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I wrote a little piece for the O’Reilly Radar on how I got into computers. It brought back lots of memories, a strong one of which was the hours, days, weeks I spent on my Acorn Atom. I have my original Atom in storage, so I turned to MESS for help in getting an emulated Atom booted up. Ahhh, even now the font and cursor size are whisking me back in time …