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The BBC Micro Turns 30

The BBC Micro, which played a crucial role in the early home computer boom in Britain, turned 30 years old on December 1.

The device was launched on December 1, 1981 by Acron, which was founded by Chris Curry and Herman Hauser.

The microcomputer, available in two versions, Model A and Model B, sold 1.4 million units before it was discontinued in 1994.

According to an article on the BBC, the computer was developed under the Computer Literacy Project started by the corporation.

The BBC Micro was based on a new programming language called BBC Basic which helped start the personal computer revolution in Britain, bringing computing to schools and homes.

"I feel very lucky to have been part of the early days of home computing with the BBC Micro, because you could actually get at everything and do everything; not only could you access all of the devices directly through the software, but you could even take the lid off - they gave you a circuit diagram and you could mess with it," said Mike Lynch, the co-founder of Autonomy, about his experience on BBC Micro.