Absolutely loved this 2020 article about Acorn, once a British computer company in the 80s and 90s you maybe haven’t heard of, and how it went on to influence chip designs in the devices we use everyday.

Tickles the bones of any British developer of a certain vintage (such as myself).

How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world

It’s nice to just take a moment and reflect: because the British felt they were being left behind by the computer revolution, they decided to make TV shows about computers. To do that, they needed a computer, so an underdog British company came up with a good one. And when that little company needed to build a faster CPU, because Intel couldn’t be bothered to answer their calls, they made their own. This in-house CPU just so happened to not use much power or make much heat, which got the attention of Apple, who used it to power what most people consider to be its biggest failure. From there, of course, the company went on to take over the world.