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How to design, build, & program your own working computer system Loose Leaf – 1979

ISBN-13: 978-0830698103 ISBN-10: 0830698108 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Loose Leaf: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Books; 1st edition (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830698108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830698103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,978,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan S Trone on August 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Haviland's "How to design, build, & program your own working computer system", written in an era of "hobbiest computers" when building your own computer was desirable,details the construction of his own system and provisions the reader with resources for building thier own, including the operating system. Although the system design is based on National Semiconductor's ISP-8A/600,(SC/MPII)microprocessor, also known as the SCAMP which unlike the Z80, 6800 and 6502 has unfortunately fallen into extinction, the fundimentals are as valid as they were in the 70's. The text is entertaining. To imagine interfacing your home-built computer to an old electromechanical teletypewriter and implementing the firmware through a wire wraping proto-board filled with diodes makes one feel a kinship with fellows such a Steve Woz. A person could save hundreds of dollars building a system which could perform just as well as one they could buy and they'd know thier computer inside and out. The text is far removed from modern PC's and after reading this book you'll wonder if that's such a bad thing. People do, in fact build and use 8 bit systems and peripherals all over the world. This book is no doubt as much a sought after prize for thier bookshelf as it was for me. I recently looked for it at my local libary and was disappointed to discover that it was long gone, only to pick it up for a song on amazon.com!
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By Edmond Rivera on June 21, 2014
Format: Loose Leaf
Step by step how to build a working computer (1970s vintage) from scratch. Excellent project for high school or college. Truly fun.
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