Aye, but were fun, though. I think I might have played with a KIM-1 somewhere along the line. What I did play with, though, was the SC/MP. My 3rd year project involved looking at these new-fangled microprocessory things to see if they showed any potential for satellite or telescope control systems (I was studying astrophysics and the dept was big into sats and scopes). The project was simply to integrate the SC/MP kit (similar set up to the above) with a couple of stepper motors / shaft encoders for precision control. I think it took me all of 2 days, so I connected up the '.' lines on the LEDs, designed a memory expansion, wrote some calculator software for it and a cross-assembler on the mainframe (because I was too lazy to hand-translate to hex).http://nowscape.com/blk/images/KIM-1_6502_Microcomputer.jpg[/IMG]
It were a 'ard life then. Writing naughty words on a 7 segment LED display using only the letters A to F took some doing, especially when you're coding with hex. No fancy, la-de-da assemblers in those days...
Eeeee, those were the days.
Whilst modern machines are considerably more powerful, I don't have the same sense of 'connection' to them as I did to those earlier devices that demanded a far greater intimacy with their workings.