If you’re curious about the inner workings of your computer and want to get a very hands on view of exactly how it works, this scratch-built 8-bit computer project is a great (if involved) way to get a closer look.
Kyle Hovey, the guy behind the site 8_Bit_Spaghetti (the project blog for his 8-bit build), wanted delve into the bones of computing by building his own tiny computer. By using a breadboard, transistors, and NVRAM he was able to build and program a functional 8-bit computer. It isn’t that Kyle is covering brand new ground (building simple computers like this is and old trick in the electronics and computer hobbyist arena) but his build guide is heavily documented and makes a great follow-along-guide for those interested in learning more.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 05/1/12