6502 Hacking Hack Chat

Join us on Wednesday, April 3rd at noon Pacific for the 6502 Hacking Hack Chat with Anders Nielsen!

Back in the early days of the personal computing revolution, you could have any chip you wanted…as long as it was 8-bits. We’ve come a long way since then, and while nobody seriously hopes for a wholesale return to the time when a Commodore 64 or Apple II was the home computing power play, there’s still a lot to be said for the seat-of-the-pants feeling of the day. Our engineering forebears had their work cut out for them, and building the home PC revolution from the ground up with microprocessors that by today’s standards were laughably limited is something worth celebrating.

join-hack-chatEvery retrocomputing enthusiast has their own favorite chip, and for Anders, it’s obviously the 6502 — enough to give birth to his 65uino project, which put the storied microprocessor at the heart of an Arduino pin-compatible microcontroller. It’s a neat project that seems to have caught a lot of people’s imaginations and opened up a world of hardware and software hacks that modern hardware just doesn’t need.

Getting closer to the silicon is the goal of retrocomputing, and Anders is making it easy to get involved. And we’re lucky enough to have him stop by the Hack Chat to talk all about teaching the 6502 some 21st-century tricks. Stop by and join in the discussion, and maybe you’ll catch the 8-bit bug too.

Our Hack Chats are live community events in the Hackaday.io Hack Chat group messaging. This week we’ll be sitting down on Wednesday, April 3 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. If time zones have you tied up, we have a handy time zone converter.

5 thoughts on “6502 Hacking Hack Chat

  1. My biological garbage collection has failed to clear out 6502 trivia for many decades now…Once that’s cleared out, Netmare 2 has to go. I ritually shot a few drives with Netmare on them. Didn’t help, but I felt a little better.

  2. Ah the 6502. There’s a site online based on the apple //e chat Diversi-Dial, also known as D-Dial.
    Written by a mad genius of a programmer, DDial has endured. The program started out as an idea
    because the programmer, Bill Basham figured out that 7 modems inside a //e could talk to each other.
    A nurse lamented at the high cost of chats like Compuserve which were quite expensive at the time.
    I’d like to find a program that can take 6502 disassembly, and make a flow chart out of it.
    For those wanting to experience such a chat, go do https://www.ddial.com
    I tend to hang out there a LOT. :) It’s my favorite site on the web.

  3. I had a C64, never got a 6502. I had considered playing with one after Ben Eater’s videos, but this route may be more time-accessible. The videos from Ben still point out basic computer science concepts and real life applications of those concepts. I point cs students to those videos but more often than not, they say they feel cheated by higher Ed after watching them.

  4. Wife did her college assembly language programming course on a KIM-1. Wrote, then hand-assembled 6502 code and keyed in the resulting hex digits. She went on to be a middle school math and science teacher.

    Thanks for the memories! I drifted to the 6802, since it was used in the first project I worked on at DG.

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