Post by Golan Klinger on Jun 5, 2006 0:12:04 GMT -5
"SimpleJ emulates a simplified computer on your PC: a retro-style video game console that lets you understand how a computer works and write your own video game programs. The first microcomputers were quite simple. They had a few kilobytes of memory and couldn't run large programs. Many didn't even have an operating system. Yet they had something valuable: understanding everything about their hardware and software was easy. simpleJ aims to make this possible while running on modern PC hardware."
It's available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux (it probably works under other free UNIX-like operating system too) and Solaris and it's released under the GNU General Public License so it's free.
Post by Golan Klinger on Jun 5, 2006 10:35:55 GMT -5
There's also the XGameStation (see www.xgamestation.com/) if one is looking for a more tangible learning platform for hardware and software. It's pretty tough to beat the price of a 64 though (there's no price at all if you go with VICE). Lots of free software, documentation and friendly people to ask for advice (visited the Secret Society of Commodore Coders board yet?)