantage Six •
CJE Micros •
Liquid Silicon •
Chris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collection •
The Register •
The Inquirer •
Apple Insider •
BBC News •
Sky News •
Google News •