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Comment: If you don't want to start with William Hartnell . (Score 2) 655

by ed (#35609302) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

Then best start with the new stuff, beginning with Christopher Eccleston then watcdh the older stuff as you come to it

If you want to experience the full thing in "we have no money o vision" and you can't transform yourself to me aged 5 in Scotland on a Saturday night, then try starting with Jon Pertwee then move into Tom Baker.

I never saw the earlier stuff so can't comment, but those two had some cracking stories, the Green Death, the Autons (put me off Daffodils for years), Pyramids of Mars and some Dalek stories

Comment: Beebs are good machines (Score 2, Informative) 426

by ed (#33372808) Attached to: 'Retro Programming' Teaches Using 1980s Machines

I was using them at college when they were new.

My first job was writing software that controlled scientific instruments and their was an awful lot of eductaional software written for them because they were designed to be used in schools. The Basic was more structuured and it could use microcassettes or 5 1/4 flopies with its own DOS.

In short, if you are going to use a dinosaur, it is the best dinosaur to choose

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972

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