This was supposed to be a serious history of Acorn hardware using my own collection as a cheap source of photo models, but somewhere along the way it just turned into a list of stuff I have in my collection, with recollections of how they were bought, what they were used for, and any gossip I can remember. I've also added a quick buyer's guide in case you're also trying to get hold of classic Acorn machines.
I spent my formative years with an Acorn Electron; tried to take things seriously with an A310; and went to work with a RiscPC in a bag (it was a pretty big bag). After I started work and I could afford twenty or thirty quid for a piece of junk/history — and still be able to eat at the end of the month — I started picking up bits and pieces from friends, car boot sales, and when all else failed eBay. But I'll always remember Acorn kit fondly for getting me where I am today (for better or worse).
Some of the pictures are a bit dodgy: at the time some of these were taken I didn't have my own digital camera, so both size and camera work are a bit lacking. But they'll do, and add to the charm I guess.
The Electron, the first computer I ever owned.
Much-beloved computer used in British schools back in the day.
Regular and compact forms; a BBC Micro on steroids.
An ARM chip boxed up for a BBC Micro!
Great at the time; and granddaddy to the chip in your phone?
The more expensive version of the A310.
Cut-down Archimedes in an Amiga-style case
Funkier upgrade to the A3000
The upgrade to the A300/400/500 series
My workhorse computer for many years.
Various versions of RISC OS I've used.
Cut down computers to bring the Internet in to the home.
The machine that killed Acorn.
Buying old-school kit without the pain.
A couple of Apple machines from back in the day.
A glimpse into our connected future.
This was my desk at work circa May 2002.
Flat computers for serving webpages and stuff, before it all went virtual.