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Watford Electronics was a British computer electronics company. It was founded in 1972 in a bedroom belonging to brothers Nazir and Raza Jessa, and grew to become one of the best-known suppliers of microcomputers and micro peripherals during the 1980s. [1] It was particularly active in the BBC Micro scene, producing a variety of peripherals for the computer, as well as a version of the Disc Filing System.

BBC Micro series of microcomputers

The British Broadcasting Corporation Microcomputer System, or BBC Micro, is a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by the Acorn Computer company in the 1980s for the BBC Computer Literacy Project, operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Designed with an emphasis on education, it was notable for its ruggedness, expandability, and the quality of its operating system. An accompanying 1982 television series, The Computer Programme, featuring Chris Serle learning to use the machine, was also broadcast on BBC 2.

The Disc Filing System (DFS) is a computer file system developed by Acorn Computers, initially as an add-on to the Eurocard-based Acorn System 2.

Watford Electronics gradually moved over to supporting the Wintel market in the 1990s. [1] In the 21st century, the company opened an online store, Savastore, but in 2007 Watford collapsed into administration. [2] Watford Electronics was then bought out by Globally Limited, and in April that year, the website became known as Saverstore. [3]

Wintel is a portmanteau of Microsoft Windows and Intel, referring to personal computers using Intel x86-compatible processors running Microsoft Windows.

Notes

  1. 1 2 "Electronic makeover". Computer Weekly. 8 February 2001. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  2. Ballard, Mark (9 February 2007). "Watford Electronics left debts of £3.5m". Channel Register . Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  3. Collins, Barry (16 April 2007). "Goodbye Savastore, hello Saverstore". PC Pro . Retrieved 17 March 2009.


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